I am honoured to be the Chair of the Governing Body at Hayes School. My experience as a governor and parent is that Hayes works really hard to develop all students as exceptional individuals, regardless of their background or abilities. The leadership and staff are outstandingly committed to helping students become the best they can be.
I became a governor in 2007 when my daughter joined year 7 and was a student at Hayes myself between 1977 and 1984. My favourite subject was Maths but I also enjoyed taking part in the school productions such as My Fair Lady and a musical version of Hard Times. I went to Manchester University and studied Maths and Computer Science and then worked for 25 years for Accenture, a large technology company. I am now self-employed and work in healthcare, as a mediator, and for an educational charity. My hobbies include cricket, classic cars, and walking with our family dog, a slightly mad spaniel.
I got into a good University (Warwick) and graduated with a degree in American & European History. This is in no small part down to the support of my School. I have always believed that the rounded and uncompromising quality of our young people’s education is essential to the best formation of our society, now and in the future. My keen desire to pay back the privilege of the education I received by paying forward my personal and business skills has been fulfilled through being part of the great community I have found at Hayes.
Professionally, I have worked for a bank in the city for my whole career and have been fortunate enough to have lived in New York as well as Dubai, Kazakhstan, Romania & Edinburgh. I have had a number of roles in Strategy, Innovation, Comms & Operations (variety being the spice!) and am also an Intern, Apprentice and Graduate Assessor for my company.
I had a gap year in which I worked (got money) and travelled (spent money) ....and loved every minute. I have never lost the bug and travel as much as work (and Governorship) allows. I also do 3 other things religiously every year: watch live rugby union; visit a new museum, gallery or attraction somewhere; and cheer on my beloved Red Devils!
I am the Clerk to Governors and am delighted to be part of the Hayes Community. I am also Clerk at Ravens Wood School and two local primary schools and really enjoy the challenges and fulfilment that the role of Clerk brings. After working for many years in the Finance sector as a project manager I felt the need for a career change to allow me to spend more time with my young son and I am now working as a primary school Teaching Assistant which complements my role as Clerk, providing an understanding of the working of and the challenges faced by schools. My spare time is dedicated to my family but I also enjoy dining out, meeting up with friends, reading and supporting the ‘Blues’ at Stamford Bridge!
I have been a Governor for about 20 years, during which time I have also been an Independent Schools Inspector. Having retired from teaching at Eltham College where I was Head of English and subsequently Senior Master responsible for Teaching and Learning, Appraisal, Induction, Special Needs and Oxbridge Advice, I worked for a while for IStip - the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel which oversees NQTs. I have a degree in English from St John’s College Cambridge, where I was an Exhibitioner. As well as a passion for singing, I enjoy reading, travel, walking, concert-going, visiting galleries and meeting friends. I have derived huge satisfaction from being a Governor and from being a member of such a vibrant and purposeful community.
I joined as associate staff governor at the beginning of 2013. Previously, I served on the governing body of a primary school for eight years (six years as Chair), where I was at first a community and then an LA governor and so was quite prepared for the forests of paperwork involved!
Prior to having a child, I worked in the IT sector for a number of years for various companies, initially as a computer programmer and later in software quality management. I now run the Library at Hayes School and have found it satisfying that I get to use the different skills that I learnt throughout my school, work and personal life, not to mention free technology advice from gadget savvy students!
Being on the Governing Body at Hayes gives me a good insight into the activities and achievements of the students in the other areas of the school and I am constantly amazed at how much actually goes on here.
I have been a school governor for almost 30 years, starting as a Parent Governor at my children’s nursery school in Lewisham in 1981. Four of my children have attended Hayes School. I was a Parent Governor at Hayes Primary School and have been on the Governing Body of Hayes School for over 20 years initially as a Parent Governor and later as a Partnership Governor. I have served on most of the committees on the Governing Body and am the Link Governor for Behaviour. Whilst at home raising my family, I was an active member of the PTA for both Hayes Primary and Hayes School and was Chair of Hayes School PTA for a number of years. BC (before children) I was a PA to the Chief Executive of Tate & Lyle and during my ‘time off’ I qualified as a teacher and held a post as a part-time lecturer at a College of Further Education before going on to have the rest of my family. I returned to the workplace when my youngest started school as the PALS Officer at a local Hospital. I enjoy reading and have converted to my ‘Kindle’ (Ebook) with gusto having run out of shelf space aeons ago! I also enjoy theatre and dining out but only do enough gardening to make dining out al fresco in the summer a pleasant experience!
I was first elected as the Teaching Staff Governor in September 2012 and again in 2016. I have been teaching at Hayes School since 1999 and currently teach Maths and the ASDAN course; a course that promotes everyday skills to students looking at vocational pathways. I have a degree in Civil Engineering, so enjoy trying to make Maths relevant to everyday life. As a part time teacher I have some spare time, which I use to volunteer at an RSPCA Animal centre, caring for the unwanted cats that need rehoming. I have been a season ticket holder for over 20 years at Palace; subjecting myself to the roller coaster ride of watching them play.
I have two children at Hayes School and for those of you who think my name is familiar it’s probably because you would have received lots of emails from me as I used to be the Chair of the Hayes School PTA. I work for a training company offering tailored programmes to organisations globally from graduate level through to board directors. Our programmes are becoming more experiential and interactive, breaking the mould of how people have historically learnt. As well as being involved in these training programmes I am also Head of Operations and Project Management. Before that I worked in HR for a publishing company. My dog has just been accepted as a therapy dog so we are now looking forward to taking him in to hospitals, hospices and care homes.
I joined the Hayes Governing Body in January 2019 after taking early retirement from my teaching role at the school in July 2018. I became a member of the teaching staff in 1997 as pastoral leader and Geography teacher. I have been part of the school’s journey to outstanding and retired as a member of the senior leadership team and the school’s designated safeguarding lead. My daughters have attended the school and the youngest is currently in Year 10. So have had a parent/carer perspective as well. I am looking forward to developing my role as governor and continuing to be part of this fantastic school’s journey, sharing my 33 years of teaching experience.
I am slowing adapting to a new regime without the routine of school and the contact with the students and staff. I am pursuing new hobbies and activities and enjoying the opportunity to take long walks with my dog and of course, my husband!
I joined the governing body in 2011 as a parent governor and then as partner governor in 2015 when my youngest finished at the school. I was also a student at Hayes myself in the 70s and 80s.
My favourite subjects were MFL - I learnt French, German and Spanish and am so pleased that Hayes continues to offer such excellent language teaching. When I left school I studied French at Birmingham University. Following time spent studying and working abroad, then 18 years in Market Research Analysis, whilst also becoming a mum of 2, I then opted for a career change and retrained in Careers Education. I now work for the National Careers Service supporting schools and FE colleges across London in their careers activities. I believe that it is really important that all young people are supported to make informed decisions about their future choices and that they are inspired by the world of the work and the breadth of opportunities available to them at 16+, 18+ and beyond.
I am very pleased to join the Hayes School community as a Governor in 2019. I am passionate about education, having worked in the sector for over 25 years. I have previously been a governor at a primary school and the Adult Education College. I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in chemistry and worked as a research chemist for several years, and continue to have a great interest in science. After having my family, I had a number of roles in developing education business links and building partnerships between education providers and the wider community. I have been involved in careers education, training and delivery for a number of years, and currently lead the London National Careers Service, focusing on adults and lifelong learning. I believe that supporting all young people to make the most of their educational experience, and learning skills that will enable them to make the most of their life beyond school, is paramount. I have lived in the locality for over 30 years and welcome the opportunity to work with the team at Hayes.
I was born in Lewisham and have lived in SE London for most of my life - currently in Bromley. I have a degree in Classics from Magdalene College, Cambridge and am a qualified chartered accountant. I have been a career finance director for the last 23 years (including stints in publishing, bookselling, healthcare and retailing). I am currently Chief Financial Officer of the YO! Sushi Group. My spare time interests are in classical music, cricket and hill walking. This is my first school governor role though I have previously been involved in educational charities.