Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, I have enjoyed living in Euxton with my wife for over 40 years. I have two sons, who both attended Balshaw Lane Community Primary School and Parklands High School. Initially I joined the Governing body when my children started school, I thought it was important to be involved with their school and be supportive. I have been a School Governor/Chair of Governors at both schools for over 20 years and additionally provide support to Lancashire County Council Governor Services Department at several other schools. I worked in the Newspaper industry for over 35 years at The Guardian/Observer national press in London and Manchester. As senior manager, I was involved with team management, future planning, introduction of new technologies, recruitment of staff, training, and managing financial budgets in a fast-changing industry. Many of the skills I developed equipped me with a balanced, professional perspective and a broad understanding of people and how to help them to meet their potential. I feel passionately about good schools with good educators and working with senior leaders at both schools. I believe that I can bring a fair and professional approach to being a Member and the link to the Board of Trustees.
Born in Cumbria I attended Cockermouth Grammar School before joining the District Bank. I worked in local branches before moving to Leyland, Manchester and Liverpool gaining qualifications as an Associate of the Institute of Bankers. My first managerial appointment was at Southport Branch and then Manager for the Furness Peninsular. I moved into Regional Management covering the Scottish Borders to Crewe bordered by the Pennines in the east. Appointed initially as Financial Controller promoted Head of Human Resources and finally to Operations Manager. The region had 436 branches and 6480 staff. I became a member of the Banks Strategic Planning Group part responsible for delivering the business transformation programme to change branch representation, process reengineering and centralisation. This was a multi-million cluster project with major benefits and my role was to remove all processing from the branches and to consolidate it in 14 units across the country. As the centres were established I performance managed them until they attained stability. As the programme reached maturity I created a department providing operational support concentrating on quality, timeliness, risk control and people development, all with a customer focus and with best in class communication. The operations achieved both investors in people and ISO accreditation. The department covered 6750 people across 32 locations in the United Kingdom. Outside of employment I have been a Magistrate on South Ribble Bench, Area Chairman of Round Table Area 8 and Chairman of Leyland Golf Club Ltd.
I am a self-employed barrister practising in general and regulatory crime which I have done so for 28 years. My entire working life has involved communicating with people from all walks of life and I pride myself on having honed the ability to communicate effectively and in a professional, considerate and empathetic manner. I have for the last three years held a judicial post as an Assistant Coroner within two Greater Manchester jurisdictions. This role has increased the pool of individuals with whom I regularly communicate and this involves clinicians, expert witnesses, prisons, Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, HSE and CQC amongst others. I direct the investigation and ensure its smooth running. I have most recently also undertaken a significant proportion of OFSTED work which has exposed me to the vagaries and machinations of a number of educational establishments. The nature of my work requires me to engage in a thorough analysis of the relevant documentation which I believe will stand me in good stead for the role of Member. I have an analytical mind which allows me to absorb and retain information in order to fulfil my investigative role as a Coroner. I have adapted well to overseeing the investigation rather than delving into the minutiae of detail. My background is such that I was exposed to the dynamics of educational establishments. My mother was a successful teacher within a comprehensive Catholic secondary school. I witnessed first-hand the commitment that is necessary in order to ensure success.