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Adam Love (Chair)

Adam has been a parent governor for almost 2 years and has recently taken in the role of vice chair.  He lives and works locally. Over his professional career he has gained experience in safeguarding, risk and resource management, health and safety and managing teams. He is passionate about making the school the best it can be and driving it forward whilst ensuring it retains its unique individuality.

Sarah Tate

Sarah is the Head of School at Roxwell Primary School and the RE Lead for the 4 Rural Primaries within the Trust. Sarah has experience in many different educational settings. After gaining her degree, Sarah’s first teaching position was in a school for children with severe special needs, teaching ages from 7 to 16, who had a wide variety of differing physical and mental needs. Since then, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including different primary schools and a large independent International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. During her time in Asia, Sarah also worked with local Vietnamese children and young adults, helping them to work towards UK approved awards (IB, GCSE and A Levels) to allow them gain access to colleges and universities across the world. Sarah spent a lot of her spare time travelling the Asian counties. Sarah has a particular interest in RE, the performing arts and helping children to work creatively, all of which she uses to support the school with their offering of a highly creative curriculum. 

Melissa Taylor

Melissa is the Executive Headteacher at Ford End, Margaretting and Roxwell Primary Schools and is committed to bringing together all of her classroom and management experience to ensure that these 3 Mid-Essex Schools are best they can be. She ensures that collaborative work between the Mid-Essex Schools and LIFE Education Trust enriches the lives of the children and enhances the curriculum. Melissa has a degree in history as well as a PGCE teaching qualification and a National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership. She is currently studying the National Qualification for Headship. Melissa has a passion for the arts in the primary curriculum and has written a research paper on this topic. She is also dedicated to ensuring that all children reach their full potential and aims to prepare all children for secondary school by the time they leave in Year 6.

Tom Odell

Tom has been a parent governor since February 2019, he has a daughter in Year 5 and a son in Year 3. Tom is a General Manager for a pub company, running a £1.5million business. He has had managerial experience for over 15 years, including people management, cash handling and business planning. He will be able to bring all these attributes to the governing body along with HR knowledge and disciplinary procedures. Tom really enjoys being a part of the governing body and helping to develop the school to be the best it can be. 

Suzanne Farris (Vice Chair)

Suzanne is an independent occupational therapist specialising in paediatrics, working in the medical legal field, mainly in obstetric clinical negligence.  As part of this role, she supports parents to apply for EHCPs and prepare for educational tribunals. Prior to this she worked in the NHS as a clinician and senior manager. As Director of Community Services in an east London trust  she managed a portfolio of adult and children’s services including safeguarding. She has an interest in supporting the health and well-being of all children and promoting equality.  Suzanne enjoys music, singing in a church and a chapel choir, gardening and is passionate about reading and learning. She lives in a local rural hamlet with her husband and Labrador dog.  

Rev Tony Cant

Tony was born and raised in Australia, went travelling in his late teens, met his wife, and also God in New Zealand where he stayed for 15 years before moving back to Australia in early 1994. He and his family spent 5 years in Australia doing a mix of pastoral and missional work before moving to the UK in mid 1999 where he worked as a youth and community development worker in the Docks of London’s East End for 5 years. Tony was ordained in 2004 in Chelmsford Cathedral and spent a further 6 years as a Priest in Walthamstow, before becoming the Chaplain to Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford between 2010 – 2018. During this time he developed and ran the International Community Experience (ICE) volunteering projects, and grew a multi faith Chaplaincy team. Tony has held many posts over the years including: factory worker, fisherman, dairy farmer, youth and community development worker, seminar presenter and pastor, and is now the Priest-in-Charge of Writtle with Highwood, and Roxwell churches.

Reece Lake

Reece previously chaired the Resources Committee on Roxwell’s Governing Body for three years before becoming the Finance link governor when the school joined the academy. He is now the SEND link governor. He has fifteen years’ experience working in financial services, and brings practical knowledge of budget management, change implementation and operating models from his work across both major and new starter financial institutions, from EY, Lloyds and Barclays through to Metro Bank and Atelier.  Reece has been a part of the Roxwell village community since moving here at the age of 11, and aspires for Roxwell Primary School to continue to be at the heart of a thriving community for years to come.