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Meet the Governors

Each school has a group of people who serve on the Governing Body. The Governing Body meets at least once a term.

The term of office for Governors is four years. 


Parent Governors:

  • Mr M. Walker
  • Mrs N. Waza
  • Mr F. Patel   
  • Mrs S. Patel
  • Mr N. Malik

LA Governor:

  • Mr M. Uddin

 Co-opted Governors:

  • Mr R. Wood  (Chair)
  • Mrs M. O’Keefe 
  • Mrs M. Porter
  • Mr T. Taher (Vice Chair)
  • Mrs S. Azad

 Staff Governor:

  • Mr T. Winkworth


  • Miss K. Steedman



 If you wish to know how to become a school governor, please click on this link.


Governor Statements 

Chair of Governors

Mr Ray Wood BEM


I first became involved with Christchurch over 20 years ago when my two children attended the school. I joined the parents’ association and later became a parent governor. As a governor I wanted to make a contribution to improving children’s education and to the community. I became a community governor and was then elected as the Chair.

As chair I worked with the Heads in post when the infant and junior schools merged to become Christchurch primary school, when the new library and the drama studio were opened and when the school expanded to five forms of entry. Throughout these significant changes my role as chair has provided a sense of continuity and I have been delighted to see the school ranked as outstanding by Ofsted in each of its last three inspections.

I am committed to raising standards in partnership with the Headteacher and to promoting equal opportunities for all pupils. I feel greatly privileged to have been involved with the school and its dedicated staff for such a long time long and I look forward to even greater achievements by its pupils.

I was a building society manager for 14 years and now work in the voluntary sector as a Macmillan Welfare adviser.


Co-opted Governors

Mrs Maria O'Keefe 


I have served as a Community & Co-Opted Governor at Christchurch for more than ten years. My two children attended Christchurch, during which time I volunteered in the classroom, on trips and as a member of the Christchurch Friends Association. I am active locally, supporting activities that bring the community together. I believe that the positive relationships that our children make at Primary School are key to a building and maintaining a cohesive and harmonious sense of community in the future. My role as a governor is to support staff in order to ensure that every child looks forward to school every day and reaches her or his potential, in an environment that is well managed and nurturing. I bring my professional experience within education, the business world and as a parent, to serve this purpose.


Mrs Marina Porter


I have worked at Christchurch Primary for 31 years now and it is a privilege to serve the school as a Governor. I started my career at Christchurch as a midday assistant when it was an infant school and my passion for supporting pupils with their learning quickly moved me into a classroom role. I have seen the school go through many changes in my time at Christchurch, however it has never lost its strong sense of community and as a Governor I am committed to ensuring that remains. I am keen to ensure all pupils achieve their best and most importantly are happy coming to school.


Mr Tanvir Taher (Vice Chair)


I became a Co-opted Governor at Christchurch in 2017 and am also a Service Management Consultant within the Technology industry. My background and interests allowed me to join the School Improvement and Finance Committee, which have been both interesting and fun!

It really has been a privilege to join such a great school where the staff and pupils are so hard working and want to make a positive difference. As a Co-opted Governor, my aim is to support the school and ensure it continues to be a great place to learn for children of all backgrounds, whilst maintaining and continuing to raise the high standards of the school.


Mrs Sofiea Azad


I became a co-opted Governor in 2018. I previously worked for Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group in 2018. I was responsible for managing a budget of £50 million, providing me with good financial planning, managing projects and contracting experience. I have had a wide range of roles as a pharmacist including working in a GP Practices as a Clinical Pharmacist as well as in community pharmacy.

I have a passion for improving outcomes and achieving positive change using audit, education and development tools.  I am a big advocate for lean thinking and continuous improvement. I am mum to two children, who also attend Christchurch Primary School.

I am keen to be involved in the future development of Christchurch Primary School and committed to improving education for all pupils. 


LA Governor

Mr Mohiul Uddin


I assumed the role of Local Authority Governor in September 2018 and have since been included into the Finance Committee.  As part of the Local CLP, I have tried assisting the school in matters relating and involving outside local agencies, in order to promote a safe environment for our children.  

As a former pupil of the school, and a parent to children attending this school, I have an ambition to try and achieve an environment which best equips our children for the challenges which they will face in the outside world.  I aim to provide a support to staff and a voice for parents, in order to try and facilitate the ambition.

Parent Governors

Mr Maxton Walker


I joined the school as a parent governor in autumn 2019, and my main interest is promoting reading and writing. I got the reading bug at primary school, thanks to the encouragement of my teachers and family, and have always read and written a lot. It helped me into an exciting and fulfilling career in journalism, so I know just how the world can open up to young people who develop a love for words at an early age. I want to help the children at Christchurch discover those magical universes for themselves, to be curious about the world and learn the skills to describe it.


Mrs Sadia Patel


Having worked in the civil service for over 15 years, I have gained invaluable experience, built excellent influencing and communication skills. I am passionate about the education and welfare system and my aim is to support the school and ensure it continues to be a great place to learn for all children, whilst maintaining and continuing to raise the high standards of the school.

I have the spirit and determination to make a positive contribution to this school. 


Staff Governor  

Mr Thomas Winkworth


I started teaching at Christchurch Primary school in January 2010. I have enjoyed helping the children in the school to learn in a happy and creative learning environment. I am currently subject leader for Computing and Media. I am the year group leader for year 3. I have been very fortunate to take children from our school on many sports trips and organise regular trips for children with Special Educational Needs. I am very excited to be part of the school governing board and look forward to helping the school to continue to create an amazing learning environment for children.