|I moved to Morpeth in the summer of 2017 with my wife and two children who are both currently at Chantry in years 5 and 8. I have worked within professional advisory services (audit, tax, consulting) since my graduation with, a Masters degree, from Durham University in 1999 and have been based in London, Leeds and Newcastle in that time. I have always had a passion for the NHS and I currently work as the Head of Commercial for Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT having advised the Trust for many years on many different issues including the development of the emergency care hospital at Cramlington. We, as a family, enjoy getting involved in as many aspects of local life as we can and we are proud to support and enhance local life wherever we can.
|My working life has been spent in education as a teacher, headteacher and Director of Primary Academies in a multi academy trust. For thirteen years I was NAHT national executive member for five local authorities in the north east including Northumberland, during which time I was involved in work relating to national education policy and practice. In the role of British Council facilitator I led international education visits for groups of school leaders to the USA and Canada. As headteacher and National Leader of Education, I led one of the first designated Teaching School’s in the country, which gained outstanding judgements at three consecutive Ofsted inspections. The school is featured in the Ofsted publication ‘20 Outstanding Primary Schools; excelling against the odds’.
In the late Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2010 I was awarded an OBE for services to education.
Having been brought up in Morpeth with family connections to KEVI since 1939 I hope my enthusiasm, experience and expertise will enable me to support Chantry Middle School and The Three Rivers Trust now and into the future.
|I qualified as a teacher of Geography in 2004 and took up my first teaching role at Harton Academy where I taught for 14 years. During my time at Harton I took on the role of Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner and was designated as an SLE (a Specialist Leader of Education) in January 2012. As part of these roles I carried out outreach work within the authority as well as providing training and support to many trainee teachers as part of both the PGCE and School Direct programme. I didn’t think that I could find another school that I would love working at as much until I applied for a job at Chantry Middle School. I was delighted to join Chantry in January 2018 and I am very proud to say that I am the Subject Leader for both Humanities and RE at Key Stage 3. As a teacher I am a strong believer in making every lesson a valuable learning experience and I believe that young people should be inspired, enthused and challenged to become lifelong learners and be encouraged to read their full potential. I consider it be a privilege to be part of the Three Rivers Learning Trust and I am delighted to take on the role as an School Governing Bodylor.
|I graduated in Modern History from Oxford University and initially trained as an accountant before qualifying as a teacher. I taught at King Edward’s for over 30 years, becoming Head of History and Politics, Literacy co-ordinator, and Teacher Governor. When King Edward’s converted into an Academy I was elected Staff director. Since retiring in August 2018 I have maintained my commitment to education, updating my A Level History textbook and volunteering at Abbeyfields school. My family have lived in Morpeth for many years and my daughter attended Goosehill, Newminster, and King Edward VI schools.
|I am currently Teaching School Hub director after King Edward VI School was designated as a centre of excellence in 2021. Within this role I oversee the strategic development and direction of the The Three Rivers Teaching School Hub; coordinating teacher recruitment, development and retention across Nor 3; Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Prior to this role I have worked in senior leadership across King Edward Vi School and Chantry Middle School. My passion is teaching and I am committed to education excellence in order to do the very best for every child.