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Meet the Governors


Charlotte ScrivenChair of Governors (Community Governor)
John AdsettVice Chair (LA Governor)
Vicky BrooksParent Governor
Sasha EganParent Governor
Megan PalmerParent Governor
Liz ReaynerStaff Governor
Robin GoodierHeadteacher
Liz MachinClerk to Governors



The Governing Board of Holt Farm Infant School has a single tier structure.  The board meets once every half term to discuss issues related to the 3 core functions


  • Clarity of vision, ethos, strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher accountable for education performance of school and pupils
  • Financial performance - money well spent


There is a focus in each meeting e.g. Curriculum, SEND, Pupil Premium, Performance, Strategic Planning.  Finance is discussed every half term.


The following special committees are in place:


  • Headteacher's Pay & Performance Committee

  • Pay Committee

  • Pay Appeals Committee

  • Pupil Discipline (Exclusions) Committee

  • Staff Grievance/Disciplinary/Dismissal Committee

  • Complaints Committee

  • Appeals Committee


For more information about the structure of the Governing Board and Governor attendance at meetings please see the Statement of Governance document above. 




Hi, I’m Charlotte, Parent Governor and Chair of the Governing Body. I’m a Civil Servant in London and have been Chair since February 2019. 

My eldest son is in Juniors and my youngest son is in Yr 2 and will be leaving the Infants this summer.


I think it’s fair to say the school has had an incredibly challenging year and while it has been difficult and at times stressful to adapt teaching, curriculums, staff plans and even tables and chairs to accommodate the pandemic - 2 things remained unchanged: 

The schools commitment to our children’s well-being and the children’s love of school.


It was so joyful to see children rushing in through the gates, chatting and laughing and just so keen to get back to school!


As a governing body, we have been particularly pleased that our school has not only concentrated on missed learning and picking up intervention needs, but also focused on our children’s mental well-being. We recognise that for some children and their families, the pandemic has had a significant impact and so we want to do all we can to ensure our school is doing all we can to provide a safe and happy learning environment.


Looking forward, we say a fond farewell to our children moving to Juniors and we can’t wait to meet our new reception children, but till then - we hope you have a fantastic summer! 


Best wishes,


Hi, I am John Adsett and I have been “Authority Governor” at the school since 2014 and I am now Vice Chair.   


I recently retired after 14 years as an independent management consultant following a career of over 30 years in the NHS, mostly in Human Resources.  This included board level  involvement and work on several national initiatives. I was also a non-legal member of Employment Tribunals for 18 years.  


I am also a governor at King Edmund School (since 1987), where I am currently a Member Governor and Director of the Academy Trust. This includes chairing several committees. I was a Founding Director of the Rochford District Schools Partnership Trust. 


My particular interests across both schools are teaching & learning, assessment, inclusion and special needs

Hi, I am Sasha Egan, I joined the Governing Body in 2019 and have recently become the link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability, which is such a rewarding role. HFIS genuinely cares about its pupils and it is so good to be a part of that! 


I have two daughters, one in the Juniors and the other goes into Year 2 in September - wow that’s flown! 


My background is in Audit - I am great at challenging! But also have a good understanding of risk and constraints so I’m supportive too. 


These days I support the family business (and chauffeur my lovely girls around). I also enjoy painting with watercolour, modern calligraphy and going for walks with my friends (the chatting is the best part!)



I recently conducted a monitoring visit as part of my link Governor responsibility. It was so wonderful hearing how positive, enthusiastic and knowledgable Danielle Browne, our SENco is. 


Special Educational Needs and Disability covers a large area, and since covid has entered our lives, more children (and parents) have needed more support from the school. I was really happy to see that HFIS have taken it all in their stride and outcomes for children remain positive. Well done to everyone involved! 

Hi, I am Vicky Brooks, I joined the governing body back in 2019 as the opportunity came up to join, I still have the same passion to ensure my daughters and their peers school experience is the best it can be. I've worked for many years in a Local government authority in educational payroll, HR and analytics. My eldest daughter has just joined Juniors and my youngest is in year 1 and both have/are enjoying their time in the Infants. As a member of the governing body my areas of focus are behaviours and attitudes, PE and forest school which will be starting soon!  I'm keen on living sustainably hope that moving forward we are able as a school to look further into the impact we can have on being more sustainable in the school environment. I really enjoy being part of the governing body and feeling like I can make a positive contribution to the team here.

"Hi, I'm Megan! I've been a parent governor for a little while now and love everything about it. I have a little girl in Year 3 and a little boy who will start our school in 2022. I have a real passion for children's mental health and wellbeing and I am the designated Safeguarding Governor for HFIS. I love being a part of a school that genuinely cares about every one its pupils, at one of the most important and vital parts of their lives.

I am a Nursing Assistant for Havens Hospice & have 10 years NHS experience, and have a huge passion for reading. Please come and say hello!"