Ian Caulfield served as Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Council from December 1986 until he retired in summer 2005, after being the longest serving County Chief Executive in the country (18 years). He was educated at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys and the University of Manchester. He has held planning posts with Liverpool, Lancashire and Oxfordshire Councils and joined Warwickshire Council in 1978 as Assistant Executive. Ian is a member of the Board of Governors of Coventry University, and he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire from 1 January 2006. He was awarded a CBE, for services to local government, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000.
Steve is the Chief Executive of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Ltd and Head of Connexions – Coventry and Warwickshire. Prior to this, he worked for six years as the Chief Executive of Quality Careers Services Ltd, and for twelve years for the Careers Service of Coventry City Council as Deputy Principal Careers Officer, Assistant Principal Careers Officer, and Senior Careers Adviser, which involved managing and leading careers education and guidance services to the Coventry community. Formerly, he was a careers adviser with Rotherham Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
As Executive Director, Steve chairs the “Investing In Young People” Programme Delivery Group of the Coventry Community Plan; is a Director of the ILM Company, Cov Wise; is a Joint Venture Partner in the New Deal arrangements in Coventry; chairs the board for the Coventry Foyer Trust; and chairs the Coventry Partnership for Youth Board which provides a strategic partnership for £8.7m of SRB funding focused on improving the lives and life chances of young people aged 14-24 in Coventry.
Steve was a Labour Councillor on Rugby Borough Council and held the position of Leader and Deputy Leader for a number of years.
Steve was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2003 for his services to supporting young people.
A native of Oldham, Steve is currently enjoying the resurgence of Manchester City Football Club into the Premier League.
Sioned Bowen’s career includes teaching in communities around Brixton and Brent, headships in Wales, HMI with Estyn, and working as a Corporate Director for Lifelong Learning during which time she was the Chair of the Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW). Sioned was a member of the ministerial review of school assessments and a member of the Health Challenge Wales chaired by the Minister of Health and Social Services. Her commitment to community focused schools has held firm over nearly forty years in education and training.
Currently, Sioned Bowen is the Director of Virtual Staff College, Cymru. Over the last few years she has served on the Children in Wales Policy Council and the Youth Justice Board in Wales. She is Vice Chair of a primary school in London and works on a range of consultancy work in Wales and beyond. At international level, she was a consultant on a three year British Council project in St Petersburg. She continues her passion for music as a Trustee of Mid Wales Opera.
A former Assistant Director of Education, Heather is currently working in education consultancy. She is engaged by the Virtual Staff College as the Director of Operations where she is also an Associate. As well as her operational responsibilities, she is also a tutor for the college’s senior management leadership programmes.
During the last three years she has worked with local authorities and schools in England and Wales supporting them in their strategic planning and advising them through their change programmes. She has also worked with authorities in Wales to develop their strategic programmes for 21st century schools. She has organised research visits to Sweden and Denmark for groups of teachers to explore international models of pedagogy and best practice.
Prior to this Heather spent 26 years of her career working for local authorities with twelve years as Assistant Director of Education, managing a wide range of strategic services. She chaired a number of Children and Young People’s Partnerships and she has considerable experience of working with multi agency partners.
Heather has also worked as an Additional Inspector with Estyn inspecting local authority education services. She is a school governor and has been a Trustee with ContinYou for three years.
Hilary is a longstanding education journalist who until recently wrote weekly education advice column in The Independent. She has written for most major national newspapers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times, and was for many years a senior editor at the The Times Educational Supplement (TES). She has written a book for parents which, despite its title – Help Your Child Succeed At School – is NOT a manual for pushy parents! She has spoken at many conferences on issues of education and parenting, and taken part in TV and radio broadcasts. As an editorial consultant she most recently worked for the National Teaching Awards, and for Early Years magazine.
Hilary has considerable international experience of education. As international editor of The TES she visited schools and colleges in Europe, Africa and the United States, and was for four years the New York-based US editor of The TES.
She now divides her time between writing and working as a personal development coach, both for individuals and on coaching programmes within schools, colleges and universities.
She has written nine romantic fiction novels and many prize-winning short stories, is a trained adult literacy tutor, and has worked as a literacy volunteer tutor in both the UK and the USA.