Having completed the PGDE (Secondary) in Business Education at Strathclyde University in 2007, I began my teaching career at St Ninian's High School in Giffnock, Glasgow. Two years later I moved to Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh and spent 5 very happy years as an Economics and Business teacher and Sixth Form Tutor. During this time I was heavily involved in the schools cross-curricular provision, coaching sport on a weekly basis, co-leading the Young Enterprise programme and participating in numerous school trips. I then moved to Ark Academy in London where I enjoyed two years as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Pastoral & Welfare provision in the Sixth Form. In 2017 I followed a dream to teach abroad and successfully applied for a role at the British International School Ho Chi Minh City, a fellow Nord Anglia Education school. I spent four wonderful years there, initially as a teacher and Head of Year 10 and 11 before progressing to Head of Middle School (Pastoral & Wellbeing). During my time at BIS HCMC, I was immensely proud of leading the development and implementation of a bespoke Wellbeing Curriculum for Year 7 to 11 which built on the principles of positive psychology and contributed to the overall school wellbeing programme.
I believe I was always destined to be a teacher although I harboured ambitions to be a policeman for a few years. The 'lightbulb moment' occurred whilst employed as a recruitment consultant and interviewing many young people at the beginning of their working life journey. I knew at that point that I wanted to work in a job which gave me the opportunity to help develop the talents, abilities and ambitions of young people to help them succeed and achieve their maximum potential – and thus I became a teacher. I have a wide array of interests and hobbies. I recently discovered tennis which I am possibly a little bit overenthusiastic about but I do also enjoy running, going to the gym and playing football. I enjoy travel and love the outdoors, podcasts, reading and have a wide range of musical interests. I am originally from a small hamlet in the Scottish Borders where my parents still live and my younger brother and sister are not far away. After living in Edinburgh for many years, both for university and work reasons, I have now lived in Glasgow, Florence, London, Ho Chi Minh City and now Kuala Lumpur.
For me, student happiness is about creating the conditions for our young to have a balance between positive body, positive mind and positive emotions. Through recognising the importance of a holistic education; excellent academic outcomes, character development and positive wellbeing, we can create the conditions to help our young people truly know, understand and connect with themselves, others and the world around them. Our role is to help them truly flourish and thrive whilst providing them with the resilience and skills required to respond to the challenges and setbacks life will inevitably throw up at times.