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 am married to Tony and we currently have 3 children at the school, and it's a school we can't praise highly enough particularly for it's community spirit and the fact that we feel like part of a large extended family.I was honoured to be asked to become a Foundation Governor earlier this year and look forward to assisting the team in their already fruitful endeavours. 

I have been a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel all of my life, as have the 2 generations prior to me, so feel very well rooted as a Wickford parishioner.  I am part of the Parish Development Group and feel proud to have been involved in many initiatives, but particularly the Childrens Family Masses where it is a delight to see young children in Church with smiling, happy faces thoroughly engaged in the mass.  I was educated at St Peter's in Billericay and then my local comprehensive, Bromfords in Wickford.  I initally worked up in London for such organisations as the BBC, and then subsequently spent 19 years as an adveritising account executive at Essex FM.  More recently I now work part time for Southend Radio, but between these two positions I trained and qualified as a Person-centred counsellor and it is in this work that my heart lies working both privately and with organisations such as Open Road and the J's Hospice.Any spare time I have, I love spending with my 3 children, talking, walking and playing games and they are a constant joy to me and my motivation for much of the above.

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. Glenn Geeson - Foundation Governor


My wife Nicola and I have two daughters currently attending Our Lady of Ransom Primary School and a 10 month old son who we dearly hope will attend when his time comes!  

I am a past pupil of the school (1972 - 1978) and strongly believe that it was those early years that shaped me for the rest of my life, spiritually, socially and educationally.  

I left secondary school (St. Thomas More, Westcliff) at 16 and embarked on a career in Marine Insurance, initially for a Lloyd's Underwriter and currently as a Lloyd's Broker.

My wife is a primary school teacher locally. I am an active member of the Our Lady of Ransom Church Children's Liturgy Group leading sessions most Sunday mornings involving children from pre-school age up to year six.I am also heavily committed to the Parents Association having recently taken over the role of Chairman.

My aim as a governor is to bring as many of my family and professional life experiences to the board to help ensure that Our Lady of Ransom School remains an excellent centre and community for young children to complete their primary school years.

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.  We now have two children who attend the school and I am confident that the education they receive will give them the great start in life that it did me and countless others.

I became a Parent Governor in May 2013 and I am enjoying being a bigger part of this fantastic school community.  I sit on the Curriculum Committee and am a member of both the Maths Leadership Team and the School Dinners Working Group.  Aside from being a Governor, I am also involved in other areas within the school, both as an active member of the PA and as a parent helper listening to Key Stage 1 children read on a weekly basis.  Outside of the school, I am also part of a team that runs the weekly Parent and Toddler Group in the parish.