Church Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0NJ



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Meet the Governors

Kris Sharman – Chair of Governors
Kris has been involved within the Governor role at Doddinghurst Infant school for a number of years. Kris comes from a business background (non educational) with over 30 years' experience within property finance, recruitment and travel at a senior level. She was Managing Director of a large retail travel organisation within the South East for over 20 years. Kris currently runs an extensive property development business covering London, Essex and Suffolk and is a senior manager within a national recruitment business. Kris has lived in the village of Doddinghurst for over 35 years.

Shahid Ali - Vice Chair of Governors

Shahid is a fully qualified ACCA accountant and certified BCS Business Analyst with over 18 years’ experience in the utilities industry. He has experience in producing financial accounts, budgeting and working on business projects ranging from large scale system replacements to business process changes.

Shahid has  lived in Brentwood since 1999 and moved to Doddinghurst in 2015 with his daughter now attending the infant school.

Vera Grigg – Co-opted Governor
Vera has been involved at Governor level within the Doddinghurst Infant school for many years. Vera's wealth of experience comes from her many years of work within Education. Vera taught mainly in the secondary section but also in an 'All- through school' and at a University. The schools included rural, urban and inner-city, co-educational, faith and single- sex. Vera ran a pre-school group for three years. Vera was an Ofsted Inspector for twelve years, inspecting both Primary and Secondary sectors, main stream and special schools. Vera was also a Head teacher and operated in a small business handing all office and legal matters.

Michelle Morgan – Co-opted Governor
Michelle Morgan is a Co-opted Governor with particular responsibilities for monitoring Music and PE. Michelle is also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Michelle has a degree in German and History and spent 8 years working overseas. She has extensive experience of the regulations and responsibilities of current governance as part of her full time role within Havering Governor Services. Michelle is a local Mum, based in Blackmore.

Lisa Connell – Parent Governor
Lisa has lived in Hook End for over five years and has twin boys at Doddinghurst Junior School. Lisa and her family love the benefits village life brings and they enjoy taking part in community gatherings at the village hall, church and the school.

Lisa is currently employed as a Partner in an Energy Insurance Broker. Lisa's skill base allows her to act as a friendly third party to clients, ensuring they receive the service and value for money they deserve from the insurance product that they have purchased. These skills contribute to her role as a member of the governing body by allowing her to assist the school as a 'friendly third party' in providing the best service and education the children all deserve!


John Farmer – Co-opted Governor
John is a fully qualified accountant (CIMA) with over 25 years' experience of managing budgets, reviewing finance internal controls and producing financial management information. For the last 15 years he has been working at a senior level and is currently the Finance Director of a housing company which provides accommodation for people with a disability. John is also the Treasurer for the Leyton Orient Sports charity, which offers an educational qualification through sport to the local children. John has lived in the village for just over a year with his children attending the village school.



Steve Woods - Co-opted Governor
Steve is a co-opted governor with particular responsibility for Finance/Resources and the Pay Committee. Steve is keen to support the Headteacher and the school in maintaining and improving standards. 

Steve has worked in the City for the last twenty years and currently heads up a client services team for a specialist investment management company. Steve has six line reports and takes pride in mentoring and training new recruits as well as providing a first class service to both new and existing clients. 

Steve has lived in the village since 2008 with a son and daughter in their early years of school life. 

Toni Crane - Parent Governor
Toni moved into the village in 2013, loves the community life and currently has one child attending the school. Toni has experience in the EYFS & Primary settings whilst delivering many interventions for children with Special Educational Needs.

Toni originally trained in Child Development and Caring Services in 1994. After working in a variety of childcare roles including working for Social Services and being a SENCO & Pre-school Co-ordinator, Toni continued her studies in Positive Behaviour Support which is another passion of hers: to support children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Toni set-up Positive Child Development to offer a family support service for any parenting challenges, reinforcing the potential in every child whilst allowing every parent to have the ability to enjoy an empowering journey together.

Lauren Daly - Staff Governor
Lauren has been a governor at the school for over a year. Lauren is currently working as Year 2 teacher within the school. Lauren also has experience working in EYFS & Key Stage 1 via two previous schools incl. an inner city catholic school in London. Lauren is part of the teaching and learning committee.

She moved from London to Brentwood in 2014 and enjoys the benefits of living in a smaller community.

Steve Luxon - Governor

Details to follow...

Additional details

Further details of the governing body who have served at any point over the last 12 months can be located within the following document: Governor details