I am a recently retired Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, having enjoyed a 35 year academic career as a teacher, researcher and senior manager at various Universities in the USA and the UK. My last academic position prior to retirement was as University Head of Research at York St John University. My long-term involvement in higher education, serving different Universities and leading a number of international scholarly societies, has provided me with a wealth of experience in strategic leadership and educational governance that will enable me to contribute effectively to the governance of the school. I was initially recruited to serve as a parent governor after my four year old son started in reception class in September 2017. After some playground coercion at drop-off and pickup times during the first two terms I was persuaded to apply for a parent governor vacancy at the school and was elected onto the governing body in March 2018. I was subsequently elected as Chair of Governors in September 2018 after the previous Chair’s term of office had ended.