Vice Chairman & School governor, FASNA (Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association)
Joan is currently Vice President of FASNA, Chair of Governors of a large 11-18 converter academy in Essex, Chair of a 300+ pupil community primary school and has served as vice chair of a special school. In 2007 she won the DfE Governor of the Year Award for the Eastern Region. With a professional background in education she has taught in both the secondary and primary phase and in the adult education service.
Since 1994 Joan has continuously been involved, at a national level, on a whole range of consultation and strategy groups through predecessor associations of FASNA and now focuses on employer, admissions and governance issues. She is responsible for the development of the FASNA professional development programme which focuses on supporting schools to undertake effectively the freedoms of greater autonomy. New strands offered this year include Practical Guidance for Effective Governance and training for clerks to governors and for academy company secretaries.