Our Staff & Governors

Meet the Senior Team

Mr Rod Jackson

MEd BA (Hons) PGCE 

Mr John Cooper


Mrs Heather Bougeard


Ms Felicia Springett



Vice Principal Mr John Cooper MA PGCE BSc
Assistant Principal  Academic Dr Louise Clayton BSc (Hons) PGCE PhD
Assistant Principal  Pastoral Mrs Amanda Gwynne BA (Hons) PGCE
Assistant Principal Senco Mrs Lisa Shannon BA (Hons) PAPAA PGCE


Head Of Prep School And Nursery Mrs Heather Bougeard BA (Hons) PGCE QTS
Assistant Head Academic Mr Richard Cranfield BA (Hons)
Head of EYFS Mrs Nikki Smith BA (Hons) QTS MA
Prep SENCO & Assistant Head Pastoral Miss Amy Walker MA Ed with SEND


Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Amanda Gwynne BA (Hons) PGCE
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer Mrs Heather Bougeard BA (Hons) PGCE QTS
Mr Rod Jackson MEd BA (Hons) PGCE
Mr John Cooper MA PGCE BSc


Head of Sixth Form Form Mrs Charlotte Perella BA (Hons)
Head of Uppers (Years 9 To 11) Miss Hannah Elliman BSC (Hons) MA PGCE
Head of Lowers (Years 7 And 8) Miss Emily Kerruish BA (Hons)
Head of Students’ Personal  Dev. and Careers Mrs Melanie Flynn-Haddon BEd (Hons)
Pastoral Assistant Mrs Louise Coy BA (Hons)


Head of Nevill House Mrs Beth Vink BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of Tudor House Mr Christian Freeman BSc (Hons) PGCE QTS
Head of Woodstock House Mr Charlie Watts BSc (Hons) QTS


Senior School Heads of Departments

Art  Mrs Beth Vink BA (Hons) PGCE
Business And Economics  Mr Mark Gibbons MSc GTP QTS
Computer Science & ICT Mrs Linda Nelson BA (Hons) PGCE
Design Technology  Mr Michael Pitts BEng (Hons) PGCE
English Mr David Paige BA (Hons) PGCE
Food And Nutrition Mrs Jennifer Allwood BEd (Hons)
Forest School Mr Phil Davies BA (Hons) PGCE
Humanities Mrs Lisa Yeomans BA (Hons) PGCE
Mathematics  Mr Mark McCormack MA BEd
Modern Foreign Languages  Mrs Isabelle West BA (Hons) QTS
Music Mr Peter Bennett PGCE
PE & Games Mr Ian Simpson BSc
Performing Arts Miss Deirdre Duffy BA (Hons) PGCE NPQSL
Psychology Mrs Lyndsey Taylor BSc (Hons) GTP
Science Mr Christian Freeman Acting Head of Science

Subject Teachers

Art Mrs Amanda Gwynne BA (Hons) PGCE
Art Mrs Sarah Wells B-Des
Classical Civilisation Mr Rod Jackson MEd BA (Hons) PGCE
Cricket Coaching Mr Ben Stephens
Dance Mrs Melanie Flynn-Haddon BEd (Hons)
Design Technology Mrs Beth Vink BA (Hons) PGCE
English Miss Iona Gooch BA (Hons) PGCE Maternity Leave
English Mrs Brie Bailey BA (Hons) PGCE AAS Maternity cover
English Mrs Charlotte Perella BA (Hons)
English Miss Emily Kerruish BA (Hons)
EPQ Mrs Lyndsey Taylor BSc (Hons) GTP
Geography Mrs Margaret Fearn BSc (Hons) PGCE
Geography Mr John Cooper MA PGCE BSc
Geography Mrs Lyndsey Taylor BSc (Hons) GTP
History HISTORY Mr Tim Boud BA (Hons)
Maths (2nd IN CHARGE) AND GEOGRAPHY Miss Hannah Elliman BSc (Hons) MA PGCE
Maths  Mrs Melanie Flynn-Haddon BEd (Hons)
Maths MATHS Mrs Michelle Steel BEng (Hons) PGCE QTS
Modern Foreign Languages Mrs Isabel Ferriz-Barnes Cert Ed Dip Span QTS
Modern Foreign Languages Mrs Eva López MA PGCE
PE Mrs Zoe Mortimer-Ford BSc (Hons) PGCE
PE Mr Charlie Watts BSc (Hons) QTS
PE Miss Mollie Frost BA (Hons)
Physics And Maths Miss Catherine Rice BA (Hons) PGDipEd
Science Mr Hugh Conway BA (Hons) PGCE
Politics Mrs Lyndsey Taylor BSc (Hons) GTP
Science (Acting Head of Department) Mr Christian Freeman BSc (Hons) PGCE QTS
Science Miss Bronte Munro BSc (Hons) PGCE
Science Miss Victoria Stewart BSc (Hons) QTS
Sociology Mrs Lisa Yeomans BA (Hons) PGCE



Reception Mrs Nikki Smith BA (Hons) QTS MA
Year 1 Mrs Alison Barlow BEd (Hons)
Year 2 Mrs Alison Persue BA (Hons) PGCE – Maternity Cover
Year 3 Ms Lucy Salmon BMus (Hons) QTS
Year 4 Mrs Alison Gibbons HDip Ed
Year 5 Mrs Pippa Kerry BSc (Hons) PGCE
Year 6 Mr Richard Cranfield BA (Hons)



Nursery Manager Mrs Nina Gibbens NCFE CACHE Level 3
Lead Nursery Practitioner Mrs Marie Kane Level 3 Early Years Educator
Nursery Assistant Mrs Natalie Botwright Level 2 Nursery Practitioner
Nursery Practitioner Mrs Maria Powell Level 4 Nursery Practitioner
Nursery Assistant  Mrs Jodie Drabwell-Stroud



Senior School SENCO Mrs Amanda Watts BA (Hons) PGCE
Prep School SENCO Miss Amy Walker MA Ed with SEND
Senior School Assistant SENCO Mrs Nicola Morgan NNEB BA (Hons)
Learning Support Assistants Mrs Deborah Bacon
Ms Jill Bacon BA QTS
Miss Gemma Beeston (maternity cover)
Mrs Virginia Bryant BSc (Hons)
Mrs Louise Coy BA (Hons)
Miss Nicola Edwards NNEB
Mrs Renata Gediking CACHE Level 2
Mrs Anne Gorman
Mrs Louisa Ings BTEC Diploma Nursery Nursing
Miss Joanna Thrower BTEC L3 Children’s Care, Learning & Dev


Head of Admissions, Marketing, Events & Fundraising Mrs Claire Bailey
Marketing Officer Mr Ethan Gilbert



Finance Manager (Bursar) Ms Felicia Springett ACCA AAT
Finance Assistant Mr Euan Green AATQB



IT Network Manager Mr Thomas Braybrook
Data Manager & Exams Officer Mrs Nicola East BSc (Hons)



Executive Assistant to The Principal

Mrs Sara Bowles

Principal First Aider & Receptionist (Maternity Cover) Miss Delphine Masterson
Prep School Receptionist Miss Mya Ely
Senior School Office Admin Assistant Miss Saffiya Gwynne
Science Technician Mrs Sharon Nicholson Rsci Tech
Cover Supervisor/Librarian Mrs Katrina Osborn BA (Hons)
School Office Manager Miss Tracey Shadbolt



Operations Manager Mr Andrew Deaves
Grounds Maintenance & Compliance Assistant Mr Richard Hume
Caretaker Mr Karl Stock



Cleaning Supervisor Mrs Sharon Adamson
Cleaner Mr Thomas Morgan
Mrs Laura Parker-Smith
Mrs Julie Theedom
Mr Robert Wright



School Bus Driver Mr Philip Davies
Mr Yiannis Ioannou
Mr Frank Kennedy
Mr Philip Oliver
Mr Mark Osborne
Mr Peter Snowling
Mr Bruce Robson
Mr Dave Harris



Chef Manager Mr Justin Di Marco
Assistant Chef Mrs Katherine Burmby
Catering Assistant Mrs Sharron Francis
Mrs Melanie Inwood
Mrs Laura Parker-Smith
Ms Donna Royal
Mrs Gemma Thomson
Mrs Christine Rivers



Piano Mrs Rebecca Bennett Dip TCL
Percussion Mr Tim Clapp Cert Ed Dip
Singing/Piano Mrs Sophie Faith Dip ABRSM
Dance Miss Gemma Hasler
Mrs Rebecca Anthony
Lamda Miss Sophie Jackson
Miss Louise Lindfield BA (Hons)
Brass Mr Joe Morris BMus (Hons)
Guitar Mr Andrew Pike BA (Hons)
Woodwind Mr Glen Johnson BMus PGCE



Peter Sakal

Chair, Link Governor- for EYFS, Prep and Nursery

Peter is an influential local businessman and has been a very active governor of the school for more than 30 years having been elected in 1992. As such he has been one of four or five key figures in the history of Gosfield to have served with such dedication and commitment over so many years. Peter was elected Chair of Governors in 2001, gaining a BTEC in the Chairing of Governing Bodies in 2004. During his time as a governor, Peter has chaired the Finance Committee and the Grounds and Premises Committee. He is also the Link Governor for EYFS, Prep and Nursery. Peter has overseen numerous building developments at the school, including the building of the Sports Hall (1996), Meadow Court (2015) and The Performing Arts Centre (2022). He is the father of six children, all of whom have attended Gosfield.

Jon Corrall

Vice Chair, Link Governor for Pastoral

Jon has been a governor since 2016. He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and at Christ’s College, Cambridge where he read Modern Languages. He also spent a year at Munich University, and has a degree in Spanish from the Open University. He spent his career in teaching, first at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, and then at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in Elstree where he was Head of Modern Languages and, in his last 13 years before retirement, Deputy Head. His interests are team games, particularly cricket and rugby, mountain walking, DIY, reading, classical music and theatre.

Rod Jackson

Principal; ex officio Governor Chair of the Strategy Committee

Max Ford

Community Governor, Chair of the Education Committee, Link Governor for SEN and GMA

Max started his working life in banking, then was self-employed in high street retail, before studying for a French degree, part time at Birkbeck, London. He gained his PGCE at Homerton, Cambridge and qualified as a teacher of French and German. He was Head of MFL at Gosfield 2001-2006, and later was Head of Learning Support at Friends School Saffron Walden until he retired in 2014. Apart from the world of education, Max’s hobbies include walking, cycling, gardening, bell-ringing, village life and family. He was a former Chairman of Gosfield Parish Council. He was elected to the Governing Council at Gosfield in May 2016

Chris Brown

Co-opted Finance Governor, Chair of the Finance Committee

Chris was appointed as a governor in May 2022. He has been the Finance Director of a Colchester based company since August 2020. After reading mechanical engineering at Imperial College, Chris qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG London before joining their Hong Kong office for 7 years. After a commercial role in the Philippines for 3 years, Chris returned to the UK working as a finance director in the care sector for 10 years and has extensive financial management experience. His interests are travel, basketball and cycling.

Ethan Gilbert

Governor elected by the Old Gosfieldians, Link Governor for 6th Form Former Head Boy of Gosfield School.

Having left Gosfield School in 2013 Ethan was elected to the Governing Council in January 2017 after being elected in by the Old Gosfieldians to represent our Alumni. Ethan’s first hand experience as a former pupil led to him becoming Link Governor for Sixth Form. These roles combined allow a fine balance between maintaining the history of the School whilst appreciating what needs to be done moving forward to best provide our pupils with the very best experience whilst at Gosfield School and for years to come.

Rex Smith

Community Governor

Rex was Director of Finance at Anglia Ruskin University for 25 years, previously working at the University of London for 10 years. He also worked for the NHS, Marconi, Debenhams, and Ford. He was a governor for various schools and colleges in Essex for 20+ years. He is now retired having spent 6 years in the USA before returning to Essex in 2020. Two of his granddaughters enrolled at the school in 2022. He is interested in performing arts, sports, family time and travelling. He volunteers to help the homeless and raises funds for numerous charities. Rex was elected in August 2022.

Rick Cranfield

Elected Staff representative

Emma Larcombe

Parent Governor Prep

Emma was elected as a Parent Governor in 2019. She is an Audit Director and qualified chartered accountant at KPMG LLP and leads the public sector audit team across East Anglia, working across the Education, Health, Charity, Housing and Government sectors, so has a strong understanding of the education sector as well as finances. Emma sits on the finance committee as part of her Governor role, Her daughter is currently in year 4 having been at Gosfield since Nursery.

Phil Davies

Elected Staff representative

Katherine Makaroff

Parent Governor

Katherine was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2023. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration, with a major in Human Resources and minor in Classical Studies from Bishop’s University. She has worked in Human Resources as an HR Manager for over 20 years, in both the public and private sectors, supporting managers in recruitment, staff development, absence management, grievances and disciplinary matters. As a Company Director of a construction company for the last ten years, Katherine has managed the Finance, Commercial and Health and Safety functions along with her HR role. Her two sons attend Gosfield School, with one currently in prep and the other in the senior school. She enjoys travel, food, reading and dog walking.


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