I have worked in education since 1980. I trained as a secondary school PE teacher, teaching for 12 years at Backwell comprehensive school North Somerset, where for 6 years I was Head of Department. Having two small children I worked in the PE departments of Castle, Marlwood and Brimsham Green schools in South Gloucestershire and then made a transition to Bowsland Green primary school, where, I worked as a year 5/6 teacher.
At this time I became a TOPS trainer, training primary school teachers across the authority. I was seconded to the Local Authority Youth Sports Development Adviser post in 2001 when I worked to apply, implement and develop the first School Sport Partnership in South Gloucestershire as well as managing a 15 strong team of TOPS trainers. In 2002 I became the Partnership Development Manager for the SSP.
Later in 2005 I led the application and implementation of two School Sport Partnerships incorporating all schools in South Gloucestershire and became the strategic PDM for the two SSP’s. During this time I became a National PE & Sport Lead Trainer. I have planned and facilitated courses dependant on need, as well as developing new courses in this area. I have undergone life coaching training and have used the techniques to help teams and individuals to develop. I am fully committed to partnership working and have a track record of developing successful partnerships.
My motivation is a passion of PE, Sport and physical activity as a vehicle for changing lives.
I have had the pleasure of working with Sue for over nine years. In that time Filton College has greatly improved its sport provision and the associated involvement we have had with our school and wider community partners. Throughout, Sue has guided, supported and worked with the College to ensure we are integrated into South Gloucestershire's School Sport Partnership. Without Sue's insight, diplomacy and tenacity to work for the good of the young people we serve, I don't know if Filton could have progressed to the point of an 'Outstanding' Ofsted grade in 2008. The Inspection mentioned the strength of the partnerships we have and that our sport students gain outstanding opportunities by working with local schools and partnerships to arrange sport events at the college and by providing coaching and voluntary support to so many events arranged by Sue and her team.
Sue is very professional, conscientious and her enthusiasm for sport and physical activity will be hard to replace in South Gloucestershire as a Partnership Development Manager. I wish her well and would recommend her to any organisation, without reservation.
Kevin Hamblin, Principal
Filton Further Education College