Louise Cooper (Parent)

Louise attended schools in Windsor and Maidenhead before studying nursing at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and City University, London. She was formerly a Matron in a London teaching hospital before moving to Essex two years ago, where she currently works as an infection control nurse in private healthcare. Louise is married to James Cooper with two children, aged 6 and 9, both of whom attend Messing Primary School.

Robin Field

Robin was raised in an Armed Services family, attending schools in Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire before studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Keble College, Oxford.  He ventured into the world of retail management, working for HMV, before deciding on a change of career.  Following a PGCE from the University of Nottingham, Robin began his teaching career in the London Borough of Havering, educating children in both Key Stage 1 and 2.  He joined New Hall School as a Class Teacher in 2013; he now holds the position of Head of the Pre-Prep Division.

Robin is married with two daughters, both of whom attend New Hall.  In his spare time he enjoys cross country running and badminton.  He also is a medieval re-enactor, and can be found during the summer months commanding a mercenary unit at local historical events!

Sara Kightley, Cert Ed, BA (Hons) Education (Vice Chair of Governors/Chair of Curriculum Committe)

Sara was born and educated in Bristol and gained a Certificate in Education at St Matthias Teacher Training College in Bristol. She then taught in Gloucestershire and later had a change of career into local government, payroll and then banking.

After raising two daughters, one in primary education, Sara returned to teaching in Essex and studied to achieve a BA at Anglia Ruskin University. She spent 14 years teaching at New Hall Preparatory School, culminating in 2 years as Deputy Head, before retiring from a full-time teaching role, but continuing to support New Hall regularly as a supply teacher from EYFS to the end of Key Stage 2.

In addition to teaching, Sara developed a school governance role, initially at Meadgate Primary School in Chelmsford and latterly the new Maltese Road Primary School, both as Chair of Governors and also at Messing as Chair of the Curriculum Committee and Vice Chair of the Local Board. In 2014, she completed the Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme, under the auspices of the National College of Teaching and Leadership. This keen interest in Primary Education has been rewarded with a Director’s role within the Eveleigh Link Academy Trust.

Revd Anne-Marie Renshaw MA Oxon MA Cantab. (Chair of Governors)

The Revd Anne-Marie Renshaw is Team Rector in the Thurstable and Winstree Team Ministry, a group of nine churches, including All Saints, Messing.

Anne-Marie was ordained in 1998, having previously studied Modern History and Modern Languages at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge, and worked in parished in Hertfordshire before moving to Essex in 2011.

Anne-Marie has seventeen years’ experience as a governor in five different primary schools. She is married with two children and in her (limited) spare time, she enjoys reading and playing the clarinet.

Barton Rhodes BSocSc (Hons), ACA (Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee)

Barton was born and brought up in Farnham, Surrey and studied Economics at the University of Birmingham. He trained as a chartered accountant in London with Moore Stephens and qualified in 1998. In 2000, Barton moved to the financial services sector, specialising in accounting for technology.

Married with a son, Sam, and daughter, Francesca, outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and most other sports, in addition to pottering around in the garden.

Will Davenport (Health and Safety)

Born in Tiptree in 1943. Will spent his formative years in Norwich, where he was educated at Langley School for Boys. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1961 after completing his GCEs and served an apprenticeship with the New Zealand Shipping Company as a Deck Officer. Will was a Navigating Officer with that company and associated companies in the group, trading between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands. He came ashore in 1977 due to his wife’s illness. Will took over his family farm until retiring in 2012.