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!
My involvement in the education sector stems from bringing up four children through many different schools experiences as well as advising local authorities and education providers. Professionally, I have been a lawyer for 25 years working in private practice and pro bono. I am passionate about being part of an organisation that is committed to developing leading education experience for children and their parents both in the UK and overseas. I am fortunate to be a Trustee Board Member of two UK charities and co-ordinates a legal pro bono advice centre where I advise members of very deprived communities. I have loved lecturing in law for nearly 20 years . When not working I try to play competitive bridge and whenever physically able to (!!) ride my motorcycles around the Cotswolds trying to avoid our Chief Executive in her sports car!
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.
Born and raised in South Africa, I came to London in my early twenties on an Examinations Bursary to study Piano at Trinity College of Music. I was teaching part time before I finished at TCM, and then completed a B.Sc in Biological Sciences at Birbeck College, London. I have taught in central London schools since 1987, becoming a Deputy Head in the mid-90s. In 2004 I took up my first Headship as founder Head of a central London Boys’ Prep School and have since been Head of two further schools, with children from 2 to 13 years old.
I have always believed that schools must educate young people with real humanity – thinking skills, flexibility and, above all, a sense of humour!
My partner, Dan, and I look forward to long walks in the Cotswolds with our boxer, Henry….avoiding roads where there are Sports cars and motorcycles driven by our Chief Executive and Managing Director respectively!