I am a retired resident of Llanfair Clydogau. As a child I lived and was educated in Horwich in Lancashire, before attending Bolton Technical College and then onwards as a student to the London School of Economics and London Institute of Education. I became a teacher of economics and geography in Derbyshire and then Stockport in Greater Manchester, before moving to become headteacher of a comprehensive school in Liphook, Hampshire. Concurrently with my period of teaching I undertook part time study for a Masters degree in Manchester, followed by a Ph.D. at Sheffield university with a thesis on public policy formation. For several years I was also an honorary officer for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and served on its national executive.
I left front line work in schools to undertake work as a trades union official with the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and then consultancy work for the UK government on performance management in schools along with advisory work for the Isle of Man government.
I have published a number of articles on school management and organisation in educational press books and journals.
In Llanfair I am a member of the Llanfair Clydogau Community Council and St Mary’s Church where I serve as a church warden.
Since 2008, research into the history of the local area has become an important leisure activity for me, and has taken me to various sources of original information. These include: The National Library of Wales; Ceredigion Archives; The British Library in London and the National Archives at Kew.
I was born in Fareham, Hampshire in 1950 and lived in Portchester, attending infant and junior school here, before travelling to attend Purbrook Park County Grammar School (as it was known then), when I reached secondary age.
After school I worked for several years for the Midland Bank in the wider Hampshire area prior to having my two children. In later life I returned to my sadly neglected early education and attended Alton Sixth Form College to study for “A” levels, moving on to Portsmouth University to follow a degree course in biology and finally to Southampton University for my Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
My teaching career all centred around the Petersfield School in Hampshire where I taught science up to GCSE level and “A” level biology, psychology and the sports physiology part of the PE course. I was also the deputy head of the sixth form.
I left teaching in 1999 in order to move to Wales and have since worked with my husband Alan, supporting him in his various educational roles. I am also a committed member of the Llanfair Clydogau community, being treasurer of the WI and the Village Hall Committee 100 club, a member of the local History Group and having recently completed a four year term as a governor at the local primary school in Llangybi. I enjoy working with Alan on local history research having assisted with the editing of his “History of Llanfair Clydogau” and “Dan Jenkins biography”, and co-writing “Struggle of Survival in the Cardiganshire Hills”.
We are currently working together on a second volume of a history of Llanfair Clydogau and have many other ideas in the pipeline, time permitting!