I was appointed to the governing body as a co-opted governor in July 2016. I have lived in Tunbridge Wells on and off since I was 6 years old and was educated at the Skinners’ School. I am married with two young boys. My wife used to work at Bishops Down as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and my youngest boy is at Bishops Down Nursery.
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, where I have honed skills in project planning, risk management and policy development. I have had the opportunity to work with and manage a wide range of stakeholders across government and in the public sector.
In my current role I am the Department’s liaison point with the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC). This has led me to develop a keen understanding of resource management and the importance of taking decisions which provide value for money in the context of affordability. These are skills which I hope to bring to my role as a governor at Bishops Down, so that I can help the school and pupils to maximise their potential.
Having lived in the community for many years, 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. I am a member of the Resources Committee.