Governor Profiles


Jean Jay

I have been a member of the governing body since 2000, when my 2 children attended the school.  I am a registered nurse and have a background in health and social care, and an interest in the Special Educational Needs provision.  I am a member of  the Teaching, Learning & Pupil Related Matters committee and the Finance, Personnel & Premises committee.


Claire Fitzpatrick, Community Governor

I have been a Governor of Moulsham Infant School since Summer 2016 and am therefore one of the newest members of the Governing Body.  I am also a member of the Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee. I felt honoured to be invited to join the Governing Body and am looking forward to helping direct and support the vision and growth of the school, ensuring outstanding education for each and every child in a warm and caring environment.  I am a mum of two daughters, one of whom is in Year 1 at Moulsham Infant School, and I am also a Solicitor, specialising in Employment Law.  I work in Chelmsford, having relocated recently from the City.  In my spare time, I am a keen runner and enjoy reading and spending time with my family exploring the great outdoors.

Christine Byford, Co-opted Governor (Vice Chairman)


I have lived in Chelmsford since 1998 (originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland), and I work locally as a management accountant. Both my children have attended Moulsham Infants, and I became a co-opted  governor in 2017 after being a parent governor for 4 years.  I am currently Vice Chair of the governing body.

In my spare time I love to travel with my family in our caravan. I also love reading, theatre and cinema - when I get the chance!

Pat Cox, Co-opted Governor

I was appointed to the governing body in November 2016 as a Co-opted member.

I have lived in Moulsham since 1981 when I moved here, from East London, with my husband and two sons.  An Early Years graduate from Anglia Ruskin University I have recently retired as Manager of Dovedale Nursery and Out of School care, a post I held for some 20 years.

I like to be busy and have organised a Girls Brigade group in Chelmsford for many years.  I have been involved with the organisation since I was 13 years old.

I was pleased to be asked to become a governor at Moulsham, an opportunity to serve the local community whilst maintaining an interest in education and seeing children thrive and reach their full potential.

Gareth Butler, Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in November 2017, while my eldest daughter was in Year 2.  My younger daughter will be starting at Moulsham Infant School in 2019.  I am very passionate about my children's education, as evidenced by the fact that I moved to Chelmsford just three years ago for the excellent schools, of which Moulsham Infant School is one.

My whole working life has been spent in the civil service but in a very commercially-focused department providing export finance, where my current role is running the risk team for our aerospace deals.  I hope that I can bring my experience both as a parent and on the financial and planning side of business to the school, and I look forward to helping the governing body make Moulsham Infant School the very best it can be.

Darren Horsman, Parent Governor

My partner and I returned to the Uk with our two kids in 2016 having lived and worked in New Zealand for seven years.  We chose to move to Moulsham after visiting the infant school and deciding it was where we wanted our son to go to school.  Our daughter is a few years younger and is still at nursery but will be joining the school in 2019.

It is a great school and moving to the area has been a great choice for us as a family.  Louis and Isabelle have both settled in to their new environment and made friends and we have enjoyed getting to know the other parents and being part of the school community.

I became a parent governor because I wanted to contribute to the school and also get involved with the local community.  I was on the board for Louis and Isabelle's nursery in New Zealand. I really enjoyed the experience, learnt a lot and am looking forward to learning more about the school and helping it continue to be successful.

Chris Brice, Co-opted Governor

I was appointed to the governing body as a co-opted Governor in September 2019.  My eldest child started attending Moulsham Infants in 2018, and I saw the opportunity to lend my time and serve the local community.  i have a Master's degree in Modern History, but have qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and Corporate Treasurer.  I spent the early part of my career in Audit, for a Top 10 Accounting firm, and currently have a leadership role in my company dealing with accounting, tax, investor relations, forecasting, budgeting and financial management.  I enjoy reading, football, music, and in a true reversion to childhood, colouring in.



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