Over the last 4 years, I have built a good working knowledge of Governance in a primary school context through serving as the Vice-Chair and Finance Governor at FJS, striking the right balance between supporting and challenging the school leadership team to focus our resources on improving teaching and learning. To find out more about the academy ways of working and to increase my network and impact on all the schools in the trust, I joined the FAoS Performance and Standards Committee 2 years ago, helping to ensure that we have continued to improve teaching, governance and students learning across all schools. I believe that my Governance experience coupled with my broader 20 years of European Commercial and Capability experience make it a good blend to bring value to the board. I have previously led teams of more than 100 people, managed a hugely successful business with the largest retailer in the UK as well as been responsible for leading and measuring success against transformational projects. With 3 children myself, I continue to be engaged and motivated to help steer the academy’s future success, which is critical to so many children’s futures across the local area. I believe my Finance and HR skillset and scale Commercial experience will bring value to the Academy Resources Committee which I will join in place of Performance and Standards.