Our Governors

The Government requires each school to have a management team – the Governing Board.

This team is made up of volunteers who include parents, staff, members of our local community and the local authority.

The governing body has a range of important responsibilities and works in partnership with the Headteacher and all school staff to shape the future of the school and decide key issues that will help to raise standards and to determine how the school will best spend its money to achieve these aims.

Mrs Steph Green - Chair of Governors

Governor Type: Partnership

Date of Appointment: January 2017

Responsibilities: Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Class Link: Goslings (Year R)

I was brought up in Northamptonshire but after studying in London and abroad and then living in Chester, I have now lived in High Easter for longer than I have lived anywhere else!

My involvement with Rodings Primary School started as a parent in 2005 and I have loved the school since that first time I came through the front door. Before children I worked in logistics running large warehouses – first for a large national food company and then for several publishing houses. I now work in training in education which is much more interesting!

My hobbies used to include forest rally driving and climbing ‘munro’ mountains, but nowadays I prefer gardening, looking after my free-range pigs, all sorts of craft activities, reading and singing loudly. I can do some of these all at the same time!

I love running the local Rainbows group (the youngest part of Girlguiding) and am lucky enough to help with the Reception class at forest school.

Mrs Leeann Goddard - Vice Chair of Governors

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Governor Type: Parent

Date of Appointment: September 2016

Responsibilities: Curriculum

Class Link: Kingfishers (Year 2)

I am a relative newcomer to the Rodings area, having moved here in 2012. Both of my sons attend Rodings and are currently in Year 4 and Reception.Having worked in the Financial sector for almost 20 years, currently as a project manager, I wanted to use my professional experience to benefit a public or charitable organisation, becoming a Governor has been a great opportunity to do this! 

I enjoy all things arts, gardening, and beach walks with the dogs. I am currently preparing to complete part of the Thames Walk in September.

I have been a Governor since 2016 and I am impressed by the range of experiences and activities that the children have the opportunity to get involved in, as well as their academic learning, and the culture in which they experience them. Everyone at Rodings is striving to provide the best school experience for the children, I am very proud of being a part of the Rodings School.

Mrs Andrea Beard - Chair of Finance Committee

Governor Type: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: June 2019

Responsibilities: Training Link

Class Link: Flamingos (Year 6)

Andrea has been a parent Governor since 2015. Having worked for almost 30 years in the legal profession in London, the latter 15 of those as an Office Manager, she decided to have a career change in 2017 and now works in the office of a local primary school which she finds extremely rewarding. In her spare time she is Tawny Owl at her local Brownie unit, taxi driver for her daughter, enjoys everything to do with cooking and runs a few miles a week to try and work off calories from trying out new recipes! 

Mrs Leah Bruce

Governor Type: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: July 2017

Responsibilities: Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Class Link: Swans (Year 5)

I joined Rodings as a Governor in 2018. Prior to that I had been toying with the idea of being a School Governor for a number of years, so was absolutely delighted when I was approached to join the Rodings Governing Board.

I have worked full time in STEM and actively promoted the opportunities within it for the past 20 years, organising many events for children and teachers alike. It is from this work that being a School Governor seemed a natural progression.

I have lived in the Rodings for 11 years now and enjoy cooking, yoga, gardening, walking and travelling.

Mrs Lauren Dearsley

Governor Type: Parent

Date of Appointment: December 2021

Class Link: Kookaburras (Year 2)

I moved into High Roding in 2018 and in early 2019 we made the decision to move our eldest child into the local school where he settled in and was welcomed into the Rodings Family instantly. Having seen how both of our children have flourished at Rodings Primary School I wanted to be able to ‘give back’ and I thought being a Governor would be a good way for me to do this. 

I have a background in Safeguarding and have worked in this field for the last 12 years. I felt that the skills I had gained could offer another perspective to the governing board. 

I am really excited to take on this new challenge as parent governor!

Mr John Hildrew

Governor Type: Co-opted

Date of Appointment: November 2019

Class Link: Penguins (Year 4)

John has lived in the village for 15 years and enjoys playing golf and walks with the local walking group. The rest of his time is taken up with DIY, reading and spending time with 3 grandchildren who love cycling, swimming and walks in the forest. John also visits Miami on at least an annual basis to catch up with his son and family which includes another 4 grandchildren.

Mr Andy Mariner

Governor Type: Parent

Date of Appointment: January 2021

Responsibilities: SEND and Disadvantaged

Class Link: Toucans (Year 3)

My daughter is at Rodings Primary and has thrived from day one. From my very first visit I was impressed with the atmosphere, surroundings and ambition the school has for its pupils and itself. 

I have found being a Governor a brilliant volunteering experience where I am able to use the skills I’ve developed over a 25 year career, to support the pupils, teachers and senior team.

I have a background in risk and crisis management, safe guarding and governance across different public sector areas. I am proud and feel fortunate to be one of the Governors here and would highly recommend it!

Mr Colin Raraty - Headteacher

Governor Type: Headteacher

Date of Appointment: April 2014

Mr Raraty was appointed headteacher in April 2014 having previously taught in Blackmore and Epping. He lives in Harlow where he is busy renovating his house. He likes long walks, drawing and listening to music. His responsibilities include staff development, assessment and child protection. 

Mr Colin Todd


Governor Type: Local Authority 

Date of Appointment: January 2016


Class Link: Parrots (Year 4)

Born in Shenfield, I have lived in Essex all my life. During my early business life, wishing to broaden my outlook and opportunities, I chose to study for an accounting qualification, qualifying firstly as Chartered Accountant and then as Chartered Tax Adviser. This enabled me to follow a career in audit management and then subsequently in the field of tax advisory. As an audit manager, I spent time auditing charities, including clients in the education sector. Whilst my focus today is taxation and property, I still continue to advise a religious charity which I find highly rewarding.

Whilst initially educated privately, for the most part, my education was in a state school and therefore I remain an advocate of effective state education available to all.

As a Local Authority Governor, I am able to bring my high level of professional skills and attention to detail to this important strategic role. I am privileged to a member of the board of Governors of this amazing school, something I am very passionate about.

Mrs Karen Whitehouse

Governor Type: Parent

Date of Appointment: December 2021

Class Link: Hummingbirds (Year 1)

My name is Karen Whitehouse. My passions include long walks, experimental sewing, good food, even better coffee and dipping my toe into a yoga class. I like to challenge myself whether it’s exploring new walking routes or experimenting with new recipes to try on the family. (I haven’t poisoned them yet!)

I grew up in North London, where I followed a varied art-based education and became a teaching assistant and my love of children’s education began. Since then, I have been raising my two sons, who make me proud every day. We used to live in Leaden Roding, but when our family grew and needs changed, we eventually moved to Dunmow. Having my children remain at Rodings was the best decision! Their thirst for learning and continued enjoyment at Rodings inspired me to become a governor. I currently volunteer as part of the ‘Rodings Reading Crew’ which I love, as you get to see the development of children first hand! I am so proud of the continued sense of community Rodings offers and their ceaseless commitment to the school’s ethos.

Mr Owen Wright

Governor Type: Staff

Date of Appointment: September 2017

Mr Wright joined the Rodings Primary school in September 2015 and is currently teaching Year 6. In his spare time he enjoys going to the cinema and playing rugby and football. He loves rugby and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for sport with the children.