I was born in 1966 in Nairobi, Kenya and came to England in 1972 when my parents were forced to leave a country that was becoming politically unstable. Having a relatively affluent lifestyle in Africa we found ourselves starting from scratch in Salford, Manchester where I grew up until leaving for University and marriage (at the same time!) in 1985.
I qualified as a Biochemist and after having my three children, became a teacher. . I have taught for 25 years, most of those in Bradford, with a brief spell in Manchester as a Deputy Headteacher at an outstanding comprehensive school. I came to Bradford Academy as a Vice Principal in 2008, progressed to Principal in 2015 and have been the Executive Principal since 2016.
I am the Executive lead for the Academy and as such, spend a lot of time dealing with the business aspects of the organisation, making sure we are providing the best quality education for our youngsters and making sure we are a safe, secure and vibrant learning organisation. I love the diversity of my role; I can go from a board meeting, into lunchtime duty and across to a nursery classroom where children are “dressing up” all in the space of a day.
My ambition for our students is that they in turn are ambitious about, and take control of, their own futures. Seeking out opportunities to make a difference in their own lives and that of others with compassion, integrity and humility;
people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou