What is your role at Vinehall?
I am the school’s Compliance Officer.
What made you to want to take on your role?
I have had plenty of experience with rules and regulations, both in this country and others in my previous life. As a former Chief Executive of a charity working with street children across several African countries, it is good to be able to use this experience in some manner for the benefit of children closer to home.
What do you enjoy most about Vinehall?
The people I work with. The school has a very friendly atmosphere and is set amongst beautiful grounds. What’s not to like?
What am I planning that I am most excited about?
Having been fortunate enough to have travelled widely in the past, frankly I am happy just to use the next weeks to get right into my new role at Vinehall.
What is your best work memory?
There are so many but one particular image that sticks in my mind was on a day of burning sunshine in an African village called Wullu, in South Sudan, where a group of children aged about five or six were being taught how to read, sitting cross-legged on the ground under the shade of an ancient tree. The ‘classroom’ doubled as a church on Sundays and also as the village meeting place at any other time, depending on the need.
When you are not in the classroom you are most likely to be?
Home! I’ve spent so much time away from home over the years that every opportunity I now have to be there, I take.
Something not too many people know about me
I played cricket for the United Nations whilst living in Cyprus. I’ll bet you didn’t know they had a cricket team!