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Names and faces

Robert Young
Field Officer

Rob began his career as a geography teacher in East Africa; first in Tanzania and then in Nairobi, Kenya. After almost five years, he returned to England to teach in Northumberland. In 1984 he was appointed to a headship in Norfolk, where he spent a very happy and successful 18 years.

After four years as a field officer, Rob remains astonished by the range of cases that he comes across. "I really enjoy meeting colleagues, sharing their problems and trying to bring about fair and helpful solutions. The fact that we are former heads gives us a huge advantage in our work with other unions and local authorities."

In his spare time, he and his wife raise funds for educational charities in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, where a few hundred pounds makes vast differences to the primary schools they have visited. They both are enthusiastic gardeners, travellers and concert-goers.

Sue Carabott
Committees and Premises Administrator

Sue joined ASCL in 2002 and assists in the organisation of Council, Executive and its committees. She also looks after day to day maintenance of the headquarters building. She is a trained first aider, so if anyone has a cut finger, she's the person to come to!

Prior to ASCL, she spent one year working and travelling in Canada. She also worked at an architects' practice, and the knowledge gained from working there has come in handy when dealing with contractors at HQ!

She said she thoroughly enjoys her role, particularly attending the shows and exhibitions and meeting members.

Sue has been practising Tai Chi for three years, enjoy walks in the country and reading. However, much of her time at the moment is spent glued to the television watching the World Cup! Come on England!

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