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Paul Trudgeon, Chair of Governors

I am a Chartered Accountant, having qualified over 25 years ago. I have worked in various senior roles within industry for most of that time. Currently I am Managing Director of a Company with long term Ministry of Defence contracts and Group Finance Director of one of the last remaining British Shipping Companies. My son has been a pupil at The Edith Borthwick School since the age of 5 and we have seen him develop enormously during his time at the school. He continues to enjoy his time at school and we have nothing but admiration for the way the school has helped in his development. Therefore when a vacancy for a Parent governor arose 3 years ago I was at a point in my professional and personal life where I felt able to devote the necessary time and effort required to be a governor. I am someone who has never been afraid to voice an opinion or ask difficult questions if I consider them relevant. I consider my appointment as a governor to be an honour and do not take the responsibilities that come with the role lightly.





John Vinter, Vice Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor

I work as an engineer for British Gas. I have two children at Edith  Borthwick, one in school and one in college phase. I am grateful for all the support we have received as a family and being a governor was a way of giving something back. I am married to Helen who is on the committee of the friends of Edith Borthwick. I am currently the governor with responsibility for health and safety and safeguarding. It is a privilege to serve as a governor of our exceptional school.






Dan Woodman, Headteacher

I started as Headteacher at The Edith Borthwick School in September 2016. I am passionate about improving opportunities and outcomes for young people with learning disabilities and difficulties. I am hugely proud and privileged to lead the school and am committed to working with learners, families, staff, governors and the community to achieve the very best results for each and every one of our learners.  I have a special interest in raising expectations and ambition about what our young people can achieve.






Heather Fairhurst, Link Governor

I have worked at the school in various support and teaching roles for over 20 years. My involvement across the curriculum has given me experience of how to develop constructive relationships throughout the school and I have made some very good friends along the way. I am currently working on the implementation and support of ICT/computing activities within the classroom. I became a Governor as I believe it is a good way to support and promote the interests of the children and staff; also to be part of a team that is involved in maintaining and taking the school forward. My focus this year is to help inform our Governors of training opportunities and I have a special interest in SEND and how we provide equal opportunities for all.






Adam Brumby, Staff Governor







Dr Krishnaswamy Madhavan, Parent Governor

I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years and work as a NHS Consultant Oncologist in Southend University Hospital  .

I live in the Braintree area and have a son in Edith Borthwick school. I have watched him grow and progress in school and have great admiration for the staff. I applied to be a parent Governor intending to contribute to the continued success of the school. It has been a privilege to be elected to the role.I hope I can bring to the school my experience , as a doctor, researcher  and clinical leader and make a difference to the school that provides such high standards of public service.







Diana (Dee) Coe, Parent Governor

I have a son, who is in year 12 of College Phase at Edith Borthwick, I have a couple of school hour part time jobs so I can be at home when he gets dropped off from the mini bus, I work part time as a customer service assistant at Great Dunmow library, account assistant and a supply LSA for a special need school in Chelmsford. My son has just passed his Maths and Science entry level 2 exams which I believe is all down to the staff at Edith Borthwick so by being a Governor I wanted to give something back to the school.






Heather Hill, Parent Governor

I have 3 children, 2 boys that attend Edith Borthwick. My working background from the age of 18  is managing supported housing schemes and services for homeless or vulnerable people with various needs.  However,  since January this year I am working at Braintree Mencap as Childrens Playscheme Manager and enjoying every minute.  The Edith Borthwick devoted staff team opened my eyes to the potential that both my boys can achieve both in school and beyond.  For this I will be eternally grateful and use my life experiences to help support the school.






Janet Johnson, Clerk

I have worked for Essex County Council as a Clerk to school governors since 2002 following a 20 year career as a manager with British Telecom. I currently clerk 7 schools (both mainstream and special schools). It has been my great pleasure to work with the governors of The Edith Borthwick School since 2007. Also in 2007 I was extremely proud to be nominated by 3 of my schools for the NGA Award for Outstanding Clerks and was surprised but very happy to be the National winner. There have been many changes over the years but the role of Clerk continues to be both interesting and challenging. It is a privilege to work with this wonderful school with such a caring staff and team of supportive governors.