Meet the Governors
During the course of this most recent work experience, I was invited by one of the schools I worked upon – Mortimer Community College in South Shields – to become a Community Governor and I have served for approximately six years until earlier this year, when I resigned in the hopeful anticipation of being able to join the Governing Body at Gosforth Park First School, where my daughter Katie now attends in Reception.
Whilst I currently work for a large multi-national company. I have also worked in private practice at a senior level and owned my own services engineering company.
I currently serve as a Justice of the Peace, sitting upon the Newcastle and Tynedale Adult Bench
I am a proud father and north easterner and I want to see the school do well, so I am really excited about the opportunity to contribute to individually and collectively to this. I think that the experience that I have gained both working with schools, as a Community Governor, as businessman and as a Magistrate may provide some specialist knowledge, especially relative to estate management.
I’m married to Claire. We have one daughter Katie, our golden retriever Maizey and our black and white cat Bishop.
I am very passionate about the work I undertake and will try to bring enthusiasm and a smile into everything I do.
When I first left school I joined Texaco Overseas Tankships as a Deck and Navigation Officer, then after a few years I realised I'd earned enough academic points to qualify for university. I graduated in 2001 and became a Software Engineer. Throughout, this second career, I have predominantly designed and implemented software for embedded computers. Those are the little unassuming, forgotten and invisible computers that do a specific and dedicated job and there are billions of them around the world. My personal contribution to this vast pool of devices includes; a factory floor touchsceen data collection system for the food and drinks sector, a large scale public sector cloud system, a network router for the rail sector, an in-car speed measurement system used by a number of police forces around the world, an engine diagnostics system for automobiles, a battery management system for industrial and robotics use and now I am working in R&D for satellite monitoring equipment.
I have two daughters who are both at the school and am a keen advocate of STEM subjects, particularly for girls and work with the STEM Community to promote this where I can.
Being a governor is a great way to be involved in the school and with the community of parents and teachers and to be able to bring some of my meandering experience to the table is a privilege.
I joined GPFS in January 2019 as Assistant Head and English Lead. As a Specialist Leader of Education for English I am passionate about the transformative impact reading can have on improving the opportunities for all children. I am proud to with a committed and caring staff body led by an inclusive and supportive headteacher who works tirelessly for the benefit of our whole school community. It is a daily delight to work with our amazing children and I am privileged to be able to play a role as Senior Leader, class teacher and now governor as our wonderful “family school” continues to develop and grow.