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Jane Cregan-Bird – Chair of Governors
Jane has been a Foundation Governor, appointed through St. Michael’s Church, at St. Michael’s Junior School for over eleven years. She has also been Chair of Governors at the school since 2008. Jane became a Governor after responding to a vacancy advertised in the “Viewpoint” (the Church magazine). She felt she wanted to be a Governor because she had both an interest in and a working background in education, and felt that she could bring relevant skills to the role. Apart from an interest in education Jane is also interested in fashion, shopping, personal fitness. Jane belongs to a local gym, and enjoys musical theatre especially the large London productions!
Vacancy – Vice Chair of Governors
Reverend David Cattle – Ex-officio
I have been a Governor since becoming the vicar of Galleywood in October 2018. I have 11 years’ experience of Parish ministry, following 10 years being an accountant, and have been on the Governing Body of three primary schools, in Manchester and Welwyn Garden City. I have a passion to see every child reach their potential, and believe that Church schools, with their Christian ethos, provide the academic, emotional, and spiritual learning that really benefits children. I am originally from the Isle of Man. I am married to Kirsty, and have a 3-year old daughter called Sophia. I love to run, cycle, read, eat out, watch films, and listen to loud rock music. Sometimes (on special occasions) I perform magic tricks on stage. I can often be found on Galleywood Common walking the family’s Golden Retriever called Bracken.
Vacancy – Local Authority Governor
Janella Coates – Foundation Governor
Janella has lived in Galleywood for all of her childhood and most if her married life. She is a former pupil of St. Michael’s as is her son who is now 24. She has been a Foundation Governor for over 10 years and has a responsibility to maintain the Christian ethos of the school. She works full time in Indemnity Insurance for the construction industry.
Duncan Mckenzie – Foundation Governor
Duncan is married to Liz and they have three grown up sons. Living in Great Baddow he is a member of Meadgate Church and is keen to support the school and maintain its Christian ethos. Duncan’s career has been as a business economist, recently as economics consultant to the Essex Economic Commission during its two year lifespan. Duncan also works for City of Chelmsford Mencap as volunteer coordinator and support worker. Duncan chairs the Business Management and Resources Committee and is lead governor for special educational needs.
Fleur Dulude – Parent Governor
I have recently (Summer 2018) joined the governing body as a Parent Governor. I live in Great Baddow and have two children. My son attends St Michael’s and despite his constant threats to leave, he happily remains there. My other child attends Galleywood Infant School. I am impressed with the dedication and support that the team at St. Michael’s provide to all their pupils to enable them to excel. I am a Learning and Development Manager for Crisis and I hope to bring some of this expertise to the governing body to support the running of the school. In my spare time, I enjoy days out with the family. I cycle and walk to keep fit, mainly so I can inform my GP that I take regular exercise and am trying to lose weight (as directed) – it’s just a shame that chocolate keeps getting in the way!
Andrea Wolahan – Staff Governor
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Mark Northfield – Associate Governor
I have recently joined St. Michael’s Junior School Governing Body as an Associate Governor (Summer 2020). This has been after moving back to the area from London. I decided to take on the role to utilise my skills and knowledge and to help give back to the local community. My career has been spent in Financial Services heading up Analytics, a Credit Risk Team that goes across mainstream banks and other lenders. Outside of work I enjoy many sports and am a 5-time Glastonbury survivor!
Tom Emmett – Associate Governor
I joined the governing body of the school as an Associate Governor in 2020. I live in Chelmsford with my partner and young daughter. I have previously worked as a tutor in a community colleague, teaching legal and business qualifications. I am now a solicitor at Birkett Long solicitors, where I specialise in commercial and corporate finance matters and I am also the Head of Education at the firm. I have a particular interest in special educational needs and believe that every child with SEND should have the provision they require to meet their needs. As part of my job, I advise parents on the law relating to SEND, including in respect of EHCPs. I am lead governor for special educational needs at the school. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and participating in sport.