Our Governors, their responsibilities and 'Information and Duties.'
Mr Geoff Beales
Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at St Johns Green since March 2017. As a Governor I hope I can help ensure that the school is successful and prepared to provide excellent teaching and learning for all the children that attend. I will always look to ensure that all children are given the opportunities to do their best and achieve their potential. I also hope to ensure that all children are provided with the necessary skills and knowledge that will help them in their future lives.
After completing a business degree at the University of Hertfordshire my career background has always been in local government, working in various fields including housing, management and client management over the past 25 years.
Mrs Nicola Roberts
Vice Chair of Governors
I have been part of the St John’s Green community since 2008, when my eldest child started at the school, I have since had three children move through the school and on to senior school and my youngest is in KS1. I am now in my sixth year serving as a governor. The school has changed and grown a lot over the years, but one thing that remains the same is the feeling of community and the commitment of the staff to give each child an interesting and varied learning experience and the shared desire to help each pupil achieve their potential. As a parent I know how important it is for children to feel secure 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 in an inclusive, caring, safe and educationally rich environment.
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, films 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 already is.
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 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 Juniper Education Clerking Service and one of the Colchester schools 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.