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Holly Trees Primary School

Vaughan Williams Way, Brentwood, CM14 5RY, 01277 212296

Governors 2018/19


Neville A Brown JP
Chairman of Governors I enjoyed a long and varied career with Shell and remain very active in the local community. After many years involved with school governance (Secondary), I joined the Holly Trees GB in 2011 and this is my fifth successive year as its elected Chairman. 

It is a wide remit and perhaps my Chairman’s Statement, featured elsewhere on this website, will give you some measure of the deep satisfaction and fulfillment which comes with my role.

Bob Barr


I have been a member of the governing body of the school for 17 years.  I have worked as a finance manager for the BBC Radio and more recently as the mental health project lead for NHS Havering Clinical Commissioning Group. I served as a member of Brentwood Borough Council from 1999 to 2004 representing Warley residents. Having a financial background my role on the governing board is primarily focussed on the financial management of the school through the Resources Committee.

Chloe Bartlett


I have been a parent governor since 2018. I applied while my daughters were in year 5 and I had a keen interest in pupil premium and disadvantaged after initially not understanding it myself.


I am a safeguarding officer at a primary school so have a thorough understanding of keeping children safe in education, and ensuring all barriers to learning are tackled.

Maria Bloom


I work for a charity providing legally based advice, training and information on special educational needs and the duties of schools and local authorities. On the basis of this, and my longstanding knowledge of the school (I first became a parent governor at Holly Trees when my 16 year old son was a key stage 1 pupil), I was appointed a co-opted governor in September 2015. My areas of responsibility are Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development and Special Educational Needs. I am vice chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Margot Dennehy


I am a teacher at Holly Trees and have been for the last 19 years. I am passionate about children’s wellbeing and learning. Although I am a co-opted Governor, my knowledge of the school and the curriculum, enhances what I provide and contribute as Governor to the school

Jo Gray


I started my term as a Parent Governor, and am now a Co-opted Governor; I am a teacher at a local secondary school, but had little experience of primary school beyond having attended one myself!  I wanted to bring the experience of a full-time working parent to the governing board, to represent the parents who are unable to meet their children’s teachers at the classroom door.

David Keen


My role as Governor comprises understanding the financial operation of the school whilst also monitoring and reporting on the Health and Safety aspects. I sit on both the Resources and the Pay Appeals committee.


My background is in Branding, Design and Procurement.

Irene Kjaer


I have been a Holly Trees parent since 2010 and chose to become a Governor to help tackle the challenges that affect all our children.


I work from home as a freelance designer in the field of Architecture, which gives me skills in terms of creativity and problem solving.

Alex Reeves
Elected Parent Governor
Chris Sansom


I have been a parent governor (I currently have 2 children that attend the school) of the Governing body since June 2016. I sit as a member of the Teaching & Learning committee and have specific governor responsibility for the Pupil Premium and Looked after Children pupils.


Professionally I am an accredited counsellor and work therapeutically with children and young people of all ages in schools across mid-Essex. I have a particular interest in the emotional well-being of our pupils. 

Derek Trollope


Following retirement as a primary school Headteacher I worked at Holly Trees as Special Needs Coordinator and then supporting classes throughout the school.


I have been  a governor for two years and currently chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, responsible for monitoring English and creative development.

Kathryn Waters


I have been a co-opted governor since 2015. I am the Head Teacher of a Havering Primary school and I use this educational experience in my role as Governor.


My son is in Year 4 at Holly Trees and my daughter began in Reception here in 2009 and left Year 6 two years ago.


I am very proud of Holly Trees and, as a working parent who cannot be at the school gates, am glad to offer my support through being a member of the Governing board.