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Andrew Barton

Trustee (Finance Specialist) and Chair of Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust

​Date of Appointment: ​March 2015 (for second term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term)

​Appointed by: ​Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

Born in Chelmsford, I attended KEGS going on to study Metallurgy at Imperial College, London. During my early business life, wishing to broaden my outlook and opportunities, I studied for my accounting qualification. The combination of science and business disciplines enabled me to follow a career managing businesses in Nigeria and South Africa, America, New Zealand, Australia and Britain. For the last few years I have been an 'at home' Dad to James, a former pupil at St Mary's school. My skills in the kitchen have developed and, as a counterbalance, I have re-discovered cycling.  Father also to two grown-up sons, I have three grandchildren, one at primary school, who all live in the West Country.  Since coming to live in Shenfield in 2000, I have been an active member of St Mary's Church and for several years a member of the PCC. This involvement led to my appointment as a PCC Foundation school governor in 2011.

 

Kerry Besdziek

Trustee (Legal specialist)

Date of Appointment: December 2018

Term of Office: 4 years. Resigned 05/06/2019.

Appointed by: Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: none

 

My family and I emigrated from South Africa in 2014. We selected Shenfield as our home mainly because of the great schools in the area but have since come to appreciate the friendly and open community as well. My youngest daughter was placed in Mountnessing C of E Primary School and I became a governor in 2016. I hold degrees in Law and History although I specialised in employment law and worked as an arbitrator and mediator for both State and private entities. I worked with the South African Department of Education as an ad hoc arbitrator and trainer for 16 years and hope that the insights I gained may prove useful for the Academy Trust.

 

David Bryant

​Trustee (Resources Specialist)

Date of Appointment: September 2017 (second term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term)

​Appointed by: ​Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I have been involved with St Mary's Church for the last 10 years and was  invited to be a PCC-appointed governor in 2013. I serve on the Resources Committee, where I seek to add value from my experiences gained in over 20 years of management. My youngest son started in St Mary's School in 2011, while my oldest son left in 2014 after a happy and successful time to move into senior school. For most of my career I have worked in IT, specialising in the financial services sector and I hold a senior position at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

 

David Churchill

Trustee (Education Specialist) and Chair of Local Board of Governors

​Date of Appointment: ​May 2016 (for second term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term)

​Appointed by: Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Director of The Kemnal Academy Trust (TKAT)

 

With my wife Gill and son Oliver, we moved from South-East London to Essex in Summer 2011. Oliver started in the Foundation year at St Mary's in September 2012. I work for The Kemnal Academies Trust. TKAT looks after over 40 primary and secondary schools, and by learner numbers is one of the largest trusts nationally. I used to work for the Department of Education on a range of priorities (academies, school leadership, school funding). Before that, I was a languages teacher in schools in the UK and abroad.

 

Stephanie Hedley-Barnes

Trustee (Education Specialist)

Date of Appointment: December 2018

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I became involved with Mountnessing C of E Primary School when our daughters attended the school. I now serve as both Governor and Vice Chair on the Local Board having previously Chaired this for 2 years. I have a range of experiences in education, Local Authorities and nationally that I hope will assist me in the new role of Trustee for the Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust.

I am currently a Secondary School Teacher after retraining when my children were young. Over the last 18 years I have been an elected District Councillor and managed committees, delivered projects. I have also worked with families of children with life limiting conditions and a range of special educational needs. Specialised in areas of deprivation. Managed Lottery Funded Projects and advised Local Authorities Nationally on Government Policy including at the House of Commons and to release DfE Policy nationally.

 

Amelia Mauger

Trustee (Personnel Specialist)

Date of Appointment: January 2017 (second term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term)

​Appointed by: ​Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I am a parent governor and was elected for a 4-year period in January 2013. I have thee children who currently attend St Mary's School and I work part time at a Big 4 Accountancy firm. I became a Governor as I am keen to bring to the governing body my energy, constructive challenge and enthusiasm to support the school in continuing to provide an outstanding Christian education, and in continuing to be ambitious for all children to get the best out of their time at St Mary's.

 

Dan Brimelow

Local Board Governor (Buildings and Premises Specialist) 

Date of Appointment: October 2018

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Elected parent governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I moved to Shenfield with my wife over ten years ago and have two daughters, one of which attends Shenfield St Mary’s.

Previously, working in the energy industry, I have managed the procurement of energy for some of the UK’s leading electricity companies. I currently work in the tech industry with a specific focus on energy flexibility.

Having trained in counselling skills/studies I’m acutely aware of the importance of a child’s formative years and run a pop-up play centre that gives dads and grandads of pre-schoolers one-on-one time together.

 

Lesley Cook

Local Board Governor (Education Specialist)

Date of Appointment: November 2018

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by: Trustees

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: St Mary's Church PCC/charities

 

I was born in Brentwood and schooled in the local area. After school I studied design at the London College of Fashion. This led to a career as a head designer for a major clothing manufacturer contracted to supply a well-known high street retailer.

On the birth of our daughter I relinquished my design role and stayed at home to raise her. At this time, I became involved in the local community. When Hannah subsequently attended St. Mary’s School, I became a voluntary class helper and actively involved in the life of the church.

I have now been a member of St. Mary’s Church for 25 years. Following confirmation, I completed the Diocesan Course in Christian Studies and a degree in religion and theology. I am currently a member of the Ministry Team and the PCC Secretary. I am a regular communicant and regularly assist with services.

When my daughter was older, I returned to employment, this time in the education sector, where I worked for 13 years as a school librarian and external relations manager, before retiring in 2018. The library worked closely with all departments, in particular the English department, to support the curriculum and whole school literacy.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a governor for a school that gave our daughter a firm foundation to develop academically, and grow into a well-rounded, caring person.

Laura Judd

Local Board Governor - sabbatical whilst Acting Deputy Head Teacher

Date of Appointment: December 2016 (second term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term)

​Appointed by: Elected Staff Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I joined the friendly school community of St Mary's in 2001, having previously taught in Walton on the Naze for four years. I attended the school as a child, so it was a dream come true to be offered the job by the then head teacher, Mrs Hutton. I was initially appointed as a Year 5 teacher and the P.E. coordinator. Most of you will be aware of my passion for sport. I am incredibly proud of the sporting successes of the school and of the variety of sports we offer our children. More recently I was also put in charge of Maths. After several years teaching in Year 5, I was asked to take on the challenge of Year 6 and I think I have now become part of the fixtures and fittings in the upper school! I enjoy working with the older children immensely. They provide much banter. I love preparing them for the transition to secondary school and watching them mature into confident, well-rounded young adults. Before completing my P.G.C.E. year at Aberystwyth University, I studied for a B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology degree, which has helped me to better understand and communicate with my pupils. As a Teacher Governor, I strive to ensure there is a mutual respect and understanding between staff and governors working together to make a positive contribution to all involved with St Mary's.

Father Chris Mann

​Local Board Governor (Incumbent) (Church School Specialist)

Date of Appointment: November 2016

​Term of Office: ​4 years

​Appointed by: Trustees

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I have been Rector of Shenfield since 3rd December 2016, prior to which I was working as the Anglican Chaplain in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, on the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. I was ordained in 1986 and served my curacy in Worcester. Since then I have worked in a variety of posts: Minor Canon and Sacrist of St Paul’s Cathedral, Rector of Upminster, Personal Chaplain to the Right Reverend Laurie Green when he was Bishop of Bradwell, and Vicar of Christchurch in Dorset. I read Topographic Science at Glasgow University, graduating in 1979, and trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. I am married to Heather who was born and bred in Shenfield and attended St Mary’s School. Between us we have five children all of whom are now adults.

 

 

 

Rachel Patel

Local Board Governor​ (Academic Specialist)

Date of Appointment: September 2017 (second term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term)

​Appointed by: ​Trustees

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

I became involved with St Mary's Church when I moved to the area in 2007 and became linked to the school when my son started in 2011. I was invited to become a PCC governor in 2013, the same year that my daughter started school. I am also a member of the school's PFA (St Mary's Parents and Friends Association), organising the childrens' discos. I have a biochemistry degree and D.Phil. from St John's College, Oxford University and my last job, before becoming a full-time mum, was Senior Editor on the science journal Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology.

 

 

Ann Plumstead

Local Board Governor (Support Education Specialist)

​Date of Appointment: 1990 originally; 2014 for this term

​Term of Office: ​4 years (seventh term)

​Appointed by: ​Trustees

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Governor roles: Member of Pupil Committee

For over 30 years I have been involved with St Mary's School and Church. My children and siblings attended the school in the 1980s. I have been a governor for more than 20 years and I have taught the children my specialist subjects, Art and R.E. passing on my skills and knowledge to enable them to create their own world of art. I am a long standing member of the Brentwood Art Society, where my work is created, made and designed in a variety of media. I attended St Martin's School of Art studying textiles and fashion. Leading the St Mary's Sunday School for 30 years gave me the opportunity to create children's artwork for the church, my red flame designs appear on the Pentecostal soft furnishings set. I feel a lifelong connection with St Mary's School and am delighted to work with the team to look after the spiritual and education wellbeing of the children.

 

 

Rachel Willson

Local Board Governor (Welfare, Attendance and Safeguarding Specialist)

​Date of Appointment: January 2017

​Term of Office: ​4 years

​Appointed by: ​Elected Parent Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

 

Since graduating with an honours degree in Psychology, and a post graduate certificate in Child Protection I have spent a number of years accumulating a wealth of experience working with children and young people in various settings. I started my career as an Assistant Psychologist supporting vulnerable youth offenders in a custodial setting. I have also worked in a Local Authority Policy and Strategy Department and have led a Local Authority School Attendance team, dedicated to improving borough-wide school attendance and preventing pupil disengagement. In the latter role I was also responsible for matters relating to child employment ensuring the safety and well being of part-time working children.

I have been involved with St Mary's Church since I moved to the area in 2008. I am currently a stay-at-home mum to two girls, Holly and Ava. The eldest, Holly, joined St Mary's School in 2015. Since then I have been actively involved with the school's PFA, helping to organise numerous fundraising events.

 

 

REGISTER OF BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS: GOVERNORS 2016-2017

 

All governors complete declarations of business and pecuniary interests annually and are asked to declare and update interests at every meeting of the Governing Body and its committees.  

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interest

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