Local Governing Body



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. 


Ian Gurman

Ian started his teaching career in 1980 then spent much of the next decade traveling, living and working abroad. He now has over 35 years’ experience in education, in the UK and overseas, having taught in Australia and Guatemala, where he became fluent in Spanish. From 1991 to 2008, he held middle and senior leadership roles in three London secondary schools, achieving the NPQH and serving a period as Acting Headteacher. Ian moved into school improvement work in 2008, working for Havering Local Authority, as well as a period for a national academy chain, in both the primary and secondary phases, and undergoing Ofsted inspector training. In 2017 he joined LIFE Trust, where is now Director of Education. In addition to providing training for many governing bodies, Ian served for eight years as a governor for an outstanding primary school and three years for a sixth form college. He joined Roxwell’s governing body in 2019.


Tom Odell

Tom has been a parent governor since February 2019 and has a daughter in Year 2 and a son starting in Reception.   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 and improve the school at such a crucial time. 


Suzanne Farris (Vice Chair)

Suzanne is an occupational therapist specialising in paediatrics, completing an MSc in paediatrics in 2002. She worked in the NHS and social care and in 2005 worked in NHS management, as a Director of Operations prior to leaving the NHS in 2011. Suzanne now works as an independent occupational therapist in medical legal work, mainly in obstetric clinical negligence.  


Reece Lake

Reece chaired the Resources Committee on Roxwell’s Governing Body for the last three years.  He has twelve 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 Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC through to Metro Bank and Masthaven.

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.


Rev Tony Cant

Tony was born and raised in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, met his wife, and also God in New Zealand. Tony has three children and moved back to Australia in early 1994. Tony 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 they have been until going back to Australia in January this year.  Tony has held many posts over the years including: factory worker, fisherman, dairy farmer, youth and community development worker, seminar presenter and pastor.

Jeremy has been a Governor at Roxwell Primary School since January 2019 and has extensive experience as a school governor and has served for over 15 years at another local primary school in Chelmsford where he is currently Chair of Governors.  Jeremy brings an understanding of the challenges facing schools in maintaining and improving standards, and is passionate about education and the importance of each child reaching their full potential. 

Tony was ordained in 2004 in Chelmsford Cathedral and before returning to Australia this year he was the Chaplain to Anglia Ruskin University between 2010 – 2018. During this time he developed and ran the International Community Experience (ICE) volunteering projects, and grew a multi faith Chaplaincy team

Prior to this Tony lived in East London for 11 years, working as a youth and community development worker. He was the local Farmers’ Market Manager with a church stall selling refreshments and looking after the farmers and having conversations with locals about anything and everything, while the profits of their stall went to a local youth work charity.


Sarah Cotton

Biography to follow


Maire O’Regan

Maire is the Executive headteacher of Margaretting C of E Primary School and Roxwell C of E Primary School, which has recently joined the LIFE Education Trust.

Maire has a variety of experience in teaching in all the key stages, including Secondary, third level as well as Primary, in Ireland, Israel, Egypt and Germany.  Her degree is in Music and she has a passion for the Arts in education as a tool to support all subjects in the curriculum, so that learning is both exciting and engaging.  Maire has a particular interest in Maths and encourage all children to take part in a variety of sport. She is also a trained counsellor and use her skills to communicate effectively.


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