I have lived in Tunbridge Wells on and off since I was 6 years old and was educated at the Skinners’ school. I live in the St John’s area and I am married with two young boys and a baby girl on the way. My wife is a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at Hayes Primary School in Bromley.
I have worked in the Civil Service for over ten years, spending time in HM Prison Service HQ, the Home Office and my current department, the Ministry of Defence.
I specialise in policy development and project management. My first role in the MOD, as project man-ager on an asset sales team, provided me with valuable experience of the corporate finance sector. Since then I have worked as the Department’s liaison point with the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC), briefing the Permanent Secretary and witnesses ahead of PAC hearings. I have developed strong stakeholder management skills and a keen understanding of re-source management and the importance of taking decisions which provide value for money in the con-text of affordability.
In my current role I work in the Armed Forces Covenant policy team, providing advice to Ministers on the development of Covenant policy. I work with partners across government, in the charitable and private sectors to mitigate disadvantage to the Armed Forces community. In the work I do with Service Fami-lies, considering the needs of Service children, particularly those with SEND provision, there is much cross-over with my responsibilities as a governor at Bishops Down.
I have lived in the community for many years and consequently when the opportunity arose to become a governor at Bishops Down I was keen to offer my time and skills in support of the school.