I am now retired following diverse careers in the Merchant Navy and latterly, 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 around 15 years and as well as serving at Fortismere, I regularly act as a mentor to new Chairs and Governing Boards elsewhere. My three children all attend(ed) the school. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of being Chair of Governors at Fortismere, and I greatly appreciate the trust the school has placed in me. My motivations remain the same throughout: 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.
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.