The full governing body meets once a term to plan and monitor the continuing development and smooth running of the school.  Governors’ committees meet more frequently to review and evaluate in further detail aspects of the school.  All governors work together to achieve what is in the best interests of the school community.  Foundation governors are particularly charged with ensuring the maintenance of the school’s Catholic character and ethos.  The fulfilment of statutory requirements placed on governing bodies by successive governments makes up a significant part of the governing body’s duties and include the admission of pupils; the appointment and employment of staff; the school’s curriculum and target-setting; health and safety; planning and monitoring the management and expenditure of a £1 million plus budget amongst others. 



Fr. Paul Fox - Foundation Governor


Mrs. Amanda Pelham -  Chair of Governors

I'm Amanda Pelham and have had the privilege of being connected with the school since my first child started back in 2005.  I have been a governor for 9 years and Chair of Governors for the past few years.

Outside of my role as a governor I work for Havens Hospices as a counsellor and lead a team of therapists and support workers providing much needed support to our patients and families.  It is a very rewarding charity to work for and I meet amazing and inspiring people on a daily basis.

My children left OLOR some years back now and have gone on to the Brentwood Ursuline and St Thomas More and subsequently to Warwick University and an Engineering apprenticeship. I have been a great supporter of Catholic Education and feel very thankful that they have been able to have the wonderful education that our catholic schools have provided.  I believe this has played a large part in shaping them into the young adults they have become and this is why I'm happy to continue to do what I can in my role as a governor of Our Lady of Ransom.  There has always been such a sense of community within this school and it's a pleasure to be around such a hard working and dedicated team of staff and pupils.

Mrs Joanne Lloyd - Parent Governor

"I grew up in Hockley and was a pupil at Our Lady of Ransom between 1981 and 1987.  After moving away from the parish in my early twenties, my husband, Justin, and I decided to settle back here soon after we got married in 2005.  

Our daughter attended Our Lady of Ransom, leaving in 2017, and is now at Southend High School for Girls and our son is currently in Year 6. I truly believe that the education they have received has given them the great start in life that it did me and countless others.

I became a Parent Governor in May 2013 and after one four-year term, transferred to a Foundation Governor.  In 2017, I became Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and I am the link governor for Pupil Premium.

Aside from being a governor and a busy mum, I work in politics, managing the Westminster office of a Welsh Labour Member of Parliament."

Mrs. Anne Marie Chester -  Foundation Governor

I am married to Adam and we have four children, three of whom have attended or still attend Our Lady of Ransom school. Our youngest is at pre-school but will, I hope, follow in his big brother’s and sisters’ footsteps in due time.

I was educated in Ireland and trained as a general nurse before coming to England and specialising in Oncology nursing.

I am a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Wickford and am in  my second term as a foundation governor. I am a member of both the Pupils & Personnel and Premises & Finance committees. I am linked to Year 3 and will follow this year group until they leave school.


Mr. Eoin McHugh - Foundation Governor


As Assistant Headteacher, and Head of Sixth Form at the Palmer Catholic academy in Seven kings, I value greatly the importance of Catholic education for the students and parents we serve in our local parishes. 

I am from Ireland but England has been my home for over fifteen years and throughout my time in England I have taught in schools in Essex. My experience has ranged from Head of Department, Head of Year to senior leadership and Staff Governor. I have also taught Politics and History to A level.  

I am a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wickford and I am honoured to serve as a Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Ransom. Hopefully that my experience of education will help me fulfil the important role of Foundation Governor. 

My wife and I live in Runwell and we have two fantastic boys. Being parents and the first educators, we appreciate the importance of an outstanding education and in my role as governor, I hope that I can help ensure that this remains the diet at Our Lady of Ransom. 

Mrs. Anne Randall - Staff Governor

I became a governor in 2019. I became a governor because I would like to be able to contribute to the strategic management and direction of the school.  I have been a full time primary teacher since 1988. I joined the teaching staff at Our Lady of Ransom in 1999. 

I am passionate about helping every child to achieve their full potential and love watching the smile on a child's face when they have succeeded in learning a new skill. In my spare time I enjoy walking in the countryside, cooking and fair weather gardening.