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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Manuden Governing Body


What is a governor?

School governors form the biggest volunteer group in the country.  People from all walks of life become governors for their own personal reasons but primarily to support their local school.


What is a Governing Body?

Governing bodies are democratic groups.  In principle they operate along the same lines as local councils and other voluntary organisations.  They contribute to the leadership of a school and are involved in strategic planning and formulation of policies.  Governing bodies also act as 'critical friends' to both support and challenge the school.  At Manuden we all work as a team for the benefit of the school, respecting each others points of view but always acting as a corporate body and accepting decisions reached by the majority.  Governing bodies have a strategic role in the development of the school.  They do not become involved in day to day management issues as these are the responsibility of the head teacher.  Ultimately the governing body, along with the head teacher and all of the staff want the very best education for your child/ren.


At Manuden we have organised ourselves into a number of committees - Finance, Personnel, Curriculum and Premises & Health and Safety.  Each committee and the Full Governing Body meet at least once a term, and more frequently if required.  Minutes of all these meetings are available for your inspection so pleaser ask at the office if you would like to read them.  We do, however, ask that they be kept on the school site.




John Oglesby     Parent Governor/Chair of Governors


I moved to Berden in November 2009 with my wife and two sons. I joined the governing body in the spring of 2011 and took over the role as Chair in 2013. I am a qualified accountant currently working as a Finance Business Partner in Cambridge, having held similar corporate roles in the Leisure, Travel, FMCG and Telecoms industries. Since moving to the area my free time has been taken up with many local groups and activities such as; Berden Village Hall Treasurer, playing for Manuden Cricket Club, local Am Dram, cider making and the annual village fete to name but a few. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to be able to take such an active role in the support and development of our great school.


Elizabeth Brindley         Staff Governor/Chair of Premises & Health and Safety


I have a wide range of roles at Manuden School including Resource Assistant, part-time cook and helping to look after the children at lunch time.  I live in Manuden and love to be involved with anything and everything in village life.  I currently help to run the Brownies on Tuesday evenings.  I enjoy walking, cooking and live music.

Hanna Barraclough       Parent Governor


I have lived in Manuden since 2006 and until 2014, when I had my second child, taught in a primary school. In 2017 my eldest child started at Manuden School and I felt I wanted to get back involved with education. Becoming a Governor seemed a logical step as it was something I could do whilst still having a 3 year old at home.


Besides being a governor, I also coordinate the Manuden Scarecrow Trail and am on the Manuden 10K Committee.



Eileen Adams        Co-opted Governor


I have been living in Manuden since 2016.  I have 3 children of whom 2 are currently attending Manuden Primary School.  I decided to become a school governor in 2018 as I would like to take a more active role and contribute positively towards their school.  I am currently a stay at home mum.  I have previously worked in the oil and gas industry in various positions including HSE, project management and commercial management.  I have also completed by MBA this year.  I enjoy taking part in village activities and I am also part of the school's PTA.  I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with this amazing school and I look forward to supporting its continued development.

Rachael Hickman            Co-opted Governor


My husband and I live in Stansted with our two children.  My eldest child started at Manuden Primary School in 2018 and I wanted to become a school governor because I believe that a good education is vital to giving children the best start in life, and that you should contribute positively and actively to he community within which you live.  My background in the public sector (I work for the Greater London Authority) brings a wealth of relevant experience that I can bring to this role.


Marnie Tait                    Associate Governor/Deputy Headteacher