Leadership Team

Sylvan Dewing BA, LLM, PGCET, PGCERT

Sylvan Dewing BA, LLM, PGCET, PGCERT

Principal

Sylvan originally studied law and worked in welfare rights and student support before training as a teacher. With over 20 years’ experience of working in the education he joined the academy in 2017 having previously worked in the London Boroughs of Haringey and Hackney.  As a dyslexic person who struggled at school Sylvan is passionate about inclusive education and ensuring that every young person is given the support they need to achieve their potential.  “Our aim is to know and grow every learner, to empower them to achieve their full potential!”

 

Sylvan has successfully led and developed services that have won national awards including, whilst at Hackney Community College the Queens Anniversary Prize in 2011, Education and Training Category, for enabling people with mental health needs to gain education and employment skills, TES award 2016, contribution to the local community, highly commended.  In addition, he has been involved in European Social Funded projects on reducing Youth violence and national working groups on Reducing NEETs and improving Healthy eating in the sector.

 

Sylvan has BSL level 2 and teachers as part of the college provision at the Academy.

Claire Quick ACA, MAAT

Claire Quick ACA, MAAT

Director of Finance and Resources

Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years post qualified experience focused in education and charity sector. She joined the Academy in 2011 as the Finance Manager and was appointed Director of Finance & Resources in 2020. Claire was part of the Academy Project Team that delivered the new Campus in Exmouth.

Claire is responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Estates & Facilities, IT and Fundraising.

Mark Stocks

Mark Stocks

Assistant Principal for for Assessment and Progression

Mark is a profoundly Deaf Cochlear Implant user. He was a residential student at Mary Hare Grammar school for the Deaf where he undertook his secondary education. Mark completed his Degree at Bath University in Physics and Physical Electronics.  Mark started working at the Academy in the 1990’s as a Teaching Assistant before leaving to complete his PGCE at St Lukes in Exeter. Before returning to the Academy as a teacher, Mark worked in mainstream, teaching science for 6 years.  He has been working at the Academy for 14 years now and has a BSL Level 3. Mark is married with two boys, and enjoys building Lego with them as well as participating in their wonderfully imaginative games!

Mark is responsible for Student recruitment within the Academy and liaising with external professionals and Local educational authorities.

James Heaver

James Heaver

Assistant Principal for Care

James is the Assistant Principal for Care and Responsible Individual for our Children’s Care Home. With over 10 years’ experience of working with children and adults in the Health and Social Care Sector, James is committed to ensuring that residential care provides the very best service possible.  

He joined the Academy in 2009 and has managed both Children’s Home and Residential Care services. James is passionate about providing high quality care for our children and young people and has experience of and success in both rapid improvement and development planning. James lives in Exeter and is married with two children.

James is responsible for the large team of staff and managers who support our children and young people in both our residential accommodation and children’s home. He is also responsible for our safeguarding team where he is Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Matt Bryan

Matt Bryan

Human Resources Manager

Matt has a degree in Business and Personnel from the University of Plymouth and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Matt has worked in the HR field for the past 20 years, originally specialising in Graduate Recruitment where he was responsible for the high volume recruitment of Trainee Solicitors for two very prominent City of London Law firms. He has worked in multiple sectors including Accountancy and Manufacturing.

Matt joined the Deaf Academy in 2009, and has been the HR Manager since 2010. He is responsible for leading the HR team and dealing with the whole HR remit ranging from recruitment, learning & development,  employee relations, employee benefits and staff wellbeing.

Glen Hookway

Glen Hookway

Post 16 & Learning Support Manager

Glen has over 15 years experience working with young people in education settings all over the world, largely in SEN environments. Glen has obtained degrees in Children’s Services and Youth Law. Joining the academy in 2014 Glen is responsible for the Post 16 provision and learning support teams (Communication Support Workers and Learning Leaders). Glen has a passion for ensuring all young deaf people have the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential in all aspects of their life.