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Helen Simpson

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.
 
I studied law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University after which I went on to become a litigation lawyer in the City. I trained and qualified at Linklaters before becoming a Commercial Dispute Resolution Partner at Dentons, where I also had experience as a non-executive on the firm's Board. I'm a Solicitor Advocate and a qualified mediator. I'm actively involved in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, in particular LGBT+ and women's networks.
 
I have long been involved in various education initiatives on a voluntary basis. For example, I have provided free legal representation to families in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and established 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.
 
My advice for children at Bridgewater Primary School is " Its OK not to know something. Its not OK not to ask or not to try."

 

I can be contacted at: helen.simpson@bridgewater.herts.sch.uk

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