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Chris Mawdsley

I am the staff representative on the management committee and Associate Lead at the Riverside Centre . I have been a teacher for 20 years, in a variety of settings, and have been employed by EOTAS for the past 7 years thoroughly enjoying the challenges and successes our pupils provide .

Andy Howard

Andy Howard is a co-opted member of the Management Committee.  He has a been a governor for a number of schools and organisations but works outside of the education sector so can offer a different perspective to the demands of the Service.  He also acts as the Chair for the EOTAS Resources Sub-Committee.

Doug Morris

Doug is carer for his son Ben, who was born in November 2000, and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

He has been involved in Parent Participation since joining the Swindon Parents and Carers Group shortly after it was set up in 2008. Having been involved in the Aiming High initiative from an early stage, Doug worked at developing parent participation in Swindon.

In addition to his NNPCF role, Doug is also on the board of trustees for the charity Together for Short Lives as a parent representative.

David Francis

David has worked in safeguarding and child protection since 1992. He has been Designated Safeguarding Lead at Cornwall Adult Education Service, West of England School & College, Somerset College of Arts and Technology and Swindon College. David has enjoyed a wide ranging career which began in youth work in the 1980s before going on to work residentially with SEMH students in Wales. He has also devised and run alternative education programmes for excluded Year 11 students, worked in Early Years, adult provision including SEND programmes, independent specialist schools and latterly with the Further Education Sector. Specialising in pastoral, behavioural and SEND support, David currently lives in Cornwall with his family where he enjoys eating pasties and occasionally falling off surfboards.

Peter Nathan

Peter Nathan is Head of Education in Swindon. He taught for 15 years in both primary and secondary and also taught overseas in Singapore. His main subjects were History and English although he has taught PE and many other subjects. He has been a school inspector since 1997 and has worked in many different local authorities and schools in a range of consultancy roles.

Marie Horton

Marie is employed as the Education Commissioner at Swindon Borough Council. She has many years’ experience of leadership and governance  in schools, including secondary, special and alternative provision. She has held national and regional leadership roles and is a qualified Ofsted inspector.

Bob Linnegar

I have a passion for life-long learning which means that being part of the Management Committee, I get to see and share some excellent best practice with a team of dedicated and very committed staff.

As the Head Teacher of The Commonweal School, I hope that I can also bring some useful and incisive expertise to help improve the outcomes of the students at EOTAS.