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 am a big believer in the importance of education and the opportunities it can provide for everyone. This is why I am so pleased to be a Governor at Hayes and to play a part in enabling all Hayes students to enjoy a world class education experience. I have been a Governor at Hayes since 2010 and from September 2016 Vice Chair.
My career started in insurance which gave me a broad experience of people, jobs and working environments. This included working for a charity, insurance company and a professional body.
In recent years I have specialised in learning and professional education, including teaching, benchmarking academic and professional qualifications, developing standards, accrediting CPD and training centres.
I am a Fellow of both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Management Institute. I have a young son to keep me busy and in my spare time, I enjoy hill walking, reading, dreaming about travel and time with friends.
I am the Clerk to Governors and am delighted to be part of the Hayes Community. I am also the Clerk at Ravens Wood 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 am currently Chair of the Achievement, Teaching and Learning Committee, having 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.
Having been a pupil at Hayes School, I am very pleased to a member of the Governing Body.
I left Hayes School in 1998 and studied Biomedical Chemistry at the University of Warwick. I work as a consultant to the Oil & Gas Industry and advise clients on Risk Strategy, Claim Management, and Contracting Philosophy. I travel extensively with my work (not always to the “safest” parts of the world) but when I get some time at home I enjoy reading, kite surfing, travelling to “nice” places and spending time with friends and family.
Hayes is an outstanding school and I look forward to helping Hayes maintain this status as well as continuing to improve.
I joined as associate staff governor at the beginning of 2013 and am currently serving on the Resources, Leadership and Management Committee. 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 Governor at Hayes since 2010 and have loved every minute of it! It's been a huge journey for me and an amazing journey for Hayes with a very successful conversion to academy status, multi academy status and two outstanding OFSTED inspections! I remain immensely proud of Hayes and I'm very pleased that my children are students here. Like many others on the Governing Body, I have completed a number of professional qualifications, whilst working, including CAIFS (Banking & Financial Services degree), FCCA (Certified Accountancy Qualification), Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner and CITI Advanced Project Management. Whilst I hope all of my previous experience will be of use to Hayes and the Governing Body, experience has also taught me not to take life or myself too seriously, to enjoy what I do and to do what I do to the very best of my abilities. In my spare time, it's ideally family, friends, sunshine and a cold drink.
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 presently on the Resources, Leadership & Management Committee 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 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 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.