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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 currently working across Essex to improve opportunities for people with disabilities to have equal opportunities for employment.  

I am a member of  the Teaching, Learning & Pupil Related Matters committee and the Finance, Personnel & Premises committee, and am excited by the developments in the school for children with additional needs.

I have family in Canada, and enjoy travelling and finding out about other cultures.  In my free time I like to  spend time with friends, read and go to the cinema. 

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 (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 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 (Vice Chair)

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 and daughter to go to school. 

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 enjoying learning more about the school and helping it continue to be successful.

Revd. Gemma Fraser, Community Governor

I have been a Community Governor since 2017.  I started a few months after I became the Vicar of St. John's Church Moulsham and St. Luke's Moulsham Lodge, both Church of England churches working hard to play their part in serving the community.

In my previous life I worked in the voluntary sector and health and social care.  I am part of the Teaching, Learning & Pupil Related Matters sub committee and my interests are in wellbeing, community engagement and a holistic approach to education.

I have four children, all girls, who range from 19 years down to 4; with them, the cat, 3 chickens and 10 fish, family life is pretty full on.

It has been a real privilege to be part of the team at Moulsham Infants.  I love being in the classroom with the children, seeing how our staff are leading the way in innovative approaches to learning and responding to a challenging educational environment nationally.