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Meet the Governors

Mrs L. Breading - Chair of Governors

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office - 1.9.2016-30.6.2023

I have served on the Governing Body  since October 1988.  I started life at the junior school as a parent governor – when my 4 children attended. I have run a family business since January 1990 and regard myself as having a sound financial background and understanding of ensuring best value for our budget. 

I have chaired the curriculum and personnel committees and I am fully aware of the need to keep up with the changes in the curriculum.I am very proud to work with such dedicated staff and governors.  We have been on a long and very fulfilling journey to create this outstanding centre of learning.



Mr D Neale -Vice Chair of Governors

Community Governor

Term of Office - 29.4.16 - 30.6.2023

My family’s publishing and bookbinding business moved on to Canvey Island in 1948 and I joined the company in 1961. During my career, I was Managing Director for forty years and have therefore acquired both knowledge and practical experience in all aspects of business management. However, my main focus has always been on finance and it is particularly in this area that I feel able to contribute to the governance of Canvey Junior School.

Over the years that I have worked on Canvey Island I have been involved with several educational institutions, both in the primary and secondary sectors, including periods as a school governor.  In addition to my interests in business and education, I have been the chair of the management committee of The Bookbinders’ Charitable Society for more than twenty years and am also currently treasurer of Chelmsford Home-Start charity.

On a personal front, I have three grown-up children and one grandchild, and my overall objective as a school governor is to do my best to ensure that all the children for whom I have a responsibility are provided with every opportunity to achieve their potential.

Mrs K Tucker 


Term of Office - N/A

I have taught in Essex and Southend schools for a number of years. In 2001 I began teaching at Canvey Junior School and was appointed deputy head.  I became headteacher in 2013 and am proud to be the head of this outstanding school, which constantly strives to ensure continuous improvement and to offer every opportunity to ensure all our pupils achieve their potential.

Mrs S Townsley 

Deputy Headteacher

Term of Office - N/A

I began my teaching career in 2004 as a Graduate trainee teacher. I have worked across the year groups in Key Stage 2 until 2014, when I was appointed deputy head. I remained a teaching deputy until September 2015 when my role as deputy head became non class based. I still regularly teach whole class and small groups across the school and enjoy the unique challenges my role brings.

Mr R Howard

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office - 1.2.2017 - 1.2.2021

I am an ex-pupil of Canvey Junior School and indeed the whole of my family have been educated at this school.  I have been a Governor since 1966 and am a past Chairman and Vice Chairman.  I was an elected Local and Essex County Councillor, and I do believe that I am able to help the school if in need, as I have done in the past.  I am very proud of the school and would highlight it wherever I could in County Hall and believe that the Head and Staff, Chairman and Governing body do a superb job and although I lead a very busy public life I do my best to support them and attend all the meetings and events that the school have, because I believe the children deserve the best school we can provide.

Mr M O'Brien

Community Governor

Term of Office - 1.7.2013 - 01.07.2023

I am currently Head of Youth Services for the county of Essex, having worked in children services for 30 years and I am a professional youth worker. I previously worked in the voluntary sector including “Childline”,and The Community Education Development Centre leading on the role out of family learning projects such as “Share” which is a national demonstration project. I am also a director of the local football club as well as an FA qualified coach, managing a team of Under 11’s.  I have 3 grown up children, 2 grandchildren and 3 young foster children. I have experience in HR, safeguarding and community development, and feel being a governor is very important opportunity to support our community. 

Mrs J Jobson -

Parent Governor

Term of Office - 1.2.2019 - 1.2 2023

I am a parent of 6 children ageing from 29 years to 10 years. I hope to bring a voice and the opinions from the parents of our children who attend the school. I aim to represent  parents’ comments and views on subjects to do with our children's learning,  and on every issue to ask myself what I think as a parent, and what would other parents think about this.  I want to be involved in making and prioritising the decisions which will best benefit the children attending our outstanding school.   I hope to be a good parent governor and an asset to the school.

Mrs L Lynch

Associate Governor

Term of Office -N/A

My involvement with Canvey Junior School goes back a number of years and has covered a variety of roles.  Firstly, as a pupil at the school and then as a parent, when my son was able to attend also, before becoming a member of staff.  I began working here when my son was still a pupil, and have been here for 23 years.  I have served as a governor for 15 years.  My background in banking helps me to monitor that the children are receiving the best value from their time at the school. 

Mrs K Newcombe

Canvey Re-Start Unit Non Teaching Staff Governor

Term of Office -  06/10/2021 - 06/10/2025


Miss Taylor Challiss

Parent Governor

Term of Office -  24/11/2021 - 24/11/2025

Mrs Carol Hurry

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office -  02/02/2022 - 02/02/2026