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 grow to be decent human beings, that care for themselves and those they interact with and that they have the ability to influence their own futures.