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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 please ask at the office if you would like to read them.  We do, however, ask that they be kept on the school site.

Revd Margaret Davis            Acting Chair of Governors

I have been the Vicar of Manuden for eight years and am also Vicar of five other parishes in the area. I am a trustee of the Manuden Village Hall and was a member of the Manuden Singers until it closed. I have been involved in the life of the school by taking assemblies, helping with class visits to the parish church and hosting school services in church for Christmas and Easter. I joined the governing body in March 2019 to support the school a  bit more and am currently acting Chair of Governors.

I am married to Chris and have two grown up step children and two step grandchildren. I’m a member of the National Trust, enjoy country walks, films, eating out and reading.

Caroline Noffki           Acting Vice Chair 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.

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.

Katie Cooper         Parent Governor

My family and I have recently moved to the area.  We were delighted to have our daughter accepted into Manuden Primary.  It seemed to be a natural step for me to join the school's Governing Body.  I have worked in education for the last 20 years, mainly within the primary independent sector.  Within this time, I progressed to sit on the schools senior leadership team in the capacity of Head of Teaching and Learning an Educational consultant on school improvement projects and supply work.  I have a true passion for the wellbeing and education of all children and look forward to bringing this commitment and enthusiasm to my role as parent governor.

Sunny Gunessee   Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in May 2021 and aim to bring my 15 years of secondary school teaching and leadership experiences to help improve the strategic planning and policy formation of Manuden Primary School.  Having held a range of middle and senior leadership roles, with particularly emphasis on teaching and learning and professional development I am keen to ensure the quality of leadership brings about the best for the young children at Manuden Primary School. I sit on the curriculum committee and act as the SEND governor as well as a member of the full governing body. In my spare time I am keen runner, reader and nature photographer and a long-term suffering Tottenham Hotspur fan of 30 plus years.  

Marnie Tait                    Associate Governor/Deputy Headteacher

I have been an Associate Governor at Manuden Primary School for the past 7 years since I was appointed as the Deputy Headteacher and became part of the Manuden family, with its enthusiastic children, supportive parents and hardworking and creative staff team.  In addition to my leadership responsibilities, I teach the Year 5 and 6 children on Thursdays and Fridays as well as teaching Music in both Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2.  Before qualifying as a teacher, I studied Music at Exeter University and worked for a number of years in the music publishing business, both in the UK and in Canada.  I believe in a creative approach to teaching and endeavour to draw on my background in my daily teaching to provide rich and valuable experiences for the children in my care.  When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three grown-up children.  We share a love of music and enjoy attending concerts and singing and playing in local choirs and orchestras.