Introduction to our Governing Body
Welcome to John Ray Infants. I have been headteacher at John Ray since September 2016 and I absolutely love my role here both as a governor and senior leader. I have been teaching since 1993 and have taught in a wide range of schools including a tiny village school and a large primary. My heart definitely lies with Infant age children though! I have been a governor at a number of schools, including my current role on the local governing body at Moulsham High School where my own children are studying for GCSE and A’levels. I love animals and have chickens, cats and rats at home to ensure that I am always busy. I am also a very keen runner, having run more than 20 marathons.
I taught in Infant and Primary schools in Essex for nearly 40 years including 11 years as a headteacher. I live close to the school and see it as very much a part of our local community so it is a privilege to be able to support the school in this role. I am a member of a local church. I love playing tennis and badminton and also spend time learning the saxophone as well as regularly looking after my grandson.
My name is Andrew Chan. I joined the John Ray Infants governing body in 2015 as a parent governor when my son was a pupil here. I wanted to volunteer my time and experience to help benefit the local community. I am an educationalist and have taught for over 18 years in secondary schools in and around Essex as well as in Nottinghamshire. I am now a co-opted governor with a responsibility to Early Years Foundation Stage as well as chair of Personnel and Pay Committee. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders of the school to make sure that we improve the life outcomes of all pupils who attend John Ray Infants School.
Hello I’m Paul Hart and I am 59 years old, I have been married for 38 years and I have one, 32 year old daughter who is herself married. I have lived and worked in the Braintree area since I was 3 years old.I currently work in the drawing office of a local electronics manufacturing company but previously I was the District Manager of the local Citizens Advice service for a period of 9 years. Prior to that I worked in the electronics manufacturing industry and ended up as the General Manager for a local scientific instrumentation business. I am a Christian and regularly attend Cornerstone Church in Black Notley. I have experience in people and business management and some experience of public sector (local government) gained at my time with Citizens Advice. I have always been public spirited and I would hope to bring my experience, along with a questioning and analytical mind, to the governing body for the good of the school.
My name is Stuart Hammond. I joined the governing body in 2014 as a parent governor following my eldest son starting John Ray Infants. I went to the Infants, Juniors and Notley High as a child and my parents were involved in both the Infant and Junior schools. Both of my sons have now passed through the Infants into the Juniors and I am now a co-opted governor. I have had the opportunity to work in both retail and IT industries, now specialising in Payroll, HR and Workforce systems. As part of the governing body I have held the position of Chair of the former Pupil Matters committee and currently sit on Resources and Head teacher Performance sub committees. I am also subject governor for Maths and ICT.
My name is Chris Mooney. I am delighted to be a Governor of John Ray Infants. I am married to Sara and we have two young children, Ethan and Byron. We moved to Braintree in 2016 after relocating from the South Coast and we have quickly settled into the area and made good friends. I work as a lawyer in London and I became a Governor because I wanted to become more involved in the local community and make a positive contribution to the School. In my spare time, I enjoy watching football and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Jo Heissig. I became a Parent Governor in 2008 whilst on a break from a career in Education to raise a family. All 3 of my children attended John Ray Infants and being a Governor has been a great way of getting to know the school and it’s systems better and gain an understanding of how and why decisions are made and how they benefit every child that attends the school.
I am fortunate now to work at John Ray Infants in the Foundation Stage and have been able to remain on the Governing Body as a Co-opted Staff Governor.
In my spare time I enjoy Baking and Reading.
Hi, I’m Sheena Mill and I am married with 4 children, 2 boys at home and 2 girls both training to be teachers. I live in Black Notley and love to walk my dog Mopsey in the beautiful fields and lanes that surround us. For 20 years I have been welcomed into Primary Schools across Braintree, representing a local charity, Christian Youth Outreach, taking assemblies, lunchclubs, lessons and supporting the schools in numerous ways. John Ray Infants School has always been such a positive and happy school to be in and as my local school, I feel privileged to be able to share in their enthusiasm and encourage both staff and children through my role as a governor.
My name is Alex Darvill. I have been a member of staff at John Ray Infant School for 6 years but have been in the profession for upwards of 25 years! I have taught children from Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and for many years I was a SENCO. Currently I lead both Year 2 and English within the school and as such am part of the Senior Leadership Team. My life away from school revolves around my 3 teenage children. My daughter is away at university and my twin boys are in Year 11. They play a lot of sport so much of my time is spent taxiing them to various training sessions, on the touchline watching football or most enjoyably, in a deck chair watching cricket! My role on the Governors is to represent the teaching staff and the school as a whole.