I am a long term resident of High Town, and since 2011 councillor for Round Green. After over 30 years at the BBC I am now a freelance broadcast/audio engineer and musician. I joined the governing body in 2012.
Married, now retired from working in the Ministry of Justice. Governor of Richmond Hill for over twenty years.
Simon has been a governor at Richmond Hill since 2014. Simon is a compliance manager in Banking in the city, 20 years in compliance and regulation. Simon also played Rugby for Stockwood Park and Vauxhall Motors.
Previous Teaching Experience
1986-1993 Furzehill Middle School Borehamwood
Head of Year 8 1988-1992
Head of Year 6 1992-1993
1994-2004 Royal National Institute for the Blind
Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Sunshine House School Northwood
2004-2013 Richmond Hill School Luton
Deputy Head Teacher
2013 - Present Woodlands School
I love spending time with my family including my grandson Jacob, gardening, walking, being outdoors and travelling. I try to go back to Yorkshire to see my parents whenever possible and love the open space of the moors and dales. I also love cooking, baking and I have recently discovered jam making!
I currently work at Putteridge Primary School as Assistant Head for Inclusion and have been here since 2015. My role includes SENDCO, Safeguarding, well- being and anything else that comes my way! I previously worked at Chantry Primary Academy, in the first instance as a class teacher, teaching in years 2, 3 and 4 and then progressing to Team Leader of the visual impairment provision within the school, before becoming inclusion manager, which included management of the VI provision and SENDCO.
I have two grown-up children and two grandchildren who I adore! My hobbies include flower arranging, knitting, yoga, pilates, music and spending time with my family.
I am passionate about all things SEND and hope to be able to share my wealth of experience with the school as well as learning new things along the way.
I have a firm belief that every child has an equal right to reach their maximum potential in education.
My personal qualities: a good listener and communicator, committed, proactive and have a ‘can-do attitude’. I have over 25 years experience of working/ caring for people with disabilities, e.g. working in the health and social sector and being a parent of a child with disabilities. This has given me invaluable perspectives from many viewpoints, e.g. empathy/ understanding of the challenges/ difficulties that we face as parents. Scope/ limitations of service providers and the benefits of working in partnership to maximise positive outcomes for service users.
My previous profession was that of a Senior Social worker working with children with disabilities and their families for many years. I then had my child who was diagnosed with ASD at 3 years old. I am a passionate advocate for my son and would be committed to providing support to the school in all areas required.
I am a father of two boys with additional needs, I have been their full time carer for the last 9 years. I currently have a child at both sites and have therefore seen the development and expansion of the school. I also have experience of sending my eldest to mainstream school and the challenges that can present. I appreciate how vital a school like Richmond Hill is to my children and others like them, not to mention the parents.
I have been the family working/safeguarding officer at RHS for 2 years now.
I worked for the SEN team for 7 years and at Lady Zia Wernher School for 11 years, so have an in-depth knowledge of special needs.
I work across both sites at RHS and worked closely with Claire, and now Michelle, who I helped with her induction.
I am in a unique position as I not only support the children and their parents but also the teachers and the teaching assistants. My job as a family worker/ safe guarding officer allows me to meet with other professionals across the board, including health and social care.
I have a daughter of 23 years with a rare syndrome and learning difficulties. She attended both Lady Zia Wernher and Woodlands and now attends a daycare centre for adults with additional needs.
I see myself as a friendly, caring, honest and hardworking person who is totally committed to her job. I feel I can bring some new, exciting ideas and feedback to the Governing body.
For more information regarding our governors including type of governor, membership of committees, connections to staff, term of office end date, other governor posts held and business declared interests. Please view our 'Summary For Publication On School Website 18-19' below.