Sir David Amess MP

Sir David was born in Plaistow, in the East End of London on the 26 March 1952 to a small working class family. He attended St Bonaventure’s Grammar School, now St Bonaventure’s Catholic Comprehensive school. Sir David went on to Bournemouth College of Technology where he earned a BSc with Honours in Economics and Government. Before becoming Member of Parliament for Basildon in 1983, Sir David became a recruitment consultant and eventually set up his own recruitment firm. Sir David served as MP for Basildon until 1997, in that year he was returned as the Member of Parliament for Southend West. He has retained this seat at four consecutive elections since 1997 and is now one of the most senior members in the Commons in terms of length of service. Sir David served on the Health Select Committee for around ten years between the years 1998 to 2007. Since then he has served on the Backbench Business committee and is now a member of the Administration Committee in the House of Commons. Sir David is the author of Against All Odds and Working Class Conservatives I & II. Sir David was Knighted in the New Year’s Honours List in 2015 for political and public service.  He is married with five children.



Born and educated in Hackney, East London,but now living in Billericay since marriage in 1969. Graduate of Kings  (BSc Hons) & Chelsea (MA(Ed)) in London.

Teaching career of 37 years, including 17 years as Headteacher of Cecil Jones High School, followed by 10 years working as Education Consultant predominantly for Southend LEA.

Chair of Trustees and Members of Portico MAT since formulation of MAT

My work in my schools and the Trust is driven by passion  to give every child  the opportunities , support and quality of learning to achieve their best.

In my retirement I spend my time with our 5 grandchildren, playing golf , gym  & swimming & taking holidays in France with our touring  caravan.



Garry has worked in two major Government departments – Defence and the Department for Education (DfE). He also has experience of Local Government at a senior level.

In Defence, Garry was in a number of operational posts in the UK and Overseas and ended his Defence career in the management training division, project managed the introduction of Performance Management across the department and providing Leadership and management training to military and civilian staff.

In the DfE, he was a policy official in the School Workforce Unit. He worked with key stakeholders across the country, including ministers, to bring Performance Management in to English and Welsh Schools. Garry designed and managed the national roll out of performance management training for Headteachers, LA officials and Governors. 

In the Children services dept of Southend, Garry was the Leadership Management Adviser providing advice and training to headteachers, governors, teaching and non-teaching staff. Garry was instrumental in establishing the Graduate Teaching Programme and established the first Interim Executive Board in the country. Garry also secured Investors in People status for the Department. 

Garry joined the Eastern Leadership Centre a not for profit charity as Deputy Chief Executive responsible for the strategic management of the back office function in the company and  National college and TDA programmes across the Eastern region. Garry also worked with a number of local authorities to develop and deliver online training for Governors. 

Garry left ELC to establish his own management and development consultancy company and has worked and continues to works for a number of clients in Education and Social Care.  Garry is a governor and Vice Chair of Futures Community College in Southend.

Heather Oram

I am a qualified banker who has worked for Lloyds Bank for 39 years, the last 20 years as a Commercial 

Relationship Manager managing portfolios of Commercial customers providing day to day business support and advice.  A Leigh-on-Sea resident for the last 33 years, married with one son aged 28.



Coming soon...