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Kim Elwell-Sutton

I have two boys, the elder of whom started at the school in 2016. I became a Diocesan appointed governor in 2017 and am excited about being involved in supporting our school. I believe it is important that children be nurtured to achieve their academic and personal potential within a supportive environment. I also believe it is important they are given the opportunity to understand the love of God and the values of Christianity. Before becoming a Mum, I was a teacher both in the U.K. and in international schools in Hong Kong. I hope I can bring some of this experience to contribute to the life of Ingrave Johnstone.

Vicky Powell

I have been a Church elected Governor since July 2015, I have previously held the post of Chair and due to work commitments I am now the Vice Chair. I became a Governor at Ingrave Johnstone as I am committed to the school’s Christian ethos and believe that all children deserve an outstanding education with a broad curriculum in a caring, nurturing environment. I have a daughter in Key Stage 2 and Son that has now moved onto Secondary School. I work for a Professional Services Firm based in the City as Manager of Operations overseeing HR, Recruitment, Marketing and Technical Support. I believe my extensive Administrative experience lends support to the governors and the school

Paul Hamilton
I’ve been Rector of Ingrave since 2006 and membership of the governing body is an important part of that role.  Each of my 3 children have attended this school and I am passionate about playing my part to maintain its Christian ethos.
I’ve been in full time ministry since 1993 and have always served on governing bodies during that time.  I teach RE each week in the school as well as leading numerous acts of worship.  As the parish priest I make time to be available to staff and parents and support in any way I can.
Judy Dye
I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor in May 2013. Most of my working career has been spent with computers, firstly as a research chemist, then as a programmer, on to a project manager and now I work as an IT specialist in Local Government.  I feel privileged to be involved with such a happy and successful school and hope to be able to bring some of my skillset to use in supporting the school going forward into a new era, particularly in the safe and secure use of IT to support learning .

Sarah Stefano

I was appointed as a parent governor in December 2018. My husband and I have a daughter in the Infants and a toddler. I am passionate about education because I believe that all children should have access to a high standard of education in a nurturing environment that helps them to achieve their potential. I am a Solicitor Advocate, specialising in Family law at an Essex based law firm with over 10 years' experience. I believe my professional and personal skills, along with my compassionate approach can be used on the positive journey Ingrave Johnstone is on to improve our children's education and elevate them by preparing them for success in their futures.

John Dray

I’ve had the privilege of being a school governor since 2019. I am very passionate about the power of education which has always played a big role in my life. I am married to a teacher and currently work as a civil servant in the Department for Education. I’m hoping that I can bring some of that experience to help out at the school. I also have two young children.

David Faulkner

After working in Financial Services for 35 years, 17 of which was working overseas, David has now retired and spends much of his time working as a Governor at a variety of schools. He has been a governor for 13 years and works with vulnerable schools where he helps turn them back into Good schools. He is an Ex National Leader of Governance and has been Chair of Governors at over 10 schools during the past 13 years. His experience on the Governing Body is wide, however Finance, Health and Safety and Premises are the areas that he is most passionate about. He has two grown up daughters, one of whom is a Primary School teacher. His wife also works in Education and there are always interesting discussions around the dinner table. He recently had his first grandchild.

David Bagwell

Since 2013 I have been the Minister of St Andrew's Methodist Church in Herongate, as well as the Methodist church in Billericay, where I live with my wife Ann.   We are both involved in the development of the Herongate Community Garden. I was a primary/middle school teacher with a specialism in Mathematics before I became a minister, and am a trustee of Schools Ministry Billericay (SMB) which takes me into many of the local primary schools in the wider area. I am part of a group from my churches that does Open the Book assemblies at the school and I have a particular interest in finding new ways to further develop the spiritual life of the school, and communicate the good news of Jesus.

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