School Governors / Board of Trustees

Christine Peden – Headteacher

Appointment: 01/09/2014.

As well as becoming the Headteacher in September 2014, I gained a place on the Governing Body of the school.  The Governors have the potential to implement real and exciting changes within the school.

Having always strived to be the best teacher I can be, I feel privileged to now be in a position, as part of a team that will determine the best direction for the school, ensuring that we are always seeking the very best for the children in our care and helping prepare them for their future.



Wendy Beckett – Chair of Governors 

Appointed by the full governing body: 18/09/2019

Office Expiry: 18/09/2024

My name is Wendy Beckett. This year, I am starting my sixth year as a governor at the school, having started in 2015 as a parent Governor. I am delighted to be re-elected as Chair of Governors for the year ahead.I was keen to get involved in the school when my daughter started here as a pupil. I wanted it somewhere that children could grow and thrive.  I firmly believe that we (as a school) do this really well.  I am always so proud of the pupils when I get the chance to visit them, and am very impressed at how well they behave, how well they speak and listen, and how interested and engaged in learning they are.  They are a credit to both their parents and the school.I sit on both of our sub-committees (FPA and PCC) so I get a thorough overview of all aspects of the school, and ensure that as a Governing Board, we provide solid challenge and support.Outside of being a Governor, I am a working mum, working full-time in London.  I enjoy making things – sewing, knitting, and even branching into spinning wool.



Julie Gallagher – Vice Chair 

Appointed by the full governing body: 18/09/2019

Office Expiry: 18/09/2024

Hello my name is Julie Gallagher and I am the Vice Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor.

I started as a parent Governor in 2015 and became a Community Governor in 2017.  I have 2 sons who both attended Pear Tree Mead from nursery through to year 6 where they had many happy and rewarding experiences throughout their time here.  I became a Governor as a way to support the school and ensure it continues to be a place that children feel safe, happy and eager to learn in.

I have worked for the London Ambulance Service for 24 years and I shall be using my skills from this in my role as Safeguarding Governor.



Linda Blackburn

Appointed by the full governing body: 16/09/2020

Office Expiry: 16/09/2024

My Name is Linda Blackburn.  I am a Community Governor for the school and am now in my second term.  Due to my skills in Health and Safety through my training during my career, I am appointed as the responsible Governor for Health and Safety.  I also oversee the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium expenditure.

Now retired, but having had a long history in the  food industry as a business manager, my work saw me connected to schools regularly.  Many years ago, I started out in catering in schools, so have a good idea of the hard work staff put in to school life, to make it is an exciting and safe place for children to thrive in.

As my children are now grown up and have children of their own (I have 6 Grandchildren in total), I thought now would be a good time to devote some of my time into giving a little back in to the community.  I have a keen interest in education matters.  Two of my daughters work in education and my eldest Granddaughter is a teacher.  My personal interests also include keeping fit and reading, which I am sure will come in handy with the many school policies to read!

I am looking forward to seeing what the year ahead has in store for the Governing body and look forward to working with the other Governors.



Sarah Martin

Appointed by the full governing body 12/09/2018

Office Expiry: 12/09/2022

Hello, I’m Sarah Martin.

I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2006 and I have been very fortunate to experience working in every key stage (although Early Years is my favourite!).  I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2008 and particularly enjoy my roles as Head of Early Years and SENDCo. I am passionate about creating the best start our children can have in their education. My favourite time of the week is when I see the Nursery and Reception children for my Early Years assembly where we enjoy singing songs, sharing stories and celebrating the children’s achievements.



Doreen Smith

Appointed by the full governing body:18/09/2019

Office Expiry: 18/09/2023

My name is Doreen Smith and I was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2019 as a Community Governor.

My interest in education started when my own children first attended school.  I joined various schools associations and was asked to become a Parent Governor.  I was eventually elected to be Chair of Governors.

I now have two wonderful grandchildren, one of whom attends Pear Tree Mead and feel it is time to rekindle my interest in education again.

I believe that a good education is the foundation for everything we do in life.  I feel that Pear Tree Mead embraces this philosophy whole heartedly and hope that by working with staff, pupils and parents I can maintain and if possible enhance the good work done by the school.

Outside of this my interests are travel (predominantly to the USA), cooking, crosswords and keeping fit.



Jeemit Patel

Appointed by the full governing body: 15/07/2020

Office Expiry: 15/07/2024

I am a qualified CIMA Accountant and while I was in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic it gave me time to think about my future.  I want to help the future generations and make an impact in any way possible and feel bring a volunteer as a school governor is a great way to give back.

I am a new parent and the thought of bringing up children in this economic situation is daunting.  However, I believe people who work well together for the greater good will help the next generation and that is one reason for me wanting to be a governor.

I bring my finance background where I have worked for in a wide range of industries from retail, sports, transport, energy start-up, and in financial services. 



Rebecca Harvey

Appointed by the full governing body: 1/9/2021

Office Expiry: 1/9/2025

My name is Rebecca Harvey and I’ve joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor.

I have a son who loves attending Pear Tree Mead and am very keen to work with and support the rest of the Governing Body and Staff at Pear Tree Mead.

I’m very passionate about education and am a qualified Secondary school Teacher of Music.  I have worked in Essex Schools since 2005 and at points in my career have had the pleasure of working closely with the Governors at my schools.  I’m now eager to use this experience and my knowledge of education in my role as a Parent Governor.

In my free time I enjoy reading, going for long walks and playing music.



Revd Sophie Weller

Appointed by the full governing body: 15/9/2021

Office Expiry: 15/9/2025

Hello, my name is Rev. Sophie Weller and I am the Curate at St Stephen’s Church, Tye Green and also feel very honoured to have become a Community Governor for Pear Tree School this year.  I’ve been married to my husband Damien (Who works in Countryside Care) for 16 years this year and we have an 11 year old son called William who is on the Autistic Spectrum and Non Verbal  Having completed my training at St Mellitus Chelmsford in July, I am very much looking forward to getting to know the local community and have already enjoyed one assembly with you in which we celebrated Harvest together.  My background is in Church based Children’s Work at All Saints Church in Woodford, where I was running multiple Toddler Groups, Children’s Groups, taking school assemblies, after school clubs and Sunday groups including a regular group for Children who have Additional Needs which is a subject very close to my heart.  It is a joy to be working alongside you and I look forward to getting to know you all during my time here, and hope I can be a support to pupils, parents and staff alike.



These Governors are past members of our governing body in the last 12 months:-

Marika Opara – resigned 4.12.21

Kim McCombie – resigned 21.7.21

Stephanie Wise – resigned 14.4.21

Phillip Malcolm – resigned 8.10.20

Loredana Dan – resigned 14.1.20


If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor or what the Governing Body do, please make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors. The Governing Body meets together once a term as a full team of Governors.  They also meet on two other occasions during the term in two separate committees.  These are the PCC (Personnel, Community and Curriculum) and FPA (Finance, Premises and Audit)


Our Current Committees are:

Wendy Beckett – PCC and FPA (CHAIR)

Julie Gallagher – PCC and FPA (VICE CHAIR)

Linda Blackburn – FPA ( Chair)

Doreen Smith – PCC

Sarah Martin – PCC

Christine Peden – FPA and PCC

Jeemit Patel – FPA


The meetings for 2021/2022 are set as:




PAY PANEL F2F – 12.10.21 DS,JP,MO,CP



FGB F2F – 15.12.21


PCC ZOOM – 26.1.22

FPA ZOOM – 23.2.22

FGB F2F – 23.3.22


PCC ZOOM – 18.5.22

FPA ZOOM – 15.6.22

FGB F2F- 13.7.22

The number of individuals (if any) in your school earning over £100k, in £10k bandings-

There are no members of staff at Pear tree Mead earning over £100k


You can our dedicated school page on the School’s Financial Benchmarking website by clicking here.


List of Registered Business Interest:











Christine Peden (Accounting Officer) HETD Collaborate with HET and Relation Director None
Christine Peden

(Accounting Officer)

Amwell Fruit Company Provides fruit at playtime Husband
Wendy Beckett None None None
Julie Gallagher None None None
Linda Blackburn Pear Tree Mead Academy Staff member and Clerk to Governing Body Daughter
Jeemit Patel Tally On Ltd Director None
Sarah Martin None None None
Rebecca Harvey None None None
Sophie Weller None None None



Previous Governors:




Kim McCombie None None None
Stephanie Wise Essex County Council School link None
Loredana Dan None None None
Marika Opara Sing and Sign Director None

PTM Governing Body Delegation Planner

Please click on the file below to download:

Delegation Planner


PTM Governing Body Report

Please click on any of the documents below to download and view our governing body reports:

Governors report 2018 – 2019

Governors report 2017 – 2018

Governors report 2016 – 2017

Governors report 2015 – 2016

Governors report 2014 2015


Letters from Governors 20/21 

Governors Statement July 21

Trustees Report and Financial Statements

A report is now available to view in a PDF format regarding the schools financial statements and trustee report.  Click on the link below to download.

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31st August 2021

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31st August 2020

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2019

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2018

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2017

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2016

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2015

Funding Agreement – Single Mainstream Academies


Academy Credentials 

Please also have a look at our Academy credentials below:

Academy Order for Pear Tree Mead

Memorandum of Association of PTM


Governing Body Terms of Reference

Pay Committee Terns of Reference

Personnel, Community and Curriculum Committee – Terms of Reference