Stephanie Taylor – Chair of Governors
After a varied and fulfilling career in international education businesses, I am now working as a non-executive director and community volunteer. I have been a school governor in local schools since 2013 and hope that my leadership and management experience can help provide the strategic support and governance that is expected from us as governors. Motivating and supporting individuals to achieve their highest potential has been a driver for me in my professional life both as a trainer and a leader and being a governor provides a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to work with like-minded people to deliver excellence at The Edith Borthwick School. Regular contact with staff and young people is a particular joy; seeing it all in action!
John Vinter, Vice Chair of Governors
I work as an engineer for British Gas. I now have one childr at Edith Borthwick,one left last year. 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 Chair of governors and also have responsibility for health and safety. It is a privilege to serve as a governor of our exceptional school.
Adam Brumby, Staff Governor
I have been a special needs teacher for 5 years and have been at Edith Borthwick since September 2017. I am passionate about special education and have dedicated my working career to it.
I am enthusiastic about real life learning and love learning outside the classroom. I am a keen swimmer and love taking my kayak out on the sea!
I believe that positive relationships are the cornerstone of a great education for our learners.
Steve Elwell, Parent Governor
I am the Vice President of an international technology and manufacturing business based in Chelmsford. My Son attends The Edith Borthwick School and I have watched with pride the outstanding achievements he has made since being with the school. As a governor, I am passionate about being able to share my experience to support the school in achieving its aims and grateful for the opportunity to give something back. I feel privileged to be associated with the school, the team and the students.
Victoria Faulks, Parent Governor
I am delighted to be a Parent Governor at The Edith Borthwick School, our youngest son's education and wellbeing has been transformed since he joined in 2018. I am actively involved with Essex Family Forum liaising with Education and Health commissioners to represent the lived experiences of families. I am passionate about improving standards and opportunities for all those with SEND and their families through collaborative partnerships. The Edith Borthwick school is a fantastic school and I hope to play a part in ensuring the high quality and positive ethos are continually exceeded.
Heather Hill, Parent Governor
I am the parent of 3 children, 2 boys that attend The Edith Borthwick school. My working background from the age of 18 is managing supported housing schemes and services for homeless or vulnerable people with various complex needs. The Edith Borthwick devoted staff team opened my eyes to the potential that both my boys could achieve both in school and beyond. It is important to me to share my experiences both as a parent and working career to help, support and hopefully enhance the values and ethos.
Ruth Sturdy - Link Governor
I am an experienced school leader who has also worked for the Local Authority as the lead for SEND school effectiveness. I have a life-long interest in the education of young people with special educational needs and believe that every child and young person should have the best education to help them live the best adult lives they can. I currently lead a group of special schools and am very proud to be able to be part of the governing body of a great school like Edith Borthwick.
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.
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.