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 a Partner within Archers Law LLP Corporate and Commercial Department specialising in company and corporate law.
I regularly undertake a variety of work including large M&A acquisitions, disposals, mergers, joint ventures, MBOs and group reorganisations/restructures for a variety of Clients including a local client base of SMEs. In addition, I also regularly advise clients in relation to equity related documents including shareholder agreements; joint ventures; partnership agreements and general day to day company law related advice and matters.
My other experiences include regularly undertaking work on behalf of various national banks providing advisory and transactional legal services relating to lending and security.
As part of “one of the best firms in the North East”, the UK Legal 500 singles myself out as ‘a great lawyer who is in high demand and has exceptional expertise beyond his years’.
Other achievements included winning “Rising Star of the Year” at the 2018 Northern Law Awards.
I take a personal approach to the role and I am committed to building strong client relationships with both individuals, businesses and local professionals particularly in the Teesside and North East area, focusing on developing both my own and firms reputation. I particularly enjoy working in close partnership with my clients in order to understand and fulfil their commercial objectives and to ensure a practical solution is reached promptly.
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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