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Holly Trees Primary School

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

Governing Board

Role of the Governing Board 


The governing board has a key role in the school’s future development and in ensuring pupils achieve their potential. The governing body therefore works closely with the Head Teacher, teachers and support staff. Some of the specific roles of the governing body include:


  • Appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Head Teacher
  • Approving School targets
  • Approving the School Improvement Plan

2021/2022 Governors


Category of Governor

Date Appointed

Term of Office until

Kathryn Waters

Chair of Governors

Co-Opted23 September 201922 September 2023
Neville A Brown JPLocal Authority 20 June 201824 June 2022

Bob Barr


1 September 2019

31 August 2023

Maria Bloom


1 September 2019

31 August 2023

Rachel Hadley

Elected Parent

30 September 2021

29 September 2025

David Keen


13 September 2020

31 August 2022

Wendy Mainstone


1 September 2020

29 August 2024

Sarah Meacher


Ex officio


Sara Rose

Elected Staff

1 September 2018

31 August 2022

Dr Richard Spandl

Elected Parent

17 October 2018

17 October 2022

Claire Magnusson

Elected Parent

02 March 2020

01 March 2024

Elisabeth Edwin

Elected Parent

02 March 2020

01 March 2024

Kevin Brailey


30 September 2021

29 September 2025

Kristen BarkeCo-Opted Parent 2nd February 20221st February 2026
   VacancyElected Parent  


How to Get in Touch

If you would like to talk to anyone regarding the role of the governing body, then you can get in touch with the Chair of Governors, Mrs Kathryn Waters, via the school office



Kathryn Waters -  Chair of Governors


It is my great pleasure to support Mrs Meacher and her team in leading this wonderful school. I have been a co-opted governor since 2015. I have over 20 years’ experience in education as a teacher and school leader and am currently studying for an MA in Advanced Child Protection. Both my children attended Holly Trees and I can still see how the strong ethos of the school has influenced them as they grow into young adults. I take an active part in school life, both through my role as governor and by supporting Forest School sessions. Holly Trees is such a great school and I am proud to be a part of the community here.  Please click here to read my Chair of Governor's statement regarding the importance of the work we do in the school.


Neville A Brown JP - Vice Chairman


As Chairman of the Governing Board for nine years; I stood down in September 2020; due mainly to some health problems. I feel that my business background (a long and varied career with Shell), and my various continuing activities within our local community, have contributed to our School governance over time.  Having largely  “recovered”, I am now prompted to stay on, as Vice Chair, in the hope that I may offer some continuity and support.

Maria Bloom - Vice Chair 


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


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.

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.

Sara Rose - Staff Governor


I have been a teacher at Holly Trees for the past 13 years and have recently taken on the role of Staff Governor. My two children are past pupils and I am very proud of the school's strong values and inclusive approach. I am passionate about child development and learning across the whole curriculum, and have elected to be on the Teaching and Learning Committee.



Dr Richard Spandl -Parent Governor


I am a father of two and my eldest son started at Holly Trees in September 2018. Since completing a PhD I have worked as a science teacher for over 10 years and I am now a Deputy Headteacher of a large secondary school in London. I have lived in Brentwood since 2008 and I regularly run the Brentwood Half Marathon. The community spirit of Holly Trees is fantastic and I feel privileged to be able to support the school as a Governor and help ensure that all of the pupils continue to receive a first class academic and holistic education.



Mrs Rachel Hadley - Parent Governor


I joined the Governing Body in September 2019 as a co-opted governor and am now an Elected Parent Governor. I am an HR Director for a local Housing Association and have lived in Brentwood for 20 years. I feel that my professional experience will be valuable to the school, particularly in my role around Mental Health and Wellbeing on the governing board. I am a working parent of two: through my eldest I have insight into SEND provisions at Key Stage 2 and beyond; my youngest is in Year 1 at Holly Trees. I look forward to supporting the school in the coming years.  

Mrs Wendy Mainstone


I have been a Learning Support Assistant at Holly Trees for 8 years. I took on the role of staff governor in 2019. My children were former pupils of Holly Trees and continue to have fond memories of the years that they spent in the school. As part of my supporting role I focus on intervention and supporting children with English as an Additional Language (EAL)


I am also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Mrs Claire Magnusson - Parent Governor


I am a mother of two and my eldest started in reception at Holly Trees in September 2019. As a parent just starting the journey through primary education, I really wanted to be immersed in the school environment and play a role in its community, so I applied to be a parent governor. I am a brand strategy and public relations director and hope to bring my expertise in communication and passion for creativity to the role. I look forward to supporting Holly Trees wherever I can over the coming years.


Mrs Elisabeth Edwin - Parent Governor


My eldest child started at Holly Trees in 2018 and we have enjoyed being a part of the school community. As a Parent Governor, I want to contribute to the continued success of the school.

I am a chartered accountant and have worked across small businesses, charities and financial services. I currently work part-time leading the finance team for an organisation that invests in social enterprises and charities.


Mr Kevin Brailey - Co-opted Governor


I was co-opted to the Governing Body in September 2021. I have lived in Brentwood for twenty years and my youngest son attended the school a few years ago. For thirty years I worked in East London, firstly as a Secondary School teacher and then in Local Government but now I'm no longer working full time I'm keen to get back involved with my local primary school. I am a member of the teaching and learning committee and will be the link governor for maths. 



Mrs Kristen Barke - Co-Opted Parent Governor


I am a new Governor, starting on 2nd February 2022.


Annual Governance Statement 2020/21

A review of the Governing Body’s activities during the past school year, including the attendance records of Governors at meetings, is available by clicking here

Governors' Individual Roles and Business Interests

To view the Governors' Business Interests Register for 2021/22 click here


Governor Committee Membership for 2021/22

To view the Governor membership in the individual committees please click here

Governors' Attendance Record for 2020/21

To view the Governors' Attendance Record for 2020/21 click here

Governors - please sign in here to view any documents and policies