Governors' Profiles




Interim Head of School

Debbie Bradley

I currently hold the position of Interim Head of School. I was employed as the Deputy Head teacher eight years ago and have worked in education for twenty years. As a mother of three, I have empathy with parents and the demands placed on them in today’s ever-changing society.

 I am passionate about the education and the well-being of all the pupils that pass through the school and acknowledge that it requires the support of a strong and equally enthusiastic team, in order to ensure that the children leave this school achieving their absolute best.

My reasons for working in Horndon are influenced by my own feelings about being in a Church school. I fully support the fundamental Christian ethos that permeates throughout the whole school community.

 I am proud of the strong relationships we have built with the wider community and will endeavour to ensure that these continue to flourish.


  Lisa Fergus

I am the link governor for Safeguarding and have been a governor at the school for 9 years, first as a parent governor and now as a Diocesan governor.

 I grew up in Horndon-on-the-Hill and attended the school myself as a child.  My eldest daughter left the school in July 2015 and my youngest has recently started in Reception, making it all the more special to be able to give something back to the school now. I work as Assistant Director of Education for Essex County Council. Alongside this I also run my own Education Consultancy Business. With my background in education, I am keen to help and support the school as much as possible.  I am also a Trustee of the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust.


Helen Gentry

I am the Chair of Local Governing Body and the link governor for Early Years and Pupil Premium.  I was appointed by Horndon Parish Church Council.

 I live in the village with my family; my daughter completed her primary school education at Horndon School in July 2016. I spent most of my working life at HSBC Bank, where I undertook a number of senior management roles. I currently work at a local sixth form college co-ordinating work experience for students. I believe the school is at the heart of our community and I want to see it thrive and develop. I also represent Thurrock maintained school governors at the Thurrock Schools Forum.


Wendy Mott

I am the ex-officio Foundation governor, a role delegates to by the Rector of the Benefice of Horndon, Orsett and Bulphan and the link governor for religious education.

I am currently an Assistant Curate in the United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing. Having responsibility as a Locally Deployed Minister I have been part of the local area for 50 years. Within this time, I have had many links with Horndon Church and Horndon Village. I am married to David who also grew up in Stanford. We have no children.

 Before training to be a priest I worked for 30 years as a teacher at Corringham Primary School where I had many areas of responsibility including RE Assembly Planning and Assessment. I was also part of the Senior Management Team for several years as Head of Key Stage 1 and was the designated teacher for safeguarding. Although many changes have been made within education since I have been fully involved, I hope to use some of my previous understanding and experience to support pupils and staff and the ethos and development of Horndon School.

 Alongside my responsibilities as a curate, I am a volunteer Chaplain at St Luke’s Hospice, a member of Basildon Choral Society and enjoy reading, walking and embroidery as my hobbies.


Parent Governors

Stacy Georgiou

I am the link governor for parental engagement and communications.  I am also a member of the Pay Committee.

 I have two children who attend the School; Loui is in Year 6 and Darcy is in Year 3.  I am looking forward to helping support the School in moving forward in its’ next chapter of becoming part of a Multi Academy Trust.  I currently work part-time for an in-house legal department for a national multimedia organisation. 

When I am not working, I am busy making memories with my family; we enjoy camping, cycling, going to the cinema and visiting places of interest, and anything else really that the children see as one big adventure!


Jochen Tree 

I am the link governor for the National Curriculum and a member of the Pay Committee.   

 I've worked in secondary education in Essex for over 20 years and am currently Deputy Headteacher at a local secondary school. Married with two children, we have lived in the village since 2009. Our youngest son currently attends the school whilst our daughter attends Treetops school in Grays. Working in education I am aware of the many challenges facing schools and hope my experience and current role can benefit Horndon-on-the-Hill Primary and continue to drive the school forward.

 Away from education, you may see me either running or cycling around the village and local area.


Staff Governor

Andrew Hales

I am currently the Year 1 teacher, with responsibilities for Phonics, Humanities and Educational Visits.

Having taught in several schools, I have now been teaching at Horndon for many years. It is a wonderful place to work. The children are keen to learn, behaviour is good, and the staff are friendly, committed and supportive.

 Away from school, I enjoy football and athletics.


Co-Opted Governors

Roy Burdett

I have been a governor for over 10 years. I am the link governor for premises and health and safety. I run my own building business and have over 30 years’ experience in the trade. I am married with three children my two sons Zack and Max both attended Horndon School. Zack is finishing college and Max is at St Clere’s in Year 9. My daughter Amelia is in Year 4 at Horndon School. I have lived in the village for over 25 years and like the community here. I couldn't think of a better school for my children to go to It is safe and friendly, a great place to learn.

 When not working or being active at the school I enjoy eating out and have a passion for sport especially rugby.


Louise Coates

I have worked in education leadership for twenty years, I have been a substantive Primary Headteacher in the Osborne Cooperative Academy Trust since 2013. I have been a Local Leader of Education since 2012 and have supported many school leaders in this role. I am a PPG reviewer and support schools to develop their provision to enable all children to achieve their full potential.

 Since September 2018 I have been the Executive Headteacher for Primary Schools in the Osborne Trust. In this role I line manage the headteachers and support and develop school improvement across the primary schools. I have a proven track record for school improvement, raising standards and achievements for all.  As a leader in the Osborne Trust I am passionate about developing and preparing leaders for the future through coaching and self-reflection, underpinning our vision of creating a sustainable community of schools to improve outcomes for all children in the local community. I am currently supporting the school in a variety of areas as we complete due diligence, I am also on the Head of School’s appraisal panel.   


Neil Speight

I have served as Governor at Horndon for since 2010 and I am currently Vice Chair of Governors and a member of the Head of School’s Appraisal Panel. I am also a governor at St Clere’s School.

 I am married to Yvonne who is a Learning Support Assistant and Senior Midday Assistant at Horndon. My eldest child left Horndon in 2014 and is now in his final year at St Clere’s, whilst my youngest child is currently in Year 7 at St Clere’s. Both attended Horndon from Reception to Year 6.

 I am currently editor of the Thurrock Independent news service, having previously been editor of the Thurrock Enquirer and the Thurrock Gazette. My main out of work interest outside the family is sport and I am closely associated with East Thurrock United FC. 


LA Governor

Brian Higgins

I am the link governor for Finance and Chair of the Head of School’s Appraisal Panel.

 I have lived in the village for 19 years, am married with four kids, three of which have passed through the school and my youngest daughter is currently in Year 4.  The school has been a very positive influence on all the kids, and I hope to contribute in some way to ensure that continues.

 Professionally, I have worked in senior finance positions for the past 20 years, across a wide range of industries including, banking, automotive, insurance and now property. I hope my financial skills and commercial experience can be utilised by the School and Board of Governors to continually improve and give the kids a platform from which to thrive.  Being relatively new to the education system at this level, I know I have a lot to understand and learn but hopefully can also bring some fresh ideas to it. I also have experience in areas such as IT, HR and Legal and hope to assist in whatever areas are needed!  

 Personally, I have a keen interest in a variety of sports, particularly rugby and football and try and spend as much time with family as time allows.