Governors

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David Walton 

Chair of Governors

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David joined the Governing Body in May 2022 and is currently the nominated Chair to the Full Governing Body.  He is the Headteacher at Woodham Ley Primary School.  David is committed to, and passionate about, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to access an inclusive and creative curriculum that engages them in their learning and inspires them to reach their greatest potential.

David is the Chair of the Benfleet and Thundersley Interschool Cluster Trust (BATIC). 

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Emma Dawson

Governor

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Emma is the Headteacher at Thundersley Primary School and the Chief Executive Officer of ROBUS Multi-Academy Trust. Emma was appointed to the Full Governing Body in October 2020.

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Mr Paul Westenhofer (Vice Chair)

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"I was born, and have lived in, the Southend area all of my life.  I served for 10 years in the 10th and 4th Battalions The Parachute Regiment.  I am the director of a small electrical contracting business and chairman of a charity providing clubs and activities for disabled children.

My son, the youngest of 4 children, has a diagnosis of autism and severe learning delay.  He joined Glenwood School in 2007 and left in the summer of 2022.  The school has always been a warm and welcoming place.  Soon after my son started school, I found that I wanted to get involved and applied for the role of parent governor.  Being a governor has lived up to its expectations and has given me a better understanding of what is involved in running the school."

Paul is currently the Vice-Chair to the Full Governing Body

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Mrs Nikki Woodruff

Staff Governor

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" I first joined Glenwood as a teacher in January 2003.  Over almost twenty years I have taught across the full age and needs range of Glenwood learners.  I joined the governing body as Staff Governor as I wanted to be part of making a bigger contribution to school improvements including more fully understanding the holistic running of the school and challenging ourselves to create the best Glenwood we can together. "

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Mrs Elizabeth Cornish

Headteacher

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Liz is the Headteacher at Glenwood, appointed in September 2019. 

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Mrs Karen Cavalla

Adviser

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Mrs Gemma Perry

Parent Governor

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" I'm a mum of three. I worked in banking supervision until I became a mum. I volunteer for various charities, and I became a parent governor because I see all that the school achieve with my son, and I want to be a part of making that the experience for all students at Glenwood and the wider community of families involved in Glenwood. "

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Mr John Hunter

Governor

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"I have been a governor at Glenwood for over 20 years and have seen the school grow to what it is now.  I am an Executive Member of the Essex School Governance Association and sit on several boards at county level representing governors.  I also sit on the School’s Forum which deals with school funding.  I worked in local government for most of my working life, including eight years as a Business Manager/Bursar at a secondary school on Canvey Island, before retiring.  Since my retirement in 2000, I have been involved in education in a few capacities, mainly in the primary sector, and I am currently a trustee of an academy group in Basildon."

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Ms Lindsey Payne

Governor

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"I am an adult and children’s nurse with 28 years of experience, with a passion for SEN.  It was a privilege to become a governor for Glenwood School and to support the amazing work that the school does in delivering exceptional education and healthcare to the young people who attend.         "

Lindsey was appointed to the Full Governing Body in October 2020

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Mr Mick Gillman

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Mick has been a governor for over 4 years and wanted to help shape the future for not just his child but all the current and future learners at our amazing school.   Mick is an engineer at Ford Motor Company, RFU Level 2 Rugby Coach and parent to a learner at Glenwood.  

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Mr Oliver Gale

Local Authority

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Oliver is Head of Business Development for London & South-East at KPMG, where he manages a number of their priority accounts. He has always worked in client-facing roles and prides himself on his EQ and people skills. Oliver sought the opportunity to become a school governor as he wanted to give something back to local education. He jumped at the chance to join the board at Glenwood School as it’s such a wonderful place with excellent staff and such fantastic young people.

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Miss Sally Waddingham

Associate Governor

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Sally is the Deputy Headteacher at Glenwood and is an Associate Member. 

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Mrs Theresa Cope

Governor's Clerk

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Theresa is the Clerk to the Full Governing Body, appointed in November 2020.