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                                                                                                      Ruth Angrave - Chair of Governors

With two children in the school (years 5 and 2 at the time of joining the governing body), I was pleased

to be elected as parent governor in October 2014.  I grew up in Saffron Walden attending the County High.  After university and teaching in a successful secondary school in Kent, I returned to Saffron Walden in 2002 to take up a teaching post in a secondary school in Haverhill.  I no longer teach, but am retraining as a nature reserve warden, giving me more free time to spend with my young family.  I strongly believe that all children deserve an outstanding education that allows them to develop as confident young people, in a caring and supportive environment.  I hope that in my role as parent governor I can support St. Mary's in doing this.


Sandra Marsh


I have been involved with St Mary’s since September 2006 when my son started in Reception and became a Foundation Governor in October 2007. I have recently completed my stint as Chair of the Governing Body as well as the Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee and now I remain as a member of the Admissions committee and Curriculum committee. I believe passionately in the School’s ethos and that every child is given the opportunity to develop and flourish in a safe and caring environment. I hope I contribute, if only in a small way, to St Mary’s continuing to be a great school to teach and be taught at.


                                                                                                                              David Tomlinson


As Rector of St. Mary’s Church, I am a governor of the school. Prior to being ordained, I taught in North London and in a village in East Uganda. Besides my teaching experience, I have also served as a governor in Godalming in Surrey and in Grays in South Essex. I bring this background in education to my role on the governing body. Taking assemblies and leading school service in church are a very important aspect of my work and enjoyable too. In my leisure time, I like to read, cook, climb hills, and watch West Ham United.


Bronwen Ferland


I'm one of the church representatives on the governing body.  As a former teacher I've been a school governor at a number of schools from 1985 until 2008.  My three headships were all at church schools so I believe I have a fair idea of what governorship here entails.  I was delighted to be asked to join the governing body at St. Mary's.

I believe strongly that a good primary education provides a firm foundation for lifelong learning.

I'm very involved with the music at St. Mary's church and enjoy reading, walking and sewing.


Richard Peet


I moved to Saffron Walden in December 2006 and I have three children and four grandchildren.  I am a regular attendee at St Mary's Church and I have the honour to be a member of the Guild of Servers, head co-ordinator for the Church sidesmen teams and a regular volunteer in the Church Parish office.  I am also one of the two Deputy Wardens at St John's Church in Little Walden.  In my business life I have held the posts of European Supply Chain Manager for TNT Express as well as Head of Purchasing and Contracts for Mettler-Toledo.


Petronella Oelman


I have a degree in Geography from Edinburgh, worked in the Oil Industry and later qualified as a Landscapae Architect and was employed by the London Borough of Haringey, working with schools in the design and implementation of play and recreational areas. I moved to Saffron Walden in 1985 and stopped work to look after my children and my disabled mother. During that time I worked part time for a craft shop in the town. I now volunteer with the Transition Project, am a member of the St Mary’s Sewing Circle and a Sidesman at St Mary’s. I enjoy reading, painting sewing, hillwalking and languages.

I have two grown up children who went to a faith school then the County High and so I have seen the importance of a good, rounded and happy primary education as a foundation for the rest of life.

                                                                                                                            James Hallinan


I have been a part of the St. Mary's community since 2013 when my daughter started in Reception, and have become more involved with the PTA and, more recently, as my son has also started attending.  I became a Foundation Governor in 2015 and am a member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee.  I hope to strengthen St Mary's relationship with the local community and, in particular, with other schools, the parish of St. Mary's Saffron Walden and the scientific and engineering business cluster in the vicinity.  In my professional life I have held a number of positions in the NHS and academia in the UK and Australia.


Katie Pieri - staff governor


I have enjoyed living in Saffron Walden since 2012, when I relocated here from north London with my family.  I have two young sons, one of whom already attends St. Mary's, so I am a parent at the school too.  I have over 10 years experience as a class teacher and in September 2013 I became the inclusion leader at St. Mary's.  This was a new role for me, one from which I have learned a great deal and enjoy immensely.  As staff governor I hope to be able to be a link between the staff and the governing body and support the school to continue on its journey to excellence.


                                                                                                                                                                Victoria Boraster


As a parent of a child who is in the reception year, I am impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at St Marys. I became a parent governor in November 2016 as I wanted to play an active role in the continued improvement of St. Mary’s in providing both a great education and a sense of social responsibility in all pupils. I am a qualified management accountant with several years of experience across various companies and industries. I believe I can utilise my extensive knowledge in my role of governor to the benefit of the School.

I have lived in Saffron Walden since 2009 and I also have a daughter currently in St Marys pre-school.


Adrian Williamson QC


I was appointed as a Local Authority governor in December 2016. I have lived with my family in Saffron Walden since 1987. My three children, now grown up, attended St. Thomas More primary school and then the County High. I served as a governor of STM from 1996 to 2003 and I also serve on the SWCHS Trust. My professional background is as a barrister and I also have a PhD in history. I am strongly committed to the state educational sector and to promoting excellence within it.


                                                                                                                           Gwynneth Nicholas


I have lived in Saffron Walden since 1990 and the youngest of our three daughters enjoyed an excellent secondary education at the County High School. More recently four grandchildren in Cumbria and Cambridgeshire have kept me in touch with developments in primary and secondary schooling.

I myself have a degree in Geography and taught for some years. I am a regular worshipper at St Mary’s, a member of the Pastoral Visiting Team and Deanery Chairman of Mothers’ Union. For many years I was an Oxfam volunteer and co-managed the King Street shop between 2000 and 2005. My hobbies include crosswords and family history research.

As a Church Governor I welcome the interesting opportunity to support the work of St Mary’s School in providing a good rounded education for all its pupils in a safe happy environment with a strong Christian ethos.