Ann Fisher is a Partner at the Shrewsbury-based legal firm Hatchers Solicitors LLP.
Ann has a particular interest in advising owner managed businesses on a wide range of matters including business sales and acquisitions, start-ups, shareholder agreements, articles of association, share options, joint ventures, intellectual property, agency and distribution, manufacturing and supply agreements, e-commerce, website terms and conditions and general commercial contracts.
Ann works with a number of partnerships, including medical practices and farming partnerships, advising on issues such as succession planning, retirement and admission of new partners. She acts for a wide range of not for profit organisations, including charities, schools and societies, advising on matters such as constitution, company secretarial and commercial contracts. She is Company Secretary of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.
Ann is married with four (grown up) children. She lives near Market Drayton, on the borders of Shropshire and Staffordshire and she is a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire. Ann is also a member of Council at Lichfield Cathedral and for several years served as Deputy Pro-Chancellor at Keele University. Ann is passionate about education and has been a school governor for many years, as well as a trustee at the Willoughbridge Garden Trust.
Originally from the West Midlands, Ann studied at Oxford University where she gained a Master’s degree in biochemistry. She subsequently studied law at Staffordshire University and the College of Law in Chester. Whilst at Oxford she was a keen oarswoman, earning her ‘Blue’ as captain of the university women’s boat race crew.
Andrew Connell is Associate Professor and Head of Group (Education) and CPD at the University Centre, Shrewsbury (UCS). Andrew leads on the growing number of education-based courses at UCS and has recently taken on Shropshire County Councils provision for CPD for teachers.
Until January 2019 he was Head of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Chester. In that role, Andrew led on the development, quality assurance and enhancement of teacher training and other education courses at the University of Chester. Andrew is part of a very strong Partnership of school, colleges, nurseries and Teaching Alliances across the region. In the last Ofsted inspection, the Partnership gained ‘outstanding’ for its primary and secondary provision and ‘good’ for post 16 and EYTS, remaining the only Partnership in the North-West to have Grade 1 for both primary and secondary. Thich reflects the excellent training out students receive from the whole Partnership.
Andrew is the Chair of the Council for Subject Associations, Treasurer for the Technology and Pedagogy and Education Association (TPEA) and a long-standing executive committee member of the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE). He has been on several national subject expert groups for Computing and ICT, including groups drafting the Computing curriculum, Subject Knowledge Enhancement content and ITE content and on several advisory groups on Teacher Standards. Andrew was previously at Keele University and Liverpool Hope University. Prior to moving into Higher Education, he was a teacher and Head of Computing and Business in secondary schools and taught in primary schools.
Andrew has jointly edited and written several chapters in the latest edition of ‘A Practical Guide to Teaching Computing and IT in Secondary Schools’. He has contributed to other books on teaching Computing and ICT and written guides to support teachers and teacher trainers of computing on behalf of Government Agencies. He is regularly present at conferences on the Pedagogy of Computing and on Managing Teacher Training.
Andrew is passionate about educating beginning and experienced teachers to help them provide the best possible learning experience for young people. When he has the time, he likes walking the hills and long-distance trails, real ale and live music.
Claire has twenty years teaching experience. This includes two headships and twelve years’ experience as SENCO.
She has worked in both inner city and rural schools. Claire was a Consultant Leader for Bristol City Council and has extensive experience of coaching in a range of school settings.
Claire is completing her training as a SIAMS inspector this year and is the SIAMS manager and critical reader for the diocese.
Diocese of Lichfield Central Education Academy Trust, Education focus.