A life-long Havering resident, Dean has a background in education and the not for profit sector and has been a governor at Benhurst since 2009. He became Chair of Governors in 2018.
Professionally, Dean spent thirteen years working in secondary education, initially as a History Teacher and culminating as Associate Assistant Head. Along the way he held a number of roles including Head of Department, Head of Year, Head of House, Staff Governor and Induction Tutor. At various times he taught History, Geography, RE, Citizenship, PSHE, Sociology and Law. Dean has a BA in History & Politics and an MA in Educational Leadership & Management.
Dean was until recently the national Head of Learning at the Marine Society & Sea Cadets responsible for charity-wide learning of all cadets and adult volunteers across the organisation and line managing the four national training centres. In addition he was the charity's national lead for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Vocational Qualifications and the National Citizen Service.
In his spare time, Dean is a volunteer with The Scout Association and was for five years the Regional Commissioner for London, managing the provision of Scouting to young people aged 6 to 25 across the capital and comprising of a membership in excess of 49,000. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Vice-President of Scouting in North East London.
Dean was also Chair of Trustees at an Activity Centre in Brentwood for seven years, with over 100 acres of woodland and buildings, offering countless hundreds of residential and daytime activities each year, and operating at a turnover of over £400,000 a year.
In his spare time Dean enjoys hiking, sailing, comedy, socialising and reading.