Meet our Governors
Chair of GovernorsSimon.email@example.com
With a BSc(Hons) in Human Biology and Exercise Science I have for the past 11 years taught secondary science in large inner city schools until moving to Cornwall in 2016 and have had various roles both academic and pastoral. I have a great understanding of the many things schools must do as well as the challenges faced and relish the opportunity since being elected as parent governor of working to ensure the future success of Marlborough School as an inclusive learning environment that "raises the expectations and achievements for all."
As a parent of three children who have all attended Marlborough, I have watched them progress and benefit from the school's ethos and approach to learning. Marlborough is a creative school providing a supportive learning environment, whilst fuelling the spark of natural curiosity in every child. As a governor i aim to ensure the school upholds these values, whilst balanced against its operational demands.
Professionally I am a Chartered Engineer working with large scale, renewable energy projects. I joined the governing board as a parent Governor in 2014, serving as Vice Chair 2016 - 2018, and Chair 2018 - 2020.
Born and bred in the Midlands, I moved to Cornwall where I have worked with young people for many years. I began my career in education as a secondary English teacher. I have worked closely with Cornwall Local Authority to help lead new educational initiatives. I have helped train new teachers. I trained as an OFSTED Inspector. I was Head of Penryn College until 2016. Most recently, I have supported primary and secondary school improvement. I also have worked closely with The Youth Sports Trust, a national charity which promotes PE and sport in schools. I am a Trustee of the Special Schools Partnership Trust.
I have always been excited about the rich education that Marlborough School provides for its young people and I am delighted to be working with and for the Marlborough community.
I have worked at Marlborough since 2004 when I was a teaching assistant in Key Stage 2 after working at another local primary school. I studied for my degree in education part time when my children were small and eventually undertook the Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP) at Marlborough. I qualified as a teacher in 2010 and have been here ever since. Marlborough is a great place to work and learn and I am happy to be a part of a creative, supportive team.
I have been staff governor since September 2017.
As headteacher, I am a member of the governing body ex officio or by right of office. I attend all Full Governing Body meetings and sit on all three committees (Finance; Achievement, Teaching and Learning and Behaviour and Safety).
Both my children love Marlborough. The creative approach to learning, the active, multi-facetted curriculum, delivered inside and outside the classroom and the inspiring ethos the school instils in its pupils mean there's always something new and exciting to hear about on the walk home.
My background is in multi-disciplinary creative and collaborative arts and I've worked the past 15 years in Higher Education, lecturing and managing technical teams at University of the Arts London, and more recently managing a programme of projects for Falmouth University supporting student engagement and wellbeing.
I think we live in an extraordinary time and while there are many challenges facing schools like ours, there are also exciting opportunities, with unprecedented access to tools and knowledge at our fingertips and technology enabling us to explore the planet in ways we never imagined and bringing the world to our doorstep.
As a governor I hope to contribute to the school and its incredible staffing team in adapting to this changing environment and to help to make the provision for Marlborough children the best it can be.
Having studied a degree in Sociology at Portsmouth University I went on to complete a postgraduate qualification in Careers and Vocational Guidance at Reading University and began my professional career with Hampshire Guidance and Careers Service, working in a range of inner city schools in Portsmouth.
After five years of working in secondary schools I developed a keen interest in researching long distance mountain routes in the Himalayas and took a career break to travel around India and Nepal with the aim of retracing the steps of the 1951 expedition to Everest base camp. After three separate month-long treks I returned to the UK to work once again in careers guidance but this time with unemployed 16 to 19-year olds in Southampton, the New Forrest and the Isle of Wight.
During the four years I worked with this challenging but rewarding group of young people, I successfully introduced adventurous activities into the programme and regularly took groups sailing on the Solent and Climbing at Calshot activity centre. This encouraged each individuals to take control of their destiny and overcome say to day problems.
Moving to Cornwall in 2002 I took up a new role setting up a Careers and Employability Service for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter. Throughout numerous restructures my role has developed and grown within the University.
I have two children who both attend Marlborough School in years 2 and 6 and I have been an active parent throughout this time in the Marlborough Mariners.
I grew up in Cornwall and after a completing a BA in History at Cambridge University I worked in publishing, communications, and fundraising in Oxford for a number of years. I moved back to Cornwall in 2016, choosing to live in Falmouth due to its vibrant community scene. I currently work as Appeal Manager at Cornwall Air Ambulance, coordinating all of the activities in a major campaign to bring a state-of-the-art air ambulance helicopter to Cornwall.
Both my husband and my brother are teachers, so I am constantly aware of the continual changes to education policy and the impact this has on teaching staff and children alike. I am passionate about ensuring that children discover a real love for learning that will guide them throughout their lives.
I have been a governor of a number of schools over the last 25 years. Until recently, I was chair of governors of a primary school in Bristol. After many years connected with Falmouth, my wife (who is a teacher) and I have now moved our base to Cornwall. I chose to contact Marlborough School because I was aware of its OFSTED category and its need for additional governor support. I am a Chartered Accountant and I have joined the governors’ Finance Committee with the aim of offering my financial management experience to support the school.