I have worked as a civil servant for over 18 years and prior to this as a food chemist within a microbiology laboratory. I have a wonderful wife and 2 children who keep me on my toes. As a family we love the outdoors and spending quality time together, which is not always easy in a busy work and family life. For this reason I am passionate about education and particularly supporting schools in developing a rich learning environment. More recently I have spent time developing my contribution to the local community by volunteering both within schools and further education. I secured a role within Walton Primary Academy in 2015 as a governor tasked with looking at the enrichment of the curriculum, something that soon developed into me being asked to take up the role of Chair in February 2016. I love to see all the children in the school enjoy themselves and will do anything within my remit to ensure all are able to fulfil their potential whilst at school. I sit as a member on the schools forum, as a representative of Academies, this has enabled me to gain a broad view of the local authority in regards to funding pressures etc. and ensure the voices of our academies are heard. I have always had a passion for the learning experience of all our children and look forward to supporting my fellow Directors in the development of all the Waterton Academy Trust schools.