How did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK? 

When my wife and I were approved to adopt we became members of Adoption UK and actually found our wonderful daughter in a publication that was produced then called ‘Children who Wait’.  Our daughter was four when she arrived into our family and inevitably needed considerable love, patience and nurture.  The on-line support and eagerly awaited arrival of the Adoption UK magazine helped us enormously in our attempt to parent therapeutically and continues to do so.  Being an avid follower of Adoption UK on twitter, I saw the organisation were advertising for Trustees.  I felt the time was right for us as a family to ‘give something back’. 

Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK?

I am a primary school Headteacher and believe that teaching has been a true vocation for me.  Always wanting to improve my practice as a teacher I studied for my Masters in Education Degree which was awarded in 2003.  Passionate about education and improving the life chances of all children, on appointment as Headteacher, I began to study for my Doctorate in Education and this was awarded in 2012.  My background in education and as an adoptive parent allows me unique insight into the challenges presented for some adoptive children in school.  I hope these insights prove useful not only to Adoption UK as an organisation but also to the wider members.

How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years? 

There has been a significant acknowledgement in recent years of the challenges faced by Adoptive children, much of which stems from their early childhood experiences.  Adoption UK proactively raises awareness of the vulnerabilities of our children through key publications like, Bridging the Gap Giving adopted children an equal chance in school.  These messages need to get to the heart of school improvement planning.  I would like to see Adoption UK support more teachers in the classroom so they are better able to meet the needs of our children.  I would like to see every adoptive family become a member of Adoption UK and continue to be members as our children move through adolescence into adulthood.  Together our collective voice is stronger.