Governing Body

Ann Bard (Chair) – Foundation Governor

Gina Bailey (Headteacher)

Helen Ginger – Community Governor

Wendy Myers – Foundation Governor

Fr. Garry Neave (Vice Chair) – Foundation Governor

Charlotte Bilmen – Governor

Richard Hore – Governor

Clerk to the Governors – Karen Willis.

Governors who have left in the past 12 months:Mary Evans

Tess Miller

Vanessa Wheatland

Reverend Richard Attew

Reverend Christian Okeke

You can contact any Governor or the clerk by sending a letter c/o St James’ CofE Primary School, or send an email to

St James CofE Primary School is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s Trust .

The ultimate responsibility for the school lies with the Board of the Trust. The Local Governing Board (LGB) is delegated most of the responsibility through its Scheme of Delegation.

Our core responsibilities are:

· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

· Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

· Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

· Strengthening and developing the Christian character of the school.

Full LGB meetings are held twice termly but governors also visit  the school to carry out their assigned roles and to join with it in celebrating success.

Governors Declaration of Interests:

Ann Bard Chair

A former primary headteacher  and SIAMS  (Church School) Inspector, Ann has also worked as Diocesan Schools Advisor. She brings a wealth of experience in school improvement to the Board.

Appointed 30th June 2017

Term of Office ends – 30th June 2019

Responsibility:  Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Child Protection, Admissions, HT Performance Management

Attendance 2017/18: 3/3 

Business Interests:  No interests declared

Relationship with members of school staff:  None

Other Educational establishments Governed: Trust Member of HILT


Helen Ginger – Community Governor

Appointed 31st August 2015

Term of Office ends – 31st August 2023

Responsibilities:  Pupil Premium, Maths

Attendance 2017/18: 2/3

Business Interests:  Headteacher of Stewards Academy

Relationship with members of school staff:  None

Other Educational establishments Governed: Stewards Academy

Wendy Myers – Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing Body in November 2017 having recently retired as Headteacher of a Primary Church of England Primary School of similar size and nature to St.James’.

Although retired I still would like to be involved in education and feel I have important skills to offer.

Prior to being appointed Headteacher I worked for twenty years as a class teacher in Primary education and then took up an appointment as an education adviser to schools in Essex particularly in and around Harlow. Within this role I worked in schools supporting them to develop their practice in literacy and in developing leadership and management.

I have always loved working with the children and took on a class teacher role on many occasions during my headship and it is working with the children that I miss most. I see being a school governor is essentially about ensuring that the children are at the centre of all that we do and that we support them through our Christian ethos to become well rounded independent individuals.

Appointed: 28th September 2017

Term of Office ends – 28th September 2021

Responsibilities:  SEND, Literacy

Attendance 2017/18:   2/2 

Business Interests:  None

Relationship with members of school staff:  None

Other Educational establishments Governed: None

Garry Neave, Vice Chair – Foundation Governor

Fr Garry has lived in Harlow for more than 40 years and has taught in schools, colleges and higher education, including the old Netteswell School, and at Harlow College, where he was Chaplain and Assistant Principal. He is presently the Church of England’s National Policy Adviser  for Further and Higher Education, based in Westminster, and has a special interest in the work of chaplains in education and in pastoral care and student support. He is one of the staff at our near neighbours, St Mary Magdalene, Harlow Common, just down the road in Potter Street and has been involved in training teachers, school leaders and governors for many years.

Appointed 30th June 2017

Term of Office ends – 30th June 2019

Responsibility:  Finance, Admissions, HT Performance Management

Attendance 2017/18: 2/3 

Business Interests:  National FE and HE Policy Advisor, Church of England, Garry Neave Consultancy Solutions Ltd,

Relationship with members of school staff:  Family connection to Ann Bard

Other Educational establishments Governed: 

Richard Hore – Health & Safety Governor

Working Career: Church Commissioners 1967-1988, Central Board of Finance 1988-1999, Archbishops’ Council 2000-2006, Church Commissioners 2006-2013, Church of England Central Services 2013-2016. Responsibilities included setting up pensions for clergy widows, office services management, I.T. and, later on, Health & Safety Officer for Central Services at Church House, Westminster

Now retired from full time work but certainly not idle as, apart from my governor role at St. James’, I am also a trustee and Treasurer of Age Concern, Bishop Stortford

Leisure: In my free time I am a season ticket holder at West Ham United and a member of Essex CCC. I also play short mat indoor bowls and table tennis weekly. I had planned to play golf regularly when I first retired but there doesn’t seem so much time now. However, I have managed to play at Manor of Groves, High Wych and at Elsenham and I am sometimes found at the North Weald driving range.

The School: I don’t have any teaching experience and things have changed considerably since my children were at school. However, I hope I bring a different perspective to school governance and can still offer practical help with our legal responsibilities, administrative and financial functions and support of our Christian ethos.

Appointed January 2019

Term of Office ends – January 2023

Responsibility: Health and Safety

Attendance 2017/18:

Business Interests:  No interests declared

Relationship with members of school staff:  None

Other Educational establishments Governed: None

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Charlotte Bilmen – Governor

Appointed January 2019

Term of Office ends – January 2023


Attendance 2017/18:

Business Interests:  None

Relationship with members of school staff:  None

Other Educational establishments Governed: None

Meeting Dates for 2019/20

12th September 2019

10.30am Business Meeting

10th October 2019

10.30am, Local Governing Body

28th November 2019

10.30am, Local Governing Body

30th January 2020

10.30am,  Local Governing Body

12th March 2020

10.30am, Local Governing Body

20th May 2020

10.30am, Local Governing Body

9th July 2020

10.30am, Local Governing Body