Election for Parent Governor - February 2023
Link to Vote
(between 11am on Monday 20th February and 11am on Monday 6th March)
Statements form Candidates
Having proudly been part of the Priestlands parent partnership since 2014, I continue to be vested in the school’s success with my youngest son (Joel in Yr9) progressing, like his three older brothers, through the school. I have a background in clinical research (fifteen years - as a biomedical scientist and a clinical data manager) and recently spent three years in postgraduate research at the University of Southampton (School of Education).
Since my children were young, I have keenly committed my time to volunteering (running a mother and toddler group, preschool trustee, parent governor). Being a primary school governor is very rewarding but it also sparked my interest to understand more about how children learn. Now, as an experienced chair of governors I have extensive knowledge of strategic planning, school improvement and effective governance.
I would love to be part of the Priestlands team and make a difference. It would be exciting to do more and take on an additional role in governance, and this opportunity – being in a different phase of education - will allow me to learn more too. I offer willingness and a balanced parent perspective to support the continued high quality education for our children.
I’m a dad of three daughters, the eldest has now left school, the middle one left Priestlands last year and is now doing A levels, and the youngest (Mads) is in Mr Hill’s tutor in Year 8. I think Priestlands is a fantastic school and the staff and pupils that I have met are full of enthusiasm and contribute fully to the school’s positive culture. So I’m applying to be a parent governor because I would like to help where I can and support the great work being done in the school.
I haven’t been a governor before, but have led lots of teams at different levels in organisations in my professional life. In work I am the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of a digital marketing group based in London, leading a team of 400 people. I have relevant experience in digital and technology, security and compliance, as well as marketing and fundraising, although I’m sure the existing governors will have a view on where I could add value. Our business is full of young people with great digital expertise and I’m passionate about developing their careers and giving them the opportunities to progress, and I hope to bring that experience and passion to the Priestlands’ mission.