As one of the co-founders of One Brick at a Time I am particularly proud of this initiative which has now operated successfully in Fort Portal since 2008.
My own background has been for the last 27 years in higher education at Liverpool Hope University, of which 20 years has been at a senior management level. I first entered University in 1979 as a mature student having undertaken a range of jobs, including being a Union Convenor at British Airways. This experience, as well as that of coming from a working class background, has given me strong commitment to inclusion education. I have been at Liverpool Hope an Assistant Registrar with responsibility for Widening Access, a Dean of a Faculty, the Chief Executive of a Regeneration company, Urban Hope, and recently retired as Head of Hope Business School but continues to provide consultancy work for the University.
I have served on the Merseyside Learning Skills Council, the Liverpool Fairness Commission and currently am a Governor of Liverpool City College as well as the Chair of the Anthony Walker Foundation. All of this has shaped my perspective on education which recognises that, if harnessed appropriately, it can liberate people. One Brick at a Time, operating in one of the poorest countries in the world, does all of that and I am proud to be part of it.
I have been involved with the One Brick at a Time since its beginning. Both individually and across the organisation I work for this has had a profound and positive impact upon our business and my colleagues.