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Helen Simpson (Chair of Governors)

Role on Board: I have been a co-opted governor since November 2014. I became a Co-Chair in September 2015 and Chair of Governors from September 2016. 

 

Background: I studied law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. I trained and qualified as a Solicitor Advocate at Linklaters then went on to be a Dispute Resolution Partner and Board member at Dentons. I'm also a CEDR qualified mediator. I am actively involved in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, in particular LGBT+ and women's networks. I am a Trustee at Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. 

 

Interest in being a governor: I have long been involved in various education initiatives on a voluntary basis, including providing free legal representation to families in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and establishing a literacy scheme at two other primary schools (through which volunteers read with Year 5 and 6 children every fortnight). It made sense to follow that interest through into becoming a governor at Bridgewater, where I have two children and hopefully two others to follow in the future. 

 

Your advice to / quote for children at Bridgewater school: "Its OK not to know something. Its not OK not to ask or not to try."

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