Following my BSc degree in Biology I gained a masters in Molecular biology and Biotechnology and a PhD in Biochemistry both from University College London. During the course of my work at the Royal Free Hospital in the department of Academic Medicine and at the Charing Cross Sunley Research Centre in Hammersmith, I contributed to research into heart and liver disease, looking at the genetic regulation of specific genes.
I went on to work in the department of Clinical Genetics at the Royal Free Hospital where I ran my own diagnostic lab dealing with patients’ blood samples, extracting and analysing their DNA looking for mutations. I have also worked at the Sandoz Institute for Medical Research (London) investigating the mechanisms of pain receptor pathways.
Since having my two lovely boys (one who has just started at Hills Road Sixth Form College and one who is now at the University of Manchester ), I have taken an active interest in their school life, starting off as a helper in the classroom at their primary school before moving into a governor role there. I then became a parent governor at Cambridge Academic Partnership seven years ago. I became vice-chair of Trumpington Community College in 2011 and then following the resignation of the Chair of governors, Dr Mark Carrington, was elected to the position of Chair in December 2015.
I am grateful for the education I received and strongly believe that good teaching can transform lives. I was privileged to experience a multicultural and multilingual upbringing and believe that education is not just about passing exams but also learning about life and how to get on with other people . As Chair of Trumpington Community College and Parent Governor at Parkside Community College, I am committed to ensuring that all our students have access to outstanding teaching and opportunities in a safe and happy environment.