About us Our people The executive team The Executive Team Gavin Teasdale - CEO After spending the first part of his career in industry, Gavin joined the newly formed Further Education sector in 1994. With a background in finance, he has worked for the National Funding Agency and been a senior manager at a number of individual colleges. His experience has extended into the Higher Education sector with the University of Warwick. Gavin joined the education sector, and specifically Paces, because he wanted to make a difference to people’s lives. He feels especially privileged to be a part of the Paces success story. Karen Hague MBE - Family Services Manager Along with Norman Perrin, she was one of the founder members of Paces and has been committed to its aims for many years. She is an efficient and effective manager with considerable experience in administration, people management and development and financial planning and management. Karen's only child has cerebral palsy following a premature birth. She supported the early summer schools and development of the Paces charity. Her work with families was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list when she received an MBE in 2004. Gabor Fellner - Head Teacher Gabor became Headteacher in 2002. He attended the Peto Institute in 1972 and became a conductor in 1976. He has qualifications and accreditation in the following: • Teacher of Biology 1979 - Hungary • Special Needs Qualification 1985 - Hungary • Postgraduate Degree in Education 2002 - New Zealand • Qualified Teacher Status 2004 - UK • Anatomy and Physiology Diploma 2009 - UK. He has practised as a conductor in many different settings, serving as a Principal at a Residential School for children with motor disorders and learning difficulties in Hungary. Gabor is responsible for the day to day management of the school. He oversees the training of the newly employed conductors, continuing professional development of all school staff and the learning programmes of the school. He maintains close links with staff in other mainstream schools who require advice and guidance when working with children with cerebral palsy.