Why I started..
My Blogposts are entitled Things I’ve learned and things I’m learning as I use it to reflect on exactly those things. Life is a long learning adventure – sometimes exciting and sometimes painful, but always worthwhile. I always feel flattered when people add comments to my blogs as this adds to the learning and I hope that others find it helpful too.
When I first started these blogs I was a “serving Executive Principal / CEO” and now after working as the MD of RMCeducation I am back in the saddle as an Executive Principal for a MAT looking after four secondary academies.
Most of my blogging focuses on education, but I am also interested in community organising, politics, and religious issues.
As a LA head, academy principal, and executive principal, I have always led schools in what are referred to as “challenging circumstances”. My commitment to social justice, rooted in catholic social teaching, has driven my career and I campaign professionally and politically for the powerful to take a preferential option for the poor.
I worked as an NLE from 2011, am a FRSA and help a number of organisations in a non-executive capacity.
I am one of the original @HeadsRoundtable gang and continue to work as a member of the core group.
I adore malt whisky, horse racing, watching The West Wing, and being with my family. My greatest wish would be to buy a barge and live on the canals of England. On the other hand, spending summers in Umbria is very dear to my heart too.
I have a wonderful saintly, long-suffering husband, a son, daughter and foster daughter at university and ‘my baby’ is now in her GCSE year at school. We live in York but I lodge midweek in the midlands during term time