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 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.
Paul was born in 1968 in the UK but his family emigrated to Southern Africa when he was 8. His father was worked in the mining industry and they spent 7 years in a small village almost in the middle of Botswana, and it was here he did his primary school years. No secondary school in the village, he boarded at a school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His further education at university was in South Africa where he obtained an honours degree in engineering geology. After working for 7 years he returned to the UK and at the same time decided upon a change in career. He completed the CIMA examinations in 2004 and has spent last 16 years working in various finance related roles in the London, Jersey and Switzerland. Rugby was always his passion growing up but injury cut this short. He has since enjoyed many a triathlon. Lately, when time permits it’s either walking or cycling, but regular jujitsu.
Pip grew up in Suffolk and went to St James’ Middle and County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds. She studied for a BA in Archaeology at the University of Exeter, graduated in 2007 and then returned to Bury St Edmunds to work. She met her husband, Tom, in 2008 and they settled on his family farm in Essex. In 2010 Pip began a PhD in Neolithic Zooarchaeology with Exeter University which she completed in 2014 and since this time she has worked as an archaeological project officer and zoo archaeologist for Colchester Archaeological Trust. Pip and Tom have three children, all of whom will attend Messing school from September 2021.
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 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.
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.