Tim Bowen graduated with an American Studies BA Hons degree from Manchester University, followed by a PGCE course at Rolle College, Exmouth. He began teaching in 1987 and has taught throughout the primary age range. His first Headship in 1997 was of a 100-pupil village primary school. In 2001 he moved on to the Headship of his present school, Maple Primary School, in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Maple is a single form entry mainstream primary school, which also has a specialist base for profoundly deaf pupils. Tim joined NAHT when he first became a Headteacher in 1997 and has been an active member of the Hertfordshire Branch of NAHT. In 2013 he was elected to NAHT’s National Executive and has chaired the Membership Services Committee, the International Committee and the Legal Representation Group. Prior to joining NAHT’s National Executive, Tim served as a magistrate on the Hertfordshire Bench for eighteen years, sitting in both the Adult and Family Courts. Away from school, Tim spends regular holidays as a volunteer guard on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Narrow Gauge Steam Railway in the Lake District – a hobby he has enjoyed for the past 40 years.