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Meet Our Governors

  • Mr Paul Boswell

     

    Mr Paul Boswell

    Office: Co-opted
    Appointed By: Federated Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 21/02/2018
    End of Office: 20/02/2022

     

     

     

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee

    Register of Interests:
    Director at Patrick Allen & Associates (Architectural Practice)

    Other information
    :I recently moved from Ipswich to Otley with my family & our daughter has now started at the school here. I decided to become a governor in order to offer my support to the teaching and leadership staff in providing a safe, challenging and positive learning environment for the local children in our village where the school plays such a vital role in our community.
    I hope to use some of my skills as an Architect, and former property management company director for the benefit of the school.

  • Mr Harry Engels

    Mr Harry Engels

    Office: Co-opted
    Appointed By: Federated Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 25/09/2021
    End of Office: 25/09/2025

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Quality of Education
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee

    Register of Interests:
    Wife employed across the federation

    Other information
     

  • Mrs Helen Chambers

    Mrs Helen Chambers

    Office: Co-opted
    Appointed By: Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 18/09/2019
    End of Office

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee
    *Quality of Education

    Roles:
    PE Governor (Witnesham)

    Register of Interests:
    My two children attend Witnesham Primary school, having moved from Ipswich school. I have a girl in year 1 and a boy in year 3.

    Other information:
    Before having children, my teaching career allowed me to hone my interest in English and this is the part of the curriculum I am passionate about.
    I am a true believer in helping all children access the curriculum, regardless of their circumstances. I also believe whole heartedly in this school and its teachers. I wanted to become a governor to help the school succeed and be the best it can be for its pupils.

  • Mrs Hannah Rigby

    Mrs Hannah Rigby

    Office: Staff Governor
    Appointed By
    Term
    Date Appointed: 14/07/2020
    End of Office

    Committees:
    Quality of Education
    Finance, Premises and Personnel

  • Mr Andrew Leather

    Mr Andrew Leather

    Office: Parent Governor
    Appointed By: Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 05/11/2021
    End of Office: 05/11/2025

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee
    Finance, Premises and Personnel

    Register of Interests:
    My child attends Witnesham Primary school.

    Other information:
     

  • Mrs Victoria Gregg

    Mrs Victoria Gregg

    Office: Parent Governor
    Appointed By: Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 19/11/2021
    End of Office: 19/11/2025

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee
    Quality of Education

    Register of Interests:
    My two children attend Witnesham Primary school.

    Other information:
    I am now a stay-at-home mum with my husband working long hours. After University I enjoyed my teaching Career and then my equine insurance career in London.  I have volunteered to help the children read at Witnesham since my eldest son started in reception and thoroughly enjoyed the role as Chair of the WSA. I am a strong believer in the value and importance of a well-balanced education. Our school has an excellent curriculum, fantastic morals, and values in place thus I am excited to help the school as a governor making a positive difference by helping make decisions about the school’s long-term goals and therefore education of our local children. 

  • Mrs Michaela Harris

    Mrs Michaela Harris

    Office: Headteacher
    Appointed By:
    Term: N/A
    Date Appointed: 01/12/2020
    End of Office:

    Committees:
    Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
    Quality of Education

  • Mrs Sue Leggett

    Mrs Sue Leggett

    Office: Co-opted
    Appointed By: Federated Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 01/04/2014
    End of Office: 01/04/2022 

     

     

     

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
    Head Teacher's Performance Review Group
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee

    Roles:
    Link Governor
    Pupil Premium
    Safeguarding

    Register of Interests:
    Director of Econobuild Ltd.
    Partner in Damerons Farm Cottages.

    Other information:
    You could say I have Witnesham blood running through my veins having been born in Westerfield and moving just half a mile away to a neighbouring farm in Witnesham when I was four years old! You would be amused to see the photograph of me dressed as a chicken in the school play when I was about six years old! I was lucky enough to have the whole of Witnesham marshes as my playground (I've probably got one or two scars to prove it!). I have been married to Wayne for nearly 40 years and we have three grown up children, two of whom have 'flown the nest' and we live on a small farm in Henley, where we run our self-catering holiday cottages, a small building business and a flock of Jacob sheep.

    I've worked in various admin roles since leaving Claydon School and became interested in education when my children attended Henley Primary, seeming always to be involved in one type of 'voluntary' activity or another! My first 'proper' school job was at Thomas Wolsey Special School where I'd been for 9 years before 'coming home' to man the office at Witnesham until my retirement in May 2018.

    I felt very honoured when I was invited to join the Governing Body as a Community Governor almost 8 years ago. I very much hope to continue to build on and strengthen my links with the local community and in so doing enhance support for both of our schools and encourage the social and community ethos, which contributes to our success

  • Mr Ian Liddell

    Mr Ian Liddell

    Office: Local Authority
    Appointed By: Federated Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 01/04/2014
    End of Office: 01/04/2022 

     

     

     

    Committees:
    *Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee
    * Head Teacher's Performance Review Group
    Quality of Education

    Roles:
    Chairman
    Freedom of Information
    PE Governor (Otley)

    Register of Interests:
    Accountant for the Suffolk Agricultural Association and Trinity Park Events Ltd.
    Wife employed at Otley Primary School.

    Other information:
    I became a governor at Otley Primary School in February 2005, became Chair of Governors in July 2008 and Chair of the then newly formed Federation with Witnesham Primary School on 1 April 2014.

    I became a governor when my son, James, first started at Otley. After A levels at Farlingaye High School he is currently in the first year of a Masters Degree at Warwick University studying, Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE). I also have a daughter, Amy, who also enjoyed her time at Otley and s currently in her GCSE Year at Farlingaye

    The reason I became a Governor was to put something back into the community where we all live as well. Being Chair of Governors is a very time consuming but also highly rewarding role which gets you involved in all aspects of the schools.

    I work as the accountant for Trinity Park (Suffolk Showground) which is best known for staging the Suffolk Show but it is much more than a two day a year job!

    I have lived in Otley since 1998 having moved here when I got married to Jodie who works at Otley as a Teaching Assistant.

    I am a keen member of Aldeburgh Yacht Club.

    If you wish to discuss any aspect of the schools please do not hesitate to contact me via the school offices.

  • Mrs Louise Nevill

    Mrs Louise Nevill

    Office: Co-opted
    Appointed By: Federated Governing Body 
    Term: 4 years
    Date Appointed: 23/11/2018
    End of Office: 22/11/2022 

    Committees:
    Appeals Committee
    Head Teacher's Performance Review Group
    Hearings Committee
    Pupil Discipline Committee
    Quality of Education

    Roles:

    Register of Interests:
    None

    Other information:
    I have been a teacher for 34 years and have recently retired and moved from London to Suffolk. I am passionate about the benefits of Early Years education, in particular communication and language. I have had a lot of experience working with children who have English as an Additional Language and also Special Needs. I love the use of creativity to really inspire children with their learning.

Resigned Governors

The following governors have resigned in the past year.