I have been a member of the Labour Party for 32 years because I believe passionately in its values of fairness and social justice, and in pursuing equality of opportunity for every man, woman and child. They are values I have sought relentlessly to uphold in my professional work and in my political life as a councillor and active campaigner in the party.
In a long and successful career as a teacher, secondary headteacher and schools’ adviser in Greater Manchester, I have significant experience in leading and motivating teams of people and in providing, improving and campaigning for services for local people. I worked for many years with some of the most challenging schools, children and families, I have experience of working with a range of partners including the parents, the police, health and social services, to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people. My voluntary work in the local community includes being a governor of primary and secondary schools and a Sixth Form College.
In Wigan, too few young people have aspirations to go into higher education or achieve the higher-level skills that will better equip them to become successful adults. This is an area in which I have skills and experience to campaign for improvement. I am an experienced school governor and have applied to become a school governor in Wigan. As a governor, I use my years of experience as a school leader and adviser, specialising in school improvement.
As a working mother and a carer for elderly parents, I understand the pressures on hard working families. I have recently joined the board of the Wigan Carers Centre. Wigan is an increasingly ageing society, and more needs to be done to support carers and to ensure that there is housing that will meet the long-term needs of the elderly, including those, like my father, who have increasing care needs.