With some 30 years’ experience in teaching, firstly in Secondary and later in Primary, for the last 12 years I have been in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University. I am responsible for liaison between the Faculty and our Partner Primary Schools, of which St Philip’s is one. On a more practical level, I ensure that all our primary trainee teachers, of whom there are around 1200, receive the best possible school-based training. I have five children (two girls at the extremes and three boys in between), ranging in age from 34 to 17, so the opportunity to serve as Governor at St Philips seemed to be one to which I could bring a wealth of practical experience. In another life, I have for many years been a church organist, and have worked with children from a wide variety of backgrounds in West Derby, Toxteth and Walton-on-the-Hill, amongst other places. As a born-and-bred Woollyback, it was my admiration for the no-nonsense drive and determination of my friends in these communities that drew me to a school in this area, along with the experiences of my former wife, who taught for some years in a school nearby. My goal here is to ensure that the children of St Philip’s get the very best opportunities to succeed in life, wherever that path may take them.