I graduated from Nottingham University with a BEd and also hold an MA from Newcastle University and an advanced diploma in International Leadership Consultancy from Manchester University. I have spent over forty years in education with fifteen as headteacher of an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Secondary School. This was followed by a spell as a Deputy Director of Inspections working with Ofsted and six years as Director of Education with Nord Anglia International Schools. I have also lectured on post graduate and educational leadership (NPQH) programmes at Manchester University. I am an old boy of Sir John Deane’s Grammar School and until recently was Chair of Governors at The County High School, Leftwich. I am married and retired and spend a good deal of time working in the community and charity fundraising through public speaking.