Barry Quinn
Barry Quinn

Governor

I left school with 9 GCSE Qualifications and I have worked in many different roles during my life. I was given the opportunity to retrain as an adult apprentice and hold Advanced Chemical Processing and Health and Safety qualifications. Now, my daily work life is as a Senior Chemical Plant Process Operator.

I have two amazing children who I spend all of my free time with. One of my children is Autistic and one has hearing difficulties. These circumstances don’t define us but, they have given us many tough experiences, through which we’ve learned a lot about life.

I am passionate about the way in which children and young people learn and develop. In particular, I have a great interest in mental health and well-being, having experienced challenges with my own mental health. I am a volunteer with the charity ‘Mind’ and I am a qualified mental-health first-aider.

I’ve been a nursery school governor for 10 years in Widnes, Halton. During this time, I’ve held various positions such as parent governor, co-opted governor, chair of the governors, safeguarding governor, H&S link governor, safer recruitment governor and my current role as vice chair.

I’ve experienced Ofsted inspections, and as chair of the governors, I helped take the school out of special measures and achieve a ‘good’ grade in under 12 months. I’ve also supported the school through a federation process with another local nursery school and worked closely with the Local Authority to do so.

I hope to bring my life and learning experiences to tpm and support the amazing work that you already achieve together on a daily basis. Please feel free to stop and chat with me about your learning journey, when you see me in the centre, or contact me through governance@tpmnow.co.uk

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