Local Governance Committee
Melissa Taylor (Headteacher)
Melissa is the Headteacher at Margaretting and is committed to bringing together all of her classroom and management experience to ensure that Maragretting is the best school it can be. Melissa has a degree in history as well as a PGCE teaching qualification and a National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership. She has a passion for the arts in the primary curriculum and has written a research paper on this topic. She is also dedicated to ensuring that all children reach their full potential and aims to prepare all children for secondary school by the time they leave in Year 6. Melissa has a particular interest in curriculum development and relishes being the Rural Primary School’s Curriculum Coordinator for LIFE Education Trust.
LIZ FAJIMOLU (Chair)
Liz is a parent of children currently at Margaretting and who works for the family farm ensuring financial records and systems are maintained. Between 1997 and 2013 Liz worked in the London Market for large global insurance companies within Credit Control and Overseas Claims.
Liz has previously been a Diocese Governor at Mountnessing School and sat on the Finance & HR Committees.
EMILIE DARABASZ (Vice Chair)
Emilie is the Joint Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls. Following completion of French as a foreign language master and PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University, Emilie started her career in a school in Essex where she gained 10 years’ experience and during which time was promoted to various positions including a Head of Year, a Pastoral Lead and Head of 6th form.
Emilie joined FBA in September 2015 as an Assistant Head overseeing the school’s behaviour and pastoral system but also the pupil premium provision. After three years of positive trends and a very strong track record, Emilie was appointed joint Head of School in September 2019. Emilie loves cooking, travelling and has a passion for working with young women and helping them to become empowered strong women.
REVEREND SALLY CROFT
Sally is an Associate Curate in the Church of England working predominantly in Ingatestone and Fryerning Churches but also in the parishes of Buttsbury, Margaretting and Mountnessing. Previously to this, alongside studying for a Diploma in Theology , Ministry and Mission, Sally worked for a charity called C.Y.O. Braintree. She delivered Assemblies, R.E. lessons and many Christian based activities into both primary and secondary schools as well as providing mental health support to secondary aged children, by way of mentoring in schools. Sally has been working for CYO for the past 6 years. Sally has two children, one at university and one at work and is married to Frazer, a fencing contractor.
Suzanne is an independent occupational therapist specialising in paediatrics, working in the medical legal field, mainly in obstetric clinical negligence. As part of this role, she supports parents to apply for EHCPs and prepare for educational tribunals. Prior to this she worked in the NHS as a clinician and senior manager. As Director of Community Services in an east London trust, she managed a portfolio of adult and children’s services including safeguarding. She has an interest in supporting the health and well-being of all children and promoting equality.
Suzanne enjoys music, singing in a church and a chapel choir, gardening and is passionate about reading and learning. She lives in a local rural hamlet with her husband and Labrador dog.
Robecca is a parent of children at the school. She is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney working within the Intellectual Property Department of Baker & McKenzie LLP. In her spare time, Robecca lectures students on the CITMA paralegal course and writes articles for various trade mark publications. As Governor, Robecca is looking forward to supporting the school in the continued growth and development of its children.