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Governors/Interim Executive Board (IEB)

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

At present, St. Mary's CofE (VC) Primary School has an Interim Executive Board (IEB) who undertake all aspects of governance at our school.  The IEB is a small group of governors with considerable skills and experience in Education to support the school leadership team to address the key school improvement priorities identified.  


The IEB does not have committees but uses the specialist knowledge and understanding of the group to ensure all governance requirements are met.  Whilst individuals do have specific areas of expertise and use these to inform the IEB, the IEB works collectively overall.  


Heather Faulkner - Chair of the IEB (appointed July 2017)


Heather has a degree in Business Administration and has worked in a variety of educational settings during her working life.  


Prior to relocating to Singapore, she was the sole administrator for the Billericay School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme when it launched.


Whilst overseas, she worked as the transport co-ordinator for the United World Collage of Sough East Asia and was responsible for commissioning and monitoring the transport contracts on a daily basis for over 2500 pupils aged 4-18.  This involved working with a range of nationalities which made up the student population.  She was also responsible for brokering solutions for issues raised.


on her return tot he UK, she joined the School Improvement Team at Essex County Council to support schools causing concern.  Following internal promotions and staff restructures, her role has diversified within the School Improvement Team and she is now the Lead Performance Analyst across all phases of education.  


Heather's specialisms include finance, health and safety and business continuity.  She has experience of IEBs and recently supported a school's conversion to an academy with an approved DfE sponsor.


Heather strongly believes in educational equality.  


Heather is the Chair of the IEB and is responsible for Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs. 


James Bennett, Member of the IEB (appointed July 2017)


James has extensive experience regarding finance, having worked at a number of multi-national companies across the construction, insurance and banking sectors.  


During his career, he has been involved in a number of committees; analysing key information and working with senior executives across these organisations. 


James is a qualified accountant and book keeper.  He has a keen interest in school life and has a son who is currently in Key Stage 2.  His son was the catalyst for James becoming a governor back in 2014.


Having been a governor since 2010, he has chaired the Canewdon and St. Nicholas Church Federation's resources committee and in Octobe 2016, took on the role of Chair of the governing Body.


The governing body has a clear vision of where it wants to be in July 2020 and we are working toward this.


James has actively attended governor training since becoming a governor, covering a wide range of topics.  he has also completed the Chair of Governors' Leadership Development Programme which covered some excellent and thought provoking topics and discussions.


James has a strong belief that schools should be places where pupils feel safe, are eager to learn and develop.  They should also be places that pupils leave with fond memories. 


James is responsible for Health and Safety and Finance.


Cathryn Adams, Member of the IEB (Appointed July 2017)


Ex-Essex Education member with a focus on safeguarding, attendance and behaviour.


Cathryn is an independent consultant currently working with a number of local authorities to improve services around safeguarding, school attendance and vulnerable learners.  In particular, looked after children. She also leads a DfE funded project for a London borough, improving safeguarding in unregulated, out of school settings.


Cathryn has an honours degree in Social Policy and Criminology as well as leadership and management qualifications.


Cathryn was an officer in Essex County Council for over 25 years, working in a range of services within the Local Authority and later leading Safeguarding in Education.  She was the Virtual School Head and also led the Missing Education and Child Employment Service and the Music Service.


As an independent consultant, Cathryn also now works as a DfE approved Interim Executive Board (IEB) member, providing governance where she is needed. 


Cathryn is responsible for Attendance, Looked After Children and Safeguarding and behaviour.




Cathie Bonich, Associate Member of the IEB


The school's current Effectiveness Partner focused on supporting the Teaching & Learning Environment. 


Cathie advises the IEB on the educational provision of the school. 


Heather Tetchner, Associate Member of the IEB


The school's Diocese support partner focused on supporting the Teaching & Learning Environment.


Heather advises the IEB on the religious, spiritual and Church of England aspects of the school. 


Alison Fiala, Associate Member of the IEB


Alison works for the Local Authority and is focused on supporting the school's development in all areas.  


Lorna Pigram, Interim Executive Headteacher


Lorna started her teaching career in Thurrock and worked in two schools in there before moving to Essex. She was the Deputy Headteacher of a large primary school in South Essex before becoming the Headteacher of St. Nicholas in January 2010 and the Executive Headteacher of Canewdon and St. Nicholas in September 2013. Prior to becoming a Deputy Headteacher, she was a member of the Senior Leadership and Management Teams in the schools that she worked in.


Prior to teaching, Lorna worked in Early Years Education and was a Development Worker.  She has also worked in the financial services industry.  She also has experience of working on various governing bodies. 


Sam Willis, Interim Executive Deputy Headteacher


Sam is the Executive Deputy Headteacher of Canewdon Endowed (CofE) VC Primary School and St. Nicholas (CofE) VC Primary School.  Sam has experience of working with governing bodies in the capacity of staff governor.


Before being appointed as Executive Deputy Headteacher of Canewdon and St. Nicholas, Sam was the Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at Canewdon Endowed (CofE) VC Primary School.  She has also taught in other, Essex schools. 

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