I have been interested in issues around high learning potential for many years, originally participating as an teenager in events run by Potential Plus UK (then NAGC) together with my siblings, one of whom was a DME child. Now with grown-up children of my own I have many years of experience of the challenges faced by HLP children and their families.
I volunteered as a helper at early Quest Weeks, while I was reading mathematics at Warwick, graduating to a senior position in the pastoral care team in my early twenties. I gradually became more involved with The Potential Trust, and became a Trustee in the 1980s. While my professional life was mostly outside the education sector, I worked with a deaf-hearing charity, and I joined the board of two state schools in Enfield, and through participation in a Potential Conference I also spent many years on the Board of an anti-bullying charity with a keen interest in developing the potential of severely bullied children, some of whom were DME.