Local Governing Body

 

 

The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

 

PAUL O’KELLY (Chair)

Retired in 2015 after 37 Years with Ford Motor Company and Visteon holding various jobs in procurement and logistics within both companies. Paul was promoted to buyer and then Purchasing Manager, responsible for Facilities Management across 15 European sites with a $2bn budget. Paul was elected as a Parent Governor of Frances Bardsley School for Girls in 2004 and was co-opted as a Governor in 2008.  Paul served on the Finance and Facilities, Curriculum Welfare and Pay and Personnel committees and was elected chair of Curriculum and Welfare committee in 2010 and have served continuously since.  Paul has participated in several project committees during the period for building projects such as the sixth form centre and the new Library and has participated and chaired additional committees for staff disciplinary appeals as required.  Paul is the Secretary of the Romford Youth tenpin bowling club based at City Limits and he is a qualified tenpin bowling coach participating in national and county events annually.

  

TONY MORGAN (Vice Chair)

Tony worked for a major UK clearing bank for 31 years where he gained his ACIB banking Diploma and rose to the position of Senior Business Manager. Tony has experience in analysing business plans and lending propositions and arranging finance for the Bank's business customers. Tony spent 2 years working in the Bank's Major Corporates Team where he was involved in putting in place multi million pound financial packages for major international corporates. During this time Tony also enjoyed a 3 year secondment to the Inter Bank Research Organisation which was a consulting "think tank" funded by all of the UK clearing banks and worked on major projects of interest to the financial industry as a whole covering such areas as the setting up of a debit card payment system and cash availability systems in the UK.

Tony is currently a manager of the Witness Service at Romford Magistrates' Court where he leads a team responsible for supporting witnesses through the Criminal Justice System with particular emphasis on the process of giving evidence at a criminal trial

Tony joined the Governing Body of FBA 20 years ago, initially as a parent governor and then a community governor and subsequently a partnership governor. He has been a member of several working parties including a small group tasked with looking at a PFI project to merge the 2 previous school sites onto the one site that the Academy currently occupies.

Tony currently sits on a number of the Academy's sub-committees including Finance and Facilities which he chaired for a number of years before taking on the role of chair of the Pay & Personnel Committee  

 

ANNA HAWKINS

Anna qualified as a general nurse in 1995 and gained a BA (Hons) in 1998. Anna has worked at King George Hospital since 1997 and as a clinical nurse specialist in endocrinology for over 15 years.  Anna also works as a part time practice manager for a medical clinic.

Anna has served 4 years as a Parent Governor for Southwood Primary in Dagenham until 2012 when in 2014 she became a Parent Governor at Frances Bardsley Academy.

 

DENISE GREEN

Denise has been a parent governor of FBA since November 2013 and was a parent governor for Wykeham Primary School prior to this.  Denise has spent approximately 30 years working in Financial Services Regulation mainly as a front line supervisor of authorised firms.  She commenced her career at the London Stock Exchange in the Surveillance Department regulating Stockbrokers.  Following the introduction by Parliament of the Financial Services Act in 1987 her role was moved to The Securities Association that later merged with the Association of Futures Brokers and Dealers (becoming the Securities and Futures Authority).  As a result of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 Denise moved across to The Financial Services Authority and following the Financial Services Act 2012 which created a new regulatory framework split between the Bank of England’s prudential arm – the Prudential Regulatory Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority Denise moved over to the FCA.  Denise currently manages a team within the Investment Management Department of the Financial Conduct Authority regulating Custodian Banks, Asset Managers and Private Wealth companies and is based in Canary Wharf, London. 

 

REVEREND FATHER RODERICK S P HINGLEY

Father Hingley has been a priest in The Church of England for 40 years.  A graduate of St Chad’s College in the University of Durham he completed this Theological Training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Having moved around the country experiencing industrial, rural and urban ministry, Father Hingley has been the vicar of St Alban, Protomartyr, Romford for 25 years. 

Father Hingley has been a Governor at Frances Bardsley since 1996 and Chairman of Governors from 2008.  In 2013 the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls joined The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education Affiliated Schools Scheme.  He has been a Governor of Squirrels Heath Junior School since 2004.  Until its closure in 2009 Father Hingley as a Governor of The Manor Primary School for 13 years, 10 of which he was Chairman of Governors.

Engaged in the life of the local community and beyond, Father Hingley has been Chaplain to and an Executive Committee member of The Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1996.  He has served as Chaplin to The Mayor of Havering 2012-13.

St Alban’s Romford is a leading major Commissioner of Outstanding Contemporary Ecclesiastical Art holding twenty-three Design Awards. 

 

ROB BRISTOW

Rob has been a Governor at FBA since 2013 and also sits on the LIFE Education Trust Standards Committee.

He is currently serving as a Vice Principal in an East London school where his duties include Teaching and Learning, staff CPD and NQT development along with work scrutiny, safeguarding, behaviour management, attendance, assessment and reporting with an additional current responsibility for the Sixth Form.  He has also worked in a County Education Department developing 14-19 curriculum and as a School’s Commissioner.

Building on his first career in Industrial Computing, he trained as a Technology Teacher and has taught ICT, Engineering, EPQ, PE and PSHE. His teaching qualifications include a BSc, PGCE and NPQH and has taught in 3 schools.

As a member of a Christian Outward Bound Centre in North Wales, he is committed to extending young people’s experience of the outdoor world with all its challenges and opportunities for character building and leadership training. He has arranged and led sailing trips, outward bound activity weeks, mountain biking and a wide range of sports activities during his teaching career. Leading the ‘First Give’ charity programme in his school with Sixth Form students is also a keen interest, as it enables young people to engage in local groups that serve the needy in society. He is qualified as a sailing instructor through the RYA.

 

LOUISE BOXER

Louise holds a BA in Informal and Community Education from the University of Kent.  With 23 years’ experience working with vulnerable children, Louise has worked in a range of settings including children’s homes, after school clubs and alternative provisions in Essex, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering Boroughs.

Since 2002, Louise has worked at the London Borough of Havering as a Children’s Rights Advocate, a Mentoring and Befriending Co-ordinator and is now the Vulnerable Children’s Co-ordinator working with primary and secondary schools in Havering to maximise the engagement in education of the Borough’s most vulnerable young people and those at risk of exclusion. 

 

ALISON PEACE

Alison holds a BSc(Hons) in Computer Software Technology from the University of Bath.  Following graduation Alison worked at Barclays Capital as an Associate Director in the Risk IT department.  Whilst raising her family, she sought to use her skills and background to support and develop young people (particularly in the digital subjects) and was a Parent Governor at Gidea Park Primary School. After various voluntary and paid roles in teaching & learning at Elutec and Havering Adult College, Alison is now an Assistant Data & Examinations Officer at Marshalls Park Academy.

 

ANDRIA SCANTLEBURY

Andria holds a LLB(Hons) in Law from the University of East London and is currently working for the Crown Prosecution Service as Senior Crown Prosecutor and is also on the Recruitment Panel.  Prior to this appointment Andria worked in various Chambers and solicitors.  Andria is also a Governor at Crownfield Junior School and was co-opted to the LIFE Education Trust Finance & Facilities Committee during 2017-18.

 

CLLR NISHA PATEL

Nisha was born in Tanzania and finished her schooling there and went on to University in India where she graduated with a degree in child development working with mentally handicapped children.  Nisha has been married for 38 years to Cllr Dilip Patel who currently serves the borough as Mayor

Nisha has been running a small business with her husband in Collier Row for the last twenty seven years and is currently a Councillor for Romford Town and Mayoress for Havering.

Nisha is a senior member of the Lions Club International; largest voluntary service organisation in the world where she has taken the lead in organising fundraisers for numerous local, national and international causes. She has two daughters who are both doctors, one of whom  is a surgeon at King George’s Hospital and the other daughter is training to be a General Practitioner.

Nisha enjoys travelling, reading, enjoys sports and loves cooking. She is very passionate about helping those less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Benhurst Primary School

 

MR FRED STEEL

Fred is a Chartered Surveyor and has reached the highest level in his profession, being elected a Fellow of both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and The Chartered Institute of Building. He is also a Member of The Institute of Civil Engineers and a Member of The Chartered Management Institute. He has over forty years of experience as a construction professional and manager.

Fred is currently working as a Building Consultant. Prior to this he was employed as Head of Building Services at a London Borough where he worked for over thirty years. During this time a major role was dealing with schools’ new build and major maintenance. 

Fred has extensive experience as a school governor in Havering and has currently served twenty-nine years at Benhurst Primary School (where he attended school as an infant). He also served for over twenty-five years at Parklands Junior School and four years at Hall Mead Secondary School. Fred has been the Chair of Governors at Benhurst for 24 years.

Other positions include being a Vice-President of Upminster Cricket Club and previously as Honorary Construction Officer of The Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford.

Fred has experience of working with young people outside of school and has managed local youth football and cricket teams in the past. Also, outdoor adventure and other events under the umbrella of the National Association of Clubs for Young People.

 

MRS BEV MILLS

Bev has been a Local Authority governor at Benhurst Primary School since November 2004.

Prior to this Bev worked at Prudential Assurance in a variety of HR and system roles including HR Systems Manager with responsibility for 35 staff and the running and development of all HR and payroll systems for the Prudential UK operation. Following voluntary redundancy, Bev volunteered as a school governor at Benhurst to broaden her experience and share her business skills in an educational establishment.  Bev undertook various projects including the implementation of wrap-around care with the provision of before and after school provision, which included surveying parents and interviewing and engaging the successful suppliers.  Bev is currently a Student Support Manager working at Harris Academy Rainham. She is responsible for all school data, timetabling, pupil reporting and examinations.

In her spare time, she helps run a dancing school in Harold Wood for pupils from 3 to 80!

 

MRS ABIOLA FAKAYODE

Abiola has been a parent-governor at Benhurst Primary School since 2011 and a co-opted governor since 2015. She is employed at the Department for Education in Westminster and has the responsibility for overseeing Behaviour & Safety along with another governor. Her passion is for children to make progress in life and to contribute positively to our society. Outside of family and work, Abiola's interests are traveling, photography and cookery.

 

MISS ANNA GREY

Anna has been a Governor at Benhurst since December, 2013 and has the responsibility for overseeing Learning & Teaching. Anna has one daughter at Benhurst who is in KS2.

After studying for 4 years at Canterbury Christ Church University (Geography and Education), Anna took a year and half to work and travel around the world. Upon returning home, she worked as a primary school teacher in various schools within Thurrock and then as an Early Years Lead in several Havering schools.

After having her daughter, Anna stopped full-time teaching but has taken several roles on a part-time basis. These have included working in an advisory capacity to schools in Havering to improve their Early Years, working on an early speech and language intervention programme and working with children from 3-18 who attend a local dance and musical theatre school.

Anna is passionate about every child receiving the best education and uses her role as a governor to provide this for our children.

 

MR DEAN JEFFERYS

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.

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 currently works for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as national Programme Development Manager. He is responsible for charity-wide programme innovation and aspects of strategic development. In addition he is the charity’s national lead for youth justice and am working on the growth and development of DofE within the secure estate.

In his spare time, Dean is a volunteer with The Scout Association and am currently the Regional Commissioner for London. He manages the provision of Scouting to young people aged 6 to 25 across the capital, featuring a membership in excess of 47,000. He is also a member of the YOU London (Youth Organisations Uniformed) Board and a Freeman of the City of London.

Dean is Chairman of Trustees as an Activity Centre in Brentwood, which has over 100 acres of woodland and buildings, offering countless hundreds of residential and daytime activities each year, and operating at a turnover of over £300,000 a year.

 

MR DAVID DENCHFIELD

After working in banking for 5 years, David returned to full time education where he completed a BA (Hons) in Business Studies. Following this, he undertook a PGCE and began teaching in primary education. David has taught in 6 state schools in two authorities. Whilst working as Deputy Headteacher at Great Berry Primary in Essex, the school was graded Outstanding for the first time and is widely recognised as a lead primary in Basildon. The school also successfully converted to an academy during this time.

Upon completion of the NPQH, David was awarded his first headship at Benhurst Primary. Within his first year of headship, David successfully led the school from Requires Improvement to Good. Five years on, the school is now firmly working towards Outstanding. In 2014, Benhurst’s excellent work was recognised and the school expanded from 1½ FE to 2FE. Benhurst Primary is now widely known for its forward-thinking ethos and has worked extensively with many local, national and international schools and businesses in its constant drive for excellence. David also held the position of Executive Headteacher for another local school during a period of prolonged absence of the substantive Headteacher. In September 2018, he was appointed Trust Executive Head teacher at The LIFE Education Trust.

David is an active member of the local Cluster group, has been a governor in four schools and holds a position on the Schools’ Funding Forum for Havering, the Havering Academy of Leadership and is a member of the Management Board of the Billericay SCITT.

 

MRS STELLA McCARTHY

After working in the Legal Profession as a Chartered Legal Executive for 15 years, Stella took a career break to bring up her two children. Whilst on this career break, her children joined Benhurst and Stella volunteered as a parent helper. Stella enjoyed working with the children and soon became a Learning Support Assistant. Quickly, she progressed through various roles from Teaching Assistant to Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Stella then joined the Graduate Teacher Programme at the Institute of Education and achieved Qualified Teacher Status. 

After completion of her NQT year at Benhurst, Stella became a Year Group Leader and took the role of Computing Coordinator. Stella is passionate about computing within the school and helped to lead changes to the hardware and software across the school and were instrumental in moving the school from Requires Improvement to Good. Stella is a qualified SMART Exemplary Educator and SMART Certified Education Trainer and has travelled to Madrid and Canada with SMART to take part in training and to act as a mentor to teachers from around the world. Stella leads many international seminars at Benhurst and is a plays a key role in the annual BETT week, leading sessions at Benhurst and the BETT show. This year, Stella has also taken on the additional role of Assistant Head Teacher to cover a maternity absence.

 

MR KEVIN COOPER

Kevin is a new Governor at Benhurst and has two children in KS2.

Following an education in Havering, Kevin obtained a Masters Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Hons) at University College London, specialising in the development of high-speed diamond semi-conductors and the application of Ultra-High Frequency Military Radar. He then won a role with Marconi/BAE Systems on a fast-track development programme, and went on to spend 6 years in management positions within UK Defence.

Kevin is now a management consultant with over seventeen years’ experience of managing challenging programmes and projects in complex environments.  His assignments have included high-profile roles in project and programme management; programme controls; risk management; scheme sponsorship; change management; contract management and procurement for clients including Virgin Trains, Thameslink, Crossrail and High Speed 2.

Kevin is a full member of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Association for Project Management (APM), and has passed both the Association for Project Management Professional and Practitioner Qualifications.

In his spare time, Kevin is a Group Scout Leader, managing the provision of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with a local Scout Group.  

 

MRS CLAIRE WATKINS

Claire has been a Parent Governor at Benhurst since September 2017, linked within the Safeguarding area of the school. Claire has one son at Benhurst who is in KS1, and a younger child currently attending pre-school.

Following experience as an employability tutor, and after studying for 3 years at University (Education Studies), Claire went on to become a certified Workplace Apprenticeship Assessor within the Higher Education sector, working across the Havering Borough and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and more recently has progressed into the management of Quality Assurance of the Apprenticeship and Adult Learning provisions. 

Claire is currently working towards her Early Years Educator qualification, and is committed to the quality of education of children of all ages. 

 

MR PETER WHITLOCK

Peter has lived in Elm Park for over 20 years and was appointed to the local governing body in January 2017.

Peter has had prior experience of being a governor at three other Havering schools with a background working as a HR Manager for the public and not for profit sector including being the Head of Education HR for three local authorities

 

MRS FOLUKE SANGOBOWALE

Foluke was appointed to the Local Governing board in January 2018 and is a link Governor for Finance. 
She is married and has 3 children who have all attended Benhurst school.  Foluke briefly worked in the Banking industry but has now worked in the Social Housing sector for 17 years and has extensive experience of dealing with specialist and complex Housing legal and management matters.
Foluke was recently appointed the Acting Head of Housing Services at one of the largest Housing Associations in London.  
Foluke has a Law degree from Westminster University, a postgraduate qualification in Law. (College of Law,  London), Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Leicester University. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and is a Part-qualified Company Secretary.
Foluke is an author of two books and has experience of working with young people, preparing them for entry into selective independent and Grammar schools. She is particularly passionate about developing children’s literacy and numeracy skills especially reading.

 

The Bridge

 

ANNA HAWKINS (Chair)

Anna qualified as a general nurse in 1995 and gained a BA (Hons) in 1998. Anna has worked at King George Hospital since 1997 and as a clinical nurse specialist in endocrinology for over 15 years.  Anna also works as a part time practice manager for a medical clinic.

Anna has served 4 years as a Parent Governor for Southwood Primary in Dagenham until 2012 when in 2014 she became a Parent Governor at Frances Bardsley Academy.

 

REVEREND FATHER RODERICK S P HINGLEY

Father Hingley has been a priest in The Church of England for 40 years.  A graduate of St Chad’s College in the University of Durham he completed this Theological Training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Having moved around the country experiencing industrial, rural and urban ministry, Father Hingley has been the vicar of St Alban, Protomartyr, Romford for 25 years. 

Father Hingley has been a Governor at Frances Bardsley since 1996 and Chairman of Governors from 2008.  In 2013 the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls joined The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education Affiliated Schools Scheme.  He has been a Governor of Squirrels Heath Junior School since 2004.  Until its closure in 2009 Father Hingley as a Governor of The Manor Primary School for 13 years, 10 of which he was Chairman of Governors.

Engaged in the life of the local community and beyond, Father Hingley has been Chaplain to and an Executive Committee member of The Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1996.  He has served as Chaplin to The Mayor of Havering 2012-13.

St Alban’s Romford is a leading major Commissioner of Outstanding Contemporary Ecclesiastical Art holding twenty-three Design Awards. 

 

JULIAN DUTNALL (CEO)

Julian studied Law at Exeter University and qualified as a barrister in 1996. After a year working as a Crown Prosecutor he completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University and began teaching. He has taught in 5 state schools in 3 local authorities. At Chelmsford County High he was Deputy Headteacher when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained the highest GCSE results in England in the January league tables.  He is in his 5th year as Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy, a Good school with Outstanding features.  Julian holds a 1st Class honours degree in English, a Masters in Educational Leadership and the NPQH. He is currently Joint President of the Association of State Girls Schools for the second time, has chaired the cross phase Havering Education Strategic Partnership and writes for the National Education Trust.

 

KATRIN DENNEHY

Katrin is a member of teaching staff at Frances Bardsley Academy and has previously held the responsibilities of SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Katrin started her career in Wholesale and Retail of livestock running her own business before considering a change of career.  Katrin volunteered in a Primary school and through this decided to pursue a career in teaching. Katrin studied for her Degree with The Open University and worked part-time as a Foreign Language Assistant in the Europa Centre, Havering Sixth Form College and Ursuline Brentwood High School. Having gained a First Class in Language Studies (English Linguistics and Social Science) and completed her Graduate Teacher Placement at Coopers Company and Coburn School with the Havering Teacher Training Partnership in German with French, Katrin completed her NQT year at St Martin’s School, where she was promoted to Head of Year in 2009. In 2011 she joined Frances Bardsley Academy as Head of Year and was seconded to SLT i/c Behaviour for Learning.  Katrin left Frances Bardsley in 2014 to become Standards Progress Leader at Moulsham High School and Aspiring Senco, where she completed her NASENCO qualification and her Masters in Education. Katrin returned to Frances Bardsley in 2015.

 

NAOMI JAMES

Naomi started her career in accounting after completing a Level 2 NVQ in Accountancy and Book Keeping, working in a variety of Purchase Ledger positions. She then Completed a HND in Computing whilst working in a variety of roles at The University of East London for just over 17 years starting as a Student Helpdesk Administrator and then progressing into Programme Administration.  Alongside her administrative roles, she also works as a self-employed Property Manager.

 

LISA HARVEY

Lisa was brought up in Kent and was educated in both the Comprehensive and Grammar school system. Her first degree is in Psychology gained from UCL, she studied for her PGCE at Leicester University and holds further qualifications in Special Educational Needs and the Education of Children with Hearing Impairment. She began her career as a Primary Teacher in the London Borough of Redbridge before going on to be a Specialist Teacher for Learning Difficulties for the Redbridge Advisory Service and, later, as a Teacher of the Deaf. Lisa was part of the Paediatric Cochlear Implant Team for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a role which took her all over the country training schools, families and other hospital teams in the rehabilitation of babies and children with cochlear implants. She then returned to advisory work in the London Borough of Havering when family life dictated a more predictable working life! She is the proud mother of three fully grown step sons and one teenage daughter.

Lisa has now worked in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disability for thirty years; she is passionate about inclusion for all children and young people. Her current role is as Assessment and Placement Manager in the Children and Young Adults with Disabilities Service for Havering, previously managing the 5 to 19 Support Team in Havering. Prior to this Lisa worked in the Learning Support Service for Havering as Deputy Head. Lisa’s current goal is to continue to focus on the development of EHCPs and the processes surrounding them to ensure transparency and timeliness for participating families and professionals.

 

BARRY READ

Barry has been the Headteacher of The RJ Mitchell Primary School for the past 13 years. During this time he has managed the transition from a 1 to a 2 form entry school and successfully led the school through a very positive Ofsted inspection in 2017. Barry studied History at Sussex University before completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. He has taught at 5 schools across 4 local authorities. Many of the schools faced challenging issues and this helped to shape Barry’s philosophy of creating a truly inclusive school. Barry enjoys writing and has had articles/letters published in the Guardian and TES. He is also delighted that the RJ Mitchell Primary School has featured in the Independent newspaper and Financial Times. Barry would welcome the opportunity to become part of the Bridge Local Governing Body and to contribute towards its continued development. He hopes that some of the knowledge and expertise that he has gained in over 25 years of educational experience will be beneficial to the Board. 

 

Dame Tipping Primary School

 

MR GREG BROME (CHAIR)

Greg has worked in various senior managerial positions in areas such as HR, the airline industry, call centres, Pension Plan administration and Health & Safety.Greg joined the Governing Body of Harold Wood Primary School in the mid 80’s when his daughters were at the school and served until 2000 when he resigned due to the pressures of my job.  In 2010 he retired from work in the airline industry and was invited back on the Governing Body and in 2012 was elected Chairperson, a position he still holds and he was recognised as being instrumental in bringing organisation and focus to that Governing Body. In 2015 Greg was elected Chair of Governors at Dame Tipping CoE Primary school having been approached by the Local Authority to establish an effective Governing Body, assisting the newly appointed Headteacher. The 2016 Ofsted report gave the Governors credit for being supportive and playing an active part in the school.

 

KATHRYN WATERS (Headteacher)

Kathryn has been Headteacher of Dame Tipping for 4 years, during which time she has led the school through successful Ofsted and SIAMS inspections (during 2016) and has overseen a major building project.  After graduating from Royal Holloway University, Kathryn completed her PGCE and started teaching in West Sussex before moving to Barking & Dagenham, then Tower Hamlets as a Literacy Lead and Assistant Head.  Kathryn completed her NPQH before becoming Head at Dame Tipping.  Kathryn is married with 2 children and enjoys travelling and acting in local theatre.

 

REV DAVID ANDERTON

David has been the vicar of St James’ Collier Row and St John’s Havering-atte-Bower since March 2016.  Prior to his ordination he was a Dietician work in a large NHS teaching hospital and before that worked for Traidcraft plc a Fair Trade company and was responsible for purchasing and production in their food and beverages division.  David is Governor at two primary schools and so brings with him an understanding of the challenges facing schools in maintaining and improving standards.  His passion is to see children reach the fullness of the potential they are born with without prejudice or discrimination. 

Greg sees the governor role at Dame Tipping in helping children be the best they can be in all aspects of their life and was instrumental in helping to develop the school’s Christian ethos.

 

MRS EVE KNIGHTBRIDGE

Eve has been a Governor at Dame Tipping for over 20 years and has served on the finance and curriculum committees. Eve previously worked as a Special Education Needs Support assistant at St Edwards Primary school and is an active member of the church of St James and St John’s Havering-atte-Bower.

 

MRS SARAH BIMPONG

Sarah is a trained Medical Anthropologist with experience working of in education, healthcare, welfare and service delivery settings that promote integration, equality, equity, diversity and inclusion. As a parent of ethnic minority background in Dame Tipping School, Sarah has worked with the school to promote cultural diversity and witnessed the many positive changes that the school has undergone over the years. Sarah is very passionate about representing and supporting views in a process that is fair, inclusive, transparent, diverse and pupil-centred, ensuring the school reaches its full potential.

 

MRS MARCIA HAGON

Marcia has a background in security management in the higher education sector including budgetary control. Marcia is currently undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course to become a barrister and is particularly interested in the provision for children with special educational needs or vulnerabilities.

 

MR DAVID DENCHFIELD

After working in banking for 5 years, David returned to full time education where he completed a BA (Hons) in Business Studies. Following this, he undertook a PGCE and began teaching in primary education. David has taught in 6 state schools in two authorities. Whilst working as Deputy Headteacher at Great Berry Primary in Essex, the school was graded Outstanding for the first time and is widely recognised as a lead primary in Basildon. The school also successfully converted to an academy during this time. Upon completion of the NPQH, David was awarded his first headship at Benhurst Primary. Within his first year of headship, David successfully led the school from Requires Improvement to Good.

Three years on, the school is now firmly working towards Outstanding. In 2014, Benhurst’s excellent work was recognised and the school expanded from 1½ FE to 2FE. Benhurst Primary is now widely known for its forward-thinking ethos and has worked extensively with many local, national and international schools and businesses in its constant drive for excellence.

David also held the position of Executive Headteacher for another local school during a period of prolonged absence of the substantive Headteacher. David is an active member of the local Cluster group, has been a governor in four schools and holds a position on the Schools’ Funding Forum for Havering.

 

EMMA POTTS

Emma has worked at Dame Tipping for the last 14 years as a Teaching Assistant and Midday Supervisor.  Emma feels very privileged to work with the staff and children at the school

 

Margaretting Primary School

 

JACQUELINE STRINGER (CHAIR)

Originally from the West Country, Jacqueline settled in Essex in 1985.  Jacqueline is a past President of the Romford Rotary Club and currently works as a solicitor and Partner in a law firm in Romford.  She has worked in local and central government and industry.  Jacqueline also taught undergraduate and postgraduates at Anglia Ruskin University.

Jacqueline took the opportunity to become a Governor at Margaretting because she was interested in giving back to the community and became Chair in 2017.

 

MAIRE O’REGAN (Headteacher)

Maire is the Headteacher of Margaretting, bringing with her a variety of experience in teaching in all key stages, including Secondary, third level as well as Primary in Ireland, Israel, Egypt and Germany.  Her degree is in Music and she has a passion for the Arts in Education as a tool to support all subjects in the curriculum so that learning is both exciting and engaging.  Maire has particular interest in Maths and encourages all children to take part in a variety of sport.  Maire is also a trained counsellor and uses her skills to communicate effectively.

 

CATHERINE ELLIOTT

Catherine has been a Governor since 2015.  She is married with children and grandchildren and has spent the last four years volunteering at Margaretting as a parent helper and supervising the breakfast club.  Catherine is currently working towards her Learning Support Assistant Level 2 qualification.  Catherine is passionate that all children deserve excellent quality education and aspirations to be great in all that they achieve.

 

JULIE WILSON

Julie is a solicitor and Partner in a London Law Firm acting for large corporate and insurer clients.  She looks after a large team of people as well as being responsible for the training and development of our trainee solicitors in our Southern offices.  She is proud to be part of the Governing Body at Margaretting and is committed to ensure the best opportunities and level of education is available to all of the children. 

 

SUE MONGER

Sue graduated from the University of North London with a BA (Hons) in English and Education Studies.  She worked in retail management for 10 years until changing careers in 2003 working as an Area Manager for a large national NVQ and work based learning provider prior to a career break to bring up a family.

Sue has been involved in school life since her daughter started school when she joined the Parent Teacher Association, later becoming Chair.  Sue was appointed a Governor in 2013 and joined Margaretting in an Admin Support role in 2016.

 

LIZ FAJIMOLU

Liz is a parent of children currently at Margaretting and who is works for the family farm ensuring financial records and systems are maintained.  Between 1997 and 2013 Liz worked in the London Market for large global insurance companies within Credit Control and Overseas Claims.

Liz has previously been a Diocese Governor at Mountnessing school and sat on the Finance & HR Committees.