Governor Profiles

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!


Ruth Sturdy – Vice Chair

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 The Edith Borthwick School. 


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.



Tracy Carr, Staff Governor

I have been a class teacher at The Edith Borthwick School since qualifying 8 years ago. My teaching experience covers a range of ages, from nursery through to Key Stage 4. I have a particular interest in phonics and reading, and through my phonics lead role have worked with teachers and TA’s to introduce the Read Write Inc scheme. 

Before I became a Teacher, I was a Social Worker, initially working within an Adult Learning Disabilities team and more recently working for a charity, recruiting respite foster carers to support SEN children and their families. 

Over the years, I have had the privilege of teaching so many amazing learners and have worked with such dedicated colleagues. As a staff governor I hope my knowledge and experience can support the school to continue to develop and improve, and most importantly, give our learners the best possible opportunities.



Moira Rickford, Co-opted Governor

I have a background in education in both public and private sectors and was the first woman to be employed in a male, independent school. In addition to teaching and heading up Modern Language departments in a variety of settings. When I moved to this area I became House Mistress at Felsted School and became a qualified teacher of English as an additional language (EAL). In addition to teaching, I increased the school’s commitment to PSHE, organising regular out-of-school visits and visiting speakers/facilitators on topics relating to health, welfare and relationships. I was active in driving community initiatives and visits (eg at Tabor centre, Easton Lodge, Edith Borthwick etc) and ran PHAB – a social integration programme between young people with / without physical disabilities.

I am now retired but continue to be very active; I am secretary of the Bardfield Saling PCC, regularly volunteer at Audley End and am excited to become part of the wider team at Edith Borthwick.