FEDERATION OF WESTMINSTER SPECIAL SCHOOLS CHARITY FUND
June Simson Chair of Trustees and Andy Balmer Executive Headteacher
June Simson – Chair of Trustees
I am retired following a career in education spanning over 40 years. Most of my career has been as a senior manager/Head of Service in the following areas of education;
Education HR, The Careers Service (Helping young people find employment or training), School Admissions, Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. I was responsible for the assessment and placement of children and young people with special educational needs and the development of special needs provision. This also included the education of sick children and young people and exclusions from schools.
Since retiring I have been a governor and now chair of governors at the Federation of Westminster Special Schools. I am now also chair of trustees for a charity linked to the Federation of Westminster Special Schools.
I am passionate about improving the quality of provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
I work as a lawyer specialising in employment law and HR issues for a non-governmental organisation. I was a governor of FWSS until 2016, and through that role I gained an understanding of the issues facing the Federation’s schools. I live locally to QEII school.
I qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1975 and I have had a varied career spent mainly in the private sector, moving through a spell in Charity Finance to local Government Finances.
I am currently a trustee for the Greensleeves Homes Trust and I am Lay Treasurer for the British Acupuncture Council. I am active in my local conservation group in Ealing, where I live.
I began my Education career teaching in Essex and London and moved into Education Administration, initially with the Inner London Education Authority.
I was initially involved giving grants to voluntary community organisations and then moved into dealing with admissions to schools. I then became involved in the assessment and placement of children with special educational needs.
In 1990 I was appointed as Head of Admissions and Special Educational Needs in the new Kensington & Chelsea Education service and. On retirement in 2014 I was appointed to the Federation Governing Board.
I am very pleased to be involved as a Trustee as I am keen to improve the quality of provision for children and young people in the Federation schools.
I am retired after over 25 years as management within the retail sector; enabling me bring various skills, such as strategic and logistical amongst others to the charity
For over 17 years I have been involved in the education sector in the role of school governor where I have chaired the governing board of a mainstream school. I have also chaired the chairs forum and schools forum for the local authority.
Currently I am a governor for the federation of special schools in Westminster, where I also support them as a trustee within the charity. I also support the local authority as one of their lead governors which involves supporting governing board chairs of other schools from time to time.