Sense College governors
Meet the governing body at Sense College.
Meet the governing body at Sense College.
Sense College is run by a senior management team, which reports to the Sense directors, trustees and a College governing body.
Since April 2011, Simon has been Foundation Secretary of Warwick Independent Schools, a small group of schools educating around 2,400 pupils, and employing 600 staff, with an annual turnover of over £35m. His role incorporates all aspects of strategy and governance, as well as operational oversight of shared services for the four schools within the Foundation. He had previously worked in two other independent schools from 2002 to 2011.
Before this Simon had pursued a financial career, working in companies ranging from a plc to large and medium sized family owned businesses. He has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) since 2005.
Simon had previously worked in the construction industry, initially in junior engineering and administration roles, before managing small (up to £1m) building projects for the retail sector.
"Having spent nearly two decades employed in the primary and secondary education sector, chairing Sense College governing body offers a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the world of education. Doing so in a setting where executive colleagues offer so much energy and patience for the benefit of our wonderful students is a real privilege."
For the past 25 years, Gerry has been involved in management roles working to deliver specialist education to the post-16 sector.
Prior to his retirement in July 2018, Roger was the CEO/Principal of an independent Specialist College in Leicestershire called Homefield College for seven years.
It was through working at Homefield College that Roger first became aware of Sense College.
As a governor at Sense College, Roger relishes the opportunity to continue to use his skills and knowledge within the specialist post-16 sector. His aim as a governor is to be a critical friend to the college management team.
“I enjoy being a Governor at Sense College as it gives me an insight into how staff spend time and effort planning an individualised learning programme and the positive impact that programme has on the student and their family when implemented. I stand in awe of the patience and determination by staff to do their very best for each and every student.”
Sue has worked in the care sector for her whole career until her retirement from Sense in 2012.
A qualified social worker, Sue worked for the local authority. She first worked as a specialist with children and families before she went on to gain experience in adoption and fostering services.
Following the birth of her children Sue worked for Mencap on a part time basis with an older group of adults with learning disabilities and then joined Sense in 1996 as a Family Support Worker.
She had various roles within Sense and on retiring Sue was one of the Deputy Directors of Community Services. While working for Sense Sue successfully obtained the Diploma in Deafblindness.
“It's inspiring to be a Governor at Sense College and to see the progress the college continues to make in order to provide the very best service for the learners. There's always room for improvements, however big or small, and it's so encouraging and joyful to see these put into action when meeting learners and staff in the centres of the college!”
Lesley has worked in the education sector throughout her career.
Originally trained as a secondary school teacher, she moved into primary education and compled a master’s degree which enabled her to specialise in the early years.
Lesley moved to an advisory role in 2004 and worked in Cambridgeshire supporting practitioners through evaluation of practice and training. She's also held Special Educational Needs Coordinator and curriculum advisory roles in Lincolnshire and Cambridge.
Lesley then moved into further education, higher education and consultancy work.
Having gained a Doctorate in Education, the final years of her career were spent teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, focusing on childhood studies, child psychology and integrated services.
Since retiring in 2018, Lesley enjoys walking, quilting and spending time with her two young grandsons.
“Being a Governor at Sense College is an extremely rewarding experience. As a retiree I've been able to use the skills and knowledge accumulated during my working life; it's satisfying to know I can continue to use these and make a difference to the lives of young people. It's been humbling to observe the dedicated work of those involved with Sense College and the impact upon the learners, from whom I have learnt so much.”
Katherine graduated from Middlesex University with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and then a MSc in Health and Safety Management from Loughborough University.
She’s spent many years working in local government as an Environmental Health Officer specialising in health and safety and food hygiene. With a keen interest in education provision, particularly special needs, Katherine also has a young child with additional needs so has experience and knowledge of working together with teachers and other professionals.
Katherine is a trustee of Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society.
Her hobbies include gardening, football, photography and all things giraffes and flamingos!
“I'm very proud to be a Sense College Governor. The excellent, dedicated teaching has allowed the students to flourish and excel at the college. The staff and students are a true inspiration.”
Charlotte has a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy and is a senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist working within the NHS. In her role she assesses, treats and advises parents and their children to support them in overcoming disabilities which impact on their ability to engage in everyday activities.
She's registered with the Health Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and is also a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner.
Alongside her professional experience, Charlotte's also completed 100 hours of volunteering in a Special Education Needs school, worked on the admissions panel and worked as a carer for young disabled children and elderly individuals.
She spends most her time reading, painting, taking her dog for walks and shopping.
"I want to ensure that children are provided with the best possible opportunity for learning and growing in an enriching environment."
Scott is from Peterborough and after leaving secondary education spent time studying music, before working abroad in New Zealand.
Since returning, he’s worked across central government as a civil servant. He’s currently a Policy Advisor at the Department for Education working on SEND policy reform.
Before this, he spent time on Multi Academy Trust school improvement projects across the North-West London and South Central England in a Schools Commissioner’s Office.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys walking, cycling and playing music with a local band.
"I've got a keen interest in education and want to use the skills and knowledge I've gained to support Sense College East and its learners"
Living in Peterborough most of his life, Jamal's child, Jay, attends Sense College.
His focus is to learn more about the college, represent the parents and support the Governing body.
Jamal's worked in the financial services industry for the past 20 years, focusing on risk management. He currently heads up the Group Insurance function for Travelex.
Having held volunteer roles for the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, Phoenix School for Special Needs and The Orton Oracle, Jamal brings a quiet, innovative and creative approach. He's hoping to make an independent and impartial contribution to the Board of Governors.
"As a parent, I care about ensuring pupils with special needs and their families receive education and support that meets their specific needs."
Educated in the Philippines, Jess started his teaching career age 19. He served as Head of English and Drama at St. Scholastica’s Academy, Bacolod City whilst doing television and radio presenting.
Jess moved to the UK in 2004 and undertook a degree in English Language Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. This led to his first job as specialist teacher for Drama in Luton where he taught learners who were excluded from schools due to behavioural issues.
He then worked as course manager at Bedford College for the Foundation Skills Programme to the Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LLDD) provision. During his work at the college he enhanced his understanding of teaching learners with complex behavioural issues, including learners with autism and ADHD. Jess also trained staff how to engage learners in lessons.
"I joined Sense College in September 2019 and I'm excited to share my vision on how to make life in the college exciting and valuable for our learners."