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Our Governors

Cheryl MacNair

Mrs Cheryl MacNair joined the Governing body in September 2016 and she is now Chair of Governors.
Cheryl retired from her role as Headmistress of a small ISA school in August 2016 and has much experience with Early Years.
She is also a Team Inspector (Early Years) for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

David Malyon

Mr David Malyon is a Chartered Accountant and is a Director of Pawley & Malyon Limited, a firm of Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors.
Prior to joining them he worked at two other Firms and qualified with the second of these.
He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
David and his wife, Susan, have three children, who are all working.
He is a Governor and is responsible for finances, the school site and is a Director of Avon House Preparatory School Limited.

Fay Cookson

Mrs Fay Cookson has a long association with the school having attended Essex House, the original school where Avon House now stands.  
Fay started her teaching career in the state system whilst gaining her Post Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties.  She subsequently taught at Avon House and became its first SENCO. 
Fay has been Head of the Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre for many years and a CReSTed Consultant travelling in the UK to inspect SEND provision in participating schools.
Fay has a son who is ordained in the Anglican Church and a daughter who is the Head of Learning Support at Greshams Prep School in Norfolk.
In her spare time Fay enjoys calligraphy, music, theatre and travelling (especially to Rome) and most of all spending time with her young grandson.
Fay's responsibility as Governor is Safeguarding.

Richard Hogg

Mr Richard Hogg became a School Governor in Autumn 2016.
He has worked with the Ministry of Defence for the past 26 years having experience of the implementation of major projects, been a trainer and personnel professional with a particular focus on leadership, communications and personal development initiatives.
He is currently an investigator within security vetting.
Richard’s daughter recently left Avon House for Secondary School having been here since year 3.
Richard grew up in Wanstead and has been an active athlete and coach with Woodford Green Athletic Club since the mid 1980’s.  Richard's responsibility as Governor is Health & Safety.

Matt Barrett

Mr Matt Barrett joined the Board of Governors in 2016.
Matt is a Solicitor and Notary Public and is a Partner at Thirsk Winton LLP based in Woodford Green.
Whilst his professional background lends itself to assisting with legal and regulatory compliance, at Avon House, Matt takes a particular interest in the range of extra curricular activities provided by the school. 
Matt firmly believes that, whilst the school rightly prides itself on academic performance, each child can only reach their full potential if they are enjoying additional sporting, musical or dramatic activities.