I have really enjoyed working the BFLP Trust over the last three years and as I step down as Chair at the end of my tenure I wanted just share my view on why good school governance is important as we further build on the successes of the last three years.
Effective governance is a vital part of a good school it provides strategic leadership; it supports the drive for high quality teaching and learning, it provides oversight in managing the Trust finances along with provide support and challenge to the CEO .
During my three years as a Board member and Chair I feel I have been able to contribute extensively in a range of key areas and make a positive difference to the quality of education for young people, particularly as Chair, working with all the board members and the executive team with Helen and Teresa along with the wonderful Carole.
I’ve learned so much and enhanced my understanding of school governance and would recommend the opportunity to my colleagues and peers. In summary Good Governance is one of the cornerstones of all well run organisation, and Multi Academy Trust/Schools are no exception.
Areas of expertise and specialisms include:
City of Doncaster Council
Service Manager: Young People’s Service and Innovation
April 2022 – current
Experience of working with colleagues in a wide range of settings including educational/youth justice/youth work and Health.
Have served as a Non-Executive Director with Health Watch North Lincolnshire and EXPECT Youth Doncaster.
I am currently an Advisory Board Member for Agencia, a privately owned Company specialising in the field of Justice and Health and also sit on the Board of TEDx Doncaster.
Working with National Charity Right to Succeed in as Reach Doncaster Programme Manager. The Reach programme has been designed to support schools reduce the number of fixed and permanent school exclusions.
I have operated as a SLT in a number of organisation including local authorities and as a National Programme Manager at the Children’s Workforce Development Council.
With a MSc in HR Management I have significant post qualification experience in front line professional delivery in a variety of settings and specialism both operational and senior management. I currently have responsibility for strategic planning, policy development and significant human and resource management.
I have a clear understanding and appreciation for the number of policies and legislation that direct and impact on best practice within the sector along with an awareness of current issues, developments and priorities within children’s’ social care.
My roles have included managing corporate relationships, managing service level agreements, client accounts, recognizing and acting upon development opportunities. As National Programme Lead at CWDC I was responsible for a multi-million pound transformational programme.
I have also successfully secured external funding through bid writing to support and widen the scope of a range of projects aimed at improving or developing services for young people. As service manager, I was able to design, develop and lead a new educational support service which was purchased by 10 Secondary Schools/ Academies in North East Lincolnshire which led to significant business growth.
Furthermore, I have over recent months, submitted funding applications on behalf of clients to several grant-giving organisations, including: Reaching Communities, SITA,WREN, Lottery Awards for All, Sports England, Children in Need, Young Roots, Comic Relief, ESF, DWP and the Humber LEP.
I have managed multi-disciplinary teams and project’s from CIAG, Young People Centres, Youth Volunteers Programme, Children’s Centres, Streetbased Sports Programmes, Mobile Youth Work Teams, YISP and Youth Justice and Safer Neighbourhood projects, which all included the design and implementation of informal educational learning opportunities. I believe my diverse range of experiences gives me a holistic view of young people and learning to support the development of the Brighter Future Learning Partnership Trust.