I am a fully qualified manufacturing engineer with significant project management experience, and an experienced Head of Faculty in a secondary school with responsibility for whole school PSHE, Citizenship, careers education, work experience and college courses. I also teach Design Technology and A Level Photography. I manage an annual expedition to East Africa, working with schools in Kenya & Tanzania; Team manager for Ten Tors and I am also a School and Bristol Trust Cooperative Governor.
Education & Qualifications
University of the West of England September 1994 – July 1995
PGCE, Design Tech.
Warwick University January 1990 – March 1993
MSc. Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Rolls Royce College September 1997 – September 1984
BTEC Level 3 Advanced Aerospace Engineering
Henbury School September 1972 – July 1979
5 O Levels & 2 CSE’s
• Inspirational leader; I have transformed the aspirations and ambitions of young people in Bristol through the expeditions I have run. I have helped Ashton Park school achieve excellent results through my position as a school governor, and as an experienced classroom teacher who understands the needs of students and how to get the best out of them.
• Excellent team worker; with the ability to work productively with a wide range of people in school, LEA, colleges and universities and in local and international communities.
• Good communicator; engaging with people on many levels and topics, ranging from primary school pupils in the classroom to members of the 2012 Olympic Organising committee, and from community leaders in Africa to reluctant 15 year old students.
• Innovator; I have devised programs for Bristol students to go to East Africa and work with pupils and teachers as well as provide educational infrastructure by building schools (almost 200 students have travelled to East Africa with me in the last 10 years, all funded by the hard work of the students). I have worked with head teachers in Bristol and Africa to develop school strategies that allow their students to take more ownership of their education in Kenya and currently in Tanzania. This has included working with Kenyan Government Ministers and Tanzanian Educational Authorities.
• Cooperative; through my position as the South West Bristol Education Trust Cooperative Governor I work with a range of primary schools to develop whole school strategies. The aim is to give pupils a seamless education in South West Bristol from 5 to 19 and allow them to realise their own potential.
• Adaptable; I have taken the skills learnt during my time as Senior Research Engineer and applied them to my current role in education. The many roles and responsibilities I have reflect how I am able to manage change effectively with an eye for guiding policy and striving for success.
Ashton Park School
September 2002 – Present date
Position: Head of Faculty, PSHE & Citizenship
• Whole school provision of PSHE & citizenship education, developing programs of study for a wide range of tutor time, classroom and collapsed day activities. Working with local providers and institutions ensuring pupils have up to date and relevant information.
• Whole School provision of impartial CEIAG, managing school careers advisors to ensure students have up to date and relevant information personal to their own needs.
• Coordination of work experience for all pupils in year 10 and for pupils who follow an individual education program.
• Coordination of link programs with the City of Bristol College for students who follow a vocational program of study.
• Development of plans for faculty improvement that add value to the education of our pupils and influence the school development plan.
• Teaching of PSHE at KS3.
• Teaching of Design Technology at KS3 & KS4.
• Teaching of Photography at KS5.
• After school archery club (open to all students including special needs).
• Team building activities (qualified high ropes instructor).
• Ten Tors team manager.
• Kenya and Tanzania expedition leader (11 years).
• Cooperative governor on school board of governors working to achieve the cooperative schools mark.
• Coordinator of a wide range of whole school fundraising activities to support our partnerships in Kenya & Tanzania (sponsored abseil, bag packing, sponsored bike ride, 24hour events, non-uniform days etc.)
Brislington School & 6th Form Centre (now Bec)
September 1995 – July 2002 Position: Position: Deputy Head of PSHE.
• Provision of PSHE & Citizenship Education for KS3.
• Whole School provision of CEIAG including working with Connexions to develop school policy.
• Coordination of work experience.
• Teaching Design Technology at KS3, KS4 & KS5.
• Teacher Governor.
• Deputy Head of Year 11.
• Coordinator of expeditions to India, Morocco and Kenya.
Rolls Royce Plc.
September 1979 – January 1994
Last Position in the company: Senior Research Engineer.
• Investigation into new manufacturing techniques, developing innovative manufacturing systems and bringing them into production within cost and on time.
• Working with a wide range of specialist national and international manufacturing companies.
• Working to Rolls Royce Plc. and MOD regulations including the development of company and national patents for new manufacturing processes.
• Managing a range of projects to time and budget constraints.
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