I began my working life as a research scientist at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London and then ICI in Cheshire.After a number of years I moved to BNFL in Preston and began to work as a material accountant.
I took a break of 12 years when my 2 children were born. My second child was born with significant physical and learning difficulties and from then on caring for my children was my priority. I became involved with my children’s schools, Blackpool Bears and the Citizens Advice Bureau in Poulton.
I returned to working part-time at Blackpool and The Fylde College providing training for students studying Administration and IT.I qualified as a teacher and spent a number of years teaching and training adults. I then changed role working to improve the quality of what went on in the College. My responsibilities included identifying and working to solve problems with data capture and management; monitoring of key performance indicators; supporting staff tasked with writing degree submissions; writing submissions for a variety of quality marks. The role also necessitated involvement with both Ofsted and the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) becoming familiar with the diverse ways in which they hold education providers to account.
My son in now cared for by Ormerod and I have its best interests at heart. I hope that my experience of bringing up a child with disabilities and my role in a quality capacity will allow me to make a contribution as an Ormerod Trustee.