I recently retired as the Executive Headteacher of Abbey Manor College in Lewisham, which is specialist provision for students who have been permanently excluded from school. My career has always been in education. I have a first degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from Aston University, where I was the first woman president of the Students’ Union. Subsequently I gained a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Education from the Institute of Education. My thesis focused on Student Voice.I have specific skills and expertise in H.R., leadership and change management and strategic planning. Being a trustee is fascinating and challenging and gives me a unique insight into contemporary Higher Education. Being a trustee is both interesting and challenging and gives me a unique insight into Higher Education.