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I studied Chemistry at the University of Birmingham before starting a career in the military. I joined as an officer and completed pilot training, going on to fly in a variety of roles around the world including as a Search and Rescue pilot in the North East. I developed my understanding of leadership and management as a detachment leader, Flight Commander and Squadron Commander. My work interests broadened to include Air Safety and I qualified as an Instructor and Aircrew Performance Coach.
I qualified as a History teacher in 2000 having studied at Durham and Newcastle. Having held senior leadership posts in other schools, as well as in the North East, I joined The Priory School as an Assistant Headteacher in 2013. I moved on to become Deputy Head in 2015. The Priory School is a wonderful place for both students and staff to learn and work and I feel very honoured to be its Headteacher. I am passionate that we continue to provide high quality education for our local community.
I am a qualified Project Manager with a background in delivering infrastructure projects across the UK. In my current role I work in the bid winning team for a top 50 contractor with a track record of securing multi million pound contracts. Outside of work I am committed to improving opportunities for children and young people, including being active within the local community as both a hockey and cricket coach. I have previous governance experience as a parent governor of a Shropshire Primary S...
I have a wide range of experience, having taught for over 25 years in single-sex, co-ed, day and boarding environments. I myself am a product of the state system but I have taught almost exclusively in the independent sector. My family and I moved to Shrewsbury 14 years ago when I took up the position of Head of Faculty of ICT and Computing at Shrewsbury School. I have taught both vocational ICT and academic Computer Science during an exciting period of development and change.
I joined Priory in 1991 as Deputy Head having previously taught in Croydon for 12 years. During my time at the school I served 3 periods as Acting Head before taking early retirement in 2015 and returning as a part time teacher of History. I have been part of the governing body for over 20 years both in my role as a member of the SLT and now as a governor.
Since arriving at The Priory I have been made to feel extremely welcome and supported. In recognition of this I feel I would like to give something back to the school community, and one of the avenues that might facilitate this would be assuming the role of Support Staff governor. Attention to detail and an enquiring mind would allow me to contribute meaningfully to this position.
Last year I established my own consultancy business, which provides economic advice and analysis to companies, governments and international institutions seeking to understand how climate change and related environmental issues will affect their operations or how they can take action to reduce emissions. Clearly climate change is an issue of particular importance to many young people today and, where appropriate, as a governor I would be happy to share my expertise in this area.
I have a broad interest in education having 3 children, one in year 8 at The Priory School. I understand that students have barriers to learning as 2 of my children have special educational needs and I engage with multi-disciplinary agencies to enable their achievement. As an Operations Manager for a FTSE 100 company, I started my career as an Electrical Apprentice and gained an engineering degree whilst working. I also mentor and support apprentices within the company.
After a career in medical engineering and research I decided to move into teaching in 2015. My initial teacher training was completed through the Salop Teaching Alliance, based at the Priory School, and so I am delighted to be re-establishing a connection with the school as a governor. I have particular experience in pupil wellbeing which I hope to utilise in my role.
I have been part of The Priory School teaching staff since 2019. I am passionate about education and the positive impact schools have on the community they serve. Living locally, I am part of the community that is served so well by The Priory School and I am thoroughly enjoying having that local connection with my place of work. I am looking forward to continuing to contribute positively over the coming years as I establish myself further within the school community.