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Vice Chair of Governors & Chair of Finance, Human Resources and Audit Committee
My "governor journey" started when my twin daughters joined Estover Community College (ECC) way back in 1998. I wanted to be there to support them indirectly in the best way I could during their time at school, so I thought what better way to do this than to be on the inside as a then Parent Governor, learning the role of governor so we could all progress together!
It was quite a steep learning curve to start with, but what with bringing my personal skills and attributes to the governing team I soon fitted in to enable me to start to effectively contribute, not only to the school, but to my daughters too!
Having originally been a governor with the old ECC, it was a natural transition to move "into" the new Tor Bridge High (TBH) when building was completed. I cannot say how exciting it was to see the new buildings rise from the foundations laid by the "old school" – only a wordsmith such as Shakespeare could describe that feeling!
TBH has such a buzz about it now, from the students to staff to governors, all with a common goal, to provide the best possible start in life to provide high quality education to young people entrusted to TBH.
I’m very proud to "fly the flag" for TBH as a governor as we move onward and upward as a school. From the youngest to the oldest student who attend TBH, I want to ensure that we as governors maximise opportunities for young people.
Chair of Achievement and Curriculum Committee
Vice Chair of Tor Bridge Governors – Safeguarding & Whistleblowing
Kelly, my daughter fell in love with Estover (now Tor Bridge High) when we visited it to try to decide which school would be best for her. She loved the energy, the care, the encouragement for the arts, the ethos that everyone has potential and that potential needs to be found and developed. Kelly was delighted when she was able to come to Estover and remained so throughout her time here. She derived so much from it that I wanted to give something to the school, almost by way of saying thank you and also to support the ideals of the school which are ones that I share. I joined ECCA (as it was then), the parents’ fund raising body and was very active in that for many years. I became a Governor as I felt I might be able to offer something to the role of being a critical friend. I have loved being part of the visioning team for what is now Tor Bridge. It is such an exciting opportunity; an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of individuals and to the community as a whole. It is a real privilege to be part of the School Team and see our "can do" culture flourish and grow.
I have 31 years of experience in the finance and banking sector. During this time I have acquired a vast amount of experience from a variety of roles that are transferable into the Governor role. The education sector is an area that I have wanted to gain an insight into so hence my desire to volunteer to be a Governor.
I love a challenge and learning new skills so this is a great opportunity and will enable me to help make a difference to the school, the education of our children so they can be the best versions of themselves that they can be.
I have a vested interest in the future of TBH, my eldest daughter attends and my youngest will hopefully start Sep 21, in addition my wife Joanne is employed by the school as the Senior Librarian. I currently work in the Public Sector as a Project, Programme and Portfolio manager, prior to this I was a Royal Marine regular now a reservist so retain my links with Plymouths Armed Forces community. These roles provide numerous transferable skills for the challenges and opportunities that come with the role of governor, which I will utilise for the benefit of the school, parents, staff and most importantly the children on their journey through Secondary education.
Clerk to the Governors
I joined Tor Bridge High in October 2015 as Clerk to Governors. I have over 25 years experience working at various levels in administration and customer service across different industries including Banking, Blue Chip Companies, Utilities, Retail and most recent a local family owned business in addition to my role as Clerk.
I thoroughly enjoy my role as clerk and have recently completed the National Governors Association Clerks Development Programme to enable me to provide a more professional service to the Governors and the Senior Leadership Team of Tor Bridge High.