I worked in the secondary education sector for over 38 years, initially as a PE and Geography teacher, then later as a Deputy Headteacher and Educational Consultant. While teaching I did further studies to try to enhance the service provided for the young people in our care. This included a master’s degree in special educational needs.
I worked in a number of education authorities and was effective in leading and driving change across schools and authorities related to behaviour, attendance and special educational needs. I have chaired numerous committees and partnerships where my leadership has ensured effective practices are in place prior to Government directives.
I live in the Stockton borough and I am very interested in Health and Social Care services provided for our community. Because of my work with young people and the role I played at senior level, I believe I can enhance what Healthwatch is already offering which will further support and improve the life chances of the people in Stockton.
I am looking forward to working with members of our community, to listen to what they have to say, and to support Healthwatch and our board members in sharing those views with stakeholders who can implement the necessary changes.