I am a recent migrant to Selston, having moved here to be closer to my job, with my family approximately 5 years ago from Yorkshire. My career has seen me working in various roles from retail to education, property management to IT, it has always been those roles connected to education that has brought me the most satisfaction. Via a brief stint working delivering adult education and further education, I quickly identified that I was not destined to be a teacher, and adjusted my sights to finding the right fit of role where I was able to support education rather than be directly delivering it.
Working as a manager within the IT Function at a local university, and as a parent of two children – one of whom has transitioned to Selston High School this year, the other being at a local primary school – I was delighted to be able to join the Governing Body of the school. As a Selston local and advocate for the importance of a strong education my aspiration on the governing body is to look with a fresh pair of eyes and to make sure that not only are the academic needs of our younger residents being met, but also the social and personal aspects of our children’s development. As a dyslexic that has gained undergraduate and postgraduate certifications, I can fully appreciate the difference that a supportive school, with strong Special Educational Needs provision can make to a child and the importance of a well-structured programme of study that offers opportunities for the future.
As a new Governor this year, I hope to bring fresh eyes and a willingness to ask the basic questions as well as the uncomfortable ones. Whilst my area of focus on the Governing Body is Health And Safety, my breadth of interest is wide. I am particularly keen on seeing gender diversity within the IT Sector, and I am keen to see this transformation begin during students’ school education.