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Helen Simpson (Chair of Governors)

Role on Board: I have been a co-opted governor since November 2014. I became Co-Chair of Governors in September 2015 and sole 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 now advised a range of organisations, including household name corporates and charities, on legal and governance matters. I'm also a CEDR qualified mediator. I am actively involved in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, in particular LGBT+ and women's networks. I hold various other voluntary roles, including Trustee at Sustrans (a national charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle) and was a Member-designate of the Chiltern Educational Trust.

 

Interest in being a governor: I believe that good governance can fundamentally improve schools and the experience of both the children and broader community within those schools. Strong leadership and governance is vital to ensuring the very best outcomes for children - both academically and more broadly - and I became a school governor in order to contribute to ensuring outcomes are the very best they can be. 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 therefore made sense to follow that interest through at Bridgewater, where I have three children and hopefully a fourth to follow in the future. 

 

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

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