Deirdre has worked in the education field for over three decades, most recently as the Head Teacher at the Uplands Special School in Swindon. During her
tenure, Uplands won the prestigious TES School of the Year Award. She is an Ofsted Inspector, a National Lead for Education, and an Advisor at the Department for Education (DfE) for schools in challenging circumstances. She is currently a school improvement partner to over 16
schools. She sits on the SWALSS executive committee and the Special Schools Voice advisory group. She previously acted as a local authority advisor, overseeing special schools, PRUs and mainstream secondary schools.