Our Governors, their responsibilities and 'Information and Duties.'

  • Mrs Nicola Roberts

    Chair of Governors

    Parent Governor
    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
    already is.

  • Mrs Sophie Stubbings

    Vice Chair of Governors

    Parent Governor
    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

    Parent Governor.
    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
    they can.
    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

    Parent Governor
    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

    Co-opted Governor
    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

    Co-opted Governor
    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

    Co-opted Governor

  • Mr Simon Billings


    Staff Governor
    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

    Assistant Headteacher

    Staff Governor

  • 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.

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the St John’s Green Primary School Governing Body are:
1.    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2.    Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
3.    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.