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Our Governors


Victoria Martin (Chair)

I am proud to be chair of governors at our wonderful village school. I live in the village and my daughter is a pupil here so it is a pleasure to be able to assist the school both as a parent and as a governor. My background is as a commercial outsourcing lawyer, which is very different to education. Fortunately, some of the skills have proved transferable and I have enjoyed supporting the school in a variety of ways.


Jenny Brick


Patrick Duffy

I always wanted to become a governor at the school my children were going to attend and was delighted when the chance arose. Being a governor at Fingringhoe is extremely rewarding and, in addition to formal monitoring, whenever time permits I relish the opportunity to spend time in the classroom supporting the children in their learning. My principle responsibilities as a governor are Finance, Pay and Personnel.
At work, I am the Head of Estates for a public sector organisation covering the county of Essex.

Andrew Harley

My name is Andrew Harley and I am a parent governor. I have a daughter in Year 1 and a son who has recently completed his primary education here. I am always interested in hearing the views of parents about the school’s direction and priorities. I feel that children really benefit from being in a small community school, strong on pastoral care, and I’m keen to help ensure it is focused on meeting individual educational needs. I work for Colchester Borough Council and live in Rowhedge.


Jan Lawler

Before moving to Mersea Island twenty seven years ago, I taught in secondary schools and in both private sector and state primary schools. I taught at Mersea Island school for nine years, and as Deputy Head Teacher at Hamilton Road Primary School. Following this I worked with the Local Authority in the Schools Causing Concern Department which entailed spending periods of time in a number of schools in difficulty with the aim of moving them out of failing Ofsted categories.   I have two sons and five grandchildren who all live abroad. My hobbies include sailing, walking, singing and glass work. I live behind the beautiful West Mersea church and have been a Friend of the church, raising funds to maintain the building for several years.


Patrick McEune

As a Church Aided School, it is normal for the Parish Priest to automatically be  a school governor along with some Parochial Church Council members.   I cover the parishes of Rowhedge, Abberton and Langenhoe and  Fingringhoe as well as being curate to East and West Mersea, Great and Little Wigborough, and Peldon. I support the school with their regular worship when the children come into St Andrew’s church to take part in and lead the service.

Kat Patel


Karen Priestley

I’ve lived in Fingringhoe and the surrounding villages all my life and attended Fingringhoe School as a child myself, with my two oldest children now at the school. Although I am currently on Maternity Leave – having had our third child at Christmas – by profession, I am a teacher. I have taught in all years across the Primary range; however, I specialise in Numeracy in Upper Key Stage Two. I enjoy being a Governor at Fingringhoe – supporting our lovely village school as it continues to evolve.

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