From the first time I visited DKH as a prospective parent back in 2009, I have loved the positive energy, and it has been a brilliant experience being part of the community of parents, carers, children and staff. My children, Marcus and Bea, are now in years 6 and 4 and continue to enjoy their time at school, benefitting from the hard work, creativity and enthusiasm of the teachers and other staff. In addition to the core classroom teaching, I have been impressed by the opportunities the children at DKH have had to learn Spanish, participate in music and drama productions and play a range of sports.
I feel very committed to the school and spent a few years on the Friends’ Committee, helping to organise Summer Fairs, Apple Days and the other events which make life at DKH really special. After getting more involved, I wanted to play a part in shaping the school and setting the direction, and stood as a parent governor. I am dedicated to developing and improving the educational experience and opportunities of all pupils, so that they fulfil their potential.
When I was elected in May 2015 I said that my priorities would be as follows, and I continue to influence all of these areas as much as possible:
· Recruiting a new Head – it is vital for the success of the school that we resolve the uncertainty about the future leadership of the school.
· Supporting the ethos of the school by setting out clear aims and policies for all areas of the school curriculum, and outlining how these translate into the opportunities provided to our children.
· Promoting good two-way communication between the Governing Body, staff and parents/carers through a range of media.
· Transparency in the way the Governing Body works.
I am also committed to slowing climate change and reducing our impact on the planet, I am keen to see how DKH can play its part in this.
I have lived in East Dulwich and Camberwell since 1998, originally coming from Manchester. I love the vibrancy and diversity of life here and want to do what I can to ensure that DKH School plays a valuable part in the local community as well as linking in with exciting opportunities across London.
I have worked for 20 years in different roles in the Criminal Justice sector: in a hostel for ex-offenders, as a Probation Officer, for the Metropolitan Police as Head of Partnerships and as a consultant. I am currently working freelance, with a focus on criminal justice, partnerships and implementing change.
My first degree is in English Literature, which I love, and I also enjoy listening to and playing music. Inspired by my children learning Spanish, I am currently learning too. I relax by swimming, cycling and doing yoga.