Meet the Team

SWALSS’s work is led by its Executive Committee. All members of the Committee are serving special school headteachers and give generously of their time in a voluntary capacity. A Chief Executive and an Administration, Finance and Events Officer support the work of the Committee. Both of these posts are part time and remunerated.
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 honorary officials 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 Executive Committee.

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.

Issy Johnson

Finance and Events Manager for SWALSS

Issy is currently the Finance and Events Manager for SWALSS.

June Palmer

A Member of the Executive Committee

June Palmer is a Headteacher of Mayfield Special School in Torquay

Andy Lole

A Member of the Executive Committee

Andy Lole serves as The Mulberry Bush School's Executive Headteacher

Jo Stoaling

A Member of the Executive Committee

Jo Stoaling is a Headteacher of Three Ways School in Bath

Lyn Dance

A Member of the Executive Committee

Lyn Dance is a Headteacher at The Milestone School

Seán Kretz

A Member of the Executive Committee

Seán Kretz is a Headteacher of Westfield Arts College

Gill Barrett

A Member of the Executive Committee

Gill Barrett is a Principal of The Loddon School

Sara Attra

A Member of the Executive Committee

Sara Attra is currently Headteacher of Addington School
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