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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.
Michael is the Executive Principal of the trust, having been appointed to become the Principal of The Priory School in 2014. Prior to that he was Headmaster of Adams’ Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire. Michael’s experience is in school improvement, of all dimensions, and he believes strongly in the philosophy of educating the whole person. As Executive Principal, Michael has worked closely with the governors on establishing clear accountability for the performance of all schools.
I joined The Priory in 2008 after working at Deansfield High in Wolverhampton teaching Art and Graphics at A Level. During my time at The Priory I have enjoyed many positions of responsibility including Researching and Promoting boy’s achievement, Head of Year, Head of Department, and Associate Assistant Principal. I am presently thoroughly enjoying my roles as Head of Darwin House, teacher of; Art, Graphics and Product Design and now Staff Governor.
I qualified with a modern languages degree from the University of Warwick in 1980 and worked as a linguist for the Foreign Office and the British Council until my marriage to a Shropshire farmer in 1983.I trained as a physiotherapist at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, qualifying in 1989. I gained a MSc in Health Sciences at Birmingham University, qualifying in 1998.I am currently working at RJAH as a clinical and surgical assistant in the Department of Spinal Studies.
I retired to Shrewsbury in 2017 after a 37 year career in banking and finance. I worked mostly in London, but also spent several years in Paris and New York. I served for 15 years on the governing body of a small independent school in Kent (ages 3-18), including the last 5 years as chair of the finance committee. I have one son in year 7 and another who we hope will join the school in 2019. Although not an educationalist by profession, over the years I have developed a great interest in the e...
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.