My career has included technical consultancy, shipbuilding and academic research in project management, but more recently into the issues surrounding information sharing within the public sector, particularly children’s services. I also served a spell on the National Curriculum Council. I have been a school governor first with Longhorsley First School, then with KEVI and now as a Director of The Three Rivers Learning Trust. I am most interested in helping develop the strategy of the Learning Trust, including the best mix of education pathways, enrichment and skills. I am married with six grown up children, four of whom were at KEVI.
I have been involved in education all my working life. I started out as a Geography teacher and had experience as a senior leader in a large secondary school. I then moved into advisory and inspection work, including for Ofsted. Before retiring, I was Head of Education for Gateshead Council. I am Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and am interested in promoting high standards and ensuring that all students receive the very best curriculum to suit their needs and expectations. I have two grown up children, both of whom attended KEVI.
Originally from Switzerland, I have lived in Morpeth for the last 22 years with my husband and have two children, one attending KEVI and one attending Newminster. I am a management accountant and have worked for a variety of companies from our own engineering business to large multi-nationals. I became a school governor first at Newminster, then at St Roberts RC First School and now as a Director of The Three Rivers Learning Trust. I am passionate about languages taught at school and have an interest in SEN provision.
I completed my first degree (BA Nursing) at Newcastle Polytechnic and worked in A&E before training as a health visitor. I then practised as a health visitor until 1993, completing a part-time PhD in 1988. I have a strong background in health services research, and good links with a range of health and social care providers across the North East. My interests include care quality and patient safety, interprofessional working, workforce change and aspects of public health and primary care practice. My research on interprofessional education has attracted interest from across UK as well as Italy, Australia and Canada. I am also recognised nationally as an expert in building community capacity to improve health and wellbeing. I am a Professor of Nursing and Director of Research and Innovation for the Department of Nursing Midwifery and Health at Northumbria University and have successfully supervised 24 doctoral students to completion and am currently supervising three. I led a major UK study on patient safety education for medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy, on which I gave evidence to the Health Select Committee’s sixth report on Patient Safety in 2009. I have also examined the development of new roles in the mental health workforce, and evaluated the Scottish Early Clinical Career Fellowships Pilot for nurses. Current work includes an evaluation of the Living With and Beyond Cancer programme in the North East and North Cumbria for the Northern Cancer Alliance, and the SLIPPS project – Sharing Learning from Practice to improve Patient Safety (Funded by the Erasmus+ programme of EU) collaborating with six other universities in Finland, Norway, Italy and Spain. In 2005 I was ordained deacon, and served my curacy at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Denton in the Diocese of Newcastle. I was ordained priest in 2006, and in 2010 moved to be Associate Priest in the parishes of St George and St Hilda, Jesmond. I am currently a governor of Studio West (part of the Kenton Schools Multi Academy Trust) on behalf of the Diocese of Newcastle, and a member of the Newcastle Diocesan Education Board, by which I was nominated a member of The Three Rivers Learning Trust.
I am the Vicar of the Parishes by the Wall in the Diocese of Newcastle, which takes in many of the most famous sections of Hadrian’s Wall. As Vicar, I am actively involved in the life of all the schools in my Parishes, with a particular care for the West Tyne Church Schools where I am Vice-Chair of Governors. During my time in the Parishes by the Wall I have developed a new pattern of Church called “God’s Tent” which pitches a bell tent in the landscape as a location and focus for worship for families and in school settings. I am a Proctor in Convocation (a clergy member of General Synod) and currently an Assistant Archdeacon. Prior to ordination, I taught history and philosophy at Bristol University; and am currently an Associate Tutor and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lindisfarne College of Theology.