After graduating with a BSc degree from Leeds University I started my teaching career as a teacher of physics and chemistry before progressing through ‘the ranks’, at three different schools, to become Head of Science.
After 13 years of teaching I was fortunate to be awarded a sabbatical year during which I gained an MSc degree in Management leading to an appointment as Deputy Head of The Radclyffe School in Oldham.
I eventually moved to Wigan to become Headteacher of Golborne High School, and ultimately Headteacher of Fred Longworth High School for 14 fourteen years, before my retirement.
Whilst at FLHS, I was appointed (on a part-time secondment) to the Department for Education as an adviser in the Academies Unit, establishing new Academies, Free schools and University Technical Colleges. I continued this work until my ‘re-retirement’ in 2019.
I currently continue my involvement in education as a community governor at a local primary school.
As Head of Fred Longworth, it was my privilege and good fortune to appoint Roy Halford to the post of Deputy Head. We worked together for seven years and it was obvious from very early on that Roy was destined for Headship. Ultimately our loss was Hawkley’s and the Rowan Trust’s gain. I am honoured to follow Roy in this role as a Member of the Trust and I will strive to build on his legacy for the benefit of all students.