I worked for Kent Police between 1975-2012 and since being retired I am a Non-Executive Director of Medway NHS Foundation Trust. I first joined Kent Police as a police cadet before becoming a police officer in 1976. I worked as a Police Officer for 32 years across Kent including Gravesend, West Malling, Maidstone Police Headquarters and also several times in different ranks in Medway. My last posting (2006-2008) was as the Chief Superintendent in charge of policing the Medway towns. Throughout my career I have always been interested in supporting and developing activities which help young people. I also remember what it was like in 1975 to be given an opportunity as a police cadet - there are similarities with being an apprentice in 2011. I finally worked with a small team of people dealing with policy admin support for the Chief Constable and his team and reviewed reports before they were submitted to the then Kent Police Authority. I am really impressed that MYT really does what it says it will do..... all MYT staff are really passionate about young people, each person is an individual. MYT works with other organisations so that young people are supported and that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential. I am proud to be associated with Medway Youth Trust as one of its Trustees.
I have been an MYT trustee for some 5 years and have really enjoyed this experience. I had previously worked for Kent County Council's education department and latterly as an Assistant Director for Education in Medway, with responsibilities including services for young people and those with special educational needs.
MYT, through its dedicated and skilled staff, provides support and guidance for many young people, some of whom have complex needs. Today can be a challenging time for young people, and more than ever MYT is there to help them negotiate the transition to employment and adult life.
I run my own business consultancy, offering advice and support across a wide range of subjects and business's. I have some non-executive directorships, one with a major national retailer. For twenty six years prior to this I ran my own DIY regional Wholesaler business with a turnover of approximately £10m. I sold this to a competitor. Between 1972 to 1974 I worked with Eagle Star Insurance as an Inspector (Salesman) and obtained ACII the Insurance professional qualification. Between 1974 and 1980, I was territory salesman, Regional Assistant, Area Manager and finally Product manager at Kimberly Clark. I was appointed Chair of Governors at The Rochester Grammar School in 2004, having been a governor since 1998; my daughters were pupils in the school. In 2005, I helped start the Medway Governors Association, and was its first Chairman for three years. In 2006, I joined as Governor Representative the School Forum, and became Chairman in 2008. I joined the Governing body of Brompton Academy in 2009.