I became a governor in 2013 because I wanted to use my experience and skills to give something back to the community. At Oakwood there is such an enthusiasm for teaching and learning which makes you want to be more involved. I am now the Chair of Governors and I also sit on the School Improvement committee with a particular interest in Maths.
My working background was initially in IT Consultancy. I then retrained as a Maths teacher and taught Secondary and A-level maths for a number of years. I have a keen interest in education and child development.
Being a Governor has been a great opportunity to understand and support the incredible amount of work done by the staff to provide each and every child with the best possible start to their education.
I became a Parent Governor in 2014 when my daughter was in Year R and my younger son has now also started at the school. As a parent I feel that we are very fortunate to have such an excellent school in our village and so I wanted to contribute some of my time and experience to Oakwood. Hartley Wintney is a growing village and over the past few years I have seen the school grow and adapt in response to the needs of a changing community. The teachers and all the staff at Oakwood are extraordinary as they are always keen to embrace new ideas and seek opportunities to improve; it is a privilege to support them in this.
My professional background is in recruitment and talent development and as a governor I have really enjoyed the opportunity to apply some of this experience in a new context, whilst also learning a huge amount about education and other aspects of running the school.
I am Vice-Chair of the Resources Committee, I lead the Headteacher's Performance Management Committee and am also the Training and Development Governor responsible for induction of new governors and coordination of ongoing training.
I became a Parent Governor in 2017. Both my children have attended the school and I have found the support that the staff and teachers give to every individual child outstanding. I was keen to get more involved with such an excellent school to increase my understanding of the education system, help support a community school and to further support my children in their years in a school environment.
I have taken on the role as a Parent Governor with a focus on Curriculum, in particular reading. I have always loved reading anyway and our house (and tablets!) is full of books. I believe reading is such a critical skill for all children as it opens up ideas, information and creativity that allow them to live a really full and exciting life.
Professionally, my expertise is in helping companies develop and deliver their strategic visions and plans. I love working with people and managing teams and watching my colleagues grow and develop.