Professor Margaret Whitehead
Margaret's first job after leaving Bedford was at Oxford High School. She then moved to Homerton College Cambridge where she lectured in Dance and in 1980 she joined the staff at Bedford, initially as Head of Professional Studies. Subsequently she led both the PGCE and the Secondary B.Ed before becoming Associate Head of School. Margaret continued to study and gained a PhD in 1987. From this work she developed the concept of physical literacy and has written two books and numerous papers on this topic. In addition, she has travelled to many countries to present at conferences. She is now the President of the International Physical Literacy Association. In 2011 she was awarded a Visiting Professorship and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire in 2011 in recognition of her innovative research. In 2013 Margaret received the Audrey Bambra Legacy Award by The International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women in 2013.
Margaret retired from Bedford in 2000 and has two children and four grandsons. She has been a member of the BPEOSA Committee since 1985, becoming a Vice President in 1998. She was honoured to be elected as President of the Association in 2005.