The governors would like to introduce themselves:-
I have worked with children, young people and their families for over 20 years in nursery, community play services, Children's Centres, parenting and family support. have worked in Bournemouth for around 5 years with 3 of these in West Howe and Kinson. During the time worked in West Howe and Kinson I joined the Heathlands governors because I wanted to do more to help every child have the best possible school experience.
I had a short time working in Devon and when I returned to Bournemouth I also returned to the Heathlands governing body! It was amazing to see the changes outside and in the building and the exciting learning spaces the children have. I'm now the Chair of Governors and enjoying spending more time with the Heathlands family.
I’ve been a Community Governor at Heathlands since June 2016. Having always lived in Bournemouth (apart from a short spell living and working in London) I was keen to get involved with my community – it’s a great place to grow up.
Why Heathlands? It was always assumed that once leaving university, I would find a role in education (following my mother's footsteps); instead I was seduced by financial services, and have never looked back!
I’m a Marketing Manager for LV= and I really enjoy what I do, and I like to think that it shows. Having been recognised as a role model, I coach and mentor women within financial services to help them reach their potential.
I’m regularly invited to speak at key industry events to share my insights, experience and the odd nugget of wisdom. I hope that in my role of Governor at Heathlands, I can help to make a difference to the pupils and staff.
I was a Youth Worker for Dorset and Bournemouth Council from 1966-to when I retired in 1993. I worked at the Henry Brown Youth Centre from 1966-70, then at the Harewood Centre link to Avonbourne School from 1970-74. In 1974 I became a Detached Youth Worker in West Howe, Bournemouth from 1974-93. Detached Youth Work is meeting young people on the streets who are not linked to youth clubs. In 1993 I retired from youth work, and in 1996 became a local Councillor for Kinson South, that was for 15 years. In my term of office I became Mayor of Bournemouth in 2005-6, which lasted for one year. I am involved with a number of organisations, beside being a Governor of Heathlands Academy and Oak Academy, they are Age UK Bournemouth, Help and Care, Citizen Advice, Essential Drugs and Alcohol Service. I am also Chair of Henry Brown Youth Centre and the Advisory Board of West Howe and Kinson Children Centre. I am a member of Bournemouth Rotary, recently I was President for the year 2015-16.
I love my role as Head Teacher of Heathlands Primary, the children here are awesome! I have worked in outstanding schools and schools in special measures in Poole, Wiltshire and Birmingham in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. I have been a staff governor in all of these schools. I am mum to 3 energetic boys who keep me very busy! In my spare time I enjoy art, sewing, camping, music and dancing.
I’m excited to have just joined Heathlands Primary Academy as Deputy Head Teacher. I’m looking forward to helping Heathlands become the best school in Bournemouth! I have taught at three local schools previously, in various teaching and leadership positions. I am a passionate sports fan and support Tottenham Hotspur and Roger Federer unreservedly .
Before becoming a teacher I was a software engineer which I stopped and had my 3 children, I then worked as a TA at a local special school before being encouraged to become a teacher. I qualified as a teacher in 2000 and have worked in several schools in the Poole and Bournemouth area. I have been at Heathlands since 2013 where I came for a one term, part-time secondment but loved it so much I've stayed! I have been SENCO and for the last 2 years and a governor for a similar amount of time. In my spare time I enjoy playing my trombone and geocaching.