Since 2002 until March this year, I was employed by the Local Authority within the Education Department.  Initially, I was employed as the Centre Administrator for the Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAS); then in 2009, my role within the department expanded to include the role of governor support adviser. I have provided assistance and training to governors across Portsmouth city schools.  During this period I was asked to be a governor to provide extra support to 3 different governing boards, one of which was Cottage Grove where I was a governor from 2010 to 2012.  I have very fond memories of the school and was delighted to be asked to join the governing board in March this year.