The team at HMS Raleigh has been bolstered by the arrival of a new Pastoral Worker, Mark Kerridge.
A former Headteacher and member of the congregation at St Margaret Mary’s PC Church, Plymstock, Mark is excited to have joined the Aggie’s team and is looking forward to working with the trainees at Raleigh.
I was born in Portsmouth and I have been a life-long Pompey supporter for as long as I can remember. Following your ‘local’ team can be quite a challenge and there have been many highs and lows over the last forty years.
I left school after ‘A’ Levels and worked in a bank for a year before working at GEC Marconi for four years. Thinking back to this time, I realise now that I was never going to be happy working in industry. But, my life changed dramatically following what I thought was going to be a quick ‘chat’ with our Parish Priest who had just returned from missionary work in Cameroon. This conversation ultimately led me to commence training to be a Catholic Priest. I spent two years in a seminary and these were transforming years because although I did not become a priest, it did open up a pathway to following a different vocation, that of teaching. I went to University at the tender age of 25 (and was the third oldest student at the College when I started!!). I met my wife at University and we have four ‘grown up’ children.
I have been lucky to have worked for almost thirty years in a role that is, for me at least, vocational. As a teacher, and later as a Headmaster, I have worked in London, Milton Keynes, Corby, Hinckley, and Lincoln before moving to Plymouth. I took early retirement in 2017 and have had several zero-hour jobs since. However, when I saw the post of Pastoral Worker advertised in our local church, I was immediately ‘won’ over by the emphasis on vocation.