Parent Election November, 20
Voting will be open from Friday 6th November until Friday 13th November
I spent nearly a decade before a change of career to the charity sector, working for Mind. I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing in children and early intervention. I have worked on projects to introduce the subject of mental health at a young age through storytelling and television shows. I am currently CEO at the charity London Arts and Health which promotes creativity and the arts to improve health and wellbeing. I love seeing children coming alive when being creative.
I am also a trustee at the Waltham Forest charity Stories and Supper which holds events involving refugee chefs and storytellers to bring the local community and refugees together, challenging stereotypes and encouraging community cohesion.
We have lived in Chingford for nearly four years and love the area, I co-ordinated the Mutual Aid response in the area during lockdown and have become more involved in the community. My daughter Stella is in year two and has blossomed since joining Whitehall. I want to ensure that every child has the best start in life and would love to work as a parent governor to ensure the school is supported in providing brilliant education and care to the children at the school.
Currently my eldest child is recently in reception and my youngest is due to join the nursery in 2022. I am a freelance video editor by profession and in recent years have worked as a visiting lecturer at the London School of Fashion. In my role as an editor I have developed time management and project managing skills. I enjoy working with people and collaborating and I am passionate about education and the school itself.
I have a BA in Fine Art & Art History from Goldsmiths College and a MA in World Cinema from Birkbeck College. I have taken film courses at the London Film School and Central Saint Martins, prior to studying at Goldsmiths I undertook an Art Foundation at Abingdon & Witney College. I am passionate about access to the arts and film and would be delighted to be a parent Governor.
Outside of video editing I have worked as a team leader on a programme in Sweden called Young Entrepreneurs in New Europe programme, my role was helping students understand what they had been asked to do during the break out parts of each day, help them think through their projects, assist with team building exercises and provide support for any students who were struggling with the programme. In addition, I think the school has been fantastic through this period of uncertainty caused by Covid-19.
My name is Lucy. I’m mum to a three-year-old girl currently attending Whitehall Nursery, and I have been living in the local area for more than four years now. I also work full time as a Media, Marketing and Communications specialist.
I’m excited by the possibility of joining Whitehall’s governing body. I believe my skills and experience provide me with a unique perspective and could enable me to provide valuable support for the leadership team. In the role, I would work hard to ensure that the welfare of the school’s pupils remain at its heart, and that current, and future, children attending get the very best care, so they can shape and build their own destinies and achieve their potential.
I have almost 20 years’ experience working in communications and I have worked in Macmillan Cancer Support’s national media team for the last eight years. My current role and responsibilities include developing media strategies and campaigns to raise the profile of the charity through the media, social media, marketing and external partnerships. This requires strong skills in communication, stakeholder engagement, project management, negotiating and influencing to communicate Macmillan’s policy calls, income challenges and support services to external audiences, including the Government, the public, our donors, our partners and people living with cancer. My role also includes risk, reputation and crisis management and overseeing budgets.
On discovering Whitehall, I was delighted to see the Deaf Provision in setting. I have a deep understanding of the impact of hearing loss on a child’s development and the role that the right support and education can have. This comes from first-hand experience as I started wearing hearing aids at age of eight, my hearing loss was sadly missed until then and, even after it was discovered, I did not receive the support I needed from my school. My daughter also has unilateral hearing loss and wears a hearing aid. It means I understand the importance of each pupil having their individual needs met and how early experience of inclusion and education can affect their entire future. I would love to be able to use my experience, personally and as a parent, to advocate for Whitehall’s pupils with hearing loss, build positive relationships with their families and champion the deaf provision of the school.
Right now, more than ever, schools are having to respond quickly to an ever-changing external environment to protect the welfare of their children. Communication has never been more important, and I believe my skill set in crisis management, making decisions and keeping calm under pressure, combined with my communication and relationship skills, would be an asset to the governing body. In addition to this, I understand the importance of operating within the budget constraints of a publicly funded organisation and can be creative with funding avenues through PR, corporate funding and public donations.