I grew up in Kirkby, Liverpool, then moved to London whilst undertaking my teaching degree and stayed until 1987, when I moved back to the North West. During my time in London I was employed by the YMCA and taught in Croydon. I moved to St Annes in 1996 to take up the post of Executive Director of the local YMCA, a post I still hold. Since I started, Fylde Coast YMCA has seen significant growth as an organisation. In 1996, the organisation employed just 9 staff and consisted of a small community centre with a turnover of £90,000. Today Fylde Coast YMCA consists of 22 individual YMCAs, a staff base of 570 and an annual turnover of £9.5million. During that time, the YMCA has built a strong relationship with LSA, to benefit the young people attending the school. My interests outside the YMCA include all things sport, and my family.
Vice Chair of the Governors, Safeguarding Link Governor,
Although I was born in East Lancashire I grew up and was educated in Worcestershire. I returned to the North-West in 1978 and am a resident of St Annes. Both of my daughters attended this school which is why I became involved. I have a BDes in Interior Design from the Royal College of Art but have had two changes of direction in my professional life; first in teaching and for the last 18 years I have been a bursar in a primary school in Blackpool. I have been on the governing body since 2002; firstly as a parent governor and more recently as a community governor. Having been involved in education in one way or another all my life, I am a firm believer in the importance of good quality education for all. My outside interests include travel and walking both in the UK and abroad.
I grew up in St Annes and went to Heyhouses then Lytham St Annes High. I was the first year of the sixth form at Lytham High and have very fond memories of my time there. Thanks to Mr Catmore (a fantastic teacher), I became very taken with acting and studied a London Academy of Dramatic Arts Diploma at Blackpool and The Fylde College before studying theatre at Leeds University (Bretton Hall). I was a contemporary of The League of Gentlemen and we wrote and performed some famously controversial material for several Edinburgh Festivals. I wrote and acted for a while in London but was ‘resting’ a little too much and saw the opportunity to write for advertising agencies (TV and radio). This led to a full-time career in advertising where I was supported to study post-grad marketing. My major consumer clients were Mitre Sports, Yorkshire Bank, Dupont, Associated Dairies (the origins of ASDA). I spent a lot of time within the Peperami team at Mattessons Walls and ‘it’s a bit of an animal!’ is probably the most famous strapline I’m associated with. Seventy hour weeks, blood pressure, children and a wife (not in that order) led me to teaching and education where I’ve worked for Leeds University, Leeds City College (brief spell back in the private-sector with Botany Bay on the M61) then Preston College and finally Blackpool and The Fylde College where I’ve been for the last 10 years or so. I coach rugby union at Fylde and I’m delighted to be able to help my old school, even though I can’t find my way round anymore!
I am a Cumbrian at heart, born and raised in the West Coast area. I made my way to Lancashire to attend university, where I studied for a BSc in Psychology at The University of Central Lancashire, and soon after graduation I began working for UCLan as part of their Widening Participation Team. I have had a number of roles at UCLan over the last 11 years, all within Widening Participation and Access. I enjoy working with young people, giving them the opportunity to find out more about Higher Education and giving them to tools to make the right decision for themselves. I was invited to become part of the LSA Trust in 2011, I accepted immediately as education is something I am committed to, and I felt I could bring something to the group whether this be by ideas, support and participation, or by creating stronger links and working relationships with the University of Central Lancashire. My outside of work interests include anything techie; I like gadgets and devices. I enjoy books, and have recently weaned myself off paperback and moved entirely to a Kindle. I also enjoy visiting friend and family in the Lakes.
Chair of Governors
I have lived on the Fylde for 14 years, having grown up on the Wirral and worked in Chester for 10 years. I studied for a degree in Government and then worked in local government before moving to Lancashire to work with Enterprise (now Amey). I have previously managed EU funded regional policy projects in the North West and international donor funded projects in Eastern Europe. I now manage public service transformation projects for the company’s environmental contracts across the country.