Our governing body consists of representatives from the school teaching and non-teaching staff, local authority, community and parents. They meet at least six times per year and they carry out a number of functions including appointing the head teacher and also supporting them in their leadership role.  Although the Governors do not manage the school, the Governing Body is the key strategic decision making body in the school setting the strategic framework and ensuring it meets all of its statutory duties.  Raising achievement is at the heart of the Governing Body's strategic role.

Click here to read the Code of Conduct for the Governing Body

 The school's governing body consists of the following members:

Chair of Governors - Maxine Simon

Maxine Simon is a married mum with four daughters. Her youngest daughter is still at Montgomery Junior School, whilst the others have moved on to secondary and further education. Maxine has lived and worked in Colchester for 25 years after completing her nurse training in Norfolk.

Maxine has been a governor at Montgomery for four years and became chair two years ago.  Her aim is to make a positive contribution to the school and to each child's education by taking an active role in helping the school evolve and become more successful.

Local Authority Governor - Martin Hucker



Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair - Nadia Smart

Nadia graduated MA in French and Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow and taught in Scotland and France before settling in Essex. She was Head of Spanish in a maintained school, where she taught French and Spanish to A Level and IB. Subsequently, she became Head of Modern Languages in an independent school, where she regularly organised and led numerous overseas trips and exchanges. She also worked as an examiner for OCR and IB for a number of years.  Nadia has three children and one grandchild. Now retired, Nadia's interests include choral singing, reading, walking, Pilates and yoga. 

Co-opted Governor


Parent Governor


Parent Governor - Melanie Rundle


Parent Governor - Russell Penhallow

Russ Penhallow is an Army physiotherapist currently serving with 16 Air Assault Brigade. During his Army career, and whilst previously working in the NHS, he gained experience in health governance in managerial primary and secondary care roles. 

Russ fully understands the difficulties faced by Forces families settling their children into a new school and the uncertainty that postings can bring. He lives locally to Montgomery Junior School and has two young children.  Russ is passionate about improving the health and fitness of our generation and helping children to achieve their full potential.


Bill Aylett

Staff Governor

Natalie Launder

Clerk to the Governors

Philip Freeman

Statutory information relating to our Governors

 You Can Be A School Governor

If you want to help our school in a really important way, why not consider becoming a school governor. Being a school governor is demanding but rewarding and a good way of putting something into the local community. School governors can really make a difference in improving standards throughout the school.

Essex County Council - Becoming a School Governor website