Born and brought up in Oldham, Manchester, I moved to Coulsdon in 2011 with my husband, Phill and daughter, Emily. Then in 2015 we had our son, Oliver. Both our children now attend Keston Primary school, where for the past 3 years I have been a governor and love to go in and help out when I can.
For the past 18 years I have worked within Local Authority finance in various roles as an accountant dealing with with both Management and Financial accounts.
In my spare time I love to go to the gym and socialise with friends, but the majority of my time is spent chauffeuring my children to their various events.
Additional roles: Local governor at Keston Primary school, chair of Finance committee and maths lead.
I have strong personal connections with Croydon and Merton and have a passion for education. My mother, sister and aunt were hard working primary school teachers, and my wife worked as part of the support team at a primary school. My children attended Chipstead Valley Primary School, as do my nephews today. I have served as a school governor since 2008 and have been involved in the set up and expansion of the PACE Multi Academy Trust. I feel strongly that I have a responsibility to support our local communities through volunteering. I hope my career as a business psychologist and director of a management consultancy brings useful perspectives to our school leadership and governance. I am constantly impressed by the expertise, dedication and brilliance of all the teams across our schools. It's a wonderful community to be part of. We've come a long way but there is much more for us to do.
I have been involved in governance roles since 2004 both as a Governor at Chipstead Valley Primary School and now a Director of PACE. Whilst I am now retired from my career as an Insurance Executive, I am proud to bring my skills to the table to support our Trust leaders to continue to develop all of the schools in the PACE Academy Trust. My objective in giving time my time in this way is to hopefully make a worthwhile contribution to the local community.
With eight grandchildren all benefiting from the local education arena, I see my role as a Director of PACE and as a member of the Croydon Schools Forum as an appropriate and challenging area in which to serve the local community and try to make a difference.
I have held governance roles in PACE schools since 2009 following a career in education including twenty years as a Headteacher, latterly of Keston Primary School. After my time as a Headteacher I worked both as a School Improvement Partner and as an Education Advisor facilitating the performance management of Headteachers. I am both a Director of PACE and a governor at New Valley Primary School.
I am a strong advocate of school improvement and of an inclusive approach for all children. I have a long-standing personal interest and commitment to the inclusion of children with special educational needs. I chair the Board’s ‘Educational Excellence’ committee where Directors review all aspects of school life and progress in our schools. My ambition is that these meetings enable Directors to both celebrate the diverse and stimulating work in schools in the Trust and to gain a deeper insight into the particular challenges each school faces. This enables us as a Board to provide informed direction to the Trust overall.
I am pleased to contribute to the direction of PACE Academy Trust both as a director and as a governor at Chipstead Valley Primary School. I have been a governor for 6 years and a director for 2 years. I’m passionate about helping to drive success and excellence in our schools, in every aspect of school life, for our children, teachers and community.
In my professional life, I work for the NHS as the Regional Finance Director for the South East of England, overseeing the £16bn NHS budget.
I am the Company Secretary for a major national Housing Association which provides housing for older people across England. Prior to this I spent 21 years in Banking where I had a number of management roles in operations and credit.
I became a governor at Chipstead Valley soon after my son entered Reception in 2008 and have served since then on various governing bodies and committees. I currently Chair the Finance and Audit Committee and am a Governor of New Valley Primary School. I have also recently been appointed a Governor at St Bede's School Redhill where my son is now in year 9.
I have worked as Head Teacher since 1996, joining Chipstead Valley Primary School in 2000. During my time at the school, we achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. We went on to build on this success by creating a multi-academy trust, of which I am immensely proud to be the Chief Executive.
I am passionate about our schools and the opportunity we have to provide an excellent education to all of the children in our care. Our schools serve communities across two London boroughs and we celebrate our diversity. Our approach across the Trust is characterised by collaboration rather than uniformity: I encourage our staff to be creative about how they think about and organise all aspects of school life and to share their successes.