The first 3 years of my secondary education were spent at Tiverton Grammar School, my final 2 as part of the educational experiment of the day when I became one of the inaugural pupils at Tiverton Comprehensive School.
I attended Exeter College as part of an apprenticeship and passed all relevant City and Guilds exams.
I have spent most of my working life in the construction industry in Mid Devon, apart from a 2 year contract in Papua New Guinea working on a European Union funded rural water supply programme.
I was widowed in 2009. At the time our sons were 7 and 9 years old. When the time came to choose which secondary school to send the eldest to, Cullompton Community College was the obvious first choice for both my son and I, and his younger brother was eager to follow him 2 years later. They are currently in years 8 and 10.
I became a Parent Governor of Cullompton Community College in October 2013. I also act as the Mathematics link Governor.