After qualifying, I started my teaching career in Surrey, England before moving to Dorset to work in a special residential school. After 6 years there I decided to change career and opened up a children’s clothes shop, which over the years gradually became a wholesaling business. I became a factory owner and supplied over 400 shops in the UK and abroad.
When the climate for selling altered with the supermarkets selling children’s clothes I decided to close the business after 16 years and return to teaching. As I had travelled extensively with the business, I knew I could not stay in UK long-term, so I decided to apply for international schools abroad. I have since had a truly memorable time working in Thailand, Jordan, the Czech Republic and Vietnam, returning to Thailand in 2010 to work at St. Andrews. I knew Paul Schofield from my previous time in Bangkok so decided to come and work at the school where he was Head of School. I have had many different interests including scuba diving, trekking, gardening and books. I have one daughter and two grandchildren who are also in Bangkok. Over the years I have always been interested in supporting children who find life more difficult than others, to achieve their potential. I really find the work very rewarding and challenging at the same time. There is so much to learn about how children develop skills and finding new ways to support their learning.
You are given the support to take initiative and try out new ideas to move your department forward. There’s also a flexibility in the management of the school so things can be changed and improved quite quickly, given whole school requirements.