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Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors of Highfields Primary School

 

Please find below information on our Governing Body, how the Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

You will also find information on Governor attendance to committee meetings and full governor meetings, the current register of Business Interests, subject responsibilities and Annual Statement.

 

 

 

Governing Body


Malcolm Gentry- Chair

Member of the Personnel, Finance and Strategy Committees I have been a governor at Highfields for over 20 years. I have had the honour of being chair for the majority of this time. (To be honest I can’t quite remember when I first became chair).

 

My wife and I have lived in the area since 1986 and have two sons, now both adults. Both my sons were former pupils of Highfields and it would be fair to say that I am a governor because I wanted to give something back to the school that played a part in their development.

 

I am now retired but prior to this was an employee of BT plc. I was the Principal Commercial Manager for BT Enterprises. I have many years of managerial experience with large teams and with commercial responsibilities for large budgets.

 

Gaius Phillingham

In May 2007 we moved into the area and our eldest son took a place at Highfields.  A year or two later I became a governor and although both our children have moved onto High School; I don't want to leave!

 

I have recently been asked to serve as Vice Chair of the whole governing body, am chair of the Premises Committee and sit on the Finance Committee too.  I am the Pastor at a local church and so really enjoy my subject responsibilities of Music and Religious Education.

 

It has been a privilege to serve the school during the time that we have achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted. 

 

Dr Fiona Brayshaw

I joined as a Governor in 2022, not long after my daughter started at the school. I am a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children and families. I worked for over 12 years in the NHS and now run my own private practice, as well as working in the role of Deputy Clinical Lead at an organisation which supports children with brain injuries. I am also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University College London.  I have a special interest in child development in the early years (0-5) and am excited to be part of the Curriculum Committee, linking in with the Foundation Stage teaching staff. 

 

Dr Amy Gentry

I joined as a new governor in 2022 and look forward to this incredible opportunity to support Highfields Primary school and bring my own knowledge and skills to the Governing Body.


I am currently the Outreach Leader for the GeoBus, a research-led Earth Science outreach project run by the Earth Sciences Department at UCL. My role is to coordinate outreach with primary and secondary schools across the UK including designing and running science workshops.

 

Matthew Embrey

I was welcomed onto the Highfields governing body in 2023 after our eldest son started school there the previous year. I joined the finance committee and I support the subject leads for Design Technology and Computing & Internet Safety 

 

I am a Commercial Director at Dole plc, a global produce corporation, working in our UK retail division looking after fruit imports for high street supermarkets. Having worked in the produce industry for over a decade, I specialise in new business tenders and strategic development and am looking forward to bringing some of my experience to support this outstanding school.

 

Kathryn Glover

I chair the Premises Committee and take governor lead for health and safety, website, remote learning and PE. I have two children who both went/go to Highfields. I became a governor because I wanted to support Highfields to become the best it can be. I work as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health and Social Care.

 

Amy Hutchings

I grew up in the area and moved back after 18 years in London in 2021. We love Manningtree and are keen to get involved in the local community as much as possible. I have one daughter who attends the school.

 

I am Strategy Director at Open, an agency that works with charities including NSPCC and Great Ormond Street Hospital. I’ve worked in fundraising and communications at charities for over 15 years. In my spare time, I write both fiction and non-fiction, and am particularly interested in literacy and supporting the school to bring a love of books to the next generation. 

 

Christine Meadway

I’ve been a governor since my youngest son was a pupil at Highfields and I think I’ve served on the Premises Committee for most of this time.  I also serve on the Personnel Committee and because I used to work in the community health services with children with additional needs I’m now the governor with responsibility for children with SEND, working closely with the school SENCO, Mrs Bowden.  I also have governor responsibility for monitoring the way Pupil Premium is spent within the school and ensuring that the school and its environment is a safe and happy place for everyone who studies and works here. 

 

One of my greatest pleasures as a governor is seeing our children being encouraged to grow in confidence and develop their skills and talents, whatever they may be.

 

Rob White

I am proud to have been a governor since 2019 and I sit in on the finance committee.

 

My three children all attend Highfields and I myself attended Highfields after moving to the area from the East Midlands. Hilary and the staff at Highfields made my family and I feel welcome from day one as we settled into a new community, and I’m delighted that the same focus on caring and kindness remains at the core of the school’s values today.

 

I currently work as the head of compliance for a national insurance broker. I have prior experience in project management, regulatory compliance and conduct across banking and insurance, and in consulting for one of the world’s largest professional service firms.

 

 

The Governing Body 2023 - 2024

   

 

 

Name

Committees

Category

Date Appointed

Term of Office Ends

Mrs Hilary Cook

All Committees

Head Teacher

1-9-1994

-

Mrs Christine Deane

Curriculum

Premises

Staff

2-2-2008

1-2-2026 

Mr Malcolm Gentry

(Chair Full Governing Body)

Personnel 

Finance

Co-opted

18-10-2000

30-8-2025

Mrs Christine Meadway

Personnel Chair

Premises

Co-opted

14-10-1998

13-10-2026 

Rev Gaius Phillingham

Premises 

Finance Chair

Co-opted

2008

13-5-2024

Mrs Kathryn Glover

Premises Chair

Personnel

Co-opted

15-6-2015

14-6-2027

Mrs Tara Marshall

Curriculum 

Co-opted

12-10-2021

10-10-2026

Mr Robert White

Finance - Vice Chair 

Co- opted

8-10-2019

8-10-2027

Dr Amy Gentry

Curriculum Chair

Co-opted

28-06-2022

27-06-2026

Amy Hutchings

Curriculum

Parent Governor

10-03-2023

09-03-2027

Dr Fiona Brayshaw 

Curriculum

Parent Governor

10-03-2023

09-03-2027

Matt Embrey

Finance

Co-opted

18-04-2023

17-04-2027

 

Governing Body Members for the current and previous academic year who have stepped down

Name

Category

Date Appointed

Date Stepped Down

Mr Darren ColeCo-opted17-6-201511-10-2022
Mr David Ashley Co-optedJune 200802-03-2023
Mr Jordan MarshallLocal Authority22-02-201827-06-2023
David LightowlerCo-opted18-04-202303-10-2023

 

Mike White- Associate Governor 

 

Name and address of Chair of Governors & Clerk to Governors:

Chair of Governors: Malcolm Gentry

Clerk to Governors: Beverley Kekwick

 

Both can be contacted via the school:

Highfields Primary School,

Colchester Road,

Lawford,

Manningtree,

Essex CO11 2BN

Telephone: 01206 392223

Information supplied by Governor Services EES

Membership of Committee Highfields Primary School

 

Governing Body 2023 - 2024

 

 

Personnel

Premises & Contract Management

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Malcolm Gentry

Chris Deane

Christine Meadway- Chair

Kathryn Glover - Chair

Kathryn Glover

Christine Meadway

 

Gaius Phillingham

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

Finance

Hilary Cook

Hilary Cook

Tara Marshall 

Matt Embrey

Sally Allston

Malcolm Gentry

Christine Deane

Gaius Phillingham - Chair

Amy Gentry - Chair

Dr Fiona Brayshaw

Louise Riddlestone- Business Manager (Observer)

  Amy Hutchings

Robert White

 

 

 

 

 

Pay

Pupil Discipline/Staff Discipline

Headteacher

Malcolm Gentry

Chair of Governors

Chair of Finance

Chair of Personnel

Gaius Phillingham plus a further impartial governor.

 

Strategy Committee

 

Headteacher

 

Chair of Governors

 

Chair of Finance

 

Chair of Personnel

 

Chair of Curriculum

 

Chair of Premises

 

 

Appeals

 

Associate Member with 2 other governors who haven’t been involved in any investigation and are not otherwise in conflict.

 

 

If you are not a member of a particular committee but are interested in the agenda you may attend any meeting as an observer.

Annual Governance Statement

 

Governor Subject Responsibilities/Support 2023- 2024

 

SUBJECT

TEACHER LEAD

GOVERNOR

Reading Manager

English

Sally Allston

Beth Embrey

 

Christine Meadway

 

Foundation Stage

Hannah Cole

Melanie Battle 

Amy Hutchings

Dr Fiona Brayshaw

Maths

Victoria Yardley Key Stage 1

Alex Yates Key Stage 2

Robert White

Computing/Internet Safety

 

Ashley Page

Matt Embrey

Raising Attainment Manager

Data Analysis

Tara Marshall 

TBC

Science

 

Simon Smith

Amy Gentry

 

Design Technology

Jackie Turner

Victoria Yardley

Matt Embrey

Inclusion Governor

Safeguarding

Wellbeing 

 

Hilary Cook

Amy Bowden

 

Christine Meadway

 

Assessment /AFL

 

Christine Deane

               TBC

History and Geography

Petra Wilton 

   

Amy Hutchings

PSHE & RSHE

Rachel King

 

 Gaius Phillingham 

 

Music

 Hannah Cole

Hilary Cook

 TBC

PE/Sports funding

Simon Smith

Haz Snook

Kathryn Glover

 

Art/Display

Melanie Battle

 

TBC

Health and Safety

Chris Deane

          Kathryn Glover

 

Complaints and Whistle Blowing

N/A

Gaius Phillingham

Attendance

Hilary Cook

TBC

Able/Talented

Christine Deane

Christine Meadway

 

GDPR Information OfficerSBM

Robert White

 

 

RE

 

Ashley Page

Gaius Phillingham

MFL

Rebecca Wilkinson

Malcolm Gentry

Website

Ashley Page

Kathryn Glover

Disadvantaged Champion

Tara Marshall

Christine Meadway

Mental Health LeadTara Marshall 

 

Register of Business Interests 2022-2023

Governor Attendance 2020- 2021 

 

 FGBCurriculumFinancePersonnelPremises 
Hilary Cook33515
Malcolm Gentry3341 
David Ashley2 4  
Darren Cole3351 
Christine Deane335 5
Kathryn Filmer1 515
Kathryn Glover3 5 5
Hannah Hancock (Doran)335  
Christine Meadway3 515
Jordan Marshall3 4  
Gaius Phillingham2 5 5
Louise Riddlestone (School Business Manager)0 5  
Katie Tait 121  

 

Governor Attendance 2023 - 2024 

 

 FGBCurriculumFinancePersonnelPremises 
Hilary Cook     
Malcolm Gentry     
Amy Gentry     
Amy Hutchings     
Christine Deane     
Christine Meadway     
Fiona Brayshaw     
Gaius Phillingham     
Kathryn Glover     
Robert White     
Tara Marshall     
      
      
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