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.
Caroline Noffki Co-opted Governor
I have been living in Manuden since 2007 with my husband. I have 2 children who attend Manuden Primary School. I have worked full-time in the pharmaceutical industry since 1996 which has given me a diverse skill set which I hope will benefit the school. I requested to become a governor in 2018 because I wanted to contribute what I could towards our village community. I am an active member of the PTFA. I enjoy free time with family and friends, cooking, walking and (fair weather!) bike riding.
Nick Dargan Parent Governor
I have been living in Manuden since 2012, and I currently have a son in Year 1 and my daughter will be starting in Reception in September 2019. I am a qualified accountant with 20+ years experience operating at Board Level and supporting executive level teams in the Finance Sector as a Chief Finance Office and currently as a Chief Operating Officer. The experience I have gained over the years will hopefully help me make a positive contribution to the Governing Body of the school.
Revd Margaret Davis Co-opted Governor
I am an Essex girl, born and bred, but grew up mostly in Kent and have lived all around the country since then. I am currently the Vicar of Manuden, along with five other parishes nearby. Before I was a Vicar, I was a nurse, working mainly with people on dialysis at home in Merseyside.
I am married to Chris, who is a life coach and works away from home during the week. I have two stepchildren, one married and living in Canada with his wife and daughter, and the other living with her boyfriend in Manchester. I have been in this area since September 2011 and became Vicar of Manuden and Berden in 2013 when Revd Canon Chris Bishop retired. Before that I was curate at Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire and was governor at Bedmond Primary School, one of four schools in that parish.
My main interests are reading, visiting historic places, walking, art and drama. I believe in community as a major resource for individual well-being and hope to help build the school as a place of well-being as well as learning for children and staff.
Marnie Tait Associate Governor/Deputy Headteacher