I began my career in education in 1981, having qualified with a Bachelor of Education from Sussex University. I worked initially within the state secondary school system, teaching Physical Education in schools within Surrey, and Formby and Ormskirk, West Lancashire.
After six years, I moved into Further Education and taught vocational and academic studies to young people aged 16 to 22. Having completed a Diploma in Management Studies, I then acquired posts in different colleges which held increasing responsibility, enabling me to focus more on making a real difference to the learner experience. Also, at that time, I developed a particular interest in special needs and, in 2006, I commenced work at St. Piers College, Young Epilepsy, as a Vocational and Work Based Learning Co-ordinator, as part of the Senior Management Team. As Deputy Principal, then Head of College, I worked with a large multi-disciplinary staff team who have the same passion and vision as I, to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved for our annual cohort of very special young people. I am married and, together, we have four young adults and a range of wildlife collectively labelled as pets!