I left school to become a Merchant Navy Officer and have since had careers in Technology and E-commerce. I bring 30 years of management experience as well as specific skills in business administration, project management and technology. I have also been a school governor for nearly ten years and as well as serving at Fortismere, I am Chair of Governors of an outstanding Primary in East Finchley. My motivations for being a Governor remain the same as ever: to contribute my skills, experience and time to support schools and school leaders in doing the very best job they can for our community, and our children.
I am an experienced Chartered Surveyor with wide ranging property skills. Additionally, I am a trained arbitrator with experience in dispute resolution. The property skills are very useful as Fortismere has extensive land and buildings and we are always dealing with property related issues from maintenance to working with neighbours and refurbishment matters. My dispute resolution skills have been useful in listening to hearings, complaints and other related matters.
My involvement with the school came about as both of my daughters attended Fortismere with the younger of the two now being in the sixth form. I am a Governor who is committed to inclusive, non-selective state education for the children of our community. I enjoy making a small contribution to try and ensure that all of our children get the best possible education and support in our local school.
I sought to join Fortismere School's Governing body because I believe that I have skills gained from 20 years experience as a School Governor that will be beneficial for the further development of the school. I was Chair of Governors at Tetherdown for more than 2 years during my ten year membership of its Governing Body. I have two children at the school and my wife is an ex-pupil. In particular, I hope that my skills in budget setting and monitoring, together with my scrutiny and local government experience will be of benefit to the school.
My professional background is as a management consultant and people manager in commercial, business and IT administration and management education. I use my business, commercial and ICT skills to add value to the governing body. I have three children, one is currently at Fortismere and the older two are former students. I believe governors have an important role to play in active parental involvement and transparent decision making.
I became a governor in the hopes of enabling a more constructive dialogue between parents and Fortismere, and to increase transparency at the school. From 2016, all three of my daughters will be attending Fortismere, in Years 7, 10 and in the sixth form. As a governor, I would like to build on the measures currently in place, to ensure that everyone feels they have a voice. I was a Parent Governor for eight years at my children's primary school, the last four of which I was the Vice-Chair. I am a journalist and a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at London Metropolitan University, which is one of the most socially inclusive universities in the UK. I am committed to the state education system, and believe everyone should have the right to the best possible education.