Co-Opted Governor, Chair of Governors
A former English teacher and now an education technology adviser to a large group of schools, I am passionate about the power of education and believe that the role schools play for children, families and communities is of the utmost importance. Being a school governor gives me the opportunity to be involved in this. I am particularly interested in how students develop confidence and skills through enrichment clubs and activities. Having lived on a narrow-boat in Hertfordshire for many years, I moved to Cornwall in 2014 and am very happy to call this wonderful county home! I enjoy surfing, kayaking and walking my three dogs. In my spare time I am studying for a PhD looking at the use of computer games in education.
I lived in London for 39 years, working for London Underground. In order to further my own education, whist working I gained City and Guilds Numeracy and English, ILM Certificate in Management Level 5 followed by ILM Diploma in Management. I also became a qualified Assessor in Continuous Management Systems. My role at Brannel is to advise on health and safety policy. I believe that a good working and learning environment is essential to helping raising school standards. As a member of the Resources Committee I am committed to ensuring that the school has the right equipment and resources to teach and develop every student - both present and future.
I am currently employed by Action for Children Leaving Care Service as a Senior Personal Adviser. I am an American citizen and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. I attended Michigan State University and have a degree in Counselling. I came to England in 1969 where I married an Englishman (from Liverpool). After travelling around Europe and Africa we settled in Cornwall and now have four grown-up children, all of whom attended Brannel. I believe that everyone deserves a first class education in order to achieve his or her full potential. Being a governor is a way to become a “critical friend” to the school and to have a role in its continual improvement.
I qualified as a teacher in 1970. In 1983, I took a job with the English Schools Foundation and taught in Hong Kong for 21 years. I now design and manage several websites and volunteer for a large national charity including organising outreach talks to local schools and groups. I am a committee member of the Friendship Force of Cornwall. Having taught all of my working life, I still have a keen interest in education and it was for this reason that I became a school governor. I am continually impressed with the tremendous professionalism and enthusiasm of the staff at Brannel School. The wonderful new buildings and facilities can only be a great motivator for our students and I hope that, in a small way, I too can help Brannel to continue to forge ahead in the future.
I joined Brannel in July 2013 as headteacher. I have taught mathematics in both the South-West and in East Anglia. My experience includes leading a department, working for a Local Authority and as a deputy headteacher before taking up my post at Brannel. I am driven to ensure that Brannel School and all those who attend achieve their potential academically and experience the very best opportunities that are on offer. My family includes my wife and three children. We enjoy sailing, camping and visiting the many exciting places in Cornwall.
I studied at Warwick University for a Bachelor of Education Honours degree specialising in PE and Geography. My specialist sports were Hockey and Swimming. Nowadays, I specialise in Netball and girls’ Cricket. I began working at Brannel in 1982 teaching PE, Special Needs and RE. I currently teaches PE, BTEC Work Skills and GCSE RE. I have been the Work Experience coordinator since 1990.
As an ex-pupil of Brannel School, I recall how important the teachers here were at such a formative time in my life. My time at the school inspired me to move on to St Austell College and then Cardiff University where I read Ancient History. Like many people, I became a Governor to try and help the school where my own children learn. I am hoping to ensure that Brannel School is as inspiring and supporting to the current group of children as it was for me.
I am a games industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in game design, creative direction and pitching. I have 11 published titles across 12 different platforms and have written the screenplay for four of those titles. I’ve created successful concepts for high-profile franchises, including Star Wars and Doctor Who and have worked with BBC Worldwide, Universal, Laika Studios, MGM and Warner Bros and these concepts have signed to generate over £30 million of development business for the studios that I’ve worked with. After a 25 year absence I returned to Cornwall to work at Falmouth University as the Head of the Launchpad programme, our innovative incubation and acceleration programme that is designed to provide market demand business opportunities for graduates and significantly grow the local economy. I have a keen interest in assisting the development of students, schools and the curriculum to build appetite, awareness and skills in sectors that will positively affect both students and the economy.
I grew up in Buckinghamshire and qualified as a primary school teacher in 2001. Having relocated to Cornwall in January 2010, I took up the post of Deputy Headteacher at Carclaze Primary School and then became Headteacher at Nanpean CP School in June 2013. Within the primary education sector, my specialism and passion is Special Education Needs and Disabilities, and I currently lead a Clay Cluster SENDCo group who meet every term. My hobbies include training at the gym, kayaking, yoga and coastal walks. The love of my life is Rocky, my Chihuahua (and my husband, of course)!