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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.


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 two committees - Finance, Premises and Personnel, and Curriculum.  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.


Our Governing Body

Mrs Marnie Tait - Acting Headteacher 

I joined Manuden Primary School 7 years ago when I took on the role as Deputy Headteacher and became part of the Manuden family, with its enthusiastic children, supportive parents and hardworking and creative staff team.  In February 2022, I was delighted to take on the role of Acting Headteacher and have the opportunity to lead and shape the future of our amazing school.  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.  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.   

Revd Margaret Davis - 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.

Eileen Adams - Vice Chair and Parent 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.

Caroline Noffki - Parent 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.

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.

Lizzie Grant - Staff Governor 

I have worked at Manuden Primary School since March 2013 and have been the Staff Governor since September 2020. I have a diverse work history which includes finance/banking, HR and legal - all of which are beneficial to my roles at the School.  I have lived in Manuden for more than 25 years and enjoy being part of the village community.  In my spare time I like reading, cooking and shopping!

Sarah Turner - Co-Opted Governor 

I have recently joined the governing body of Manuden and I am really looking forward to working with the staff, governors, pupils and parents to ensure that the school continues to thrive.  I have worked in education for many years and most recently I was the CEO of a multi academy trust in Enfield. I live in Stansted and have four grandchildren who keep me busy!  

TJ Smith - Co-Opted Governor 

I joined the governing body of Manuden in February 2022. I have 30 years experience in Human Resources, mainly in the charity sector having been HR Manager with the RHS and Head of HR for Amnesty International UK. I have also worked in HR in the education and hospitality sectors.  I have always had an interest in children and learning and spent 3 years volunteering with Grove Cottage in their special needs nursery and also for Accuro Care Services.  I live locally with my husband, teenage daughter and cockerpoo puppy.