Our Governors, their responsibilities and 'Information and Duties.'
Mrs Nicola Roberts
Chair of Governors
My husband and I moved to Colchester in 2006 and when the time came for
our oldest child to start school, I chose SJG because I wanted a school where
every child is recognised to be an individual and encouraged to do their best. I
became a parent governor in March 2014 and was elected Chair of Governors
in September 2016 I have always believed that the school has a great
community spirit and I have admired the commitment of the staff. I am a
mum of four and my eldest two children attended SJG and have now gone on
to senior school, my youngest daughter is in year 4 and my youngest son will
start school in 2019. As a parent I know how important it is for children to feel
safe and happy at school and as a governor I enjoy working with the Senior
Management Team to strive towards our joint goal of giving every child a
good start to their education and helping them achieve their potential.
My career background is mostly in the financial sector, doing project
management, marketing and operations support. I have also always enjoyed
working with children, and worked with a special needs children's charity prior
to completing my Psychology BSc at Lancaster University, where I focused my
studies on child development, education and 'how people learn'.
I enjoy photography, writing, cinema and travelling with my family, and can
often be seen in and around school, visiting, helping, assisting with PTA
activities and at pick up time. I strongly believe that with the whole school
community working together we can help SJG be an even better school than it
Mrs Sophie Stubbings
Vice Chair of Governors
My name is Sophie Stubbings and I am mum to 2 children in the school,
Thomas and Isabel. I am married to Jon, who commutes to London. I am a
Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist for Older People, working part time in the
NHS and part time in private practice. I wanted to become a Governor to be
more involved in the school, to have a say in how we can make St Johns Green
be the best it can be and to help my children have the best education
I have a keen interest in literacy and have helped with reading in school for
some time. I have also been heavily involved in the guiding movement for
many years (was Brown Owl for 6 years) and have therefore been involved
with children. We have a busy family life with Thomas playing football and
Isabel doing ballet and tap dancing.
I am extremely enthusiastic about pursuing the Parent Governor role.
Mr Patrick Shields
A father of five, with two already in SJGPS (Dylan Yr2, Myla Yr1) and a third
who can’t wait to join her brother and sister. I am lucky enough to have
benefited from a fantastic education in local community and grammar
schools, leading to graduate and post-graduate degrees. In turn, this was the
platform which launched me into a 28 year (and counting) career in banking
and finance. With good guidance and hard work I have followed a fulfilling
path and hope to help others set out on a similar journey.
I care profoundly about how our children are educated, about how we help
and guide them to fulfil individual potential (academic, creative, sporting,
social) but equally how we help them develop as members of a community.
We should not shy from striving for excellence in all things as a school, but not
solely measure that in narrow academic currency. A community school like
ours must ensure that all are afforded equal opportunity to excel however
So, I’m a fully invested and committed parent, I’m committed to great
schooling for our children and I’m committed to bringing my experience in life,
education and a career in finance to benefit our school.
Mr Lee Brooker
After becoming a governor in the summer term of 2017, I have been delighted
to be welcomed by such a great group of people who have such a clear
direction and care for the children and the school. Coming from a business
background and working in schools throughout the country over the last 14
years, I am proud to be a part of a school which just has that great, positive
and inclusive feeling. It is something which can’t be described, but as soon as I
set foot in the school, I knew it was right for my family. To be honoured with
the role of a Parent Governor and be involved with the future development is
fantastic and something I take great pride in. In my spare time I love
photography, motorsports, football and most of all spending time with my
Mrs Annette Whitwell
I’m Annette (Keane) Whitwell and I was born in Cork, Ireland. I have spent
over twenty five years living in the UK and over fifteen living in Colchester. My
career background was working for global firms of accountants, where I
specialised in personal and corporate insolvencies. In 2012 I took a career
break to spend time at home with the kids My daughter, Rosie, is currently at
St John’s Green and is very happy. Oscar, my son left in Sep 2015 and he loved
his time at the school and remembers it very fondly. I have always been
impressed by the amazing staff and how they continue to improving the
learning experience and results. The school does have a community feel and I
have made many good friends in the playground. Over time I got more
involved in the school and went from helping with the PTA to Governor. I have
been a parent reader for almost 5 years and I get a lot of joy from doing this. I
am so pleased to give time to the school and work with the staff and
Governors and strive towards making St John’s Green an outstanding school.
This year I have moved from chair of the Property, Personnel and Finance
Committee to the role of Governor for SENCO. I regularly meet with Fiona
Bullivant on this issue. My interests are reading, cooking, baking, DIY, theatre,
travelling, board games, drinking copious amounts of tea and trying to
crochet/knit something wearable! I have recently gone back to school to
improve my Maths qualifications.
Mr Geoff Beales
Following the completion of a business degree at the University of
Hertfordshire I have worked in Local Government for the past 20 years.
Starting in Housing Management I have had a number of roles including,
Homelessness and Advice, Housing Policy, Customer Service, Management
and Contract Management.
I am a new Co-Opted Governor and have been in the role since March 2017. I
am enjoying learning about the school, its staff and it community. In my role
as Governor I have been given responsibility for Mathematics and Year 6.
I have two daughters who have recently completed their GCSE’s.
As a Governor I hope that I can ensure that the school is successful, prepared
to provide for excellent teaching and learning and that all pupils are provided
with the skills and knowledge they need for their future lives.
Mrs Elisa Vasquez-Walters
Mr Simon Billings
I have been Headteacher of St John’s Green Primary School for over 12 years
having previously worked in Wickford and prior to that in Coventry.
I care passionately about the school and am fundamental in my aim that I
want children to enjoy coming to a school that cares for them and wants them
to achieve the best they possible can through a rich and challenging
I have three children of my own, two boys and a girl and am fully aware of
both the challenges and joys that having children brings. Catch me in an
unguarded moment and I will quite happily expand on my six year old
daughter’s ability to run rings around every other living thing in the house or
my sons ability to leave wakes of destruction in every room he visits.
I think that St John’s Green Primary School is a fantastic school and I feel
privileged to be its headteacher.
Mrs Clare Skinner
Mr Philip Freeman
Clerk to the Governors
I work for Essex County Council Clerking Service and one of the Colchester schools that I work with is St John's Green Primary. I previously worked at the Gilberd School for 25 years in a variety of roles including periods as
Headteacher and Deputy Head.