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South-West - Members' Profiles


Nicola COUPE


Nicola Coupe works for Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education as a School Improvement Adviser. She has over 30 years’ teaching and leadership experience in both the primary and secondary sectors.  In her current role, Nicola leads CPD on behalf of the diocese in vision-centred Leadership, Religious Education, Collective Worship and Spirituality and organises the RE Conference. 


Nicola is a member of BCP, Dorset and Wiltshire SACRES, supporting the writing of the Locally Agreed Syllabuses as appropriate. She attends the South West Advisers of RE (SWARE) meetings as well as the diocesan RE adviser meetings and is the representative of Sarum St Michael’s Education Charity at the Commission for RE (CORE) meetings. She is also an adviser on The Prince’s Teaching Institute’s (PTI) research-led Primary Leadership Programme. 


A member of NATRE, Nicola is well-known in Wiltshire and Dorset/The South West for setting up and supporting local groups of teachers, led by Hub Lead Practitioners (HLPs) for RE and Collective Worship.


Pauline DODDS


Pauline’s background is in primary teaching, many years as RE and Collective Worship subject leader and latterly as a deputy headteacher in Somerset. For the last 11 years she has worked as an adviser within the Bath & Wells Diocesan education team, with responsibility for religious education and the church school inspection process.

Pauline is a member of Somerset and North Somerset SACREs, an assessor for the Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM) and a member of the Learn, Teach, Lead RE (LTLRE) area 2 steering group. Pauline is also a trustee for the St Matthias Trust which awards grants and scholarships with the diocesan area of Bath & Wells, Bristol and Gloucesterr.




Ed Pawson is the educational adviser for Devon and Torbay SACREs. He also works as an adviser for the Diocese of Exeter and is a practising SIAMS inspector. Previously he spent 23 years as a secondary RE teacher, 16 of these leading a highly successful RE department. He is a member of the Board of the Religious Education Council (REC), the Programme Director for Learn, Teach, Lead RE (West of England) and the former Chair of the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE).


David REES

David is an independent RE Adviser who advises 5 SACREs, namely Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Dorset, Reading, Slough and West Berkshire. He was a secondary RE teacher and leader for 25 years and an advanced skills teacher for over 10 years where he concentrated on supporting non specialist primary RE teachers. David runs teacher networks and has been involved in agreed syllabus writing groups, planning and running teacher conferences and on one surprising occasion was asked to deliver a keynote speech. David is a member of NATRE, currently edits the RE Online website and is committed to connecting teachers with religion and worldview communities.

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