The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Governing Body

Welcome to the Governing Body section of the school website. As Chair of Governors it gives me real pleasure to welcome all visitors to our special community. As a ‘Cooperian’ I fully understand the importance of my role.

I was a pupil here from 1972-1979, Girls’ School Captain in my final year and President of the Old Coopers’ Coborn Association in the 1980s. Following a history degree at Exeter University (inspired by the passion and enthusiasm for this subject by my Coopers Coborn teachers), I spent 22 years in industry where I worked at senior levels in Human Resources and Organisation Development. For the past ten years I have run a global HR business specialising in creating organisational effectiveness through inclusive leadership. We have six sub-committees of the main school Governing Body and we work as a team in ensuring the organisational and strategic effectiveness of the school. I am fortunate to be working as part of a great team and work closely with Simon Miller in his role as Vice Chair. I am a Liveryman of the Coopers’ Company, sit on the Company’s Education Committee and have been a Governor for the past 6 years, in recent years chairing our HR committee and as Vice Chair. Please do not hesitate to contact me at:

Jacey Graham

Our governing body has three strategic aims:

  • Approves the strategic direction of the school by:
    • Agreeing the values, aims, objectives and targets for the school
    • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
    • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure
  • Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating its performance:
    • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
    • Progress towards targets
    • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
    • The budget and the staffing structure
    • Conducts self-evaluation
  • Ensures accountability by:
    • Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
    • Holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school
    • Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
    • Making available information to the community
    • Appoints and performance manages the Headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.

I am Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Committee and Link Governor to the Careers Department. I have been a Governor since September 2006.  I attended the school between 1975 and 1982, I am married and live in Upminster with 3 daughters who have all attended the school. For the past 15 years I have run a property Development and Investment Company which is based in Chelmsford. Both Jacey and I are very lucky to be supported by an excellent team of governors who bring a wealth of experience to their school.

Governors have three main roles:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

In our featured content "right"  you will find information on each of our governors, as well as individual profiles outlining their backgrounds.

Similarly, please do not hesitate to contact me at:

Simon Miller