I moved to Cornwall from Surrey with my late husband in 2001. Before taking early retirement I taught in a Church of England Primary School in London for 35 years. Although I did not know at the time both my grandmother and husband had been pupils there. Later my own two children attended my school. Following my retirement I volunteered in my old school and helped children with reading, ICT, visits and camps.
Soon after our move to Launceston I volunteered to hear readers at St Stephens and eventually became a governor and later Chair. I resigned from the Governing Body of St Stephens a couple of years ago as I thought it needed some new faces and ideas. I then became a Member of Andaras MAT. However my interest in St Stephens continued and I offered to become a Governor again last year.
Apart from my involvement with St Stephens, I enjoy reading, listening to music and walking my two dogs. I am an active member of Launceston U3A and am involved in my local community. My daughter is a teacher in New Zealand, so I try to visit her and my grandchildren whenever I can.
St Stephens is a great school and I am proud to be associated with it.
I have lived in Launceston for the past 31 years. My sons attended Launceston College and currently three of my grandchildren live and go to school in the local area.
During my working life I taught in Primary Schools in London, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany and finally Launceston. After my 'school days' I was secretary of Launceston Golf Club for 6 years and I am currently a trustee and a regular playing member. I also invigilate at Launceston College during exam periods.
I attend St. Stephen's Church and I am a member of the Parish Church Council. I also assist in providing 'Open the Book' assemblies weekly at St. Stephen's School.
My initial start in the world of work began with a qualification in Nursery Nursing which, after gaining a range of experiences working in the provision of Early Years, led on to a role as a Pre-School Manager. After leaving full time work and having children of my own, I spent 6 years as a full-time mum and then 2 years running a small business from home as I continued to care for my children. When my youngest daughter started full time school in September 2015, I was offered the opportunity to become a Transport Manager within my family’s Private Hire Company. We currently own a fleet of around 25 cars and minibuses that provide transport services. My role involves a range of administration tasks in business and finance management, alongside overseeing a team of approximately 30 people, organising the continued servicing and maintenance of the vehicles and working closely with Cornwall Council services to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the vulnerable children and adults in our care. The company is continuing to expand with further purchases of vehicles and an increasing number of contracts covering areas in Cornwall and Devon.
My youngest daughter currently attends St. Stephens Community Academy, with my eldest having left the school in 2018 to move on to secondary school. During their time at St Stephens, I have been very involved in offering support as a volunteer. In 2015, I decided to become a committee member on the Academy’s PTFA, as I wanted to help raise funds for opportunities and equipment that would help enhance their learning experiences. I am now Chair of the PTFA and work closely with many members of the Academy to provide valuable activities and experiences within the school. This position later led on to me becoming a Parent Governor, as I was keen to continue to develop my involvement and support for St. Stephens Community Academy. With work and school commitments taking up a lot of my time, I always ensure I make the most of my spare time by spending it making memories with my family!
I was born in Reading, Berkshire and grew up in a village a few miles away. I moved to Cornwall nearly 25 years ago after being a civil servant at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. Ten years ago I received my second degree, a Bachelor of Education (Maths) and I taught in a number of schools for a few years. I retired early after being run over by a car. I am a member of St Mary’s Church in Launceston where I sing in the choir. I also sing in the Choral Society. Church work includes being a member of the Church Committee, being treasurer, running Kids’ Cafe, helping at Messy Church and, of course, Open the Book. I am a volunteer at Launceston Money Advice Centre where I help people with financial problems. I am a licensed Pastoral Minister and a Worship Leader. I have worked with children since I started Sunday School teaching at age 16. Being a School Governor for the first time is a great honour. Having been to the school some years every week with the Open the Book team, it seemed a natural progression to become a Governor. I believe that every child has the right to a positive education experience while at the same time developing their lives to become rounded and well-equipped caring people ready to take their place in the world. I can see that this is the ethos of this lovely school.
I am one of the Foundation Stage teachers at St Stephens and have been in this role since September 2015. After graduating from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree in 2010, I completed a PGCE at Plymouth Marjon University the following year. Since gaining Qualified Teacher Status, I have taught in many local schools as a full-time and part-time teacher as well as copious supply teaching! This variation in work has allowed me to teach every year group from Foundation to Year 6. My current roles at St Stephens are UNICEF leader, Humanities leader and Student Mentor.