I have always worked in a neighbouring educational authority. When my eldest son was of school age, I knew I wanted to know more about the system he was going through. I became a parent governor at Whale Hill Primary, and once my term of office was up, I was co-opted back on as Safeguarding Governor. I have been on the governing body there for nearly 10 years, eventually becoming Vice Chair.
I was part of the steering group for Steel River’s conversion, and I am really pleased to see the MAT come to fruition. I look forward to seeing how we grow as a Trust. My youngest child is still a member of one of our schools, and I see pupils as being the central purpose of the Trust.
I am delighted to be a member of the Trust Board for Steel River Academy Trust.
I am a teacher with many years of experience, both here and overseas, working with children from 3 years old up to 13 years old. My main area of expertise is EYFS, and I now work in many schools in Redcar and Cleveland alongside teachers and children.
I enjoy walking and reading and taking long train journeys in different parts of the world.
I currently work as a HR consultant. Following six years working and living in Canada, we returned to the North East of England to bring up our children. I was fortunate enough to undertake independent study whilst my children were young and completed a Law Degree followed by a Masters in Employee Relations, before returning to work.
My background includes HR and advisory roles in both the public and not for profit sectors. I have supported schools with strategic HR advice for many years both within the primary and secondary areas. I am passionate about our local area and the education of young people and the importance of their exposure to a range of experiences in order to fulfil their individual potential.
I have held a number of voluntary roles over the years, including being a Brownie Leader. I was also a member of a local governing body for 10 years with responsibility for safeguarding. This was a very fulfilling role and provided me with a wide variety of experience and skills. I am therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to be a Trustee for Steel River Academy Trust.
I enjoy spending leisure time with my family and friends, including my two adult daughters, with travel and sport playing an important part.
I am a retired Chartered Accountant. Initially, I worked for a major international firm of Chartered Accountants in both audit and personal taxation, and then took a career break to look after my 3 children. On returning to work, I became an internal auditor within Redcar and Cleveland Council, where I worked within the Internal Audit Service for almost 20 years. This introduced me to school finance, risk management, elements of HR and assurance in general.
I have held a governor position at 3 different schools over the last 28 year; the most recent being at Grangetown Primary School where I became Chair of Governors in 2014.
I am severely deaf following an illness in 1992. This can be challenging to me but means that I have a special interest in inclusion.
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