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Governor Profiles

Julie Cushion


Julie is a Community Governor and is the current Chair, she has been involved with the school and governing body for over twenty years.

Her employed role is as the Constituency Assistant for the local MP and has previously been a Local Borough Councillor for Belfairs.

Julie’s other education involvement is as a member of the multi academy trust SEN Trust Southend.

She is heavily involved in the local community as director of various charities, Southend Citizens Advice, Southend YMCA, PROST8 and Aspirations Southend.


Justin Baptie


Since 2003 Justin has been the Managing Director and sole owner of a local accountancy practice.  He also has several other business interests, most notably for the last 14 years running a contract catering firm serving schools and care homes, providing over 50,000 meals per month.

He was appointed a Parent Governor in November 2015 and became Vice-Chair in September 2019.


Marcia Carr


Marcia is a Parent Governor and has had children at the school since 2013. Her background is in Performing Arts. She completed her training at Royal Holloway (University of London) where she returned to start her PhD. She is a recognised Feldenkrais Practitioner and is currently Deputy Chief Examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), She is an Associate Artist with National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and has her own theatre Companies, Arts Outlblast and Creative Blast (based at The Thameside Theatre, Grays), specialising in Community Theatre, a Performing Arts Academy and providing training in all aspects of Performance, both for performers and teachers including specialisms in delivery with SEN and young people. Marcia is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has just achieved her Senior Fellowship with Higher Education Academy. She is also an Adjudicator and member of the British and International Federation of Festivals. She has toured nationally and Internationally as a performer and with shows that she has directed and choreographed and been nominated for a number of awards, winning, Time Out Critics Choice, Best Actor, Buxton Festival and Best Performer, Manchester Evening Standard. She works in Performance Conservatoires Internationally but nothing brings greater pleasure than being able to bring her skills for free to the young people at Fairways in music, dance and drama to support curriculum and empower through effective communication.


Joan Carr


Joan is a Local Authority Governor and is the current SENCO governor within the school. She has been involved with the school via Friends of Fairways for 4 years.

Prior to retirement she worked within the legal profession for many years and a great deal of this was spent dealing in family law. She have handled many divorce cases involving children and custody of children, and many other child welfare cases. Many of these included extremely difficult issues with children struggling to cope with not only the separation of their parents, but also the rancour between the husband and wife. In a number of cases Social Services staff were involved due to issues with the children’s mental health and wellbeing causing their schoolwork to suffer.

She was a member of the Panel for Domestic Violence in Birmingham and worked closely with the Birmingham Asian Advisory Service, being a trusted advisor on all aspects of family law, particularly where children were concerned.

She served as Chair of Governors at an inner city infant/primary school in Birmingham The school was in an extremely underprivileged area and as such had all of the inherent issues that befall such an environment. Her family law and child welfare experience were of invaluable assistance to the school.


David Wood


David has worked with Fairways as a Parent Governor for nearly four years. He focuses on supporting curriculum areas and has worked in education for over 20 years.

David’s employment covers the Secondary, Further & Higher education sectors as well as working for various exam boards and universities as an external examiner across the UK.

Away from work, David has worked with community groups across the Southend district for many years, including the YMCA, Southend Music services and the Music Man Project.

He continues to practice as a musician, whilst working with his wife Rebecca to bring up their three children, two of whom currently attend Fairways.


Clare Douglas


Clare is a parent governor with two children that have both attended Fairways.
She has been employed within the education system for 20 years, off which she is passionate about.

Clare has particular interest in supporting vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ young people. Every child, no matter what their levels or circumstances are, should all be receiving the best education possible, and given a voice.