School Governing Body

Being a School Governor is a very rewarding role and is an opportunity for an individual to put something back into the community and make a difference.

School Governor Leaflet

Register of Interests

Governor Attendance 22-23

Mr James Reilly - Co-Opted, Chair of Governors

"Susie and I have 3 children, all of whom have attended Boreham Primary School.  They all have very fond memories of their time at Boreham.

I joined the governing body at the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year. With a keen interest in Mathematics, I immediately assumed the role of Maths governor, before taking on the additional role of Vice-Chair and more recently becoming Chair of the Governing Body. I have always had a keen interest on how schools do their best to deliver an ever changing curriculum and the challenges that come along in the process. So without actually being a teacher myself (they work far too hard) I took the opportunity to get more involved as a parent governor. It has been extremely insightful and I would encourage anyone to have a go at some time in their children’s time at the school.

I am a senior Engineer at Teledyne E2V in Chelmsford working on complex imaging systems that end up on satellites orbiting the earth. These devices help us learn more about or planet and our place in the solar system, and may also gain an understanding of what ”else” might be out there...(you never know...) I have an Engineering Hons degree from Brunel University. I am a keen golfer and enjoy most sports all from the comfort of my sofa of course...I am keen to do whatever I can to contribute and so enable the school and pupils to reach their full potential."

Mrs Yvonne Chapman - Local Authority, Co-Vice Chair of Governors

I volunteered to be a school governor, as I have a lifelong love of learning.

I moved to Chelmsford in 2009, from Hertfordshire, to support our parents. I have three grown children and five grandchildren, most of who live in Colchester.

I began my working life as a medical microbiologist in the NHS, but retrained as a primary teacher in 1990. I worked for a great majority of that time in special education; in a primary school for pupils with social, emotional and behaviour problems. I have also worked as a supply teacher, a playgroup worker, a childminder, play scheme leader and Cover supervisor.

I have also fulfilled many voluntary roles where I have worked to improve the facilities and activities for young people. These have included a Co-op nursery, mother and toddler groups, a toy library and football leagues/club for juniors (girls) and seniors(ladies).

I have qualifications in special education including dyslexia and behaviour management.

Out of school, I spend a lot of time with my family. Being a grandparent is so much more fun than being a parent! We are also avid football fans and have season tickets for our club. (Arsenal FC!)

I hope that my life experiences both in and out of work will help me fulfil a useful role on the governing body of Boreham Primary School.

Mr Ian Bowyer - Headteacher

I was appointed as Head teacher of Boreham Primary School in April 2013.  I was previously the Deputy Head teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at Westlands Community Primary School. I started my teaching career as a newly qualified teacher at Newland’s Spring Primary School in 1998!

I am also the PE Subject Lead in school and love all forms of PE and sport. I take great pleasure in watching our children represent their school in competitive sporting events as they are always so proud to do so. I have worked extremely hard to develop our sporting provision during my time as Head teacher and am very proud of our outdoor sporting facilities.

Out of school I have a real passion for sport, in particular cricket and football, and support Arsenal and Chelmsford City FC. I am also a keen runner and have run the London Marathon on four occasions, three of them in fancy dress! When I get the time, I also love cooking, especially a roast dinner on a Sunday!

It is a pleasure to be part of this friendship school and tightly knit community. Over the past 11 years I have seen many changes, worked with many children and families at Boreham and am always thrilled to hear about the successes of our former pupils. As I reach the latter stages of my career, I am beginning to be reunited with former pupils whom I taught in other schools as they become parents themselves at Boreham Primary School. I haven’t yet come across a grandparent who I have taught, but when I do, this may well be the time to retire!

Mrs Helen Bell - Co-Opted

I joined Boreham Primary School as a member of the senior leadership team in September 2018 and was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in September 2021.

I was born in Chelmsford and grew up in Maldon. I lived in Canterbury for three years while studying Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and have since been teaching in Essex for the last 16 years.

Since joining the school, I have greatly enjoyed teaching Year 5 and 6 and had particularly enjoyable visits to Flatford Mill with Year 5, during my first year at the school, and Mersea Outdoors with Year 6 in 2022. In my previous roles, I have enjoyed leading PE, Science and Maths as well as mentoring trainee teachers.

In school, I love to support children with their reading and writing and have recently become a fan of the author Katherine Rundell - I would highly recommend her books to children and adults alike!

Out of school, I regularly play hockey and netball for local teams and enjoy watching Arsenal FC play whenever they are on the television! When I’m not playing or watching sport, I love cooking and really enjoy Thai, Turkish and Greek cuisine.

I feel privileged to be part of such a committed and hard-working team and am excited to further contribute to our school community in my role as a governor.

Mrs Kerrie Chapman - Co-Opted, Safeguarding Governor

Born in London Hospital, Whitechapel into a Maltese/Italian family. I spent my early years in East London, before moving to Havering where I attended junior school.

I continued my senior education at boarding school in Hertfordshire until the age of 16. It was here my interest in mentoring, nurturing and education began, as I was appointed a senior mentor to younger boarding peers and subsequently the role of school prefect for the health centre. I attended college in East London for my higher education, where I obtained a qualification in early years education.

Having entered the world of employment at the height of the recession I found my career took a detour and I began work in a financial brokerage house on the accounts team, supporting private investors and the trading desk. This role steered my career in to business management support, crossing over to marketing and events. I have worked in senior positions for a variety of FTSE companies ranging from financial houses, to advertising agencies, publishing and automotive manufacturers. A role that required international travel and long hours, which proved quite difficult to sustain once my husband and I had a young family.

We sold our flat in West London and our house in Brentwood and moved our two young children to Chelmsford where we also established Little hedgehogs Day Nurseries Limited. I am the company director and manager of Little Hedgehogs. I am also the safeguarding lead and hold a full level 3 safeguarding certificate.

Little Hedgehogs is an inclusive early years setting within the village. I was awarded outstanding on our last inspection, and I am proud of the close relationship we have nurtured with our families and industry stakeholders. We currently support a number of children with additional needs and have a mixed bilingual attendance at the nursery.

We remained open throughout the pandemic to care for key children, we continued to support our families who remained home and we were able to provide transitional care to children of local families who were not able to attend their closed settings. COVID has brought about many challenges but it has given me renewed confidence in how my team and I can support our young children and their parents/carers, especially in areas of mental health and speech and language.

I have always prided myself on our close partnership with Boreham Primary school. I feel the school has an excellent nurturing ethos within its community and this is evident in how the children interact with each other and those around them.

In my spare time I play hockey, competing in the East of England league plus I am currently undertaking a degree in early years education.

I am expressing my interest in the role of non-parental governor to further support the link between early years and primary education. I also feel I can bring my knowledge of early years education and business development to the role to support with transitions and the revised statutory framework.

Mrs Roxanne Morley - Staff

I have lived in Boreham for almost 20 years and love the village and friendly community. I have two children, one has now left the school and is in year 8 at Chelmer Valley High, but my son is still here in year 6. They have both achieved great things at Boreham school and will forever have great memories of their time here.

I currently work at the school as an LSA, a position I have held for just over 5 years, I also teach a Cheer dance and Endball club too. I studied dance at the university of Surrey and shortly after gained my QTS.  My job before my children was a secondary school teacher, so I have always been involved in education.

I've been a staff governor for just over 4 years and initially became one as I wanted to be more involved with the school my children attended.  Being a Governor for several years has given me a new insight into education, and I have found this role very interesting. A Governor allows me to be part of making the school the best it can be which is evident in our latest Ofsted report.

I want to continue to help our school grow from strength to strength and help the children achieve all they can whilst at Boreham Primary School.

Mrs Nicola Fung - Parent

I am a mum of three children, all of whom have been at Boreham, my eldest is now happily at Chelmer Valley High School. I trained as an Opera Singer but also as a Primary School teacher which meant I taught for a few years at a Primary School in West London to get my NQT status and then supported myself with supply work and have taught through all primary age phases including EYFS and across a wide sector of primary schools all over London and in the last 10+ years in Essex.

My singing work has taken me all over the world and to most of the major concert halls in this country. Sailing into Sydney Harbour on a cruise-ship and visiting countries I might never have been able to see without my singing work has given me life changing perspective. Working in a close-knit environment on productions actually prepares you very well for the theatre of the classroom and working with difficult directors or choreographers such as Charles Revel-Horwood has been excellent preparation for working within a school environment.

When our first son was born, we were living in Harlow but I knew I wanted our children to have a similar upbringing to my own here in the village and we relocated here in 2012. I helped to run Small Steps Preschool in Boreham, initially as a committee member, then secretary and finally as chair-after my eldest child started there.  I joined to help support the staff and to improve the preschool as much as I could. I was proud when preschool gained and then retained their ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. Our links within the community and in particular with Boreham School had been developed over this time and all my children attended. Once my youngest started at Boreham school it was time to move on and this was when I joined the governing body at Boreham School.

I have a big interest in gardening and used to have a small allotment but have just given this up as I have my mum’s garden alongside my own to look after and I have helped keep the school allotment ticking over with the Green Team’s support. I enjoy passing on my knowledge and seeing the wonder through the children’s eyes.. My other passion is cooking and we had a great time in lockdown having themed nights visiting different countries and trying new recipes, getting the pasta machine up and running and generally creating some amazing ‘bakes’ this in turn has lead to a new found enthusiasm for fitness and in particular the lovely Joe Wicks.

I am not afraid of hard work and have a very hands on, get stuck in mentality to life albeit with a light-hearted fun side too. I am a positive person who looks to the positive in situations. I actually loved lockdown because it meant we as a family were all together and I relished the teaching challenge. It meant we could reconnect with nature and had time for crafts and other activities. We also now have Ralph, a cheeky Yankee-doodle puppy, who keeps me busy exploring new country walks in and around the village.

I have enjoyed being a Governor thus far and am so proud of the teachers and whole school community for working tirelessly to receive the ‘Good’ rating they so richly deserve. I look forward to continuing the work I’ve started with the Green Team and more recently with the school choir.


Dr Linda Reed - Co-Opted

I have lived in Boreham for 20 years and before moving here, I had quite a nomadic life. My father was in the RAF and we moved regularly until he left the service. My parents were keen for my sister and I to move with them as they travelled and, as a result, I have experienced quite a few different schools. Our family then settled in Suffolk and after secondary school in Bury St Edmunds, I studied Biochemistry at Kent University and went on to complete a PhD before moving to London to begin my career as a buyer for Fisons.  

In London I met my husband Ray and, after we married, we moved to Arizona where I worked for Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. During our ten years in the USA we took advantage of the opportunity to explore, enjoying the fantastic scenery through regular hiking trips and numerous sightseeing visits with family and friends. On our return to England we chose Boreham as an ideal place to settle because it was convenient for my commute to work at Barclays Group in the City and reasonably close to my parents at a time when my mother was quite ill. We moved to our house on Waltham Road in 2000 and I cannot believe we have been in one place for 20 years!  

After ten years at Barclays I decided to work for myself and started my own business as an IT procurement specialist, working with a number of blue chip clients. In this role, I worked on large, global projects to outsource IT services and to upgrade IT systems for retailers, banks and insurance companies. I also pursued a wide variety of interests. I am a keen gardener and environmentalist and have been involved in a number of fundraising activities for causes I support. 

I did not come to know and appreciate Boreham until I retired in 2016. Now I spend a lot of time out with my dog exploring the village and the surrounding countryside and enjoying the wildlife through the changing seasons. This convinced me that I wanted to contribute to the local community and I joined Boreham Parish Council in March 2020. Since then, I have become the Chairman of the council and I am working on a number of projects including the creation of a nature reserve at Chantry Field on Waltham Road and developing the Boreham Neighbourhood Plan.   

I am very interested in education and would like to be a non-parent governor at Boreham Primary School. I can see some real synergies between some of my work with Boreham Parish Council, my interests and the needs of the school. I would like to help the school achieve its aims and deliver the best possible outcomes for our local children. I have been fortunate in the education I received and this has given me a keen interest in promoting  STEM subjects, starting at a young age. I am a keen environmentalist and like to help others understand and appreciate our local wildlife. I also have some experience of working within the education sector. I would like to put my skills in operations and administration and interest in education to use at the school.  

Mr Mark Topps - Parent Governor

I have lived in Boreham for 13 years after moving here just before I got married.  My wife has lived in the village her whole life and we have three children who all attend Boreham Primary School.  I have two dogs, two rabbits and two guinea pigs.

I am a Regional Business Manager for Essex Cares, and oversee two of their reablement contracts, one with Essex County Council and the other with London Borough of Havering.  I am responsible for the running and success of both services and oversee marketing, recruitment, the delivery of care, social media and IT services.  I have worked in social care for eighteen years and I am passionate about ensuring high quality care to the people receiving support which has led to me raising some high-profile campaigns within the media and speaking with politicians to drive change that benefits the frontline workforce and people who rely on care services.  During COVID I moved into the care home I was managing for one year, and during this time co-founded The Caring View which is now the largest free to access resource to the social care sector in the UK.

More recently, I have become very passionate about the working conditions of those in frontline roles, the career pathways we have within social care and how we can encourage a younger generation of people into the sector.  I am working closely with Essex County Council and the Integrated Care Boards in Mid and West Essex and have been attending several secondary schools across Essex to speak to Year 7, 8 and 9 students about careers within Health and Social Care.

Outside of social care I like to spend time with my family, gardening, going for walks with the dogs and baking.  I am also a big fan of the theatre and live music and like to attend concerts and festivals with my family and friends.

I am interested iin becoming part of the governing body at Boreham Primary School as I want the best for my children and their peers during the time that they attend the school.  I believe that due to my invested interest in my children's development and education, this will hold me accountable to ensuring that the school is delivering the education and services expected.  I have a good relationship with the other parents in my children's year groups and have been able to be a voice to raise concerns in the past when others have not wanted to.  I believe that my current and previous roles of ensuring teams provide outstanding services, that I am able to use my transferable skills to ensure that I can empower and challenge decisions as needed so that we have an outstanding primary school that meets the needs of the children today and in the future.

Mr Lawrence Keltie - Parent Governor

My Philosophy

A well-rounded education that extends beyond academics is of paramount importance in today's rapidly-evolving world.  The focus on nurturing happy children who are encouraged to explore, discover and celebrate their own strengths (academic or otherwise) was a key factor in the decision to send our son to Boreham Primary School.

As someone who has forged a successful career without particularly strong academic abilities, and only 10.5 GCSEs to my name (.5 because I couldn't stomach doing the full version of the mandatory religious studies) I believe recognising and embracing the differences in individual abilities and learning styles is crucial to nurturing the holistic development of students and preparing them for success in life.

Academics alone cannot fully equip our children to navigate the complexities of the modern world.  While subject knowledge and cognitive skills are undoubtedly essential, a well-rounded education encompasses much more.  It emphasises the development of critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving abilities, communication skills, emotional intelligence and an awareness of the world around us.

My Profile

My wife Georgie and I have lived with our two children (Ewan, 5, and Arabella, 2) in Boreham for the last 2 years.  Whilst Georgie was raised in London, and then Chelmsford, I grew up in the Lake District until the age of 22.

Around 11 years ago I reluctantly packed my love of nature and the outdoors into a bag and hauled it down to the bright lights of the city.  I've spent the last 11 years building a successful sales career in the world of high growth, venture backed startups, and have recently joined an early stafe UK based software company.

This highly globalised industry has enabled me to witness first-hand the collective power of diverse backgrounds and contrasting perspectives - combined with my unconventional route into this career, and my philosophy towards education, it makes me a strong candidate for a parent governor role at the school, bringing fresh and contrasting perspectives and skills.

Having moved to Boreham in 2021 and finally unpacked that love of nature and outdoors, I spend most of my free time cycling the lanes of Essex or trail running through local farmland and along the River Chelmer.  You may have spotted my son Ewan and I riding our bikes together to school, whatever the weather!

Mrs Maggi Tomlin - Co-Opted

I was born in Enfield, Middlesex and grew up in Orpington, Kent along with my younger sister.  We both attended the local primary and junior school after which I went onto a girls technical high school in Chislehurst.

My working life began in Coutts Bank and then I took a break to go to Cornwall for the summer working as a chambermaid.  I then returned to Coutts for a few years.  After various other jobs I worked as a sales rep for an American company in the City until I had my first child, at the same time moving to the South Coast and working in the family manufacturing business.

The children went to the village playgroup and I regularly helped out with trips to farms and bring and buy events.  They then moved onto the village primary and junior school which they loved and again I became involved with school trips, sports days and fetes.

Once the children started secondary school I started work in the NHS in administrative roles including 10 years as Medical Secretary to an Orthopaedic Surgeon which I particularly enjoyed.

I have enjoyed living in Boreham for five years with my partner and we love the rural aspects and frinedly people.  I love reading, crosswords, walking and enjoy a wander around the London museums.

I enjoy the enthusiasm and joy that young children have for learning, listening to their ideas and helping them discover the world.

Miss Danielle Taylor - Co-Opted, Safeguarding Governor

I moved to Boreham 2 years ago with my partner.  We were attracted to living in Boreham as we enjoy going for walks; particularly along the river.  It has been a very welcoming and friendly community to move to.

I am in my 10th year of teaching and currently Head of Technology at a Chelmsford secondary school.  My specialism within my faculty is teaching Food Technology.  Previous to taking on a leadership role in the curriculum side of school, I was a pastoral leader which involved being Head of Year 7 for 5 years.  This element of my career focused heavily on the transition of Year 6 going into Year 7, settling Year 6 into secondary school life and equipping Year 6 with strategies on establishing new friendships.  I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of my role.

I feel I can bring the skills I have developed being Head of Year and Head of Department to governance at Boreham Primary School.

During Covid I undertook a secondment to the senior leadership team for 1 year.  I do understand the requirements and pressure senior leaders in education face.

After seeing the advertisement in the Boreham Magazine, I took the opportunity to show my interest in becoming part of the governing body at Boreham Primary School.  I look forward to being part of the journey the school is on, as well as putting the children at the heart of every decision made.

Mr Iain Bignold - Parent Governor

My wife and I have lived in Boreham for only 2 years however I know the area well.  I am originally from Braintree and I attended KEGS before heading to the University of Sussex in the summer of 2000.  I therefore spent my formative years in this part of Essex before moving to Brighton, then London followed by Shanghai and then returning to the Chelmsford area.

I feel fortunate to have settled in this part of Essex with my family; my wife and I have two daughters aged 5 and (almost) 2.  We live just outside the village with our eldest attending Boreham Primary School (Year 1) and our youngest at Little Hedgehogs Nursery (and a Boreham Primary student in waiting).  We love the countryside around our house for the quiet it can bring and also for being a safe environment for our children to grow up in.

I am a Partner at a multi-national marketing agency.  In my role I am responsible for the success of our European agencies where we have offices across all major markets.  I run a team of Managing Directors with whom we set the strategic vision for the region, deliver against our commercial objectives and also drive agency culture.  I also lead a team of regional ‘Heads of’ to deliver as needed (e.g. our Finance Director, New Business & Marketing as well as Strategy).

My time in the industry has seen me work across client management and strategy; into senior and regional management.  I am therefore well versed in negotiating on commercial terms and contracts, managing resource and team structures, running a P&L as well as setting a vision and putting in place the plan to deliver against it.  I am also experienced in public speaking (both in person and via broadcast) as well as handling difficult conversations with clients and consultants.

I understandably have a vested interest in the success of the school as I currently have one daughter attending and in 2026 my youngest will also become a pupil.  I would like to play a role where I have the opportunity to have a positive influence on the organisation and environment that sets their primary years education.  Also, with regards to my own development, I believe I will learn a lot from the opportunity.  I feel fortunate to have the job I have and to have enjoyed the experiences I have however, being a school Governor will enable me to work with different people, with different life experiences and points of view; where we will have to tackle different challenges to those that I have faced before.

My motivation is also altruistic; I firmly believe that with my experience, background and energy, I can really support Boreham Primary School and help it to be the place that enables its students to aim high, scale new heights and fly far.