Curriculum Vitae

Summary of

Teaching Certificate:                                                  1971

Bachelor of Education (Hons),University of Reading:        1972

Master of Philosophy, University of Southampton:          1991

  • Director, Hamdon Education - 2002 -Current
  • Senior Consultant, CfBT Education Services - 1999 - 2002
  • Consultant in Education & Community Development - 1989 - 1999
  • General Manager, Eastpoint Community Education Project, Southampton - 1986 - 1989
  • Acting Headteacher, Solway Community School, Cumbria 1984-86
  • Deputy Headteacher  1981-1984
  • Research Fellow (Seconded), University of Leicester Schl. of Edn
  • Division Head/Head of Drama, Earl of Shilton College, Leicestershire
  • Teacher/Deputy Division Head, Bosworth College, Leicestershire
  • Teacher, Islington Green Secondary School, London
  • Teacher, St Angelo's Preparatory School, Ealing, London
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • National Teaching Awards, 2007: Distinction
  • Chair, Kala Chethana Kathakali Troupe
  • Governor, Hightown First School, Southampton (Vice chair), 1988-92
  • Governor, Woodlands Community School, Southampton 1988-98 (Chair, 92-96)
  • Governor, Norton-sub-Hamdon Church of England Primary School,
    Somerset, 2000- (Chair, 01- 05) & West Chinnock Primary School, 2010-2015
  • Governor, Stanchester Community School, Somerset 2004 – 2011 (Chair, 07-11)
  • Governor (DfES), Sandwell Academy, West Bromwich, 2006 - 2008
  • IEB Member, Archbishop Cranmer Primary School, 2012-13
  • Governor/LAB member, Rocklands Special School, Lichfield, 2017-
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester School of Education, 1979-81
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Southampton School of Education, 1989-91
  • Advisor/Assessor, Investors in People
  • Member, Society of Education Consultants
  • Performance Management Consultant: DfES accredited
  • DfES accredited trainer of governors in performance management
  • Writer, Nelson Thornes Primary Digest
  • Affiliated Field Consultant, Bath Spa University
  • National College for School Leadership
  • CfBT Education Services (Senior Consultant)
  • Supplementary Schools Support Service
  • National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • Community Education Development Centre (CEDC)
  • Charities Evaluation Service
  • Action for Governor Information & Training (AGIT)
  • Grant Maintained Schools Centre
Areas of Expertise

Management: Through secondary school teaching, senior school managment to headship level; establishment and management of a large community education project.

Research and evaluation: Through research fellowships at the Universities of Leicester and Southampton; research projects with Southampton City Council; University of North London; NCVO (‘Advancing Good Management’ project); CEDC; evaluation projects for NCVO, Borough of Sandwell, Keen Students Supplementary School, Whitechapel; Grant Maintained Schools Centre; Victoria Venture, Sandwell; Hampshire & South Coast Community Work Forum; London Borough of Haringey; Supplementary Schools Support Service; Sure Start Haringey.

Support, Facilitation and Development: Through work with London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Southwark; Sure Start, Haringey; Dorset Education Department; Keen Students School, Whitechapel; Southampton MIND; Sandwell TEC; Sandwell Caring for Carers; Sandwell Tenants & Residents Federation; Victoria Visiting Venture, Smethwick; British Sociological Association; Cruse Bereavement Care; Portsmouth Mediation Service; Headlamp Hampshire; City Academies Trust; National Remodelling Team; National College for School Leadership (Multi-Agency Development Team; Leadership Challenge; Leadership In Multi Agency Context)

Training: Of headteachers, staff and governors of LEA and independent schools; with around 70 LAs, Diocesan Authorities, Governors Wales; AGIT, CEDC, GMSC. Writing & delivering Welsh national training for school governors. Production of training materials for national course for governors in Wales. Co-Writer of national DfES-funded NVQ course for tutors/organiser in Supplementary Schools, December 2002-May 2003.

Every Child Matters: Consultant Facilitator for the National Remodelling Team/Training & Development Agency, Extended Schools; NCSL Multi Agency Development Team & Leadership Challenge.

Performance Management: DfES-accredited consultant/trainer, 2000 (registered with ISCA consortium.) ‘Embedding Performance Management’, 2002. DfES-accredited trainer of governors in Performance Management, 2000; Co-Writer of national training materials in Performance Management for DfES,  March-September, 2003

Coaching: Mentoring and coaching new headteachers (e.g. Headlamp) and other leaders for LAs, using Solution Focused approaches

Select Projects
  • Headspace: Coaching Support for Headteachers & support for wellbeing in schools, Education Support Partnership, 2013- ; Pharmacist Support, 2018-
  • Consultant, National Governors' Association, 2013-2016
  • Governor Support & Development, Diocese of Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust, 2012-14
  • Keynote conference addresses: Calderdale, Sheffield, Kirklees, Barnsley, 2012-13
  • Guardian Travel Writers' Prize: Runner-up, 2012
  • Interim Executive Board, Archbishop Cranmer Primary School, Taunton (2012-13)
  • A virtual staffroom, June 2012 - present
  • College of Teachers: The Governance of Schools: A course for governors, 2011-13
  • Writer/Trainer, Forum Business Media, 2010-
  • Organisational review, Sandwell Young Carers, Sandwell Children’s Trust, 2010
  • Writer: Philip Allen (Hodder) INSET in a Box, 2010
  • Consultant/Facilitator: Children’s Trust Challenge Programme, NCSCL, 2009-10
  • WorkLife Support: Programme Consultant, Well-Being Project, 2008-
  • NCSL: Leading in the Multi Agency Context - Events for Primary Headteachers, 2007-08
  • Multi Agency Development Team Development for NCSL, Training the Trainers, 2007-08
  • Teaching Award Finalist (Distinction) 2007 (DfES Governor of the Year)
  • Consultancy to Governing Body, The Junior & Senior Schools, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Leicester Complementary Schools Trust: Preparation of accredited course for Tutors, 2006-07
  • Battersea Sure Start Team Development, 2006
  • NCSL: Consultant facilitator, Leadership Challenge 2006-07
  • Update of NPQH Units for NCSL, Autumn, 2005
  • National Remodelling Team/Training & Development Agency: Consultant Facilitator, Extended Schools Regional Consultant training, 2005-06
  • National College for School Leadership: Consultant Facilitator, Multi Agency Team Development, 2005-06 (teams in Tooting, Hackney, Battersea)
  • Evaluation and support for a CfBT-funded Research Project: Raising Achievement among KS2 Bangladeshi Children 2004-05
  • Keynote speaker: Qatar Supreme Education Council/British Council, Qatar Symposium:
  • Ensuring Excellence through Leadership & Assessment, 15-16 February, 2005
  • NCSL Hotseat Guest Contributor, Financial Management in Schools, Sept-Oct 2004
  • Speaker at the DfES/Ofsted Governors’ Conference, March 2004
  • Representing the British Council & DfES in seminars with Russian educationists, lawyers and members of parliament on the introduction of new systems of school governance throughout the Russian Federation, Moscow, 2003
  • Co-Writing of support guide, videos and other training material for governors in performance management for the DfES, 2003
  • Development of  NOCN-accredited Tutor Training programme for Supplementary School Tutor/Organisers (DfES/Supplementary Schools Support Service, 2003-04)
  • Support for Governors and Governing Bodies in Southend on Sea: A survey and needs analysis
  • Moderated School Self-Review for Governing Bodies: A Self Evaluation Programme for CfBT
  • Best Practice Review for the DfES Supplementary Schools Support Service
  • Governors Wales: Preparation  and delivery of  OCN accredited national training course for governors
  • Southend on Sea: Delivery of training and consultancy to school governors and headteachers, 2000 -
  • London Diocesan Board for Schools: Provision of governor training and conference, 2000
  • Family Learning: An evaluation for Haringey LEA, 2000
  • Developing Multi-Agency Work: A consultancy, research and training project for Sure Start Haringey
  • Early Excellence Centres: A Research Project for Haringey LEA & the DfEE, 1999 & 2001
  • Attached consultant on school improvement: Westminster School Improvement Project, Nord Anglia, 1999-2001
  • Schools with serious weaknesses and in special measures: Workshops for Southwark governing bodies, 1999-2000
  • Headlamp Hampshire: Mentoring for new headteachers, 1997-2000
  • School Governor Services, Dorset Education Department: Training and consultancy, 1992-99