I moved to the Island in 2017 after a long career in financial services where I led the UK crisis risk management function of a major retail bank, involving responsibility for liaison with the Bank of England. As part of my work I regularly took part in crisis activities involving the financial authorities.
On a personal level I am married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren. One of my daughters is currently at the Island VI form. I also have a dog which provides me with the opportunity for plenty of walks in the beautiful island countryside and lovely beaches. I am glad I moved to the Island as it was always on the list of my favourite places from as far back as a childhood holiday in the 1960s.
Prior to moving to the Island I had spent 8 years as a Governor in the Midlands, including 5 years as a Chair of Governors. After a short break while I settled in I then decided it was time to become involved in supporting the education of children again, joining our Governing Board in 2018 and becoming Co-Chair in 2019. I am committed to meeting the challenge of ensuring the Isle of Wight Education Federation’s schools provide the best possible education for the Island’s children.
I moved to the Island in 2013, having lived and worked as a teacher and education inspector/adviser in the South, then the Midlands and, in recent years, around the country. I taught in secondary schools in Berkshire, Hampshire and the Midlands, holding middle and senior leadership positions before becoming a local authority inspector/adviser. As principal secondary adviser, I led a team supporting rapid improvement in schools in challenging circumstances, also working across the region and country as an Ofsted inspector, School Improvement Partner and National Challenge Adviser. I became a DfE Education Adviser in 2008, joining the City Challenge Programme as Secondary Challenge Adviser to the Black Country. I continued to work as a DfE Education Adviser until my retirement in 2015, monitoring underperforming academies, particularly in urban and coastal areas. I was appointed as a governor of the Isle of Wight Education Federation schools in 2015, became Vice Chair in 2017 and Co-Chair in 2019.
I’m married with three children and four grandchildren who do not live on the Island, but wish they did! We love the island and are very glad we decided to move here, spending as much time as possible outdoors: walking, horse riding, kayaking and sailing.
I have lived on the Island since birth and attended Carisbrooke when it was the Carisbrooke Grammar School. After leaving school I joined Plessey Radar (now BAE Systems) and was sponsored whilst studying Electronics before being appointed as a Design Engineer then progressing my career through various roles. I left the company in August 2017 to enter semi-retirement and I now work part time for the NHS as Emergency Ambulance crew.
I became a Governor at the end of October 2016 to seek new challenges after a 25 year period of volunteering as a Special Constable attaining the rank of Special Chief Inspector, so I’m no stranger to giving time for worthy and deserved causes. I try to devote my personal, business and community experience to helping the Governing Board progress the colleges to deliver the very best possible service to the students attending each of the three establishments.
I have been married to Monica for 38 years and we live in Wootton and enjoy travelling for holidays.
I have been teaching in state secondary schools since September 1987. I started as a history teacher and I still love history. I have worked in schools in Purley, Cheam, Peterborough, Kettering, Fakenham and Wisbech. I have been a Headteacher since 2007 and Medina is my fourth school where I have been trusted to be in charge. Being a Headteacher is the greatest job in the world and I basically love every day, even when it is tough like on Ofsted days! I want to make the Federation schools great for all the young people and the staff who work here.
I have been married to Sarah since 1990 and we have three daughters who live all over the country. They are all in their 20’s. We have a black standard poodle (Pablo) who occasionally comes into work with me to be spoiled by staff and he loves walks on the beach.
I have been taking part in Triathlons since 1991 and since then I average about 5 a year and I have done around 150 or so, mostly small events but I have represented GB twice a few years ago. My job tends to get in the way now though (!) so it is more of a fun thing and to relieve stress and keep the weight off. We moved to The Island in December 2017 for this job and we have now bought a VW campervan and enjoying the chilled life when we can.
I was born and have lived on the Isle of Wight all my life. I attended Grange Road Primary School and Osborne Middle School both in East Cowes which lead to Medina High School I was part of the second intake with the school still being built around us.
In my spare time I spend a lot of time learning, researching and reading. I spend a lot of time coding trying to automate activities I’m involved with. I enjoy walking and taking pictures.
I became a School Governor due to all the support and guidance the school gave my Autistic son and us. The school turned his education around from a possibility to him being removed from mainstream schooling to succeeding, doing well to leaving the school in Year 6 to join a secondary school and be part of their Grammar Stream program. My Autistic son now again enjoys going to school and life. He looks forward to facing every challenge now before him and with the strategies he has and is being taught by the incredible team working with him he has learnt to cope and overcome the difficulties he must face each day.
I wished to give back to the school for everything they have done for him by supporting the school by using the skills and qualifications I have collected over the years. I wish to aid the school to achieve its full potential so every student within the school reaches their full potential by having the same opportunities and support given to my son.
I am originally from a small village in Gloucestershire and moved to the Island in 1998 after finishing a BSc Hons in Sport and Fitness Science.
It was after 5 years working at Little Canada in Wootton, as an outdoor adventure and watersports instructor, that I decided I’d like to become a teacher. I returned to University in Southampton in 2002 on a PGCSE course. During this time my two teaching placements were at Medina High School and Carisbrooke High School.
My first teaching role was at Osborne Middle School in East Cowes where I was also a Staff Governor. Just prior to the school reorganisation I was offered a job in the PE department at Medina High school, where I have worked until present.
It will be of no surprise that as a PE teacher I enjoy sport and represent the Isle of Wight in the Ladies Hockey 1st team. I also enjoy snowboarding and am looking forward to going on the next school ski trip.
I have been a Governor since May 2016. Before becoming a co-opted Governor I was Chairperson for Carisbrooke College Parents Voice which I had been involved with for 4 years, and really enjoyed. Since being a Governor I have learnt so many new skills. I am involved with monitoring SEND, Behaviour and Welfare and also connecting with Parents and Carers by attending Parents evenings and Parents Voice meetings. Being a Governor is an extremely rewarding role.
I was born on the Island and attended local Schools including Carisbrooke College. I have always lived and worked here. Before having our son, I worked in retail management for 10 years. My husband and I now run a gardening business. I have been involved with volunteering, including Cubs/Scouts, and also as a Child Welfare Officer for a Youth Football team. I am a busy person, and when time allows, I enjoy walking, meeting friends and spending time with my family.
We are currently welcoming new governors to the team.