Dave Whiting
Chair of Governors  

All schools are managed by a governing body, which works closely with the head teacher and senior staff to run the school in line with Department for Education and Local Authority guidelines.  

The Governing Body of The Emmbrook School consists of six parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, one head teacher and nine co-opted governors. They are all volunteers who give their time and expertise free of charge to ensure that the School is run well, within budget and putting the needs and well-being of students and staff at the forefront. 

As with any large organisation, the managers, in our case, the governors, work in a number of committees which cover various aspects of the School’s organisation.  These include the Strategy Committee, Teaching, Learning and Staffing Committee, Resources Committee, Student Committee and Promoting Emmbrook Committee. 

The Governing Body has the following core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the School and its students and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent. 

The current members of the Governing Body are: 

Parent governors
Mr Chris Coyne - Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Staffing Committee                         
Mrs Janet Grimes - Chair of the Student Committee and SEN and safeguarding governor
Mrs Fiona Sullivan - Chair of the Promoting Emmbrook Committee
Mr Henry Godwin
Ms Annelie Sernevall
Mrs Janet Westfield

Local authority governor                                                         
Dr David Carter - Health and safety governor

Head teacher governor
Mr Paul O’Neill

Co-opted governors
Mr Dave Whiting - Chair of the Governing Body and the Strategy Committee
Mr Geoffrey Beedham - Vice chair of the Governing Body
Mr Alun Hicks - Chair of the Resources Committee
Ms Helen Belcher
Mr Tim Janes
Mrs Janet Jee

Associate governors
Mr Clive Jones
Mr Peter Ging

Further information on the Emmbrook School Governing Body can be found using the links below. 

If you would like to find out more about the role of the governors or if you wish to contact the governors regarding a particular matter, please feel free to contact me or Rebecca Clarke, the clerk to the Governing Body, by email at or via the School office.  We will be able to direct your enquiry to the appropriate governor or committee.  All our governors are very approachable.