HEAD OF AUDIT, RISK AND ASSURANCE
Tell us a bit about you
I’m a parent of a strong-willed four-year-old boy, a German Shepherd, and a horse with the gentlest of souls! My son and dog often get involved in Teams meetings, making them far more interesting than I alone could ever achieve! Last but by no means least, I live with my partner who has to deal with our creative crafting and the clean up after. I enjoy spending time in the greenhouse growing weird and wonderful things and escaping up to the Northumberland coast in our caravan.
Tell us a bit about your career
When I left school, I started as an Administration Apprentice at a local college, where I was employed full time in their apprenticeship office. I have worked within further education for most of my career from teaching, work-based learning, and quality management. Roles have included working with Job Centre Plus to support long-term unemployed individuals back into work, working with local employers to support apprentices, working with awarding organisations to ensure compliance, and preparing and coordinating inspections. Alongside this, I’ve worked as a school governor to support our local academy trust and become an organisational expert for a government institution.
I’ve been fortunate to be employed by some outstanding organisations that have supported me to continue my education and training whilst working full time. I started my education as part of my apprenticeship and progressed to master’s level, and alongside this I’ve published papers that focus on effectiveness of quality management within education. I’ve since studied teaching, Lean leadership and management, health and safety and organisational excellence, and I’m currently studying my diploma in organisational risk management.
I’ve worked with NCFE throughout my career, and the interactions I’ve had with the NCFE team have directly influenced my decisions in curriculum development that have had a positive impact on our students. The experiences I’ve had with NCFE have always been positive but the reality of working with, and now for NCFE is much more than that – the values and culture of NCFE are really very special. There is a shared approach to what we need to achieve where everyone has the opportunity to access the highest-quality learning experiences, and I’m really fortunate to be part of it.