Gary has recently retired after a career spanning over 35 years in a number of professional roles in education, all of which he enjoyed and is pleased to draw on in contributing to the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education MAT.
He qualified as a specialist Teacher of the Deaf in 1982 and started out as a classroom teacher in a residential special school for the deaf. This was followed by working as a Teacher in Charge of a Hearing-Impaired Unit, then as an Assistant Headteacher in a comprehensive school, and then a LA Specialist Advisory Teacher in Hampshire. After that he was Head of Surrey’s Physical & Sensory Support Service, a large countywide service supporting families and education settings for children and young people with a hearing, visual, multi-sensory or physical impairment from pre-school to post 16, including professional oversight for the 7 Resource Bases for Hearing Impairment.
For the last ten years of his career he was Principal Consultant for Inclusion & SEN, within the commissioned School Effectiveness Service in Surrey’s Joint Venture with Babcock 4S. He was the School Improvement Manager for Surrey’s 23 special schools and 6 Primary/Medical PRUs. Additionally, he had oversight of school improvement relating to Inclusion and SEN within Surrey’s mainstream primary and secondary schools. His team provided a range of support to schools including SEND, Safeguarding, PSHE and Healthy Schools. He led a countywide strategy: “Inclusive Values at the Heart of School Effectiveness” with Professor Tony Booth, co-author of the Index for Inclusion to promote the greater inclusion of all pupils, parents, staff and governors in the development of their schools. He was also an Ofsted Inspector until July 2018.
Gary is passionate about inclusion and committed to working in partnership with all to ensure that all members of a school’s community are valued and welcomed equally.
Gary has just moved with his partner, who is a Team Vicar in the beautiful Mount’s Bay Benefice, opposite St Michael’s Mount, in West Cornwall. It is quite a contrast to life at their previous parish St John’s Waterloo! However, they retain a base in central London so that Gary can visit his parents regularly and continue to contribute to and support the work of the Southwark MAT.