This is my informal blog for anything I feel strongly about and can’t say in 140 characters! All views are entirely my own.
I am a former music teacher and inner-London head teacher of mixed comprehensive schools. In 1990 (when the ILEA was abolished) I left headship to live and work in and around Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. I went back to teaching music, working in a variety of schools and returned to church music for the first time since my college days: I played the organ at St Mary’s, Walsham le Willows and other nearby churches. During this period I also ran a mediation service and founded a men’s health charity. In addition I travelled around SE England adjudicating grade examinations in instrumental performance, for Trinity College of Music.
In 2003 I was elected as a member of St Edmundsbury Borough Council (SEBC) and Bury St Edmunds Town Council, representing the town centre area of Abbeygate on both. I was re-elected in 2007 and 2011, and until 2015 spent a lot of time dealing with the many planning, licensing and other issues that arise in a busy town centre ward. I have also been a SEBC cabinet member, first responsible for arts and culture, and then finance.
In June 2013 I was very lucky to be appointed MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list “for services to the community in Suffolk”. I did not seek re-election in 2015 because working alongside the symptoms of Parkinson’s was becoming too difficult, and I felt it was time for a younger person to replace me.