I am married with three grown up children who all attended Wade Deacon High School.
I grew up in Liverpool but have lived in Widnes for over 30 years and work in the telecommunications industry as a Learning & Development Officer coaching and mentoring apprentices.
I believe that every child deserves the best possible opportunity to achieve their full potential and be able to look back after completing their education with fond memories of enjoying happy times whilst at school.
My specific areas of interest are music and the arts. Wade Deacon throughout my time as a Governor has developed many pupils interest in music, be it classical or pop and I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument.
I am honoured to be a Governor of such a forward thinking, ground breaking school as Wade Deacon. I believe that schools should be governed by people who are passionate about getting the best for the children who attend as well as the staff who teach in them and not by politicians. I am not politically motivated but believe in fighting for the best for the young people who attend Wade Deacon School.
I was born in Widnes and was educated in the town at Farnworth Infants, Simms Cross Juniors, and Fairfield High Schools. I have also lived and worked in the local community for most of my life. I trained as a nurse and worked in the NHS in Warrington and in the local community before moving into the Chemical industry and qualifying as a Health and Safety practitioner. I have been married for more than 40 years and have two sons and 2 grandsons. I am now retired and enjoy keeping fit, patchwork and quilting, reading and spending time with our two grandsons.
I became a school governor more than 20 years ago when our sons were at school and have always had a keen interest in education. As a lifelong learner myself I have never lost my enthusiasm for the power of education and the opportunities it presents for all children.
Following the completion of my Degree and Masters of Mathematics at the University of Liverpool, I embarked on a graduate accountancy programme with PriceWaterHouseCoopers. Very quickly I realised that my passion lay within education. I completed my teaching qualification in 2003 and joined Wade Deacon High School in 2004 as teacher of Mathematics. I spent 10 years at Wade Deacon, 3 years as Deputy Headteacher, before taking up the post of sole Deputy Headteacher at Formby High School in 2014.
I became a Staff Governor in 2010 and I am proud to serve on a Board of Governors that is passionate about providing the best possible education for our students.
After completing part of my teacher training at Wade Deacon, I joined the school as a Teacher of History in September 2003. I have worked in a number of different roles at the school since then, including making a significant contribution to the design and delivery of the fantastic buildings opened in April 2013.
I am now the Principal HR and Operations Support Officer for the Wade Deacon Trust, qualified as an HR specialist and with Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Married to a Vicar, and originally from Liverpool I have lived in Widnes for approx. 20 years. I have spent many years working in education from primary through to University. Also many years as a Youth Worker and counsellor. I enjoy travelling, reading and music.
I take a great interest in ensuring that the students at Wade Deacon are provided with the very best opportunities to succeed and have been a Governor at Wade Deacon for many years.
I am the nominated school safeguarding link Governor and undertake training and regular visits to the school in order to support this important and confidential role.
I was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and have lived in Hale Village for the past 15 years. I have been a Freeman of Hale for 5 years and am actively involved in the local community. I have worked at Prescot Primary School for the past 17 years as a teacher where I have been a staff governor for 9 years. I am married and have 2 children. I have a keen interest in education and believe that every child should have the very best teachers and opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.