January 12th, 2018
- General Election 2015/17
- Conservative Campaigner
- Chair of Governors
- Working Mother
- Conservative Outreach
- Free School
- Social Action
General Election 2015/17
I was privileged to have been selected by Edmonton Conservatives to represent them as their parliamentary candidate in the 2015 & 2017 general elections. I am honoured to have been asked to remain active in the Edmonton Conservative association in the future. I will do my utmost to improve the Edmonton community through campaigning and lobbying for improvements in services and facilities.
I have always taken a proactive stance on issues that are close to my heart. When I realised that local children could not gain admission to their closest school (when they lived 0.2 miles from the school) I decided to take action. I formed a group of parents supported by the local community to campaign for increased primary school provision. After two years of campaigning and lobbying our campaign group have made a difference with the introduction of a free school providing 60 school places commencing in September 2016. There were many ups and downs in the campaign, not least the Labour local authority playing party politics and disappointing the community that they are meant to represent.
Chair of Governors at a Multi Academy
I am Chair of Governors of Ashmole Primary School, a free school that I campaigned and created with the Ashmole team. I was a governor at Ashmole Academy for 13 years and Chair of Governors for 3 years, Ashmole Academy is a non-selective community secondary school rated as outstanding by OFSTED. The Ashmole motto is “Excellence is a habit” and we aim for every child to reach their potential and get the best start in life.
I am a mother of four children and have been in employment since leaving further education with breaks for bringing up young children. My career has been in technical engineering and I am proud to have had a fulfilling career in an environment that is male dominated. There are many women who work in Information Technology but there are very few women working in the technical aspect and my experience is that I have always been the only woman working amongst men. I work hard for my family and lead by example. I want my children to grow up knowing that they must have a career and job and to support their local community.
I am an executive director of Conservative Friends of Turkey and work with the Friend’s group to outreach to ethnic communities. I have been a Conservative ambassador by delivering training to women candidates abroad and in Summer 2017 will represent the Conservative party undertaking charity work in Rwanda.
Ashmole Academy became a multi-academy trust in 2016 to create a primary school. I have worked hard with Ashmole Academy and the local community to make the primary school concept a reality. I am delighted that Ashmole Primary School opened its doors to 60 Reception aged children in September 2016 following my campaign.
I have had a varied and full career in Technical Engineering and am currently an IT architect delivering million pound networking projects for local government authorities. I have procured innovative solutions for Ashmole Primary school and embraced digital communications in my voluntary work for the Conservatives and my campaigning.
I am Chairman and a Trustee at a multi-academy trust which has two schools. Ashmole Academy Trust was set up to extend the outreach of excellent education to more children. I, with the Trust Board set the strategic direction of the Trust and have plans for a nursery and summer school in addition to increasing the number of schools in the Trust.
I was delighted to take part in a social action project in Rwanda. Project Umubano is making a difference to the everyday lives of the people of Africa. My brief was to teach secondary school based mentors English and about their new school curriculum. . Teaching teachers was a new challenge for me as my expertise is in school governance and not teaching. It was a wonderful and enjoyable experience. Ashmole Academy very kindly donated nearly ½ a ton of secondary school books to the project which were gratefully received.