I studied for a Masters degree in electro-mechanical engineering at Loughborough University, after which I worked as a field engineer in various locations around the world. My previous roles have all been technically focused and hands-on in a variety of fields, but the aspects I enjoyed the most were the opportunities to teach and train clients and colleagues. This was the main reason I decided to change career and join the teaching profession. I joined The Perse in 2009 as both a new teacher and Head of Department.
Electro-mechanical engineering and control present so many interesting challenges and I love wondering how things work and are made, from the small to the very big. I love problems, the idea that something would work first time is boring so I get a real buzz in working through a problem and iterating a solution. One of the great aspects of teaching is that I have continued to use my academic and technical knowledge to enthuse and educate young people about the world of engineering and careers in technology.
I really enjoy seeing the students build up their skills and experience to work on their individual problems independently. Given the nature of a design project and the openness it can bring, it always impresses me how far beyond the scope of the qualification some students want to go and their thirst for challenges.
Outside of lessons I have supported and guided students in the school’s Rocketry Society, achieving national acclaim in 2012 winning the UK Rocketry Challenge with a group of rocket builders from the Lower and Middle Schools. In 2014, The Perse team came third. Now running the VEX robotics society, students are learning valuable problem solving skills in teamwork and strategy, mechanical assembly and programming.