I taught in Surrey Schools, maintained and independent, for over 30 years.
Following that, I was County Secretary for Surrey NUT for five years.
Currently, I am Vice-Chair of Governors for Oakwood School in Horley.
I intend “Surrey Governance Association” to be a strident voice, to support governors in Surrey, in our challenging times. We need your suggestions, support and commitment. We are here for you.
We have established close links with all partners in all Surrey services and agencies.
My plan is to establish local support groups, so that we can listen and encourage comments and contributions from all governors.
If you have other ideas, suggestions or comments, please let us know at:-
Born in Manchester I moved to Surrey in 2006 I became a School Governor in June 2008 I am a “retired” TV Producer, Performance Director, conference and event’s organiser, scriptwriter, and multimedia developer who as a specialist in best management practice has produced over 400 management development programmes with some 250 broadcast by the BBC. This 20-year career followed on from my earlier 23 years’ experience in senior management positions (board room) in Transport, Fashion design, leisure, building products and property management & development. Following retirement I have written two books, one on managing the Change process title ‘Change – What - change?’ and the other on making appropriate communications title ‘Presentation Ps’.
In addition to my support of the SGA Executive, I am a Local Authority Appointed Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors at Stepgates Community School Chertsey. I have been an ASG since 2013 and I am also currently one of the two Primary School Governors on the Schools Forum. I also serve as a Trustee of Stepgates Community School Fund.
I would most like to promote the concept throughout education that inclusivity is far more relevant and rewarding than exclusivity. That the focus in the development teaching and inspiring of our children at every level is not an adjunct to society but fundamental in creating the vision, realisms, hope, values and life skills that will enable all children to be as successful as they can be, throughout their varied adult life and in their creating the society they desire to hand on to the next generation.
I first became a governor for a school in Addlestone way back in March 2007. I was not new to Governors as I had previously been a governor in Hampshire, until I found the commuting between the two counties and the M25 somewhat difficult.
I was introduced to the Surrey Governance Association by a fellow governor at the school who was on the committee. This was way back in 2011 and I attended their conference and decided to put my name forward. Since joining I have been the Treasurer for the association.
I am currently Chair of Governors in two schools in Surrey, one is a two form entry Junior School and the other is a Nursery school with a Children’s Centre attached.
For me, the help and support the Surrey Governance Association has provided over the years as be invaluable to me as a governor, the pool of knowledge has been amazing. You only have to ask a question and there is someone who can help or knows of someone to get in touch with. It is really all about networking with other Governors and educational experts.
I have worked for both the private and public catering sectors, working across the whole of the south of the country from Lands’ End to Margate. I have helped to deliver training to staff who have achieved their NVQ certificates and In-house training for some of the larger blue chip companies in the City. For me I now feel I can take my experiences a stage further and make a difference to the pupils in the schools where I am a governor.
My whole life has been involved with education. When I heft University in 1963 with an Honours Degree in History my first teaching post was at a Secondary Modern School in Worcestershire. After two years, I moved to Northampton Grammar School for Girls where the emphasis was very clearly on A level results and Academic success.
Shortly after we were married my husband was recruited to an IT position in an international company with offices in Surrey. This gave me an opportunity to work in Bishop Simpson Girls School in Redhill where I was able to be involved in pastoral as well as academic studies. In the 1970’s a very far sighted head mistress planned an amalgamation of Bishop Simpson, which was an Anglican foundation school, with the local Roman Catholic school to form, in 1976, St. Bede’s School which was Britain’s first ecumenical Comprehensive school. I remained there till I took early retirement in 1996. I was fortunate to hold many positions during that time including Head of History, Examinations Secretary, Year Head and Head of the School Annexe.
After leaving St. Bede’s I joined the staff of the local Home Tutoring Service. I was asked to become a governor of St. John’s School Redhill in 1997 and Chair of Governors in 2002. I am also an ASG.