Dr Rowie Shaw worked in 5 inner-city, multiracial secondary schools over a 24 year period including as a secondary headteacher in two large schools in Tower Hamlets and Bradford. She then went on to be Deputy General Secretary at the National Association of Head Teachers for 4 years.
For the last 6 years of her career, prior to “retirement” in June 2005, she was the first Chief Executive of NASS, the national association for all non-maintained and independent special schools, successfully building the association from scratch to be the main national voice for special schools.
She is a governor at a maintained primary school in Tower Hamlets, an elected member of the Schools’ Forum in Tower Hamlets and until December 2011 was chair of governors/ Trustee at TreeHouse, a Non Maintained Special School for children and young people with profound autism.
She was also until April 2014 a Trustee at Beyond Autism and chair of governors at their school, Rainbow School for children with autism. She has been a member of the Children’s Trust based in Tadworth, Surrey which works with children with acquired brain injuries. She was worked with Mosaic on a voluntary basis since April 2012.
Rowie is an experienced and accredited mentor/executive coach, and a consultant and lead facilitator for the National College for School Leadership. Rowie has also carried out extensive freelance work as an external adviser to Governing Bodies, performance management consultant, personal leadership tutor to Fast Track teachers and trainer and assessor of School Improvement Partners (SIPs) for secondary and special schools for the NCSL for the duration of the programme.
She is currently a specialist advisor to the New Schools Network and to the Together Trust, a development coach for Teaching Leaders and an Expert Advisor on education to the charity Ambitious about Autism.
Rowie successfully completed her doctoral thesis on leadership development for special schools, at the Institute of Education in London. She has written and published numerous publications on teacher training and leadership issues.
In her spare time she enjoys swimming, travel, the theatre, cinema, reading and cooking for friends. She is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.