Our NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC) meets at least 3 times a year for business and developmental issues. Our 6 Regions each have a Regional Representative on NEC. The President Elect is elected to serve for 1 year, followed by 1 year as President and 1 year as Past President. Other officers are elected to 3 year terms.

MEMBERS CONFERENCE & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Typically a day in May each year. The day is for training and an AGM (Members Only) is normally held on the same day. TRAINING DAY - Typically October a full day training day where non-members are welcome.

National President

Contact Dave

"I qualified as a teacher in 1979 and taught at for nearly 30 years in comprehensives as a geography teacher, Head of department, Head of Faculty and senior leadership positions. In 2009 I moved to work for Hampshire County Council as as Area Strategic Manager - Alternative Provision and in 2017 as Inclusion Support Manager with oversight of inclusion, attendance, CME and EHE. The key was building and sustaining relationships with schools whilst keeping the best interests of the child at the centre of thinking.

I retired in 2021 but continue to keep abreast of developments in attendance, inclusion and elective home education.

As Chair of the Association of Elective Home Education (AEHEP) I joined the AEWM national executive in 2017, elected president elect in 2019 and president in 2021/22."

President Elect

Past President

Contact Guy

"I was ten years a teacher in a Primary school in a unit for children with emotional and behaviour needs. I then became an EWO (Avon County) and Senior EWO (South Glos).

I finished my 40 years of LA employment as Team Leader. Education Learning and Skills Division. (S Glos). I have had the privilege of being both President of NASWE and more recently AEWM.

I am a Governor of a 'PRU ' and am undertaking training to be a member of an Independent Review panel (Admissions and School Exclusion)"

Vice Presidents

Contact Steve

"I hated Grammar School, so I put most of my efforts into Scouting. I spent a number of years proving my Head Teacher wrong when he said I wouldn’t make a career out of working with children!

In 1978 I was invited by the Boy Scouts of America to work on a Scout Camp in Wisconsin. Six Months later I secured the post as EWO in Sandwell (one of the interviewers was also into Scouting, Mike Davis MBE, Past President of AEWM). Ironically my first school was where I had ‘studied’.

Once I had left school I secured an HNC in Public Admin and a Diploma In Social Work, 10 years later I secured a Seniors post. In 2001 I secured a Sector Managers role In Solihull

My areas of responsibility included: managing a successful Education Welfare Service, leading on Safeguarding in Education and LADO. I also, at various times, had management responsibility for a large social work team supporting unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), an 'On Track' team and I managed the Child Protection Review Unit.

In addition to being a Board member of the LSCB I also sat on various of its sub- committees including Child Sexual Exploitation, Serious Cases, Child Death, training and I chaired the Education safeguarding committee.

I attended my first AEWM conference in 1997 when my now good friend and boss, Mike was presenting a difficult subject and he wanted me to support him with what was then the new concept of multimedia projection. The first time it had been used at Conference. Perhaps not surprisingly I was adopted onto the NEC as technical support, within a couple of years we had our first website!

One of my proudest moments of my career was when I was elected President of AEWM in 2005/2007 and shortly after members asked me to serve as Vice President. Although I have now retired to the far west of Wales, I still active within the Association and take my VP role very seriously."

Contact Tony

"I have been an Insurance Broker, Lorry Driver, a few other jobs and spent seven summers working on USA summer Camp as Camp Director of a teenage village. I have lived in Australia, Europe and the Solomon Islands during my travelling years.

I joined the EWS in Northamptonshire CC in 1990, became a Registered Social Worker, Dip SW Practice Teacher and got SEWO status (thanks John Sleet). I moved to Bedfordshire CC in 2005 and then onto Somerset CC in 2009.

I joined AEWM in 2003 as SE Sec. With Guy Halley in 2009, we bought the SW Attendance Leads together to share work practice under ACMER; a collaboration with NASWE which still exists.

I was President of AEWM 2018 - 2019 and made Vice President in 2019; a real honour

In 2018 I retired/took redundancy from Somerset as Attendance and Safeguarding Lead for Education (PEWO!). I now work as an Independent."

General Secretary

Treasurer & Membership Secretary

Contact Sue

"I have been the AEWM treasurer since 2014. My Education Welfare career began in 1986. I spent almost all my career working in South Bradford initially as an EWO and later took on the role of Area Manager and was responsible for the legal work both preparing cases and presenting cases in Court. I have had several additional roles in my career including being one of the LA safeguarding trainers.

I took voluntary redundance after 28 years service and was able to spend more time with my family."

Assistant Secretary

Communications

Contact Julia

"I love working with children and young people and the way they see the world and I have worked in the world of Education welfare for 22 years.

I now manage a team of EWOs in Luton (yes we still have EWOs!). I believe schools as well as families, really need an Education Welfare Service that offers support and challenge and will consider using the approach they think will make the greatest difference to protect a child’s education.

I also try to always remember what it was like to be a child and I still enjoy sweets and Disney movies... just to assist this of course!"

Regional Secretaries

Contact Julie

"I represent the North West and have been working in Education Welfare since 1999. I started my working life in EWS after having my two grown up children working in an inner City Manchester secondary school. I moved to work in Tameside in 2001 as an Education Welfare officer, progressing to SEWO and then to my current role as Access Manager.

I am a qualified counsellor and have completed several other course having been a qualified hairdresser in my career before children and teaching Hairdressing at State Mill in Rochdale.

My varied roles have at times been emotionally demanding working with families to improve a child’s school attendance, however there have been more rewarding times and helping a family to make a difference to a child’s life makes it all worthwhile.

We all know that school refusal is a complicated issue and draws on many different skill sets, we seem to have an ever expanding list of roles and responsibilities we are responsible for.

The challenges of breaking down barriers to attending school on time have been around as long as the AEWM and there is nothing new in children not going to school However the challenges in more recent times with the Covid outbreak have seen us all experiencing new hurdles.

The support from colleagues in the AEWM has been more valuable than ever and its down to the increasing membership and expertise from all members that’s makes the organisation such a great team to be part of."

Contact Colin

"I have worked in school attendance since 1997, first of all in Staffordshire as an EWO and then as a Principal EWO in Buckinghamshire, managing a team of EWOs in the south of the county. I also had additional responsibilities for safeguarding training and statutory intervention.

Having always had a layman’s interest in the law I moved to Milton Keynes to become a Senior Attendance Officer (Legal Interventions) with responsibility for prosecution and the issue of Penalty Notices within the Education Welfare Service. However, the EWS moved into Early Help and some attendance services became traded.

I am now part of the Children Missing Education team. I still have responsibility for legal interventions but also undertake training to schools to ensure they take a holistic and structured approach to school attendance and are aware of the processes in regard to successful prosecutions."

Independent Sector

Elective Home Education

Contact Dave

"I qualified as a teacher in 1979 and taught at for nearly 30 years in comprehensives as a geography teacher, Head of department, Head of Faculty and senior leadership positions. In 2009 I moved to work for Hampshire County Council as as Area Strategic Manager - Alternative Provision and in 2017 as Inclusion Support Manager with oversight of inclusion, attendance, CME and EHE. The key was building and sustaining relationships with schools whilst keeping the best interests of the child at the centre of thinking.

I retired in 2021 but continue to keep abreast of developments in attendance, inclusion and elective home education.

As Chair of the Association of Elective Home Education (AEHEP) I joined the AEWM national executive in 2017, elected president elect in 2019 and president in 2021/22."