The Governors

The governors include parents of children at our school, as well as local retired and interested parties, each sharing the common goal of making our school the best it can be for the children.

Matthew Gowen

Chair
(Co-Opted)

Appointed:
2018

Term of Office:
4 years

Committees:
Behaviour, Teaching & Learning

Other Responsibilities:
None

Register of Interests:
Partner at Birketts LLP

About Matthew

Matthew is a Partner at Birketts LLP; he was brought up in Suffolk and returned with his wife, four boys and two dogs, to live on the outskirts of Woodbridge some years ago.
He joined Birketts five years ago following many years as a Barrister in private practice from chambers in London, where he specialised in Regulatory defence, fraud/financial crime and professional disciplinary work.
In his spare time……..what spare time with four boys?!
Sarah Dempsey

Sarah Dempsey

Resourcing Chair
(Parent)

Appointed:
2016

Term of Office:
4 years

Committees:
Resourcing, Health & Safety

Other Responsibilities:
None

Register of Interests:
None

About Sarah

I grew up in Suffolk, moved away to study for my degree and stayed away for many more years whilst I enjoyed a career in HR with a successful retailer. I returned to the Woodbridge area a few years ago with my family and I am now responsible for HR in a local company. I am keen to use my business skills to support Woodbridge Primary School where my son is a pupil. We all enjoy coming to school – for school days, for the fun FOWPS activities, for assemblies and for the Willow Garden Wrap Around care. I became a governor in 2016 and I am a member of the Resourcing Committee. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the beautiful Suffolk countryside with my family and our dog.

Alex
Williams

Governor
(Parent)

Appointed:
2022

Committees:
Resourcing, Health & Safety

Other Responsibilities:
FOWPS

Register of Interests:
None

About Alex

Alex moved to Woodbridge during August 2020 in time for her daughter to start in F2 at Woodbridge Primary.

Prior to moving to Suffolk, Alex and her family lived in London where Alex spent 18 years working as a finance lawyer at a leading international law firm in the City.

Alex chose to become a governor as she has a keen interest to support the school, the staff and the children; to play an active role in helping Woodbridge Primary to be the best it can be.

Stephen
Winspear

Governor
(Parent)

Appointed:
September 2022

Committees:
Resourcing, Health & Safety

Other Responsibilities:
FOWPS

Register of Interests:
None

About Stephen

Stephen originally grew up in Whitby, North Yorkshire and after completing a degree in Software Engineering from Durham University moved down to Suffolk in 2007 to work for BT. He has worked across multiple areas of BT and is currently focused on developing new products and services around emerging technologies like 5G and Internet of Things.

He has two young sons who attend Woodbridge Primary School, and his wife works as a Planning Strategy manager for Suffolk County Council.
With what little spare time life currently affords Stephen is an avid DIYer, an eager – but novice – gardener and a recent Peleton spinning convert.

Jo
Ling

Staff Governor
(Music & MFL Specialist)

Appointed:
September 2022

Committees:

Other Responsibilities:

Register of Interests:
None

About Jo

Jo Ling attended Ipswich High School and undertook a BA Hons degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Bristol University.

Jo then spent ten years living in Paris and working for Banque Paribas (now BNP Paribas) in the Capital Markets back offices and she was part of the team responsible for altering the computer system to manage the new currency, the Euro. Returning to England in 1998, Jo trained as a teacher in Sheffield, working there for two and half years. After her marriage, she moved to Whitstable in Kent and continued teaching part-time while she had her two children. Jo and her family moved back to Suffolk in 2009 and Jo joined Woodbridge Primary School in 2011.

Jo enjoys music in all its forms, travelling, cooking, swimming and keeping up with the friends she has made in all the different places she has lived.
Jo is music and Modern Foreign Languages coordinator and currently teaches in Y3-Y6.

Tristan Childs

Governor
(Co-Opted)

Appointed:
April 2020

Term of Office:
4 years

Committees:
Chair of Behaviour, Teaching & Learning

Other Responsibilities:
None

Register of Interests:
None

About Tristan

Tristan grew up in Suffolk and moved back to the area a few years ago with his wife and children. He has three young sons and the eldest two are students at Woodbridge Primary School.  

Having previously worked as a paramedic and in medical research, Tristan has spent the last decade working in Public Health research. His interests vary from infectious disease surveillance to the fundamentals of practical wellbeing, such as eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and getting restorative sleep.

Helen Banham

Governor
(Parent)

Appointed:
2021

Term of Office:
4 years

Committees:
Behaviour, Teaching & Learning

Other Responsibilities:
None

Register of Interests:
None

About Helen

Helen grew up in Leigh on Sea and after University, spent 15 years working as a Marine Underwriter in London. After having her daughter, the family decided on a slower pace of life and made the move to Suffolk in 2019. Her 2 children are now both at Woodbridge Primary with her husband teaching at a secondary school. 

 

Helen fell in love with the school and its amazing outdoor area from day 1 and hopes to support the school going forward to achieve its goals. Helen has a passion for sailing and tennis and in her spare time, can be found pottering in the garden and exploring the Suffolk countryside and coast.

Lynsey Crossley

Staff Governor
(interim Co-Head Teacher)

Appointed:
N/A

Term of Office:
N/A

Committees:
Resourcing, Health & Safety
Behaviour, Teaching & Learning

Other Responsibilities:
Deputy Headteacher

Register of Interests:
None

About Lynsey

Lynsey was born and grew up in Suffolk.  After her A Levels she decided to travel and left bound for Australia in 1993.  Whilst away, she abseiled in the Blue Mountains, went white water rafting, explored the Great Barrier Reef and even did a bungee jump!

On her return, she trained as a teacher at Westminster College, Oxford and graduated in 1997 with a BEd (Hons) in English and Children’s Literature, where her favourite tutor was Philip Pullman of ‘His Dark Materials’ fame.  She continued to explore new places and managed trips to Kenya, Turkey and Tunisia.

She began her teaching career at Wickham Market Primary School.  During her 5 years there she taught throughout Key Stage 2.  She joined Woodbridge Primary in 2002, and has taught for most of that time in Year 6.

Lynsey has two children, a girl and boy who keep her on her toes when not in school.  As a family they love being outdoors, exploring, making things and snuggling up with a good book.

Lynsey is also interim Co-Headteacher at Woodbridge Primary School.

Mark
Krisson

Staff Governor
(interim Co-Head Teacher)

Appointed:
N/A

Term of Office:
N/A

Committees:
Resourcing, Health & Safety
Behaviour, Teaching & Learning

Other Responsibilities:
Deputy Headteacher

Register of Interests:
None

About Mark

Originally from Watford in Hertfordshire, Mark started his working life in a building surveyors office and then insurance before qualifying as a teacher in 1987. Mark spent 20 years volunteering part of his Summer to the Children’s Country Holiday Fund, a charity that gives disadvantaged primary school children the chance to participate in a range of residential activities they would not normally get the opportunity to do.

Mark has taught overseas in the United Arab Emirates, and was there during the first Gulf War. He was head teacher of a large junior school in Abu Dhabi with responsibility for 19 classes and 370 children across 5 year groups. Mark holds a first class honours degree, majoring in Geography with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Hertfordshire and an MBA in Educational Management from the University of Leicester.

Mark has a passion for motor vehicles and sports and his ambition is to combine the two by flying around the world in a seaplane, following Summer and the England Cricket team.

Governor Attendance Record

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