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Dr. Ganesh Mahadeva

MEMBER

Dr Ganesh is the Lead Consultant Paediatrician and a Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has been the Medical Director of the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust since 2014 until he stepped down from the role of Medical Director in October 2018.

During his tenure of Medical Director, he led the Trust’s Children and Family services to “good” rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Dr Ganesh is the Board member of the Telford and Wrekin Children Safeguarding Board and continues to be the designated doctor for Safeguarding.

He has contributed to the operation Chalice, the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) that unfortunately affected our Shropshire Children and formed part of a multi-agency approach to combating CSE in Shropshire. Dr Ganesh has extensive experience in public protection work including child abuse, child neglect, child death and CSE. Residing in Telford and with his, now grown up, children having attended local schools, Dr Ganesh is passionate about equity of access to high quality of local public services like Health and Education in Shropshire and wishes to continue to work with partner agencies to achieve it.

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Mr. David James

MEMBER AND NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HR

David has held senior roles in teaching, local government and the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE). CIPD qualified since 1994, his experience includes Head of Professional Regulation at the GTCE and Head of Personnel Services in the Shropshire LEA . He has been a special adviser to government on the development of policy on school staffing issues and is now an HR consultant working mainly in the education sector.

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Mr. Mike Briscoe

MEMBER AND CHAIR OF TRUST / NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mike is Chair of the Learning Community Trust and also Non-Executive Director. Living locally, Mike is passionate about the area, communities and opportunities for learners. He has worked at senior levels in the education sector for more than 40 years and is highly experienced in leadership, governance and education policy including high level consultancy in the UK and internationally.

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Mrs. Pat Smart

MEMBER

Pat Smart is a mother and grandmother and has lived in Hadley since the age of 7 when her family returned from Brazil where she was born.

She is committed to the local community, especially to the schools and the children. She believes that education is the gate to the future and teachers hold the keys. Whilst Chairman of Hadley and Leegomery Parish Council Pat donated trophies for each school to award annually to their singers in a bid to encourage choral singing which she considers to be invaluable to social cohesion and mental health.

Along with her late husband, John, Pat worked to improve the local environment and through him, to have a green space registered as a village green to protect it from development. Together they have always supported the schools and children of all ages offering any help they could including developing a youth club. She helped to lead a campaign to keep a secondary school in Hadley and supported HLC from its inception. She considers Dr. Eatough to be the best thing that's happened to the community as her leadership is giving its children the best possible start in life as they step through the gate to the future.

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Mr. Clive Jones

MEMBER

In January 2016 I became responsible for fulfilling the responsibilities of the Statutory Director of Children’s Services (DCS) for Telford & Wrekin Council and shortly afterwards the Statutory Director of Adult Social Services. As DCS I had professional responsibility for the leadership, strategy and effectiveness of local authority children’s services and for securing the provision of services which address the needs of all children and young people, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, and their families and carers.

I joined Telford & Wrekin Council in 1990 and worked in children’s services as an Assistant Director since 2008. In that time I focussed on improving outcomes for children, young people and adults across a range of services including Building Schools for the Future programme, school organisation, school catering and cleaning, transport, housing, youth services, youth offending services, community safety, educational psychology, family support and intervention, children centres, commissioning for vulnerable children, families and adults and Family Connect (single point of referral for all children and family services). I was a member of the Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board from 2008 - 2020.

My roles involved me in developing the strategic direction, partnerships and priorities of the council, and securing their implementation, through cooperative working with elected members, colleagues and service partners.

In 2020 Ofsted judged children’s services in Telford to be outstanding following an inspection. I retired from my role as DCS in November 2020. I continue to provide support to the DfE as an Improvement Advisor. Outside of work I am a committed volunteer at a local cricket club and enjoy a wide range of sports with my family.

I am passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children, young people, families and adults within the Borough, making the biggest difference to those that are most disadvantaged.