Born and raised in Cheshire, I studied for my first degree in Theology and Education at Oxford. After University, I went on to teach at a Prep school in Hertford followed by teaching posts in London, before becoming the founding Head of The Grange (RGS Worcester) in 1996. Whilst at the Grange I also studied for my M.Ed. in Leadership and Management. In 2001 I took up a Headship in Bath followed by a Principalship in Yorkshire in 2004.
In 2008 I was promoted to a Head Office position at Alpha Plus Group and became Director of Operations two years later. I then added international education to my experience by moving to World Class Learning. In 2012 I became a founding partner and Director of Operations and Education for the International Schools Partnership which today owns seventeen schools around the world.
I am passionate about creating outstanding futures for our children as well as learning spaces and cultures that allow and encourage all to thrive and be the best that they can be. I live with my husband, three dachshunds and a bonkers cat called Bertie, in the Cotswolds and France, and am often found careering around the countryside in my beloved Morgan!
I’m a lawyer by background having been in practice for over 25 years and now sit as a Judge (part time). I have advised many corporate entities including local authorities and education providers. My experience of the sector has also been informed through the education of my four children via many different schools. As well as advising in private practice I lead a pro bono advice centre where I advise members of very deprived communities. I am passionate about being part of an organisation that is committed to developing leading educational experiences for children and their parents and am honoured to be working with such leading educationalists.
I am fortunate to be a Trustee Board Member of two UK charities. I have also had the privilege of lecturing in law for nearly 20 years . When not working I have many interests including competitive bridge, telemark expeditions and motorcycling.
I grew up in rural Herefordshire and went to school in Malvern before graduating in Economics from Exeter University.
After qualifying as an accountant with Ernst & Young, I went on to work in corporate finance, advising clients on private company transactions across a range of sectors. Further to this, I became Finance Director of a small recruitment company and learnt the Finance Director trade from the bottom up.
In 2014 I started working for International Schools Partnerships, a group of people with backgrounds in education and an aspiration to create a network of schools spanning various continents. During my time there we acquired 15 schools with 15,000 pupils across three continents.
I live in London with my wife and young daughter, indulging myself in enjoying various sports, albeit nowadays as a spectator.
I graduated from Jesus College Cambridge with a BA in History and English and the PGCE. After teaching history and coaching football for a decade Buckinghamshire and Devon I was promoted to Deputy Headship in York.
There followed 25 years of school leadership experience: as head in York, an 11 year headship in Doncaster followed by a move to the international sectors, where I was Principal in two international schools in Prague and Washington DC.
I work with a wide range of schools to promote coaching, continual professional learning and, most importantly, leadership of learning. I believe fervently that high performance learning – based on our increasing understanding of the way the brain works and our growing knowledge of how the highest performers think and behave – can deliver mastery, opportunity, choice, dignity and purpose for all learners, young and old !
My spare time is devoted (in no particular order) to my family, my wife Diane, three fantastic children and three adorable granddaughters, long distance running, football, history, travel and soul and jazz music!
I have class taught all ages from 2 to 8 in independent schools around the UK, managed and opened school based early years and nursery departments; most recently completing seven years as Headmistress for The Minors Nursery School for the Alpha Plus Group. I am well experienced within the EYFS and a passionate advocate for value of a solid foundation in the crucial younger years. I gained my BA Hons QTS in Education from Surrey University and enjoy the arts, theatre and baking as well as spending time with my family.
There has never been a time when I’ve not been involved in the world of education. After studying Engineering and Management at Kings’ London, I went straight back to school!
I taught in both day and boarding environments, at both Prep and Secondary levels in schools in London and the home counties prior to settling in Worcestershire. I have spent the last twenty years encouraging teachers, school leaders, pupils, parents and Governors to use technology to enhance teaching and learning as well as improve business functions.
As well as teach, be a part of leadership teams and manage both academic and technical functions across a group of schools, that has also provided an opportunity to set up and run a Regional Training Centre to offer free CPD to teachers from schools in the Midlands area and beyond. Thereby attempting to expose, explore and enthuse about the ‘art of the possible’, both to teachers and school leaders alike, helping Headteachers and subject specialists develop strategies to improve teaching and learning, specific to their setting.
Living on the Malvern Hills, with my wife Emma, two young boys and a small but enthusiastic hound called Pip affords me many opportunities to get out on bikes and walks. Other interests include sea kayaking, canoeing and winter mountaineering, pursued both privately and when training and leading young participants in their ambitions to prepare for and participate in DofE expeditions, both in the UK and beyond.