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Ross Philips

Ross Philips, Field Officer

Ross entered the education profession as an English teacher at the height of the comprehensive movement. Like many of his peers, he believed that through education it was possible to change the world.

Always concerned for the most disadvantaged children, and throughout a career which began in Leicestershire and included various types of schools, he retired from headship after leading an inner city school through a difficult reorganisation programme.

Apart from being committed to his casework, Ross is a keen supporter of Bristol Rugby Club. He cycles, swims, walks his grumpy dog, Fudge, and spends as much time as possible at the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge. His eldest daughter is currently in Australia, after completing her degree, and his youngest one at university in Cardiff.

Jayne Ferns, Publications Assistant


Jayne joined ASCL in 2002, originally part time, where her time was split between the publications and membership departments. She now works full time for the Communications Directorate and is responsible for creating and sending to print many of the publications and marketing materials you receive in your mailings, as well as helping to keep the website updated.

Those of you who attend the September Council may recognise Jayne, as it is her main job there to make sure everyone has their picture taken, whether they like it or not!

Outside of ASCL Jayne enjoys reading, horse riding, is a follower of Three Day Eventing and a very keen supporter of the Leicester Tigers.

Jayne and her husband, Nick, share their home with two cats, Charlie and Blue, and a three year old English Springer Spaniel named Paddy, collectively known as 'The Boyz'.

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