Governing Body

The Governing Body works with the school to ensure that it delivers good quality education.  The Governing Body sets the strategic direction for the school, acts as a critical friend to the Headteacher, and ensures accountability.  We have the following categories of Governor:

  • Local authority- who are appointed by Essex County Council;
  • Parent - who are elected by parents of children attending the school;
  • Co-opted - who are elected by the Governing Body;
  • Staff - who are elected by the staff members;
  • Associate - these are non-voting members who are appointed by the Governing Body. 

You can contact the Governing Body through the school office or by emailing us at  The members of Home Farm's Governing Body are listed below.

Annual governance statement

Our Governing Body publishes a statement each year to tell parents more about the work it has been doing over the previous year.  You can read our annual governance statement for 2017-18 below. 




Category and term of office


Pen portrait 

Marilyn Rivett

Local Authority Governor

2014 - 2018


Chair of Governing Body

Voting member of FAM / HR Committee and Pay Committee

Member of Headteacher Performance Management Panel

I have been Chair of Governors for the past two years and a Governor for 10 years. I enjoyed a long career in the NHS, firstly as an Occupational Therapist and then as a senior manager where I was responsible for many services and large groups of staff, both in hospital and in the community.  I was born and brought up in the Colchester area and apart from a 12 year ‘holiday' in Cornwall have lived here all my life and I now live within walking distance of Home Farm.  

Richard Potter


Ex officio

Voting member of FAM / HR Committee

Attends Pay Committee in advisory role 

I have been Headteacher at Home Farm Primary School since 2012. I have worked in and led in Infant, Junior and Primary schools across Essex. I work hard with the parents association, residents, pupils and governors to ensure that Home Farm continues to grow each year and never stand still in the drive to provide an amazing place for our children to learn.  Outside of school my interests range from being a musician in local bands, amateur drama and theatre and martial arts. I am a keen swimmer and promote healthy lifestyles in school.

Chris Ketley

Co-opted Governor



Voting member of FAM / HR Committee


My name is Chris Ketley.  I have been at Home Farm School for nine years and am currently a Learning Support Assistant in Class 1.  Prior to this, I was the manager of a local nursery and also spent 17 years in retail, ten of those in management.

Stephen Lefley

Co-opted Governor



Member of Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Chair of the FAM / HR Committee

I have been a Governor at Home Farm Primary School for about 17 years and was vice chair for 3 years. I enjoyed a long career in the IT and telecommunications industry as a senior manager and had responsibility for System Design & Development, Business Management and Forecast Modelling and was responsible for staff in UK, US, Germany and Netherlands.  I have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls, 4 of my children have attended Home Farm Primary and have lived in the Colchester area 29 years

 Hugh Crayston

Parent Governor 2013 to 2017

Co-opted Governor 2017 to 2021


Chair and voting member of the Pay Committee I have lived in and around Colchester all my life, have two children at the School and I am employed in the commercial / residential property and agricultural industries.

Caroline Croydon

Parent Governor 2016 - 2020

Voting member of the FAM / HR Committee


Tracey Khan

Co-opted Governor




Dan Mansfield

Parent Governor



Voting member of FAM / HR Committee


I am a new parent governor at Home Farm Primary School, I have two daughters at the school, one in year 3 and one in reception.   I have lived in Colchester for just over 19 years and I work at a local engineering company as a design engineer.   I wanted to be a school governor as I felt I could offer my skills and time through the governing body to support the school and its pupils.  Outside of work I enjoy a bit of fishing and renovating our house. 

Martin Wilson

Parent Governor





Emily Hale

Co-opted Governor

2017- 2021

Voting member of Pay Committee

Kelly Wright

Parent Governor

2017 - 2021



Lorna Catmull

Parent Governor

2017 to 2021



Clare Palmer

Staff Governor

2017 - 2019

Voting member of FAM / HR Committee



Mary Smith

Associate Member


Non-voting member of FAM / HR Committee

My name is Mary Smith. I currently teach in Year 6 and am also the Deputy Headteacher at Home Farm Primary School. I have worked at this school since September 2008 and have been an associate member of the governing body for the last 4 years.   My current responsibilities include leading Teaching and Learning across the school and I am also responsible for English as a subject leader throughout the whole school.

 Vicky Carlin



Clerk to Governing Body, FAM / HR Committee and the Pay Committee.


Register of interests

All of our Governors and staff members with significant financial responsibility or influence complete an entry in our register of interests. Entries are updated annually or more often if there are changes to report.  You can access our register of interests here.


Governing Body meetings

The full Governing Body meets once every half-term.  We also have some committees which look at particular issues in more detail on the full Governing Body's behalf.  


Governor visits to school

Governors make regular visits to school as part of their responsibility to monitor and evaluate progress. 

The areas that are the subject of visits are linked to the priorities set out in the School Development Plan. 

You can read reports of recent visits to school here.


Visits in the current school year

DERIC - November 2017