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John Blissett

I have been a governor at Teesdale School for a number of years, commencing as a parent governor, then community, followed by member appointed and I have also held several key committee chair positions. I am retired but lead an active life, currently as chair of the town council as well as being a governor at Montalbo Primary school.

My working career commenced at the age of 15 when I became a boy soldier and learnt a trade as an engine fitter. I joined the Royal Engineers at the age of 18, serving until the age of 30. My main role was power station work in various parts of the world and subsequently as a petroleum fitter.

On leaving the Army I became a responsible operator on a refinery production unit in Kent. When the refinery closed I joined the prison service and worked at HMYOI Deerbolt (local) where I worked with youngsters and spent a lot of years tutoring inmates including drug courses and anger management to name but two of the areas covered. I have also since worked in retail after becoming bored with early retirement! 

Why do I enjoy being a governor? That is easily answered in that I have had a rewarding life and want to put something back into society.