Meet the South West Councils’ Team

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Bryony Houlden

Chief Executive

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Bryony has been Chief Executive since the establishment of SW Councils and before that the first CEO of the Regional Assembly. She was previously a senior civil servant. She delivers across the range of SW Councils work.

Bryony’s full biography is here

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Fay Edwards

Head of Learning & Development

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Fay has worked in adult learning and professional development for 30 years. As SW Councils’ Head of Learning & Development she oversees the delivery of training, development and End-Point Assessment.

Fay’s full biography is here

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Ian Morgan

Head of HR Services

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Ian has over 20 years’ HR experience in Local Government. As SW Councils’ Head of HR Services he oversees the delivery of advice and support across the entire HR remit.

Ian’s full biography is here.

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Karen Stone

Business Manager

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Karen manages the Business Management Team with key responsibilities for performance management, governance, democratic services, health and safety, financial, information technology and administrative process and systems support. She also has management oversight of the delivery of the work of the South West Migration Partnership

Karen’s full biography is here

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Rachel Grandfield

HR Adviser

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Rachel joined South West Councils in 2010 and has over 20 years’ experience working in HR.   She provides advice across all areas of HR as well as being the organisation’s lead advisor on Education HR and undertaking investigations for member organisations. 

Rachel’s full biography is here.

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Ian Mosley

HR Adviser

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Ian joined South West Councils as an HR Adviser in July 2019 and has 30 years’ HR experience in local government. For over 20 years he was a senior HR Manager working corporately and in education and children’s services. He was the HR children’s safeguarding lead in his last two authorities. Ian enjoys providing day to day HR advice and undertaking employee relations investigations. 

Ian’s full biography is here

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Stephanie Smith

HR Adviser

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Steph started at South West Councils as a HR Advisor in July 2016. Prior to joining the team Steph worked in HR for over 10 years gaining experience in a variety of HR roles within the public sector. As well as -providing day the to day HR Advice she enjoys writing HR comms for the newsletters and policy development.

Stephanie’s full biography is here.

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Michele Evans

HR Assistant

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Michele joined South West Councils in 2009 and has over 30 years’ experience in training and HR. Michele provides advice across a range of issues and is the first point of contact for services including online assessments and in-house training provision.

Michele’s full biography is here.

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Sarah Papper

Learning & Development Officer

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Sarah began working in the L&D Team in March 2021.  She has worked in teaching, training and assessment for 20 years with a recent background in End-Point Assessment and quality and compliance.

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Ed Keirle

Learning & Development Officer

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Ed began working in the L&D team in March 2020. He brings assessment and training experience, supporting the delivery and development of our End-Point Assessment service.

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Sue Crosland

Learning & Development Officer

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Sue has worked in the L&D team for more than 11 years. She brings experience from both public and private sectors and supports delivery and development of the team’s End-Point Assessment service, open and in-house events, and manages the qualification programmes for the Association of Democratic Service Officers.

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Kelly-Anne Phillips

Partnership Officer (SWSMP)

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As Lead Officer of the South West Strategic Migration Partnership (SMP) Kelly-Anne is responsible for delivering the work of the SMP as outlined in the grant agreement from the Home Office. She oversees all migration matters within the region, with particular focus on asylum dispersal and unaccompanied asylum seeking children as well as managing the team. Her key role is to ensure a joined up approach across the region on migration by bringing all partners to work together, as well as acting at the conduit between the Home Office and Local Government. Previously Kelly-Anne started her career as an apprentice straight from school before going on to work within the banking world and then joining South West Councils in 2009.

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Bronwyn Prosser

Policy Officer (SWSMP)

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Bronwyn joined South West Councils in April 2017 after 27 years in Local Government. She is a Social Worker with experience and expertise at both operational and strategic Levels. She was a Corporate Social Inclusion Manager for 14 years leading on the council’s and city’s Equality, Diversity, Community Cohesion, Inclusion, Community and Voluntary Sector and Strategic Community Safety Partnership. As a Policy Officer in our Strategic Migration Partnership Team she leads on Refugee Resettlement and English Spoken as an Other Language. She also has in-depth knowledge and experience of Asylum Dispersal, Refugees and Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children. 

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Jill Bowditch

Principal Finance Officer

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Jill has undertaken the financial management of the organisation since 1988, originally as part of her role in Somerset County Council, later as part of the SW Regional Assembly and latterly as a member of the Business Management Team of South West Councils. Her responsibilities also include facilities management. 

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Jessica Willis

Assistant Business Manager 

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Jess has worked in the Team since January 2020. She brings experience from both public and not for profit sectors, having worked within HR specialising in resourcing for 3 years and previous to that in FE within training & apprenticeships. She supports a number of internal and external stakeholders with their meeting and training needs and works closely with the Business Manager to support activity across the organisation and within the Business Management Team

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Jane Shipton

Administrative Assistant 

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Jane has worked in the team since 2016 after working for an educational charity for over 20 years. Jane provides administrative support to colleagues across the organisation which involves ensuring the delivery of a busy schedule of Member and Officer Meetings, including managing and taking the minutes/notes. Jane also provides administrative support to Learning and Development events/conferences to ensure their efficient delivery.

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Nick Forster

Policy and Administrative Assistant

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Nick has worked within the Business Management team since January 2020 and assists with administrative duties for a range of colleagues and stakeholders from Adult Social Care to Migration. Alongside this, Nick also assists with any policy work that the organisation undertakes.  

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Jane Trunks

Finance Assistant

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Jane joined the team in March 2020, after working for a manufacturing business for over 30 years, in all aspects of financial accounting. Her current role is providing finance and administrative support to the team.

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Anni Stunt

Administrative Assistant 

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Anni supports the business management team with administrative duties across all service areas which can include minute taking, data reporting and diary management. She also manages the reception desk, room bookings and telephones.