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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.




Caroline Noffki           Co-opted Governor/Co-Chair of Governors

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.



Julie McPartland             Co-opted Governor/Co-Chair of Governors

I moved to Manuden in 2018 with my husband and 20 year old daughter.  I own a Dance and Theatre School in Hertfordshire and have vast experience in running a business as well as teaching Dance and Musical Theatre.  Along side this, I worked as a PA to the Head Teacher of a Social Emotional Mental Health school for boys in Hertfordshire.  I gained experience and training in SEN as well as reviewing policies.  In addition to this, I have been a Clerk to the Governors at a middle school in Puckeridge.  I am very pleased to be supporting the Senior Leadership Team, parents and pupils at this wonderful village 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.

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.

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.

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.


Marnie Tait                    Associate Governor/Deputy Headteacher