Colman Junior School Governing Body supports the aims and values of the School. We work closely with the Head Teacher and staff acting as a ‘critical friend’, providing challenge and support to assist school improvement.

The governing body is made up of representatives of parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, the community and the Local Authority. Full governing body meetings are held 6 times a year. Governors also sit on 3 committees that oversee the work of the school – the Finance and Premises, Personnel and Curriculum Committees, which meet at least once a term.

Our current governors include:

Liam Dolder

I have been a parent governor at the Junior School since September 2013, and was a parent governor at the Infant School until July 2014. I am Chair of the Governing Body.  I work in IT at the UEA, which being close to the school enables me to help with the school run.  I have 2 daughters, both of which are now at the Junior School.  I became a governor to do all I can to ensure they and the other children who go here get a great start in life.

Stewart Furlong

I volunteered to become a Teacher Governor in the summer of 2015. Having taught at Colman Junior for just over 11 years, and with a previous ten years teaching experience in East London, I am committed to ensuring children have the opportunity to realise their potential. Since moving to Norfolk, with my partner and twin daughters, I have embraced country life; happy to be walking in the beautiful countryside or on a beach. Always with a book on the go, I am keen to share my love of reading as well as my love of sports.

Kate Macmillan

I have been a local authority governor since 2012 and my area of responsibility within the school is English. I also chair the curriculum committee.  I am a retired physiotherapist and find being a school governor a rewarding and challenging experience. In my spare time I enjoy singing, gardening, walking and wildlife. I also enjoy volunteering at Blickling hall and doing some voluntary office work.

Maria O’Connell (Searcey)

I have been a parent governor since 2012 and am Chair of the Personnel Committee. I have a son who attended the school and a daughter in Year 3. I lecture and carry out research in science at the University of East Anglia and have a background in nutrition. I love music and used to teach piano. I became a governor in Colman Junior to help support the school in providing the best possible learning environment for the children.

Jo Phillips

I have been a parent Governor at Colman Junior School since February 2014 and I’m currently responsible for SEN provision, Pupil Premium and Maths. I have three daughters – 2 of whom are at the junior school. Before having children, I worked as a radio journalist and I am currently working as a freelance writer. I’m also Event Director of Norwich junior parkrun. I really enjoy supporting the school to get the best possible outcomes for all pupils.

Catherine Richmond

I have been a parent governor for 6 years although my 3 children have now left Colman Junior. I think it is a great privilege to be able to help in such a good, friendly school. I have a background in maths and computing, enjoy doing puzzles and I am on the Personnel and Finance & Premises Committees.

Ed Rose

I am a Community governor, a parent of 4 (running the range from 18, 9, 8 and a new born) and Head of Apprenticeships at City College Norwich.   I have been involved with education in a variety of forms for 18 years.  I am passionate about ensuring the best education for all, whether in my day job or as a governor.

Lynda Vincent

I have been an LEA governor for 9 years and it is an interesting and rewarding way to be involved with children and the community. I am joint Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee. I have lived in Norwich for 35 years, but originate from the East Midlands. Now retired, I worked for many years in IT, but have also been a teacher. I am also involved with the local Soroptimist International club and   Health walks, and any spare time is spent bird watching, walking and travelling all over the world.

Julie Sandford

I have been Headteacher of the school since 2013 and feel very fortunate to work with such amazing children, families and staff every day. I have been a school governor in a variety of schools for 18 years now and I am passionate about lifelong learning, regularly challenging myself to learn new things. I have two children aged 21 and 24 and live in rural South Norfolk with my husband and a grumpy ginger cat.

Simon Harrowing

I am a Co-Opted Governor.  I work as a Finance Manager at Aviva in Norwich.  I come from the local area, living in Mulbarton and attending Hethersett High School.  In 2013 through my work I got involved in providing Runaway Prevention sessions in schools around Norwich.  I felt I was making a difference and wanted to get more involved.  I thought with my finance experience, I had something to offer to the local community and decided to become a school governor.   I joined the school as a governor in 2015, and am now Chair of the Finance Committee.

Full Governing Body

Liam Dolder (Chair), Catherine Richmond (Vice-Chair), Simon Harrowing, Stewart Furlong, Kate MacMillan, Maria O’Connell, Jo Phillips, Ed Rose, Julie Sandford, Lynda Vincent, Jenny Wilson.


Committee Members 2015-16

Personnel: Maria O’Connell (Chair), Catherine Richmond, Ed Rose, Julie Sandford.

Finance/Premises: Simon Harrowing (Chair), Lynda Vincent, Ed Rose, Julie Sandford.

In attendance Wendy Durrant, Wayne Howe.

Curriculum: Kate Macmillan (Chair), Jo Phillips, Julie Sandford, Jenny Wilson.

Performance Management: Kate Macmillan, Lynda Vincent.

Head’s PM Review Officer: Ed Rose

Staff Dismissal: All Governors, according to availability

Governors with special responsibilities

SEN & Gifted + Talented: Jo Phillips

Child Protection & Children in Care: Jo Phillips

Safeguarding: Maria O’Connell

Health & Safety: Lynda Vincent

Norfolk Governor Network: Catherine Richmond

Link Governor for training: Catherine Richmond

Equality & Attendance: Catherine Richmond

New Governor Induction: Lynda Vincent

Data: Ed Rose

Non-Staff Governor Terms of Office

Liam Dolder – 02/10/2013 – 01/10/2017

Simon Harrowing – 23/03/2015 – 22/03/2019

Kate MacMillan – 23/03/2015 – 22/03/2019

Maria O’Connell – 10/10/2012 – 09/10/2016

Jo Phillips – 03/02/2014 – 01/02/2018

Catherine Richmond – 06/02/2014 – 19/03/2018

Ed Rose – 03/02/2014 – 01/02/2018

Lynda Vincent – 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2018