- How long have you worked for E21C?
I have been Chair of E21C from the start, working closely with our CEO, Paul Murphy, in developing the vision and structure of the Trust.
- What’s your background?
I have been involved with school governance for 20 years as Chair within both the primary and secondary sectors, covering all governance aspects including strategic direction, appointment of Head Teachers, acquisition, construction and creation of a new Primary School.
- What does your day-to-day job involve?
When I’m not working for the Trust, I am Director for Proctors Estate Agents, involving myself with all aspects of running a business and dealing with sales, letting management and land and development.
- What’s your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of being Chairman of E21C is that I am able to make a positive impact on the education system, increasing opportunities for our students and offering a better quality of education for all children in our schools.
- If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Practical, determined and hands-on.
- What is your favourite saying?
“Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself.” – this is an inspirational quote from John Dewey and one that holds an important message for our pupils.
- What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a big Coldplay fan and am actually going to see them live in concert at Wembley Stadium this year.
- What’s your biggest achievement?
I was awarded NLG (National Leader Governance) three years ago, which has allowed me to help and review other local schools’ governing bodies, which has had a positive effect on the way I now govern the schools within our Trust.
- What is the biggest reward your role has offered to date?
What excites me most about the Trust is how we have the ability to affect every child within it. The fact that at its core we are able to cater for children of differing abilities from our local community, encouraging self-confidence in order to every child to be “the best they can be” is definitely the most rewarding aspect of my job.
- What was your favourite subject when you were at school?
At school I was really interested in Geography, especially geology.