I have been a teacher in secondary education for over thirty years, with twelve of these at senior leadership level. As well as being Director of a Training School, I have also held responsibility for Teaching and Learning, led Professional Learning and Transition programmes and been at the helm in leading the Specialist Status and Community Cohesion in two different schools. I have been involved in coaching, delivering coaching training within schools and working with colleagues and young people in a coaching capacity for the last eight years. My main role in schools now is to coach and deliver training and workshops that focus on wellbeing; to help young people (and parents and teachers and leaders and anyone else) connect with their own inner strength, identity and resilience. I particularly want to raise awareness about, and help transform, the self-esteem, mental health and wellbeing of young people.
I mainly work in secondary education and provide coaching on a one to one, group and workshop basis - for leadership, the staff body, parents and young people from 11-19 years. My specialism is young people from 14 - 19 yrs.
Apart from my love of the Performing Arts and my passion for Teaching and Learning (especially Mike Hughes!), I have always been a keenly active person. I like to row, sail, swim, canoe and generally ‘mess about in boats’ where I can also indulge in my enjoyment of the sea. I am a regular theatre goer and my enthusiasm for different cultures, walking and the outdoors extends to all aspects of travel, especially the scenery, people and food. My recent volunteer work (May – July 2017) in a special school in Kenya, was inspiring and humbling in equal measure and reminded me, once again, of how essential a good education is, especially for those who struggle daily to access one. I enjoy a full social life, reading, gardening and music.