Chair of the Management Committee
I have been a member of the management committee for 9 years and chair for the last 18 months. I am also a child psychiatrist and was previously the lead consultant at the Darwin Centre, one of the wards served by the Pilgrim Pathways School. I currently work three days a week as the Clinical Director of children’s services in CPFT.
Outside work I have taken up walking and enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and children. I hope to walk a 1000 miles this year!
I've been a teacher, including in the area of working with young people with emotional behavioural needs. I am a trained counsellor and set up and ran an accredited training programme for working with young people. I am still researching and working in this territory and am passionate about the needs of young people.
I became a governor because I wanted to give something back about work in this territory today. I enjoy walking, (who doesn't now!) painting, gardening and am obsessed with travel. I now work part-time for the University of Cambridge and part-time for myself.
I joined the Pilgrim Pathways School in 2014. I am the Teacher in Charge of the Croft Child and Family Unit, Assistant Headteacher, SENCo and Deputy Safeguarding Lead of the School.
I have always particularly enjoyed the challenge of working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs. I started my career in education as a Teaching Assistant, before becoming a Teacher, Assistant SENCo and SENCo in Mainstream provisions prior to my current role.
I have a degree in History of Art and love Museums, as well as life drawing and photography. I have taken part in the Cambridge Open studios and aim to do so again when I have more time!
I have been a governor at the school since December 2019. After a working life travelling around the world, I thought it would be good to support a school locally, after being a parent governor at Sawston Village College twenty or so years ago.
The systems and procedures are certainly very different now! There is a lot to learn and work on, supporting the Headteacher and the team.
When taking a break from committee work, I can be found trying to hit the ball properly on the golf course.
I first became aware of the school when one of my children became seriously ill and was referred. As a result, I have seen first-hand the amazing and life changing effect this wonderful organisation can have. The talented and dedicated staff played a huge role in my recovery.
I wanted to become a committee member in order to support the school and staff, and hopefully be of some help to the school.
I have no professional education experience, but I think I can bring the perspective of the pupils and their families who are frequently living through very difficult times and develop a much closer relationship with the school than I have ever seen in mainstream education.
Professionally I am a mechanical engineer involved in the design and development of medical devices and pharmaceutical equipment.
I have been a member of the management committee since June 2018.
I currently work in academic research publishing, and I previously worked for a children's charity in research and service evaluation.
The school plays an important and unique role in educating and nurturing young people in our community, and I'm committed to helping it to do this.
I live locally. I enjoy art, love going to galleries and am a keen gardener.
I have been a member of the management committee for 3 years. I was a writer of children's non-fiction for Usborne Publishing before working as a primary school teacher here in Cambridge until Summer 2017. Since then, I have retrained as a family mediator and now work with the Family Mediation Trust (formerly Cambridge Family Mediation). I am also trustee of a small educational charity, called the Batemans Trust, which supports a school and home for underprivileged children in Chennai, south India.
I strongly believe that all children and young people, whatever their circumstances, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
I enjoy reading, walking, and eating and drinking with friends and family.
MA (Cantab), Licence Spéciale en Droit Européen, MA Environmental Law, PGCE
Local Authority Governor, Safeguarding and Prevent Duty Lead
I joined the Management Committee in December 2020, keen to support and work more directly once again with those educating children and young people.
Currently, I oversee the inspection of independent schools in England, with particular responsibility for safeguarding, and was previously a teacher and then deputy head academic of a large prep school for 10 years. Before that, I was an environmental lawyer for 20 years, working at the European Commission and then researching and teaching law in Belgium.
Outside work, I enjoy the company of my four sons, all of whom were educated in maintained schools, and one of whom briefly attended a hospital school in Belgium. (All four have been patients in the Addenbrooke’s Accident and Emergency Department, but never long enough to need Pilgrim schooling!) I live in Cambridge, love hiking, reading, films and music, and have taken up running during lockdown (building more stamina than speed…).
I am very much looking forward to meeting - even if only remotely for now - the members of the Pilgrim Pathways School community.
Local Authority Governor
I have been a member of the management committee for a year and live locally.
With a background in social anthropology, I have lived and worked in Nigeria and Germany, where I have been involved in a wide range of charity and social enterprise projects. I now work in the tech space here in Cambridge but continue to lecture and offer supervisions at the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University. I am passionate about developing people and helping them grow personally and professionally, in skills, confidence, and creativity.
Outside of work, my husband and I are keen scuba divers, and enjoy music, travel, and spending time in the countryside with our two small children.