What do you do in your role as trustee at Become? I’m pleased to be part of a very experienced and knowledgeable board, supporting and challenging Become to help care experienced young people improve both their own lives and the system designed to support them, particularly with regards to challenging the barriers to enjoyment and achievement in education that care experienced children often face.
Can you say a bit about your relevant experience and qualifications? I’ve led the development and delivery of whole school coaching programmes to improve wellbeing and educational outcomes for children and young people vulnerable to disadvantage at education charity Achievement for All for the last six years. I work with school leaders, Designated Teachers and Virtual School Heads around the country. I’m also currently studying for a MA in Professional Practice in Education and have volunteered regularly over the last four years as an advocate for children in care and on child protection plans with Action for Children.
What do you like about being a trustee at Become? I’ve always admired the approach that Become takes to achieving its vision and mission. For me, it strikes an effective and meaningful balance between directly supporting children and young people to improve their lives right now whilst also working with them as active partners to effect wider systemic change that works for them. I’ve really enjoyed meeting the team and other board members and hope I can make a valuable contribution to moving the charity towards and upwards!
What drives you? My dad was one of the cleverest people I’ve ever met. He never went to school; he never learnt to read and write. He was the main bread winner for his family at 14 to stop his seven younger brothers and sisters being taken into care. He and my mum raised six children (I was the youngest) in often challenging economic times and I was the first in my extended family, on both sides to go to University – he was so proud. I believe very strongly that, in the words of Rita Pierson, “every child deserves a champion”. My parents were mine. Being part of leveling the playing field for all children in education and making sure no child falls through the gaps like my dad is what drives me.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I’m not great at hobbies! Family and friends are the most important thing to me so I love spending time with them, seeing new things and places. I love being outside and miss living near the sea. We travel as much as we can, I love going to see live music and try to squeeze in at least one music festival a year. A dedication to exercise is an ambition yet to be realised!