John has been in education for over 40 years. He spent the majority of those years in Special Education as a teacher, deputy headteacher and as Headteacher at a residential/ day special school in Kent.
He was Senior Adviser for SEN and Head of SEN Support Services in Trafford Council for 7 years until 2011. He is now an SEN Consultant (self-employed) 2011-date. Roles have included Acting Head of SEN (Rochdale) and Acting SEN Assessment Manager (Kirklees).
He was also the LA representative at SEN Tribunals from 2001-2014.
Sue has many years experience as an academic, organisational psychology practitioner and operational manager. She has worked most recently as deputy programme director of the MSc in Health Care Leadership at the Alliance Manchester Business School where she also led modules on the MSc in International Health Care Leadership and Clinical Doctorate in Health Care Sciences.
Prior to this, Sue lectured at Salford University Business School, leading modules on their MBA, MSc in HRM and MSc in Management Practice programmes. Sue also led on consultancy and enterprise activities within the Universities, applying principles of evidence-based best practice and also the experience she gained as Director of SG Associates (UK) Ltd, an Organisational Psychology consultancy providing organisation and management development services to a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector.
Sue’s academic and consultancy practice is informed by her experience as an operational manager in the NHS and pharmaceutical industry where she held senior management roles including as Director of Quality Assurance and Human Resource Management on the board of an NHS Trust.
She is an experienced performance coach and BPS qualified in psychometric testing, including MBTI. She is also a qualified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Oshry Systems Workshops.
Sue has an enthusiastic and inclusive approach which makes her an effective and credible facilitator. She has extensive experience in action learning, large programme design and delivery, including blended and e-learning and the use of open space technology. Having recently retired, Sue is looking forward to becoming involved in supporting the work of the Sovereign Trust in any way she can.