Maureen left school at 15 to start working as a telephonist for Marconi, where she was soon (a very young) supervisor of a massive switchboard . She worked there until her daughter Louise was born in 1975.
After taking a few years out to be a Mum Maureen went back to full time employment.
Maureen worked in the advertising and graphic design world for around 15 years before she entered the education sector. She worked with many clients in various industries including electronics, elevator design, packaging and telecommunications. A career highlight was organising and running an exhibition stand in Boston – one of the most exciting, fulfilling and satisfying jobs she was ever involved in.
Maureen first came into the Education world working for Professor Stephen Heppell and Richard Millwood at Ultralab in Chelmsford. She was the stand ‘mother’ at many BETT shows when children as young as 10 years old would show their delight and enthusiasm at using technology to enhance their learning. Over the shows 4 days there were always crowds of teachers and school IT staff visiting the stand and people would say “I came onto this stand last year and it made my visit to the show”.
Maureen would arrange the travel and accommodation for the students who attended the BETT show. Each evening was devoted to taking the kids out to eat and listening to their stories about what had happened during the day. Over the course of the 4 days up to 32 students would attend to proudly represent their schools.
Ultralab was disbanded at the end of 2006 but Maureen was fortunate enough to keep up links with the schools and various companies that recognised her organisational skills and when they required her assistance for various events she was only to delighted to assist.
She moved to Core Education, where she drafted in daughter Louise (see above) and that evolved into Polka Dot Planning.