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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, both of whom are already at Manuden School. 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 commercial analyst for EE in London having held similar corporate roles in the Leisure, Travel and FMCG industries.  Since moving to the area my free time has been taken up with many local groups and activities such as acting in the Berden panto; playing for Manuden Cricket Club; village cider making and the 2011 Berden fete committee to name but a few.  I am very pleased to have this opportunity to be able to take an active role in the support and development of such a good school.

Eleanor Stoneham          Co-opted Governor/Vice Chair/Chair of Curriculum & Standards


I live locally and am keen to be involved in local life to help ensure that our school is the best it can be.  I now work in Haverhill for a Trust of schools where I manage the curriculum in our primary and secondary phases.  When I am not working you will find me busy with DIY to do up our house, or out and about exploring the local area.

Alasdair Mackenzie     LA Governor/Chair of Personnel/Chair of Pay & Performance


I live in Stansted and am married with three children who attend Manuden Primary School.  As a parent I have been very impressed by the quality of education my children receive.  In addition the number of extra-curricular activities organised by the school have provided opportunities rarely available in a maintained school.  I am very grateful to the staff for giving so freely of their time.  I work in education as Assistant Principal at a Bishop's Stortford secondary school.  My role enables me to have a clear understanding of schools both as a member of the leadership team and through my regular attendance at governors' meetings.  I hope to utilise this knowledge as a member of the governing body at Manuden and contribute to the continuing successes of the school.  When time allows I enjoy all sports; participating, playing with my children and watching as often as possible.

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.

Simon Fox      Co-opted Governor


I have lived in Manuden since 2011, having moved out from Bishop's Stortford.  My wife ad I have two children, both of whom currently attend Manuden School.  They love their time at the school - it has provided an inclusive, encouraging and enthusiastic environment for their learning.  I look forward to being able to support and contribute to the school's continued success in my role as a governor.  I currently work in London;  having been an investment consultant for 12 years.  I now work in asset management.  In my free time I enjoy walking the dog, playing tennis in Stansted and I am trying to work on the garden.  

Andrea Morley          Co-opted Governor


My son was a pupil at Manuden School between 2005 and 2010 and we made a number of very good friends during that time, prompting me to choose to live in Berden when I moved out of Bishop’s Stortford in 2011. We benefited hugely from the caring family environment provided by the school, where each child is a valued part of the Manuden community and is known and nurtured as an individual. I am now pleased to have the opportunity to support the school through my role as a governor and am looking forward to getting to know the current Manuden family, as well as to seeing how things have moved forward. I have been a governor at a number of schools since 1997, and in 2002 set up my own Education Consultancy working with governors, Heads and other senior leaders at various primary, secondary and special schools in both the state and independent sectors. I hope my professional and personal experience will be helpful in my new role at Manuden. I spend a lot of time being “teenage taxi” and shouting from the side-lines at my son’s Sunday football matches, as well as trying to finish my house and garden which were something of a project when we moved in!


Marnie Tait                    Associate Governor/Deputy Headteacher