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Meet the Trustees and School Governors

Welcome to the Members', Trustees' and Governors' section



Rev. Tim Elbourne – Director of Education, Diocese of Chelmsford

Formerly the Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely, Tim develops strategy for children, young people and families; representing the Diocese in matters relating to the education of pupils in Church Schools. 


Andrew Barton - See below


Edna Grimble

Edna is a founder member of the MEAAT and has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the community.  She is a former committee member & Secretary for the St. Mary’s School Parents and Friends Association & has represented the PCC at the school’s Admissions Committee for the last 7 years. She is a former school secretary at Doddinghurst CofE Junior School & for many years fulfilled various administrative roles within the mental health services of the National Health Service in Grays & Brentwood.


Dean Moran 

Current Head Teacher of St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School, Dean is in his second headship.  He has lead two schools to consistently achieve good, working with other schools in school improvement.  Dean is also trained in peer review.


Father Chris Mann - see Governors' section



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) to 21/04/2023

​Appointed by: ​Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: PCC Member/Trustee for St Mary's Parish Church, Shenfield


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.


David Bryant

​Trustee (Resources Specialist)

Date of Appointment: September 2021 (third term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (third term) to 04/09/2025

​Appointed by: ​Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Wife works in the office at Shenfield St. Mary's CofE Primary School


I have been involved with St Mary's Church for the last 15 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) to 31/03/2024

​Appointed by: Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Director of The Kemnal Academy Trust (TKAT), Governor of Holly Port College, Windsor (from September 2019), Governor at Shenfield High School (from September 2019)


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 to 04/12/2022

Appointed by: Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Teacher at The Billericay School, Billericay Education Trust. Husband is Basildon Councillor. 


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: May 2018

​Term of Office: ​4 years (second term) to 30/04/2022

​Appointed by: ​Members

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None


I was elected as a parent governor for a 4-year period in January 2013. I have thee children who have attended 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. I am now a Trustee. 


Sally Taggart

Executive Head Teacher/CEO/Accounting Officer/Trustee

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Husband is Head Teacher at Ingatestone & Fryerning CEVA Junior School and a Member of the HERA Academy Trust.


I am an experienced headteacher with NPQH and a qualified and a recently practising Ofsted Inspector (team, East Region).  My previous experience includes school improvement of a school from satisfactory (identified by the LA as causing concern and at risk of inadequate upon inspection) to good consistently in challenging circumstances.  I have also lead in a school within an ‘excellence cluster’. I am fully conversant with school improvement procedures and leading a highly effective team. I have mentored new headteachers and those requiring support.  I am a trained  local authority reviewer.


Dan Brimelow

Local Board Governor (Buildings and Premises Specialist) 

Date of Appointment: 05/11/2018 

Term of Office: 4 years to 04/11/2022

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: 26/11/2018

Term of Office: 4 years to 25/11/2022

Appointed by: Trustees

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: St Mary's Church PCC Member and Lay Minister


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

Date of Appointment: December 2020 (third term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (third term) to 31/12/2024

​Appointed by: Elected Staff Governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Teacher at Shenfield St Mary's C of E Primary School


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

​Appointed by: ​Trustees

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Shenfield Parish Hall Chairman


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: 5th September 2021 (third term)

​Term of Office: ​4 years (third term) to 04/09/2025

​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.




Joanne Gurney

Local Board Governor  

Date of Appointment: 01/02/2021

Term of Office: 4 years to 31/01/2025

Appointed by: Elected parent governor

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None


I have two daughters; one who started at St Mary’s in 2016 and one who is due to start in 2021. I enjoy being part of St Mary’s; at school, in church, and the wider Shenfield community. Before I became a stay-at-home Mum, I was a secondary school teacher for 14 years. I trained as an English teacher and went on to hold various roles, such as being responsible for the newly qualified teachers. I was latterly appointed as the SENCO. Since becoming a parent I have learnt Makaton sign language and taught it in a pre-school setting. I volunteered at Shenfield Library running the weekly Rhyme Time sessions.  I jointly run ‘Footprints’ and I am in charge of the Parish Magazine distribution. I am passionate about education and for a children to have the best opportunities at school and to achieve the highest standards they can. The COVID-19 situation has showed us that life can be a challenge and what an important role school plays, not just in educating, but nurturing, caring, and socialising our children.



Historic (left within the last 12 months)


Rachel Willson

Local Board Governor (Welfare, Attendance and Safeguarding Specialist)

​Date of Appointment: January 2017

​Term of Office: ​4 years ended on 31/12/2020

​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.


Ann Plumstead

Local Board Governor (Support Education Specialist)

​Date of Appointment: 1990 originally

​Term of Office: ​4 years (seventh term)  to 01/05/2021

​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.





Attendance Record for MEAAT Board of Trustees at Full Governing Board Meetings 01/09/2020 to 31/08/2021


TrusteePositionMeetings attendedOut of a possibleApologies have been received and accepted for meetings missed
A BartonChairman66 
D BryantTrustee66 
D ChurchillTrustee36Yes
S Hedley-BarnesTrustee66 
A MaugerTrustee56Yes 
S TaggartHead Teacher, CEO and Trustee66 




Attendance Record for Finance, Audit and Risk Committee from January 2020


TrusteePositionMeetings attendedOut of a possibleApologies have been received and accepted for meetings missed
D BryantChairman


D ChurchillTrustee44 
S Hedley-BarnesTrustee11 
A MaugerTrustee


S TaggartHead Teacher, CEO and Trustee



M WillsonTrust Business Manager44 




Attendance Record for Local Governors at Local Board Meetings at Shenfield St Mary's from 01/09/2021 to 31/08/2022


Local GovernorPositionMeetings attendedOut of a possibleApologies have been received and accepted for meetings missed
D ChurchillChairman11 
S TaggartHead Teacher, Accounting Officer, CEO and Trustee 11 
D BrimelowGovernor11 
L CookGovernor11 
L JuddGovernor01Yes
Father Chris MannGovernor11 
R PatelGovernor11 
J Gurney Governor11 




For Governor and Trustee attendance from previous years, please see the Academy page. 


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