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Spellbrook C of E Primary School

Learn together, Enjoy together, Succeed together

Who are our Governors?

 Fay Clark - Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 22.07.2016 to 21.07.2020

Committees: Standards & Curriculum

Governor Link Roles: SEND, PHSE & Pupil Premium


Ever since I became a Local Authority governor in July 2009, I have enjoyed being involved in and getting to know about Spellbrook.  I am now in my second term here.  Under the new arrangements for governing bodies, I will become a Foundation governor which is appropriate because I am on the Electoral Roll of Gt. St. Mary’s.

I am Vice-Chair and am a lead governor for SEN, Safeguarding/Child Protection, and Pupil Premium. Before I retired I was a secondary school teacher and spent some time working in the SEN department.  This background led me to take on the role of SEN Governor.  I have regular meetings with our SENCO to learn about what is happening at Spellbrook.  The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and I was happy to learn about this scheme and monitor it on behalf of the governors.

It is most rewarding working with the governing body to help the school develop and reach ever higher standards.

Vice Chair of Governors - Position vacant


Dennis Lapslie - Local Authority Governor  

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Term of Office:  22.07.2016 to 21.07.2020

Committees: Resources

Governor Link Roles: Health and Safety


Education of all young children has always been a pleasurable passion of mine.

As the new LA Governor I deem it a privilege to able to assist, support and work with the schools current enthusiastic and highly dedicated team of Staff and Governors.

I am  a retired qualified teacher and have a  background in Automobile Engineering; the Building/Construction Industry; Civil Engineering; Education Management; Estimating; Finance and Procurement; HR Management; Leadership skills; Mechanical Engineering; Project Management; Structures and Surveying. 

My endeavour will be to utilise all of the aforementioned prior experiences to assist in ensuring that all pupils are fully encouraged and suitable challenged to excel in all aspect of school work including sports and after school activities, and thereby enjoy a happy and fruitful school life experience.

The Schools overarching vision and aim, which I fully endorse, is to drive this very welcoming school, forward from being a good school to an outstanding school.

 Warren Hasty - Parent Governor


Term of Office:  21.02.2018 to 20.02.2022

Committees: Chair of Resources

Governor Link Roles: GDPR, PE & Health & Safety (Deputy)


Living locally in Sawbridgeworth and with a daughter in Year 4 at Spellbrook School, I am pleased to take on the role of parent governor.

I have worked in various roles within a high street Bank, where I have gained a wealth of experience in management, finance, communication and training of staff.  I feel these skills can transfer to help the school.

I have no experience within education so  feel I bring an independent perspective to the role whilst working with the current governors.

 Parent Governor - Position vacant



Thuy Niven - Co -Opted Governor


Term of Office: 09.09.2019 to 08.09.2023

Committees: Resources and Standards & Curriculum

Governor Link Roles: Attendance, More Able, Science, Art & RE

Biography - Co-Opted Governor

My husband and I live in Spellbrook with our three children. I am very proud to be a governor at Spellbrook Primary school and just like every parent at the school, I want the very best for my children.

I became a governor because I want to make a positive contribution towards the local community and work to support the school achieve its aims; to be recognised as an outstanding school, with a strong reputation for providing an inclusive and well-rounded education for all its pupils. 

I believe that it is vitally important that every child at Spellbrook Primary is happy, safe and confident and are provided the stepping-stones to enable them to be the best they can be, to fulfil their potential in life and contribute to the wider community in which they live.

I believe that clear direction and leadership are key to an effective school governing body and successful school. As a Human Resources Professional, I bring many years of experience in leadership development, people management, and have driven change within some challenging environments across a number of different sectors including Higher Education, which I believe will be of value to the governing body of the school.


Michelle Birch - Co-Opted Governor


Term of Office: 18.09.2019 to 17.09.2023

Committees: Resources

Governor Link Roles: Safeguarding, History, Geography & Early Years


I have been a Civil Servant all my working life, most of which has been spent at the Official Solicitor & Public Trust Office (Ministry of Justice). 

I am married, but do no have any children.  However, I spent 25 years in the Guides and Scouts, 15 years as a leader, working with children and young adults from 6 to 18.  I have also volunteered with a group for the visually impaired & in 2012, as a games maker at the London Olympics, working with and meeting a wide variety of people.  I relish the prospect of a new volunteering challenge and helping support the education and welfare of the children at Spellbrook.

Stephanie Redcliffe - Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 04.11.2019 to 03.11.2023

Committee: Standards & Curriculum


I grew up in Bishop's Stortford and currently live there while commuting into London, where I work for a pension company. As well as financial experience, I have spent time working in governance and compliance, and I hope that this will prove useful to the Governing body and the school. 

I have a particular interest in education and bettering children's lives, and I believe that I could have a real impact as a governor. I enjoyed my time at school immensely, and am of the opinion that a supportive, nurturing school environment can make a real difference for young people. It is my privilege to be a part of that support system. 

Patricia Howard - Ex-Officio Governor 

Term of Office:01.09.2019

Committees: Standards & Curriculum, Resources


I have been in the role of acting headteacher since April 2019. I started at Spellbrook in September 2010 as a classteacher with responsibility for assessment and ICT.



 Joan McKinlay - Staff Governor

Term of Office:  21.03.2018 – 20.03.2022

Chair of Income Generation Group

Committees:  Resources , Income Generation Group

Governor Link Role: British Values


My early working life was in branch banking and after a career break of five years to bring up my two boys I updated and transferred my skills into school administration.  I  worked  in  two  primary  schools  in  Essex  prior  to  joining Spellbrook as an experienced school  administrator in 2003. I completed a Diploma in School Business Management and qualified as a school business manager in 2012 and became a member of the school’s leadership team.  As business manager, I have areas of responsibility in school budget planning, personnel, premises management and support the school’s Resources Committee. I enjoy being part of our talented and pro-active team of governors who work hard to maintain high standards across the school.


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