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Mark Dawkins
Regional Officer
South East

Mark began teaching in Dorset and he has worked for five local authorities on the south coast in a range of different institutions for 11-19 year-olds. He spent 18 years in school leadership in East Sussex.

He joined ASCL (then SHA), on the advice of colleagues in Surrey and says that his experience of the association over the years made him keen to join the team. Since realising this ambition life as a regional officer has proved to be hectic but rewarding!

Mark's family are a very important part of his life. His wife and daughter are both primary school teachers and his son is embarking on a career as a research scientist. In common with many educationalists, Mark is an enthusiastic traveller, particularly when the journey involves mountains and the opportunity to ski.


Richard Tanton
Regional Officer

After over 20 years of school leadership, Richard says his new role with ASCL is proving to be varied, fascinating and immensely rewarding. Providing swift support for members often facing challenging and complex situations as well as acquiring new skills and knowledge have become features of his work to date.

He started as a history teacher in Islington. Eventually, five years as a deputy head in south London were followed by 12 years as a head in two London schools.

Richard is also a school governor, an NPQH assessor and a school improvement partner. He is married with two children at university and one in the sixth form. Living in Hertfordshire, he is an avid supporter of Saracens rugby and Watford football clubs and takes part in marathons, cycling, cricket and tennis. He also has a large and growing collection of music in a wide range of genres.

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