Claire is a deputy headteacher at a junior school in Waterlooville, just outside of Portsmouth. She has been teaching for thirteen years and has been at her current school for two years. She still has the pleasure of teaching and also fulfils the role of Pupil Premium Champion, championing the disadvantaged children within the school, and is a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Prior to this role, Claire worked in a primary school in Leigh Park for eleven years where she taught from age 6-11 and took on roles such as English leader and Lead Practitioner.
Claire is passionate about supporting disadvantaged children and has a keen interest in developing children’s skills in reading and writing and enjoys reading and sharing children’s fiction.
John has worked in finance for over 16 years. An FCCA accountant who, before setting up his finance consulting business: Kickspark, was an Investment Director for John Laing plc, an international infrastructure investment company. Prior to this he was head of the renewable energy team at the ethical funder Triodos Bank, having previously been an accountant at Kelda Water in Yorkshire. He also has extensive experience in a diverse range of small and medium sized business and start-ups including: founding an award-winning bakery, a food retail business and a renewable energy finance consultancy.
Charlotte has lived in Portsmouth her whole life. She has been a journalist for nearly ten years training at Highbury College in Portsmouth. She spent two years working in local newspapers in Horsham and Haywards Heath before becoming a feature writer at etc Magazine, based in Sussex. Charlotte has been a mentor through The Girls Network and is the co-founder of Generation Tribe, a website aimed at empowering teenage girls and young women.
Jackie Rainford has lived in Portsmouth for 26 years. Jackie worked as a manager and training manager for John Lewis before moving into consultancy training which has included running her own business for twenty years. She has her own Learning and Development company and carries out Leadership training and coaching in companies, as well as running personal development sessions with private clients.
She is also a Trustee for the YMCA Fairthorne Group, which covers the whole of Hampshire, and enjoys being involved in events and fundraising. In her spare time, Jackie collects driftwood and shells from the beach and makes items for gifts. She has also recently written a book, which she is hoping to publish.