Governor Profiles

 

Michael Moll

Michael has been a Parent Governor since March 2014, and since October 2017 is sharing vice chair duties with Elaine Mayhew. Michael’s two daughters go to St. Mary’s. Michael is on the Standards Committee, bringing in his passion for improving the achievement of all children and focus on evidence based practice.

For the current academic year, Michael has taken on chairmanship of the Governing Body of Eyke CoE Primary School, in the spirit of supporting another school of the family of Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust schools. This means that he currently cannot give the same level of attention to St Mary’s. Michael remains committed to return his primary focus to St Mary’s once he has restored capacity at Eyke’s Governing Body, and feels already now that both Governing Bodies can benefit from sharing their experiences through his dual role.

Michael has lived in Woodbridge since 2001 but was born, bred and educated in Germany, and still maintains his German origins by bringing up his children bilingually. Working for Suffolk County Council, Michael manages major change programmes. For several years, he managed the county's Raising the Bar Programme, aiming to raise attainment and aspiration in Suffolk's schools. This has given him a strong strategic understanding of education in Suffolk. 

 

The Revd Canon Kevan McCormack

Kevan was educated at Southampton University, Chichester Theological College, where he gained a Certificate in Theology.He was ordained in 1980. After a number of roles as a curate and parish priest in Ross on Wye and Leominster he became the chaplain of Royal Hospital School Holbrook in 1987 before being appointed rector of St Mary’s Parish Church Woodbridge in 2001. He is also honorary chaplain to Ipswich Town Football Club, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Woodbridge Royal British Legion, Seckford Foundation (The Seckford Chapel), Officiating Chaplain to the Military and Chaplain to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Suffolk. He became a Canon in 2009 and in 2014 was appointed Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.

 

Anne Wright

Anne is a trained teacher who taught at secondary level for a number of years; she has also worked as a company secretary for her husband.

A member of St. Mary’s church where she fulfils various roles; she is treasurer of the Mothers Union and also of the local RNLI group. She enjoys swimming, skiing, travelling and gardening.

Appointed as a school governor in 1991 and elected as chairman from 1997 to 2016, she comes into school once a week to help in Foundation class. She thinks the phonics reading system is wonderful and makes listening to readers so much more rewarding. Anne takes the minutes at Finance meetings; Head Teacher Performance management and raising standards; she puts the school case at admission appeals and is part of the admissions working party and also Health and Safety.

Jonathan Cope

Jonathan has a son in Year 6, and two daughters who also previously attended St Mary's School. He has lived in Woodbridge for 21 years having been brought up in Felixstowe. Jonathan works locally in Melton for Realise Futures, a social enterprise company, supporting adults with learning difficulties. He is a volunteer for local Christian youth charity Just 42 in a mentoring role at Farlingaye High School, and has recently completed a diploma in therapeutic counselling. Jonathan has been a governor since May 2010, with current responsibility for Special Educational Needs. He is also an active member of Avenue Evangelical Church in Woodbridge.

Veronica Howe

Veronica began her association with St Mary’s School at the age of five, when she joined the Infant School in Theatre Street. She was educated further at Mills Grammar School Framlingham, Hockerill College of Education and Wolfson College, Cambridge. Her teaching career was spent at a high school in Ipswich, where she enjoyed a range of roles, including Form Tutor, Work Experience Co-ordinator, Head of English and Head of Year.

Currently, Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding, Veronica is linked to PSHE, is a member of our Appeals, Pupil Discipline, Personnel/Pay and Performance Management Committees, and serves also on the Standards Working Party.

A member of St Mary’s Church, where she undertakes various tasks, Veronica also enjoys Girlguiding, hand-bell ringing, reading, gardening, theatre and music.

Lucy Overton

Lucy currently has two daughters, Ella and Bethany, at St Mary’s. Within her professional capacity Lucy is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist working for the prison service and is currently based at HMP & YOI Hollesley Bay. Lucy is also a member of St Mary’s Church and assists with leading the Sunday School, which allows her the opportunity to support children to maintain links between church and school.

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Elaine Mayhew

Elaine joined the governing body ten years ago as a parent governor when her son and daughter were pupils at St Mary's.  Since then she has had various governor roles and is currently co-vice chair.  She serves on the Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee, the Admissions Committee and the Standards Committee.  During her time as a governor she has regularly come in to school to listen to readers which supports her role as governor with responsibility for Literacy; it is a rewarding experience to see the children develop their skills and become confident readers.

Elaine is an active member of St John's church where she has been a leader in the Junior Church (The Light Factory) since her children were toddlers.

Elaine graduated from Southampton University with a degree in History with French.  Her professional background is as an HR and Payroll Manager in a Japanese Investment Bank in the City and then, following her move to Suffolk, at P&O in Ipswich.

She loves tap dancing, painting in oils, photography, skiing and travel.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes

Jeremy was elected as a parent governor in November 2013, and appointed as chair in March 2016 when St Mary’s joined the Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust.

He currently has one son at St Mary’s and two at Farlingaye. Previously, he served as a governor in other Suffolk schools, including two years chairing a finance committee. Jeremy has helped to appoint two head teachers, and has a particular passion for improving attainment and supporting special educational needs.

Having grown up near Stowmarket, Jeremy spent some years living and working in London and internationally before returning to Suffolk. He is a member of St John’s church in Woodbridge, is interested in medieval history, and enjoys orienteering and other outdoor activities. Jeremy’s career has spanned a range of telecoms businesses, he is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager, and holds degrees from Durham University, Kings College London and London Business School.

Karen Read

Karen has been teaching in Suffolk since the start of her career in 1992. Before joining St Mary’s, she was headteacher for 7 years at another school within the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Multi Academy Trust.

Karen believes primary education should develop children’s social and emotional development which in turn will support strong academic performance. Whilst studying for her MA in Education, she focused on cross-curricular learning through the arts. She also has SENDCO qualification which focused on inclusion in mainstream schools.

Josie Hogg

Josie moved to Woodbridge in 1983 from the Midlands. She is married and has one daughter. As well as her family, Josie's other passion is horses and riding.

Josie joined St Mary's in 1993 as Cook-in-Charge and then admin assistant, roles she held for fifteen years. Josie then became a teaching assistant in the school.  She has worked in year four since 2008.

Josie has been a staff governor since 1997, and is governor with responsibility for art and design technology teaching.

Alison Wilson

Alison has been teaching in Suffolk for 23 years, nine of them having been spent at St Mary's. She currently teaches Year 6 and is part of the senior leadership team with responsibility for leading Literacy throughout the school.

When she is not being taxi driver for her two incredibly busy teenagers, she enjoys good food and long walks. She is also actively involved in her local church.  

Elizabeth Cooper

Elizabeth joined the board of governors in October 2017 and has three children that currently attend St Mary’s school. She’s a busy, full-time working mum that does her best to balance work and family life. She graduated from Hull University with a degree in business and technology and has a diploma in business from Lille University, France.

Being new to the world of school governors Elizabeth is working with the board to see where her skills and experience can be best utilised.

Her professional background is in marketing and communications and she has a post-graduate diploma from the chartered institute of marketing. Elizabeth works for a telecommunications company where she also volunteers as a science, engineering, technology & communications (STEM) ambassador as part of the Barefoot programme, teaching coding and computer skills to young people.