Meet the Team

The four SWALSS officers work part time for the organisation. The division of their duties for the current academic year is set out in SWALSS Roles and Responsibilities 2018-19.
The four ????? give generously of their time to SWALSS in a voluntary capacity, as do all other members of the Executive Committee.
Below are a list showing who is who in SWALSS.

Michael Loveman

SWALSS Chair for 2018/20

Michael chairs meetings of the Executive Committee and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and wellbeing of the organisation.
Michael is the headteacher of Cann Bridge School in Plymouth.

Deirdre Fitzpatrick

SWALSS Vice Chair for 2018/20

Deirdre supports the Chair and, as the Constitution states, will become Chair at the end of Michael’s term of office.
Deirdre is currently Director of Education.

Helen Farnell

SWALSS Hon. Treasurer for 2018/20

Helen is currently Headteacher of the Elmwood and Penrose Federation in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Mags Clarke

SWALSS Hon. Secretary for 2018/20

Mags is currently Headteacher of Crowdys Hill School in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Andrew Penman

Chief Executive Officer of SWALSS

Andrews' responsibility for a range of tasks, including close collaboration with the SEND teaching school alliances in the South West.
Andrew is a former special school and mainstream headteacher.

Paul Holland

Executive Officer of SWALSS

Paul is one of the original founding members of the organisation and has been instrumental in its development from the start.
Paul is a former special school headteacher.

Issy Johnson

Finance and Conference Administration Officer for SWALSS

Issy is currently the School Business Manager at Bay Tree Special School in Weston Super Mare.

Chris Davies

Facilitator of our well regarded SWALSS Leadership and Management Course

Chris is a former special school headteacher.
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