I'm Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education in London. I lead the IOEs strategic partnerships with schools and am also a Chair of Governors at IOEs local secondary school. I came to this from being HoD at the London Leadership Centre at IOE. Before that I was DfES Adviser for CPD in London, a secondment from being a secondary headteacher. On route to headship, I taught English and Drama, HoD, HoF, Head of 6th Form, Senior Teacher, Deputy Head - as well as 2 year role as LA Arts Adviser.
Tricky question as I enjoy my current role and hope to keep doing it. If I did a different leadership role, I would like to lead across a group of schools and develop strategic approaches to succession planning, professional learning and development and R&D.
How have you been PREPARED, EMPOWERED, and NURTURED in your career?
New opportunities always stimulate me to consider a new role and think I prepared myself most of the time. On two occasions I was asked to set up something new - a drama department and a sixth form - and that gave me the leadership bug. So two female headteachers saw something in me and nurtured that. Then a great male headteacher took a chance on me and brought me back into a school after working for an LA and I joined the SLT and loved it. The next bug I caught was wanting to improve professional learning and development and, via the DfES, moved to the IOE to work on that.
What BARRIERS & OBSTACLES have you had to OVERCOME to progress?
What ADVICE would you like to share with fellow women leaders in education?
Believe in your own abilities and others will also.
Listen to how many times you apologise for what you say or do and work hard to stop doing it.
See setbacks as opportunities to develop rather than your fault (still working on this!)