Our Governing Body

Dr John Baker
Chair of Governors
Curriculum Committee

As a former primary teacher and headteacher of a number of special schools in Essex, my professional life has mainly been devoted to education and trying to ensure that children and young people for whom I have been responsible get the very best out of the educational opportunities offered to them.

I have been a school governor for over 25 years, both of primary and special schools, and consider the voluntary contribution which I have been able to make in this regard very rewarding at a personal level. I was appointed to the temporary governing body of Queen Boudica Primary School in 2008 and appointed chair during the critically important first year when the school was being built and key staff were appointed. With the exception of one year, I have been the chair of the governing body since then.  It has been and continues to be a privilege to be a governor of such a lovely school, which very effectively serves a growing number of children and their families in North Colchester.

Mrs Becky Allum
Associate Member
Curriculum Committee with voting rights

I have lived in Colchester since 2004 and was appointed as a Community Governor in November 2012.  I have worked extensively with schools throughout Essex in since 1999, firstly with Essex County Council and latterly with a commercial organisation.  I have worked with and supported the school with its initial set up and opening in 2009.  Prior to that, I worked as a teaching assistant in an Essex secondary school supporting SEN students in Years 7 and 8.   I am actively involved with Queen Boudica's Friends and Family Association, raising funds for the school.

Mrs Nikki Emrich
Parent Governor

I have worked in Education for the past 18 years and during that time I have led ICT, phonics, Year 1 and Early Years. My particular skills lie in Early Years and phonics where I am a Senior Leader in Education (SLE).
I am passionate about Education both as a teacher and as a parent and I look forward to  being a parent governor, in particular taking on the role of EYFS governor.  I am excited to work with the governing body, staff and parents of Queen Boudica primary school and to be part of its development as it moves into a new phase of leadership.

 Mrs Linda Exley
Co-opted Governor
Curriculum Committee

I am very pleased to be a Co-opted Governor at Queen Boudica Primary School.  As the Head of The Gilberd School I am always appreciative of the fact that we have such strong positive relationships with our partner primary schools, my post means I know the community Queen Boudica serves of north Colchester well.

Queen Boudica really is a lovely school, I have always been very impressed with the warm and welcoming atmosphere;  the school community really does work to fulfil its aims and put the Purple Promises into action! Queen Boudica is a happy school, a genuinely caring and supportive community where staff work incredibly hard to ensure that all children do the best they can. My thirty years’ experience in Essex schools has been focused on working  to ensure that students achieve their potential, experience success and have the confidence, skills and attributes they need for the next stage in their lives.  I have been a Governor since November 2015 and sit on the Curriculum and Student Related Committee, I am the link governor for Pupil Premium and Looked After Children.

Mr Gareth Floodgate
Parent Governor
Resources Committee

I am a parent of five children, two currently at Queen Boudica. I have been involved in the governance of the school since it first opened. It has been a privilege to help challenge and guide the school as it has grown.

Technology is a fact of life today; I work in the IT sector. I know that used well it can be a fantastic aid to learning, and I am keen that children are given opportunities to experience that technology in a safe, controlled environment regardless of background.

Mrs Amy Sims
Co-opted Governor
Resources Committee

I have a 5 year old daughter and twin boys who attend Queen Boudica.  I work part time and since having children my focus has changed.  I now appreciate the importance of giving children the best opportunities in their early school years and beyond.

Becoming a governor has allowed me to play an important role in shaping the school’s future and the decisions it makes for the children.  I enjoy being involved in my children's education and helping to make this school great for everyone!


Mr Ben Steel
Parent Governor
Vice Chair - Curriculum Committee

Enjoyment, stability and growth in learning is key to me and having 3 children at Queen Boudica Primary School, spanning 3 separate year groups, means I see a cross-section of the school. I have lived in and around Colchester for most of my life, currently working as Head of Finance for a domiciliary care provider, and prior to that as UK Finance Director for the world’s largest container shipping company.

I am on the Curriculum Committee and have responsibility for monitoring ICT, PE and Sport/Healthy Schools within the curriculum.

Ms Jill Tuxford
Co-opted Governor
Resources Committee

I joined the governing body of Queen Boudica Primary School at the end of 2014, but was previously a governor at a Colchester school for nine years, four as Chair of Governors.

I recently retired from working at a bank and now have time to devote to my role as a school governor.

I am committed to ensuring that every child has a good education in a safe and happy environment so that they can achieve their individual potential.

Mr (Dr.) Vernitski
Parent Governor

I work at the University of Essex teaching mathematics and computer science. I have lived locally for a long time, was a volunteer at High Woods Country Park and played in a medieval music band (Colchester Waits). I am passionate about improving education; I am especially enthusiastic about mindset theory and growth mindsets (and it is great to see that Queen Boudica Primary School is enthusiastic about them, too). Both I and my wife strongly believe in involving children into non-competitive activities developing their social skills, such as team cooking or forest schools.