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Name: John Killeen

Role: LMSC chair

NAHT: Yorkshire Region Executive Member

NAHT: East Riding Branch Secretary

M: 07753717611

E: john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

NAHT History:

Year

Role

2006 – Present Day

East Riding Branch Secretary

2004 to date

Yorkshire Region Executive Member

2006 - 2014

NAHT National Council/National Executive Committee Member – District 10

 

2009 – 2014

 Professional Services Committee Chair

 Regional Secretaries Committee Chair

 

2015 to date

National Life Members Committee.

 Vice -Chair from June 2016

 

Last Employment Role

1990 - 2015

Headteacher – South Cave Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire

August 2015

1/9/14 – Present Day

Early Retirement from headship.

Coach for Mentor UK on the Good Behaviour Game working in schools in Barnsley and Bradford.

 

Personal statement

Ever since I was appointed to my first headship in 1987 I have been an active member of the NAHT, initially with various roles on the East Riding of Yorkshire Branch; with a real desire to work closely with colleagues and develop my leadership capacity. My role as Branch Secretary has enabled me to work on behalf of members with the L.A., County Councillors and Governing Bodies. It enabled me to see the vital role that our organisation has provided for all its members. It was a real honour and a privilege to be elected on to the National Executive in 2006 and see at first hand another dimension of the work that elected members and officers continuously provide, in challenging times for our schools and their leadership.

During my time on the Yorkshire Region, I have seen the ever-increasing role played by Life Members in ensuring that our organisation continues to thrive and provide a vital support network for our members. So much so that I truly believe that the NAHT would be in serious difficulty without the commitment of large numbers of our Life Members, who hold key positions in branches and regions. It is getting harder for branches and regions to elect serving school leaders to positions on their local committees. Ideally, we would like the role of Life Members to be more of a supporting capacity in branches, but fully realise the pressures that members in schools are under.

When the opportunity arose to stand for a position on the National Life Members Committee, I thought hard before putting myself forward. But I realise that Life Members will increasingly play a key role in the future of this association and they deserve to be supported by an active, professional and dynamic committee. I believe my time on National Executive has provided me with the knowledge of our organisation, which will help to put in place the structures and support that active Life Members need.

I am also aware that for other Life Members retirement is about getting away from the job and its stresses. However, I want to see that the NAHT delivers an excellence service for all and not just a legal safety net! Life Members who pay an annual subscription should see genuine benefits for this payment from a range of affinity partners; who will provide better value and opportunities than we might get by just trawling the internet.

I look forward over the next three years to work hard for the benefit of the many thousands of Life Members who have given and continue to give so much to this association.

 

Name: Nigel Paton

Role: LMSC vice chair

E: nigel.paton@nahtofficials.org.uk

NAHT History:

1985-1990    Kingston on Thames Branch Executive Committee
1987-1988    Kingston on Thames Branch President
1988-1990    Kingston on Thames Branch Treasurer
1986-1989    National Deputy Heads Committee
1990-2005    Fareham & Gosport Branch Executive/Branch Secretary
1992-93/ 1997-98    Fareham & Gosport Branch President
1990-2005    South Central Executive Committee / Membership Secretary
2005-2019    Poole Branch Executive Committee
2005-2010    Poole Branch Secretary
2006-07/ 2010-11    Poole Branch President
2010-2019    Poole Branch Treasurer
2019-present    Dorset Branch Executive/Life Member Representative
2005-Present    South West Regional Executive Committee
2009-2010    South West Regional President
2010-2015    South West Regional Secretary
2014-Present    South West Region & National Conference Coordinator
2015- Present    South West Regional Treasurer

 

Last Employment Role

1990 - 1995

Head teacher – St John’s CE VA Primary School

Personal statement 

Since joining the Association in 1983, I have taken an active part in its work. I served on the National Deputy Heads’ committee and then, on the Executive Committee of Branches within Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset I kept abreast of current issues affecting members, providing support to colleagues.  Alongside work as a Branch Secretary I also served on both South Central and South West Regional Committees. 

Since taking early retirement as Headteacher at St. John’s Primary School in Gosport and becoming a Life Member in 1995, I have remained active within the NAHT, initially as Branch Secretary in Poole and then South West Regional Secretary. When I stepped down as Regional Secretary I became Regional Treasurer and Conference Co-Ordinator which I am still fulfilling.  I have been involved with the support of Life Members for over twenty years, having been on the original Life Members Working Party set up in 1998. 

I still count it a privilege to continue to serve the needs of Life Members as a member of the National Life Members Committee. We have come a long way since 1998 and will soon be taking on our new status as a Sector Council, as agreed at the AGM last year, which means we have an official representative on the National Executive Council. 

As Vice Chair I will continue to promote the needs and wishes of all Life Members within the Association and actively encourage retiring members to maintain their membership within the Life Members Sector.   

Post retirement roles / employment

  1. Chair of Governors (Merley First School)
  2. Wimborne Academy Trust Trustee
  3. Poole Grammar School- Secretary of Old Grammarians Association
  4. Poole Grammar School- Secretary of Trust Fund Management Committee

 

Name: Michael Wilson

Role: Communication officer 

NAHT Life Member Sector Council Communication Officer

NAHT North West Region Life Member Representative

NAHT Wigan Branch Secretary

M: 0778 9920 120

E: michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

NAHT History:

Year

Role

2021- Present

NAHT Life Member Sector Council 

2015-2021

NAHT National Life Member Committee

2006-2015

NAHT National Executive Committee

2009-2010

Wigan Branch President

2011-Present

Wigan Branch Secretary

2010-2011

NAHT North West Region President

2015-2019

NAHT NW Regional Secretary

2015-2019

NAHT National Regional Secretary Committee (NRSC)

2017-2019

NAHT Chair National Regional Secretary Committee

2016-2019 

NAHT NLMC Communication & Development Officer

2020-2021 NAHT NLMC Communication Officer
 
2021 - present NAHT LMSC Communication Officer
 

 

Last Employment Role

1998 - 2015

Head teacher: Orrell Holgate Primary School, Wigan

31.08.15

Early Retirement

 

Personal statement

1. It’s good for me
 NAHT Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.
Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
It helps make you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
2. It brings people together
As an NAHT volunteer I can assist in:
Uniting NAHT membership groups to work toward a common goal / campaign
Helping to build camaraderie and teamwork-
3. It’s a chance to give something back to an NAHT cause I believe in
As an NAHT volunteer I can:
Support NAHT members in my local branch
Promote NAHT campaigns with the local media
4. It's a further chance to make a positive difference
As an NAHT volunteer I can focus on:
Helping school leaders
Supporting NAHT growth

Post retirement role(s) / employment

1.    NAHT Wigan Branch Secretary (annual election)
2.    NAHT North West Region Life Member Representative (annual election)
3.    NAHT Life Member Sector Council Communication Officer (annual election)
4.    Judicium Education School Governance & Clerking Professional (2019 to date)
 

Favourite quote

'Family is where life begins and love never ends'

Name: Eugene Symonds 

Role: Deputy communication officer

South Central Region Life Member Representative

E:eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

NAHT History:

Year

Role

2020-present

Vice President South Central regional executive

2018-present

Joined NLMC  as South Central representative

2012-2015

President of South Central regional executive

2005

Became President of Oxfordshire NAHT

1990

Joined NAHT as a Deputy Head in Oxfordshire

Last Employment Role

2002-2016

Head teacher

Retired... 31st August 2016

 

Personal statement

As a member of the NAHT for over 30 years, my interest in ensuring our profession is treated fairly and with respect has increased alongside my involvement with the day to day running of our local and regional executives. Over the years, I have seen how the NAHT has supported, guided and revitalised members, who have often faced significant personal and professional challenges. I am extremely proud to be part of an association with such a clear-sighted and articulate purpose. As a member of the Life members committee for the last three years, I have been inspired by the dedication and knowledge of former school leaders, as they give much valued support to the organisation of our association. 

Post retirement role(s) / employment

After stepping down from Headship, I was the Head of a primary unit at a Special School between 2016 -2020.

Favourite quote

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." – Albert Einstein.

Name: Kevin Baskill

Role: NAHT London Region Life Member Representative

NAHT Life Member Sector Council

E: kevin.baskill@nahtofficials.org.uk

NAHT History:

Year

Role

Present

NAHT London Region Life Member Representative

25 years

Redbridge Branch Secretary 

6 years

London Regional President

6 years

London Regional Secretary

9 years

National Executive Member

Last Employment Role

Ten years at...

Head teacher: Christchurch Primary school (1000 pupils), Ilford, Essex, London borough of Redbridge

15 years at...

Head teacher: Ray Lodge Primary School (600 pupils), London Borough of Redbridge

Retired... Easter 2014

 

Personal statement

I had a very rewarding job as a Head Teacher for 25 years, so much so that after retiring I went back twice and took on two further interim Headships! I finally retired completely in 2019. I’m now pleased that I phased in my retirement. It’s not always easy to leave full-time work and become fully retired. Being involved with the NAHT was and still is invaluable. It ensured that I was always up to date and well informed. I have been a fully accredited case worker for a number of years working closely with Regional Officers. I remain accredited until 2023.

I’ve always considered that being a Branch Secretary was my most important union role. I finished being a Branch Secretary in July 2021 so was able to support schools through the pandemic. Supporting others and being trusted is such a privilege. I enjoyed being involved in casework supporting people in all kinds of roles such as Bursar, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Head Teacher and CEO. I supported members in academies and private education as well as mainstream. Life after headship is now my priority, which is why I chose to be elected life member rep for the London Region .

On a personal level I’m a gym member, play walking football for chelmsford, have three allotments, love travelling, eating out, music concerts, and the theatre. Music is a great interest and I love everything from Elvis to present day. Pop to heavy rock! My two twin grandsons are also such a pleasure and quite time consuming. In a good way! They make up for missing all the pupils that were such a joy. Retirement is great but needs adjusting to. I feel that I’m there now and all is good.

Post retirement role(s) / employment

  1. Naht Branch Secretary
  2. Working with the Local Authority to support schools
  3. Interim headship
  4. Secretary of the local allottment association
  5. Gym user group.. providing feedback to the management

Favourite quote

"I have a dream...." - Martin Luther King

NAHT History:

Year

Role

Present

NAHT London Region Life Member Representative

25 years

Redbridge Branch Secretary 

6 years

London Regional President

6 years

London Regional Secretary

9 years

National Executive Member

Last Employment Role

Ten years at...

Head teacher: Christchurch Primary school (1000 pupils), Ilford, Essex, London borough of Redbridge

15 years at...

Head teacher: Ray Lodge Primary School (600 pupils), London Borough of Redbridge

Retired... Easter 2014

 

Personal statement

I had a very rewarding job as a Head Teacher for 25 years, so much so that after retiring I went back twice and took on two further interim Headships! I finally retired completely in 2019. I’m now pleased that I phased in my retirement. It’s not always easy to leave full-time work and become fully retired. Being involved with the NAHT was and still is invaluable. It ensured that I was always up to date and well informed. I have been a fully accredited case worker for a number of years working closely with Regional Officers. I remain accredited until 2023.

I’ve always considered that being a Branch Secretary was my most important union role. I finished being a Branch Secretary in July 2021 so was able to support schools through the pandemic. Supporting others and being trusted is such a privilege. I enjoyed being involved in casework supporting people in all kinds of roles such as Bursar, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Head Teacher and CEO. I supported members in academies and private education as well as mainstream. Life after headship is now my priority, which is why I chose to be elected life member rep for the London Region .

On a personal level I’m a gym member, play walking football for chelmsford, have three allotments, love travelling, eating out, music concerts, and the theatre. Music is a great interest and I love everything from Elvis to present day. Pop to heavy rock! My two twin grandsons are also such a pleasure and quite time consuming. In a good way! They make up for missing all the pupils that were such a joy. Retirement is great but needs adjusting to. I feel that I’m there now and all is good.

Post retirement role(s) / employment

  1. Naht Branch Secretary
  2. Working with the Local Authority to support schools
  3. Interim headship
  4. Secretary of the local allottment association
  5. Gym user group.. providing feedback to the management

Favourite quote

"I have a dream...." - Martin Luther King

Name: Harry Greer

Role: NAHT Northern Ireland Region Life Member Representative

NAHT Life Member Sector Council

E: harry.greer@nahtofficials.org.uk 

NAHT History:

Year

Role

Present

NAHT Northern Ireland Region Life Member Representative

2015-2016

NAHT(NI) President

2005-2014

Regional Secretary
Regional Treasurer

2001-present

NI regional Executive member

1985-89

NAHT(NI) Vice Principal Committee

Last Employment Role

15 years

Principal

Retired... August 2016

 

Personal statement

A member of NAHT for over 35 years, I helped to set up the first NAHT(NI) Vice Principal Committee way back in 1985, and have also served as Regional Secretary, Regional Treasurer and President of NAHT(NI).

I held leadership roles in primary schools for some 29 years, 22 as Principal.

I have completed two one-year stints working for NAHT and have been so impressed by the work of our national staff, particularly the talented and tireless Organising Team and the small but tenacious team in Northern Ireland.

As a volunteer I was part of the NAHT(NI) negotiating team which, in 2020, was instrumental in bringing to an end some ten years of industrial action in NI education. I remain on the Regional Executive as Life Member Rep.

NAHT continues to promote the efficacy of school leadership and, unlike many others, sets the standard for professionalism in promoting the interests of children and young people and protecting the interests of school leaders.

Still proud of NAHT after all these years, I now try to go on as many courses as possible – most of them 18 holes !!!!!

Post retirement role(s) / employment

  1. One year acting as NAHT Regional Officer
  2. One year covering OCSO maternity leave
  3. Currently Associate work with Education Authority NI

Favourite quote

"Where there is no vision, the people perish."

Name: Mike Curtis

Role: NAHT and South Central Region Life Member Representative

NAHT Life Member Sector Council

E: Mike.curtis@nahtofficials.org.uk 

NAHT History:

Year

Role

2014 - present

NAHT Life Member

1981-2013

A head teacher member of NAHT in Oxfordshire

Last Employment Role

1997- 2013

Head

Retired... December 2013

 

Personal statement

Started my teaching career in Surrey in 1970. Moved to a deputy headship in Banbury in 1976, moved to be head of a small school near Witney in 1980.

Certificate in Education at Westminster College in Oxford, BA in Psychology at the Open University and MBA in 1994. Joined NAHT in 1981 after starting my first headship. I became Oxfordshire NAHT Branch Treasurer and later Branch Secretary which I have been for more years than I care to remember. I joined the Sector Council Regional Executive and have been the Treasurer for a number of years now.In Oxfordshire I have supported members for many years and continue to do so. I’m one of the notorious Oxfordshire Boys!!!

I have six children and 14 grandkids, so far! My current partner Liz has two children and three grandkids…..so life can be pretty hectic!

Post retirement role(s) / employment

In retirement I’ve given a lot of time to NAHT. I’m Chairman of a local Hub Charity which provides nurturing support for vulnerable children, a Trustee of the local Almshouse and have been on the Town Council in Stow-on-the-Wold where I live.

Favourite quote

"Be the person your dog thinks you are! (I’m a dog lover)x"