St Andrew's C of E Primary Academy

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Governor Portraits

Su Moakes-Cooke (Co-Chair) - Co-opted Governor


Whilst living in Marks Tey, I joined the parish council where I enjoyed setting up community events as well as being involved with helping the parish in general. I was asked to co-opt onto the governing body and jumped at the chance to be involved. After working in the Insurance industry for 14 years, I have formed a good working appreciation of risk management, monitoring, evaluation and root cause analysis; following a move to Marks Tey, my husband and I decided to set up our own IT enterprise consultancy which was a completely new area for me. The various challenges of new clients with differing backgrounds allows me to assess and support fields which I may not be an expert in, but for which I can help from a critical review or support plan as needed. Whilst we no longer live in Marks Tey, my son still attends St Andrew's because I believe the collaboration and incredible spirit the school has is outstanding and is also why I am delighted to be part of the team.


Reverend Ian Scott-Thompson - (Vice Chair) Foundation ex-Officio


I was trained in mathematics and physics, and worked for a few years in defence and electronics research. I have been a vicar in Hampshire and Surrey before arriving in 2010 to enjoy North Essex. I am Rector of Marks Tey which automatically includes being a Governor at the school. I enjoy being a Governor with our wonderful headteacher, staff, and children. The school is continually improving but the best thing is the atmosphere of friendship and fun in learning. I am married to Jane, and we have two wonderful daughters in their twenties in London and Portsmouth. My hobbies including rowing, skiing and tennis, walking and birdwatching, advanced driving, computing and reading. Oh, and bad jokes!


Malcolm Bailey (Co-Chair) - Foundation PCC


I moved to Marks Tey in 1991 and became a Governor at the school in 1997. I have retired after working for 39 years in the Banking industry where over the years I have led a number of teams in the Retail and Commercial sectors. It is a privilege to be Chair of Governors at the school supporting the pupils, staff, parents and other governors as together we continue to develop an outstanding learning environment for our children. In 2014, I joined the Governing Body at Ramsey School which is part of a multi academy trust with Great Notley School. I am married with two daughters (both who attended St. Andrew's) and two step children. My hobbies including running, swimming, badminton (I am also an England Badminton umpire) watching football (I am a proud Colchester United season ticket holder) and cricket. I also enjoy reading and listening to music.


Mr Bill Aylett - Co-opted

I have been involved in education for around forty years as a teacher, consultant, deputy headteacher and finally as a headteacher for the last sixteen years. During my career I have not only lived and worked in the UK but also in Lesotho, Germany and Cyprus. I retired from my final headship at Montgomery Junior School in Colchester in 2018 and, after a short break, began working part-time for Colchester Teacher Training Consortium as a Lead Mentor for trainee teachers. I have also worked for the Alpha Teaching School Hub as a Facilitator for the Early Career Framework, leading sessions with ECT mentors across Essex.


I am married and am lucky to have three wonderful grown-up children.


Since taking semi-retirement I have developed a passion for landscape photography taking what chances I can to travel to some of our most stunning locations. I am also a keen cook and try to keep fit. This, together with my four lovely grandchildren, keep me pretty busy.



Mrs Claire Edwards - Staff Governor

I have lived in Marks Tey for over 20 years and I have been working at St Andrews School in the role of a learning support assistant since 2014. I have worked with all year groups throughout my time at the school, but I especially enjoy working with the key stage one children, which is where I am currently based. I have 3 children, 2 of which attended St Andrews and I have  previously been a parent governor at Lexden Springs school, which my eldest son attended before going to a residential school. I hope my previous experience of being a governor will help me in my new role as staff governor. I love doing many types of crafts, especially cross stitch and I enjoy cooking, baking and walking my 3 dogs. 


Mrs Sally Czezowska-Savill - Parent Governor


I have lived in Marks Tey since 2015 and currently have two children attending St Andrew's. I am qualified as a primary school teacher and previously worked in a supply role across Essex and Suffolk. Although I no longer teach, I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to contribute to the running of the school. I can often be found lending a hand at FoStAPS events despite not being an official member.


Mrs Karen Litterick - Parent Governor

I have lived in Marks Tey since 2020 and grew up in Feering. I am a qualified primary teacher, with a degree in Education Studies and Early Childhood Education. My son is a current pupil at St Andrews, and my husband and I both work at the University of Essex, having previously lived and worked at universities in Germany and in New Zealand. I believe my administrative and education background makes me well-placed to appreciate school needs and issues.


I enjoy singing and dancing, playing the piano and clarinet and cake decorating in my free time (when I have any). I have also organised and run a number of events, including quizzes and two variety shows, raising money for cancer charities.   


Gemma Ward-Strong - Parent Governor


My family and I moved to Marks Tey in 2014 and I have two sons at St Andrew's, with another son to join in the future. I am a secondary school History teacher and have been teaching since 2004. I love the ethos of St Andrew's and the focus on bringing out the best in every pupil. I am really excited to be able to use my knowledge of teaching and learning in the role of parent governor. In my free time I like to watch football and explore new places with family and friends.