Governor Profiles


Michael Moll

Michael has been a Parent Governor since March 2014.
Michael’s two daughters go to St. Mary’s. Michael has lived in Woodbridge for the last 15 years 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. He currently coordinates the “Raising the Bar” Programme, a Suffolk-wide initiative to raise attainment and aspiration amongst children and young people. This provides him with a helpful insight and strategic educational perspective to his Governor’s role .


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.

Catherine Whitmore

Catherine currently has a daughter at St Mary’s, with her son recently leaving to go to Farlingaye. Her professional background is in HR and skilled volunteering, mainly in the charity sector, and she currently works as a Consultant in these areas. She has served on the boards of two charities. Catherine is the Link Governor for PE and is keen to see all children in the school enjoying some form of physical activity

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.

Di Russ

Di is a supply teacher, and also teaches languages (including Mandarin Chinese) throughout Suffolk as a Key Practitioner, although she worked as a Fibre Optic Research Engineer at BT for 19 years before changing careers.

Both her children attended St Mary’s and since 1993 she has held many roles in school including: parent helper, Friends Summer Fair organiser, dinner lady, student teacher, teacher, supply teacher and now governor.

An active member of St John’s Church and a keen swimmer and kayaker, she is the Preliminary Bandleader for Martlesham Brass and also plays trombone in their Main Band. Di volunteers at events in Suffolk, is a Park Champion at Olympic Park in Stratford and is a qualified Sight Guide in both locations. She also studies languages with the Open University and has travelled extensively throughout Europe and beyond.

Di has been a Governor since November 2013, with current responsibility for Maths.

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.