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 travelling, 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 4 and a son Tom has been a parent governor since February 2019 and has a daughter in Year 4 and a son starting in Year 2. 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 Farris

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.  


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 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.


Sarah Tate

Sarah Tate

Sarah is the Assistant Headteacher of 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 huge 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 and helping children to work creatively, both of which she uses to support the school when offering a highly creative curriculum. 


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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