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Governor Profiles

Andy Beales, Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors

I live in Galleywood with my wife, Catherine, and our three children. We moved here in 2007, and since then all three children attended Galleywood Infants and moved on to St Michael’s. Catherine taught part time at Galleywood until last year and I completed the family connection with Galleywood Infants by becoming a parent governor in 2010.

I work in Telecoms and being a governor is an enjoyable change from work. I enjoy sailing whenever I can, and walk and cycle in my free time.


Alison Brock, Co-opted Governor, Chair of Resources Committee

I became a parent governor 8 years ago and am now embarking on my second term of office as a Local Authority governor. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser, now working in knowledge management and currently chair the Resources Committee. Both my children attended the school and could not have had a better start to their education. As a governor, I want to ensure that the school continues to provide a nurturing and safe environment to help all its pupils to achieve the best that they can. When I’m not working or providing a taxi service for the children, I enjoy horse riding, walking my Dalmatians and doing voluntary work for a Dalmatian rescue charity.


Alison Griffiths, Co-opted Governor, Chair of Learning and Ethos Committee

I came to Galleywood with my family at the beginning of 2004 when my husband became Associate Vicar of St Michael's Church. Our daughter started at GIS the following September. I joined the governing body five years ago and am now the Safeguarding Governor as well as chair of the Learning and Ethos Committee. I also spend a morning a week at the school helping year 2 children with their mental maths challenges. My two main interests outside of school are cricket and foreign languages. I have taught French in the UK, English as a Foreign Language in Budapest and Paris, and I am currently learning Italian and German in my free time.


Rob Peters, Local Authority Governor, Chair of Governors

A Londoner by birth, spent most of my adult life in Mid Essex. By profession, I am an accountant and worked most of my career in NHS. I still work part-time, run an allotment, swim regularly, take part in Rotary club, follow various sports, enjoy regular holidays - and have 3 fabulous young grandchildren to occupy ‘spare time’. I became a Local Authority Governor (Essex County Council) 8 years ago and have been chair of Governors for 2 years. I enjoy working with a great team at GIS all trying to do the best we can for our young people.


Matt Lewis, Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Galleywood since 2002. My first job was at Barclays; I then joined the Charity Commission where I supported charities such as the National Trust. I joined Essex County Council in 2010, coaching school governors. I am now in a team working to improve education outcomes for Children in Care. I love spending time with my family, and have two great boys. I also enjoy sport and history. I have been a school governor since 2010, and joined governors at GIS when my son started at the school in September 2013.


Komel Bajwe, Associate Governor

As a reputation management specialist, I advise clients at Board and Executive level on organisational structure and change management, corporate governance, reputation and crisis management. This requires me to have an understanding of key departments within an organisation – legal, HR, business strategy and communication. I am a member of my company’s leadership committee and have responsibility for people management. I also play an integral role in running the business including financial management, business development and marketing.  I believe I have the professional skills to successfully fulfil the role, but perhaps more importantly I believe I have the passion and drive to become a successful Governor. My family moved to Chelmsford 18 months ago and since then I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the Galleywood local community. I am eager to become an active member of this community and keen to focus my attention on representing parents and supporting staff at what is already a wonderful school on it pursuit of continual improvement.


Alan Pamphilon, Parent Governor, responsible for Health & Safety

I am a self employed Environmental Consultant and have previous experience in Health and Safety working as an HSE Advisor for a large local electronics company. I have lived in Galleywood for the past 14 years with my Swedish wife and now we have our young son who attends Galleywood Infants. Being able to control my working week leaves time to get involved with the "Forest School sessions " one of the school’s regular activities where the children really enjoy getting out on to the school field and coming into close contact with the natural environment.


Christopher Fawcett, Parent Governor

I am a parent of 2 (soon to be 3) and my eldest, Ellie, started in Reception at Galleywood Infants this year.  My (current) youngest, (Charlie) is due to start next September.  I have worked in the education sector for the last 8 years and have been employed by Pearson for the last 5.  I am the company’s Regulatory Monitoring Manager and manage a team to ensure the company's ompliance with all regulations that an Awarding Organisation must abide by.  I am therefore very familiar with current education policies and practice.  I have also worked in qualification development and project management functions, and hold various PM qualifications.  I am the elected chair of the company’s staff consultation group and work with staff and management on implementing change strategies.  Before Pearson, I worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, and for many years as a ministerial Private Secretary in Whitehall.


Lisa Bone, Parent Governor

Aside from being a loving mum to my two children, I am a hard working and committed individual, and, Head of Tourism for Essex.   My expertise lies in marketing & PR, project management and strategic thinking, however in 2010 I set up a board to govern a public/private partnership, I also manage the budget, and a team of six people.  Whilst not having worked in education I do work in the public sector and fully understand how it works.  I have excellent communication skills and listen to what people have to say.  I have represented my regional peers, I continually lobby on behalf of the tourism industry, and challenge the way things are done.  I give 100% to everything that I do and this will be no exception.  I would love the chance to ensure that the school remains a thriving place for our children to learn.