I am lucky to have spent the last 15 years living with my partner on his family farm on the edge of Church Broughton. Our three boys, Oliver and Charles and Henry go to Church Broughton Primary School.
I work part time for Derby City Council as a Traffic and Transportation Technician. It’s a challenging role that involves designing and implementing changes to roads and footways in the city. I also work with schools on campaigns to reduce congestion and increase walking.
I have been working with schools for over 20 years in a number of different roles; crossing children over the stepping stones in Dovedale for the National Trust, teaching secondary science in the classroom as a Science Teacher and as a School Travel Plan Co-ordinator I created and promoted sustainable travel campaigns and even had the privilege of teaching pupils to ride a bike.
As a Parent Governor I am keen to support Church Broughton Primary to be the inspirational, successful and fun school that it is constantly striving to be.
I was brought up on a dairy farm in North Shropshire, where I went to a small C of E Primary School not unlike Church Broughton. My secondary school was a large comprehensive, similar to John Port. While my brother took on the farm, I was always more interested in Science and Technology, so I studied Computer Science at Warwick University. I was one of the first people anywhere to use the World Wide Web (in 1993) and ended up working for IBM. My job is to help big companies use IBM's database software. I'm often on a train to London or some other city or town, like Nottingham working for Boots, or just working from home. Occasionally I'll be on a plane.
I have lived in Church Broughton since the day I got married to Catherine, 11 years ago. We live at the Old School House, with our children, Henry, John and Martha. Henry attends QEGS whilst John and Martha attend Church Broughton Primary School.
I aim to bring my knowledge and skills to help support the success of the school.
Although originally from East Anglia I have lived in Derbyshire for most of my life moving here after I left University, and I consider it my home. I used to live in Church Broughton (more than 10 years) and became a school governor. I moved down the road to Brailsford in 2006 but wanted to keep my connections with Church Broughton School.
As a day job I run a small research and facilitation company, specialising in sustainable economic development. My team works across the UK on a range of projects and runs a national business network – the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development – which is the UK national Branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) based in Geneva. WBCSD is the voice of business in all global discussion about sustainable development and climate change. Our aim is to ensure that 9bn+ people can live well, and within the planet’s means by mid-century. There cannot be a more serious subject for future generations.
Before setting up the business I had a number of senior roles with Toyota UK at Burnaston, the BBC at the then Pebble Mill, and with the West Midlands Regional Development Agency as Business Development Director.
As an employer literacy and numeracy are important to me, especially in our business which demands a high level of communication and analytical skills. The education received in our primary schools, especially in these areas, is our foundation for life and I have always had an interest in the way these subjects are taught. It is for this reason that I have been a Governor, including Chair of Governors, at a number of Derbyshire schools over many years.
I have lived in Hatton Fields for the last 16 years with my partner and two children, Jordan and Jack. Jordan has recently graduated from the University of the Arts in London and Jack is at JCB Academy after completing all of his primary education at Church Broughton.
Personally, I lived for 8 years in Fort Collins, Colorado U.S.A. working in the computer department of the local hospital. On my return to the UK I worked at Hays Distribution coordinating the Rollout contracts for Homebase. I left when I had Jack and returned to work in 2010 as a midday supervisor at Church Broughton this led to a career change in 2012 when I trained as a teaching assistant. This is a role I completely love and put all my efforts into.
As a governor of the school I would like to see it recognised as the caring and successful school I know it to be and to be of any support and help I can be.
I was raised in Melbourne, South Derbyshire, where the majority of my family still live. I met my husband John at the local Young Farmers Club and we married in 1986. We have two children, Christopher and Amy who both attended Church Broughton Primary and John Port Schools. Christopher attended Manchester Metropolitan University and swims competitively; and Amy studied catering at Buxton College.
When I am not in school I like cooking, gardening, travelling, reading and jigsaw puzzles. I worked for many years for the HSBC Bank before having children. I was appointed Clerk to Governors in July 1999 and Senior Clerk in June 2002. For many years I was an active member of FCBS.
I have lived in Derby now for 33 years, living locally in Mickeover before moving to Church Broughton 5 years ago with my wife Sarah, and two sons, Zachary and Barnaby.
I have worked in education as a PE teacher for 16 years, working in schools in Leicester, and more locally at Derby Moor School and Littleover Community School. I am currently Assistant Head of Dept which involves developing a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils. I am also Assistant Head of year 7 which is a pastoral role involving ensuring the year group are safe, happy and all reaching their expected levels of progress.
As a new parent governor, I want to be able to share my knowledge of education to help assist the school in continuing to provide the excellent, enjoyable learning experience that the school currently provides.