St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

Love your neighbour as you love yourself

Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JJ

01394 383649


Governor Profiles


Michael Moll

Michael has been a Parent Governor since March 2014. In October 2018 he was appointed by the Diocesan Multi-Academy trust as Chair of Governors. Michael continues his governor responsibility for Attainment, Progress and Attendance, bringing in his passion for improving the achievement of all children and focus on evidence-based practice.
For the 2017/18 academic year, Michael was on an interim basis Chair of the Governors of Eyke CoE Primary School, to create capacity and focus in Eyke's Governing Body and to support the new Headteacher, Miss Fairweather. He has stepped down from that role in October 2018 to fully focus on St Mary's. To inform his role, Michael has undertaken in 2017 the well-regarded Governors Leadership Development Programme from the National Governors Association.

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. Michael has two daughters, one of whom attends St. Mary's, and he is happy to be approached by parents during school pick up if they want to find out more about what the Governing Body does.

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 Thomas 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.


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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 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 in 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.


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.


Elizabeth Cooper

Elizabeth joined the board of governors in October 2017 and has three children, one of which currently attends 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.

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.

Justine Berkeley

Justine is an experienced  school business manager and chartered accountant committed to demonstrating the significant impact the strategic management of support functions can have on teaching and learning.

Justine has experience in both the public and private sector previously working for Suffolk and Essex Local Authorities managing their financial management traded services and has 7 years’ experience working in a secondary school as a school business director. Justine owns and manages SBM Services Ltd, a national provider of  school business management consultancy services. Justine is a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leaders, a Specialist Leader of Education, won the award of School Business Manager of the Year and recently received an award from the Institute of School Business Leaders for her outstanding contribution to the professionalisation of school business leadership. 

Justine has a son in year 6 and is excited to be able to share her professional experience with the wonderful community of the school.