Miranda Trenchard – Chair of Governors
Miranda and her husband, Harry Smart, moved to Furneux Pelham in 1991 and she became a school governor in 2010. Since then she has chaired the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee, as well as the Personnel Committee, before becoming Chair of Governors in 2015. Miranda has worked in the public sector for 41 years, most recently as an HR Manager for Hertfordshire County Council, retiring in 2016. She has previously worked for Northumberland Police and Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County Council as a principal administrator and co-ordinator of voluntary grant-aided projects, such as Victim Support. Miranda’s main aim is to further develop links between the school, governors, parents and the local community. She has been particularly interested in Pupil Voice and Parent Forums, as well as the regular school surveys.
Dave Bromage – Vice Chair of Governors
Dave and his wife, Fran, moved to Brent Pelham in 2011. He is the dad of Toby, who joined Furneux Pelham in 2015. Dave was elected onto the Board of Governors as a parent governor a year later and, in 2017, was appointed Vice-Chair. He is also Vice-Chair of the Curriculum & Pupil Welfare committee and is the link governor for SEN, Pupil Premium and Data Analysis. Dave is a journalist who has worked for The Sun newspaper’s sports desk for nearly 15 years. He also had a column in the Herts & Essex Observer until 2016. He is also a keen quizzer – running regular quiz nights locally – and an avid birdwatcher and nature enthusiast.
A secular humanist and strong critic of the Government’s faith-schools policy, Dave offers a non-religious perspective perhaps lacking from other Church of England school boards. He is fascinated by primary-school education and how to tailor the curriculum to enable pupils to fulfil their potential.
Kristian Taylor – Foundation Governor
Kristian joined the governing body in 2013. He is married to Mirella and lives in Berden with their two children: Luca, who attended Furneux Pelham from 2009-2016 and also Ava, who attended Furneux Pelham from 2012-2019. Kristian is a Sales and Marketing Director at an IT Company specialising in Apple and IT solutions for schools and colleges. He visits many schools and meets numerous teachers, headteachers and IT manufacturers on a regular basis. Kristian is currently Chair of the Curriculum Committee as well as being the link governor for Safeguarding, eSafety and ICT. He is a keen swimmer and cyclist and was a volunteer ChildLine counsellor for several years.
Rob Moss – Co-opted governor
Rob has lived in the village since 1991 and became a school governor in 2012. He has served on the Curriculum and Personnel committees and currently sits on the Resources committee. Not having children at the school, Rob is a co-opted governor. He has worked in business consultancy for more than 20 years, including work in enterprise and innovation in the University sector. He currently combines running his own business in International Language programmes with providing start-up advice and guidance to graduate entrepreneurs. He is keen to see our young students well prepared for their next learning experiences when they leave our primary school, both at secondary school and later life in general.
Matt Harris – Parent Governor
Matt joined the governing body in 2017 and has 2 children who currently attend Furneux Pelham School. Matt is a chartered accountant who qualified with the government auditor, the National Audit Office, before joining an asset manager in the City. Following a subsequent role at a Cambridge tech business, Matt returned to the City as MD at a family office firm investing in property and technology businesses. Matt is Chair of the Resources Committee which focuses on effective stewardship of school resources. He is also a link governor for Data Analysis which entails reviewing data on school academic performance. Matt has a particular interest in how schools can benefit from current changes in tech.
Rev Julie Gawtrope – Foundation Governor
Julie is Rector of St Mary’s Church, Furneux Pelham (situated opposite the school) and ex officio member of the Governors, having arrived in the Parish in July 2015. She is married with two grown-up children and two grandchildren. St Mary’s Church, Furneux Pelham, is part of a wider Benefice of churches for which she is responsible (as well as St Mary’s Church, Braughing, and St Mary’s Church, Stocking Pelham). With three churches to look after, she has to divide her time between three different communities.
Being part of the Governing body is important to Julie; she believes church schools offer unique advantages to that of non-church schools. From her Christian perspective, she believes offering a Christian ethos and opportunities for greater understanding of the Christian faith can help a child’s sense of spirituality and develop the spiritual dimension of their lives, which is extremely important.
Julie serves on the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee, which makes sense considering she taught in a primary school for 11 years prior to her ordination in 2010. This teaching experience has given her an understanding of the curriculum, teaching and learning, and classroom dynamics. As Rector, she currently comes into school fortnightly to lead Collective Worship and she occasionally help with other faith-based school activities. She also leads the school’s services held at major festival times in St Mary’s Church.
Gary Smith – Parent Governor
Gary moved to the village with his wife Heidi in 2013. His daughter Sophie joined the school in September 2018 and Gary became a school governor in 2019. He has two other younger daughters. Gary is an employment solicitor based locally in Bishop’s Stortford having previously worked in the City. He grew up in Bishop’s Stortford and has lived in the area all of his life. Gary has joined the Resources committee and is looking forward to learning more about the school.
Louise Foley – Headteacher
Louise is Headteacher at Furneux Pelham School. She has represented the staff of the school as a member of the Governing Body for the majority of the last fourteen years. Louise has a son, who is in Year 6 at the school. Despite living outside of the area, she and her husband chose to send their son to the school as they value the school and its community so highly. Having trained to be a teacher at Homerton College, in 1999, Louise taught at St. Andrew’s School in Much Hadham, before moving to teach in a large Catholic School in Surrey for a few years. She returned to the area where she grew up to take up the role of Deputy Headteacher at Furneux Pelham School.
Anne Grass – Parent Governor
Anne joined the Board of Governors in October 2019. She lives in Anstey with her husband Terry and their two daughters, who both attend Furneux Pelham School. Anne has always worked in the field of education with her roles ranging from primary school teaching to SEND consultancy work for the local educational authority. She is now a Specialist Teacher and Assessor of Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) which she fulfils alongside working for various schools as their Access Arrangements Assessor and Examinations Invigilator. Anne has joined the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare group where she is keen to learn more about how the school supports inclusion to ensure that every pupil reaches their full potential.
Claire Goldsmith – Co-opted Governor
Claire joined the Board of Governors in 2019 ahead of her eldest daughter starting in reception in September 2019. She lives in Braughing with her husband Andy and their two daughters. Claire has worked in the retail industry for much of her career, most recently Tesco Head Office, where she held various senior management positions across Commercial and Marketing. Claire has joined the Resources Committee and is looking forward to learning more about the school. She is passionate about children gaining a positive educational experience and getting off to a good start in life.