I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Southover Partnership. I am passionate advocate for empowering others to their highest potential. For the past ten years, I have volunteered within education in various capacities, including acting as governor and mentoring students. I believe in the power of education to change lives and I am committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality education regardless of their abilities.
My role as Chair of the Board, is responsible for the overall governance of the charity. I work with the other trustees to set Southover Partnership’s strategic direction, oversee its finances, and ensure that the charity operates effectively according to its purpose. I bring 20 years of experience of leadership experience in strategy and finance at international brands, including adidas and Estee Lauder. I lead through transparency and collaboration to create a more just and equitable society for all.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to join Southover as a Trustee in October 2023, bringing my experience in marketing and communications. Since studying marketing at Wolverhampton University, I have gone on to work in various commercial sectors (recruitment, travel and media) before fulfilling my passion to work in the charity sector.
Since joining the charity sector I have led communications teams at Blind Veterans UK, Walsingham Support and now the Health Foundation. Each role has enabled me to continue to learn and grow my strategic communications skills. I have used the full communications mix to engage and inspire audiences to take action.
I have always wanted a role that enables me to support children or youth to achieve the life they want and deserve. I have mentored previously at The Girls Network and now see this as another way to use my skills to support pupils and staff at Southover.
Some of my interests outside of work include going to the theatre, spending quality time with friends and family, as well as learning Spanish. Lynn inspired me when I first spoke to her with her 300 day streak on Duolingo and as a result my Spanish is improving day by day. However, my biggest passion is travelling. I am currently on 86 countries and counting with only Andorra left to complete Europe.
I am a Trustee of Southover Partnership, appointed as a Parent Governor in May 2023. My daughter started as a student at Southover in 2022. I was previously Chair of Governors at Alma Primary, a mainstream Barnet primary school for 8 years, having led the establishment of the school under the government’s Free School Programme from initial idea to full school over three years.
I work professionally as an executive coach and an organisational consultant, advising on strategy, governance, and leadership. I work in the healthcare sector with NHS leaders and with a range of charities.
I have spent 6 years of fighting to have my children’s needs recognised and met has made me passionate about improving the school experience of children with SEN. I believe that the Southover ethos and its flexible, child-led model is unique and could benefit so many young people.
I’m Katie Adams and joined Southover as a Trustee in February 2023. I am a qualified Probation Officer and spent most of my career working in this field. I have also worked in mental health and complex needs. For the past 12 years, I have been a Governor at a primary school; my roles have included safeguarding governor and chair of governors.
I am a parent of 3 older children (17-21 years), all who went through different educational pathways. My middle child has SEND, had an EHCP and went to a specialist provision so I am particularly interested in being a trustee at Southover Partnership.
In my spare time I enjoy going to the theatre, walking and watching Watford FC!
I am truly honoured and privileged to assume the role of a trustee for The Southover Partnership.
With over two decades of experience in the field of Finance, acquired across various sectors, including involvement with a not-for-profit charity, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position.
Amongst all my professional roles, working with children has been the most fulfilling. Witnessing the transformation in the lives of both children and their parents when provided with the necessary tools to navigate life fills me with great joy and purpose.
My primary objective is to effect meaningful change, and I am enthusiastic about leveraging my expertise to make a significant impact on the lives of children, young individuals, and their families as they progress through their educational journey.
In addition to my professional life, I am a mother of one and a grandmother to two wonderful teenagers. I am an active volunteer and a proud member of my local community choir. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those around me, and I am excited to extend this dedication to The Southover Partnership’s mission and vision.
I worked with DBS Bank for 20 years and held senior executive positions in South Korea, Indonesia and the United Kingdom before working for a UK-based group of companies with their core company engaged in the green automotive industry as its Group Director of Operations.
I hold a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics from the National University of Singapore. As part of life-long learning and personal development, I undertook a variety of online courses with various British, European and American universities.
I believe and I am passionate about providing quality education to help individuals flourish and build a better future.
I am a commercial leader with significant experience of managing global HR functions during change. I have broad expertise across all disciplines; substantial experience of business restructuring and transformation, acquisitions and post-merger integrations. Pragmatic, energetic, able to think strategically and deliver a workable people plan within a wide range of sectors including travel, health, technology, media, retail and FMCG.
I have been a senior charity leader for over 30 years in the social care sector, including five years as the Chief Executive of Langdon, a supported living and employment services provider for adults with learning disabilities and autism.
I have a track record in leading complex service provision, innovative service development and charity mergers. I have significant experience in driving strategic and culture change, risk and project management and I have developed a deep understanding of the complexity of collaborative working, stakeholder management and community engagement. I am passionate proponent of values based leadership and the critical impact it can have on positive staff engagement and workforce development in social care.
As a long serving Vice Chair as both a Charity Trustee and School Governor in Special Education, in addition to a number of other trustee roles, I have developed a deep appreciation and understanding of good and trustworthy governance and have a unique insight of charity leadership from a trustee and executive perspective.
I have a 20 year daughter with a severe learning disability. I also bring a family perspective to understanding how best to provide services to the people we support and giving them the choice and control over their lives.
I am the Staff Representative for The Southover Partnership and Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning for the Outreach Service.
I am an experienced leader with a wide- ranging background in primary education for over 36 years. Beginning my teaching career in mainstream schools in Enfield, that continued in both inner city and outer London boroughs such as Haringey, Camden, Uxbridge, Islington, and Brent. I am adept at supporting children and young people across the Early Years, Primary and Secondary age range.
Prior to joining The Southover Partnership, my roles in Education have included Primary Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Consultancy, Inclusion Lead, SENCO, and Curriculum Lead for a variety of curriculum areas with her specialism being English. Other roles have included School Governor, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Tutor Mentor for teacher trainee students and newly qualified teachers. As a qualified Senior Youth Worker in Enfield, it gave me the opportunity to work with both Young Offenders and lead in running youth centres for the 11 – 19 age range. Throughout my various roles I have been able to network and build excellent professional relationships with a variety of external agencies such as social services, advisory teachers, parents etc. In order to ensure young pupil are fully supported.
I am a great believer in children and young people being given extensive opportunities to excel by providing them with the educational tools and ensuring both teaching and non- teaching staff receive continuous professional development in current educational practices in order to ensure the best education is achieved.