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Mark Williams – Head of Service

Mark commenced his role as Head of Service of Kinsale in July 2013. Prior to arriving at Options Autism, Mark had managed and operated Children’s Homes and Schools in the independent sector at a senior level for 10 years. Mark started working in children’s social care after having led a successful 20 year career in the police service. He has a wide range of experience and skills in managing care and education services for looked after children with complex needs. Since starting at Kinsale Mark has been instrumental in the continued development of the school and care provision the service offers young people.

Melanie Callaghan-Lewis – Head Teacher

Melanie Callaghan-Lewis has been with the company since 2016 as Head Teacher for Trent Acres School. Melanie has over 16 years’ experience working in the education sector, across a variety of settings including independent special schools for young people experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties as well as young people with complex needs, ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome, further education colleges working with ESOL students and overseeing the education provision in a custodial setting for young males. Melanie is also an experienced School Improvement Partner having had national responsibility for a number of schools for young people for whom mainstream education was not an option. She continues to develop her skills and knowledge/qualifications and thoroughly enjoys her role working with young people to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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