grew up in Kent and East Sussex, and have lived in West Sussex, Hertfordshire,
South Glamorgan and Surrey due to my career, before moving to Burnham on Sea in
1996. I am a chartered civil engineer and worked for eight local authorities
over a 29-year period (the latter 10 years as chief officers). Since 1994, I
have been self-employed as a technical advisor for out-sourcing, PFI and PPP
projects mostly for schools, hospitals and other public services. My wife
taught in various schools from pre-school to sixth-form and in adult education.
I am now mostly involved in voluntary work, currently: member of East Brent
Village Hall Management Committee since October 2005, and as a co-opted
governor at The King Alfred School since December 2015; and previously: a Magistrate
from 2005 to 2012, a member of North Sedgemoor Children’s Centres Advisory
Board from 2009 to 2015, a non-executive director of Homes in Sedgemoor Ltd
from 2005 to 2008, and a trustee of Benchmark (a charity) from 2011 to February
2016. I was appointed as a community governor at Brent Knoll in June 2010
and re-elected on 15 July 2014, and then appointed as a co-opted governor in
I was born in Somerset and went to school in Somerset and Bristol.
I studied Botany Zoology and Geography at Portsmouth and went on to work in
Health Education, and Health Informatics working on electronic patient record
development. In 2000 I gained an MSc. in Health Sciences as a mature student at
the University of East Anglia.
My husband was a GP in Norfolk where we lived for 25 years before returning to
Somerset 11 years ago. There I helped run a nature Watch Group for 4 to 12 year
old children for 7 years. We have two grown up children and two
grandsons, aged 3 and 5. My daughter lives in Botswana so we make regular
visits to Africa to see the family there.
My interests are natural history, walking, travel, cooking, pottery and art and
I am involved in a number of community societies.
As a Foundation Governor I would like to ensure that a Christian ethic is
maintained in the school and would hope to facilitate the liaison between the
school and the wider community. I look forward to working with the head
teacher, staff and other governors to ensure the continuation of a happy and
successful Church of England village school.
have lived in the South West all of my life, studying GCSEs and A-Levels at The
King Alfred School, Highbridge, before going to the University of Exeter to
complete a Law degree and then the University of the West of England, to train
to be a teacher.
University, I taught for several years at Meare Village Primary School, before
taking time out to raise a family.
husband and I currently live in Brent Knoll, with our three children. We love
living in a rural setting and being part of a village community. Our children
enjoy going to Brent Knoll School, where we feel they are lucky to benefit from
both a creative curriculum and a dedicated team of staff.
already been a teacher governor, I feel that I have useful experience to offer
to my present role and I enjoy giving the time to offer my support to the
school and its community.
was born and grew up in Banbury, Oxfordshire, where I completed A'levels in
Art, History and English. I moved to Somerset 15 years ago, originally coming
to the area only to study a BA (Hons) in Textile Design. I met my husband
whilst studying, we remained in this beautiful part of the country and have two
boys aged 6 and 9.
my degree, I spent 10 years working as a South West Regional Visual
merchandisers for Laura Ashley, whilst also working in a pre-school, primary
school and children's centre in the Bridgwater area. I make and sell soft
furnishings, crafts and canvases in my spare time. For the last four years I
have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Brent Knoll School, and as a staff
representative feel passionate and am very committed to supporting the school
in achieving success in all areas.
After a number of years
as a primary school teacher in both Buckinghamshire and Somerset, I moved into
the advisory and support service, became the primary mathematics adviser for
Somerset and was part of the Local Authority school improvement team. This
included Ofsted training and I inspected in schools across the country. I also
tutored trainee teachers in Somerset for five years and have been an external
examiner for trainees for Bath Spa University. During this time I completed a
Masters degree in primary mathematics.
One of my daughters
lives in Brent Knoll with her family. When my grandson started at the school I
was newly retired and I became a volunteer, enjoying being back in the school
environment again. I was very pleased to be invited onto the Board of Governors
as the LA representative and continue to enjoy volunteering at the school as
well as carrying out the governor role.
I was born and grew up in Kent and worked
in London for 21 years for a high net worth Bank as a Project Manager. I moved
to Worle in 2008, where my husband is from, and continued working in the Bank
from the Bristol office.
We moved to Brent Knoll in 2010, and our
son was born in 2011. After enjoying 2 ½ years at home with him I began working
as the local Village Agent for Brent Knoll and surrounding villages. I love
being part of the local community and providing a service to vulnerable and
elderly people in need.
Our son started Brent Knoll school in September 2015
and is enjoying every day and feels very happy and at home in the surroundings.
As a governor of the school I feel I can offer local knowledge and support and
look forward to the opportunity to shape and contribute to the development of
the school and my child’s education.