Current School Governors
To serve as a Governor there are some criteria to be met.
Please read Qualifications And Disqualifications To Serve As A School Governor by clicking here
Governors are required to attend formal meetings as set at each Local Governing Body meeting. Failure to attend three consecutive meetings without sending an apology will require the governor to set down.
Governor Terms of Office
Governors on the Epping Upland CofE Primary School serve a term of four years, at which point the governor can stand again following any other nominations from parents or non-parents which are received. Should more than one person stand for any role then there will follow a full school vote to select the new governor.
For information on the current Local Governing Body, attendance, term of office and any declarations please click here.
Foundation Governors are appointed by either the Diocesan Education Board or the Parochial Church Council (PCC). This is in recognition of the fact that the PCC is the voice of the Church in the locality and the Diocesan Education Board has responsibility for formulating policies which affect all Church schools in the diocese.
Being a church school within the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust we are required to have two Foundation Governors, one of which is the local vicar.
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I am Colin Tankard, Chair of the Governing Board. I have been a governor for 10 years and sit on all committees. I have specific responsibility for all aspects of the fabric facilities and services within the school.
My experience having been a governor for a long period means I can draw on that when decisions need to be made. I also run my own business and so I bring my business skills into my role as Chair. I am skilled in data compliance and I act as Data Protection Officer for the school and MAT.
I joined the governing body originally so I could get further involved with the school during my daughter’s time there.
Since then, I have enjoyed working with staff and seeing children’s progression over the years.
I was very much in favour of the school joining a MAT and was one of the lead Chairs who worked on defining the Epping Schools Partnership Trust.
As an active member of All Saints Church, I have been able to continue to foster the links between church, school and local community.
I am Olivia Maxfield-Coote, one of the clergy for the Epping Team Ministry.
I have been serving as a Governor for Epping Upland for 3 years, and as the Safeguarding Governor for the last 2 1/2 years. I am also part of the Headteacher’s annual and mid-term review panel.
As one of the local clergy, I lead Collective Worship weekly and I also come in for RE sessions.
Because of my role I am able to offer particular support in regards to the church aspect of the School, including SIAMS.
I am on the governing body because of the Church school element and I am so pleased that Epping Upland is my local School. I am especially proud of the way that the School prioritises good mental health and well-being.
I am Jo Rush, a resident of Epping Green and previously a Parent of children at Epping Upland. I have been a serving Governor at Epping Upland for 7 years in various roles.
Having had four children go through Epping Upland over the last 15 years I feel I have a good understanding of the needs and concerns of Parents.
I work as a coach for the Riding for disabled, but also live on a small holding. It has been my pleasure to run various projects with the school as enrichment for the children.
I became a Governor to try and give something back to the school after all they had done for my own girls.
I am Emma Robinson, I have 2 children at Epping Upland C of E School and I have served as a Parent SEN Governor for the school since July 2018.
I have previously Co-Chaired the PTA at the school for 3 years, and I have worked in Event Management mainly within Investment Banking for the last 24 years.
As SEN Governor (Special Educational Needs). I have a good insight into how this works within the school, having gone through the process of having my son diagnosed and obtaining an EHCP (Educational Healthcare Plan) with the help and support of the school.
I became a governor to give back some of my voluntary time to Epping Upland, who have helped and supported me tremendously with my children’s education and well-being.
I am Susy Harrison, Vice-Chair of Governors at Epping Upland. I joined the Governing Body in 2013 and I sit on the Head Teacher Performance Review panel, oversee Risk Assessment and organise our LGB monitoring visits.
I currently manage a property business and have a background in marketing and events – I held directorships at various London and Asia based media and telecoms companies. My communication and management skills enable me to help support and challenge where required.
I have lived in Epping Upland since 2007 and I feel blessed that both of my teenage children attended Epping Upland during which time I ran the PTA. I became a Parent Governor while my children were at the school as I wanted to ‘give something back’.
I enjoy working with our team of Governors, and I am committed to working with the school to ensure the best outcomes for every child – academically, emotionally and through sports and activities. I have often been involved in sporting activities with various year groups.
I am Julie Rowe and I have been the teacher governor representative for over 10 years and a teacher for 28 years, 19 of those at Epping Upland. I am the subject lead for PE within the school; PE being my passion.
As the teacher governor, I have my many years of teaching experience to bring to the governing body. I contribute to meetings by giving a teacher perspective on decisions made and then feeding back to teaching staff as and when is necessary.
I enjoy being a governor as it gives me an insight into the different side of how a school operates and I feel I can contribute to this process.
I am Emma O’Brien and I have a longstanding connection with Epping Upland; my two children attend and my mum taught at the school for over a decade – providing me with a good insight into the teaching profession and the school. I lead an internal communications team within financial services and my role involves working closely with senior leaders to communicate their strategy, drive performance and colleague engagement. These skills translate well to my role as a parent governor; planning the strategic direction of the school, holding the headteacher to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school.