I am a parishioner of Our Lady & St Edward’s, a member of the parish pastoral council and a newcomer to school governance.  As a social worker involved with safeguarding and with the care of looked after and vulnerable children I have worked in partnership with schools for many years.  I have the highest regard for what schools can do for the complex needs of many of our children and their families.  There is no substitute for the quality of their education and preparation for life.  I have now retired as a team leader and service manager in a fostering agency.  I am happy to work with the governing body and staff of Our Lady & St Edward’s School and also to be part of the range of experience and skill we can collectively bring in support of all that the school stands for.  It is a good way for the community to serve our young people.