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Chris Burns

Having been a teacher for 38 years, 22 of them at East Bergholt High School, I originally became a Governor to help foster stronger links between the Primary and High School during a period of significant change in education. During this period, I was Deputy Head and then Acting Head of the High School, gaining a range of experience that I have been able to bring to my role at the Primary School. Having retired in July, 2019, I currently work with a high school in Colchester on intervention strategies. I also act as a Specialist Assessor for examination access arrangements.


Away from my role in education, I am grandad to four, three of whom attend local Primaries. Talking to them about their experiences of school helps me to understand the sector that they are in. I am a keen runner, avid reader and music fan. When time allows, I play 5 a side, watch Colchester United and support Preston North End!

Ian Thoroughgood

All schools have a limited amount of money, time and goodwill with which to help us bring up our children and I feel that the governors of a school are a key element of ensuring these are used in the best way to achieve the right outcomes.


My work life to date has been a combination of education and accountancy. Having qualified as a secondary teacher in an inner-city London school I then changed careers into accountancy where for 10 years I was involved in auditing and advising companies. Becoming a dad meant a change of gear work wise and I so I now combine both roles as I work for a training provider to teach people how to pass their accountancy exams.


As a parent governor I always aim to use my experience to help the school be the best it can be and with three children who will pass through the school over the next 10 years I also aim to bring the perspective of a parent into any discussions.

Richard Wheatley

Having moved to the village in 2019, I joined the governing body as a parent governor in November 2020. My eldest daughter has recently started in Reception Year and I am passionate about supporting the learning and engagement of all of the children at the school. 

In my day job I am an actuarial advisor to trustees of occupational pension schemes, a role that brings many diverse challenges as schemes seek to improve the funding and security of their members’ benefits.  Through my 15 years as an actuary, I have developed a wealth of experience in financial planning, budgeting, negotiation and promoting good governance.

Simon Rothwell

Hello, I’m Simon Rothwell and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2020. My family have lived in East Bergholt since 2009 and I have a daughter at the school who started in Reception in 2019. As a family we regularly attend Family at Church at St Mary’s and I was delighted to have been approached by the church to be offered the opportunity to serve the school community.

I’m currently a regular commissioned officer in the Army but will be retiring in due course after 23 years’ service as an RGN and, prior to this, 6 years in the NHS. I have previously been co-opted to governance roles within the charitable sector, education and within a variety of healthcare organisations. My wife, Victoria, is a senior midwife at Ipswich Hospital, and I have two older daughters who are both in secondary education and live in Southend, where I was also a parent governor at their infant and junior schools.

Laveena Kerr

I have an appreciation of what goes into running an organisation front-to-back having worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Starting as a qualified accountant, I've held various positions spanning financial planning, strategy, COO (Chief Operating Office), governance and risk management. I hope to apply the skills I use in my day job to the benefit of the school.

I am a mum of two boys, both at the school. My husband and I have lived in the area since we moved out of London in 2010. In our "spare" time we enjoy watching our boys play endless hours of sport,
walking and spending time with my mother, family and friends.