I was born in Salford and when I got married I moved to Hadfield. I have two grown up sons both of whom attended St Charles Primary School and St Philip Howard Catholic School. We now have two granddaughters aged 10 and 8. I was a Governor at St Charles for many years and I was a Governor at St Philip Howard for over 20 years serving with four different Headteachers. During that period my wife has been very supportive in my role as a Governor as it involves spending time at meetings and visits to school.
At both schools I started as a Parent Governor and when my term of office expired I was elected as a Foundation Governor and eventually Chair of Governors at St Charles. When the Local Management of Schools was introduced I was asked to chair the Finance Committee at both schools which became the Resource and Management Committee. I was also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee at St Philip Howard.
I have a degree in chemistry and have worked all my life in the textile industry firstly in a Research Laboratory and then as a Technical Manager in a Dyeing & Printing factory where amongst other roles I was responsible for a £7m buying budget and training of scientific staff.
I have always been very passionate about education especially children and young people.
I have now retired which enabled me to be more hands on in my role as a Governor.
I am a lifelong supporter of Manchester United. I also enjoy walking, drinking real ales, watching rugby union and cricket but most of all looking after our granddaughters.