Chair of Governors
I am married with 3 children and 8 grandchildren. I have lived in Hertfordshire for the last 10 years, after moving from London.
I retired in August 2022 after being an Executive Headteacher for 5 years. Prior to this role I was a headteacher and Acting Executive for the last 15 years, taking schools from inadequate and RI to good and outstanding. I was a facilitator for the National College and delivered their middle and senior leader programs and have successfully enabled over 30 middle leaders across 15 schools and 3 Local Authorities to develop their leadership styles, skills and start the process of carrying out narrowing the gap tasks in their schools. I have sound understanding of school’s financial management and have been the DSL in a number of schools.
I am a criminal defence solicitor, representing people from all walks of life and deal with all manner of offences, ranging from minor ones to very serious ones. I have seen first-hand the impact education has on the opportunities one has and choices one makes. This starts right from the very beginning. This is why Creswick’s belief that every child matters resonates with me. We might not have a choice in where we start from, but we ought to have the tools to determine where we end up. I started as a parent governor, and I am now co-opted.
I am a teacher in Hatfield and have been for about 29 years. I specialize in Design and Technology although am mainly focused on Pastoral Care and SEN students. Many of my students play tennis round the corner from the school, so became aware of the great work and atmosphere through my regular visits. I join the board hoping to offer support and share however am keen to learn more about the great school that Creswick is.
Vice Chair of Governors
I moved in Welwyn Garden City with my wife more than 9 years ago and have two children.
My first interaction with the school was when it was time for my son to start school. I got to learn about the school’s values, ethos and strong inclusive culture. I considered those as really important criteria for the school’s selection.
As a parent I believe that ensuring high quality education in early stages provides the best possible life chances for our children. Therefore I have decided to take an active role in the life of the school and I am highly committed to ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education.
My day job is product marketing manager for a global company. I want to use the experience I gained in working with different teams, in managing projects and budgets with my role as a school governor.”
Safeguarding, Attendance and Behaviour link Governor
I retired from full time work in 2003, having been employed as a primary school teacher for 37 years, 23 of them as a headteacher. Following my career in teaching, I spent 16 years working as a clerk for the School Admission Appeals Team. I took up my position as the Local Authority Governor at Creswick School in November 2020 and I now serve as the school’s Safeguarding Link Governor.
The more I learn about the school (from my visits, from the numerous documents I have read and from my discussions with other governors) the more pleased and proud I am to be member of its Governing Board.
I was born in Welwyn Garden City and have called it home ever since, meaning that I am very familiar with the local area. I work as a solicitor in London.
I joined the governing board as a co-opted governor in September 2019 with the desire to ensure that the next generation have access to excellent education to allow them to open as many doors as possible.
Chair of Resources Committee
I am a tax lawyer in the City, and a parent of one, who lives locally in Welwyn Garden City. I joined the Governing Board in Spring 2021, with the desire to utilise my legal and financial skills in the role and to share my experience of staying motivated while dealing with challenges your career to support the next generation of confident learners.
I joined the board of governors at Creswick in Spring 2022 as I was keen to utilise my skills to help the school and its students reach their full potential. Day-to-day I am counsel in the Special Situations, Distressed Debt & Trading Practice Group at international law firm Brown Rudnick LLP specialising in real estate finance, structured finance and art finance.
I have two children who attend the school and have wanted to become more involved for some time, hence my decision to run as a parent governor.
My career has been predominantly in education. I currently work for the Welwyn Garden City & Hatfield Schools Partnership which supports families and schools in the area.
I am excited to be on board to take part in the next chapter of the school's exciting journey.
I joined Creswick governing board in September 2022 as a co-opted governor and serve as the Link governor for Maths.
I am a Management Consultant by profession and have spent 17 years of my career supporting organisations deliver their business transformation programmes through technology enablement.
My academic background is in software engineering and for as long as I can remember I have had a passion for STEM learning and experiences. I intend to bring my professional, and academic knowledge and experiences to Creswick to help improve STEM learning whilst making it relevant for the future as well as fun and therefore appealing to more pupils.