Pakefield Primary School

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Governor Profiles

The following Governors can be contacted through the school address:



Mrs Jill Adams (Trust Governor)

I have been involved in school governance since 2008.  Since becoming a governor at Pakefield I have taken on the safeguarding role and I am the link governor for SEN and Inclusion.  I am also a member of the Personnel Committee.I spent my working life as a librarian in London, Norfolk and Suffolk and I have always had a responsibility for working with children and promoting and supporting reading and learning.  Although my own children have grown up I am still interested in schools and the difference that a good school can make to a child's life. All children need the chance to maximise their potential, whatever that may be.


Mrs Yolanda Botham (Trust Governor)

I am a governor because I believe passionately in the value of education. Good schools change lives. Our children need good schools to flourish and progress on to dynamic futures.  I have spent my 25 year career in the post 16 sector, teaching A levels and GCSEs. My current post is Principal of Lowestoft Sixth Form College. Prior to my appointment, I had held both curriculum and pastoral senior leadership posts and as a consequence have some useful experience to share as the school moves forward as an academy.

Mrs Liza Cole (Parent Governor)

I have two daughters within Pakefield Primary School in both Key Stage 1 and 2. I have worked with children throughout all key stages within the school as a local resident artist helping with the India project and creating the large ‘Poppy’ mural. I have always had a passion for art, graduating with a degree in Interior Spatial Design with Business Management. I now run a recognized small business creating original artwork; prior to this I worked as a home sales manager for several years in the construction industry. This is my first governor role and I look forward to helping the school achieve and maintain its goal of becoming an outstanding school.

Mrs Jackie Cutchey (Chair)

I've been involved in education for more than 40 years, working in three local authorities.  The last 16 years I spent as a Headteacher in four schools in total.  Since retirement I have joined the Board of ALT and another local MAT in Norfolk.  I thoroughly enjoy engagement with schools and the education of our young people and hopefully I can use my experience and passion to help make a difference. 



Miss Emma Dorling (Support Staff Governor)

I am both a teaching assistant and school librarian at Pakefield Primary school. My experience of working in a school environment extends over 12 years.  I'm passionate about books and hope to develop a love for reading in the school.  My daughter, who is now at university, attended Pakefield and received a wonderful education. I hope to play a part in making sure other children receive the same opportunity to thrive as she did.  This is my first governor role and I am excited to be involved in this new element of school life as we support the school on its journey to become outstanding.


Mrs Bridget Fosten (Parent Governor)

I currently have two children at Pakefield Primary School.  I really enjoy the challenge of being a governor at the school; there has been a lot to learn and a significant time commitment but I do feel that I can make a positive contribution to the Local Governing Body.  I am a member of the Finance Committee and I am the link governor for Health and Safety. My work experience is as a personnel manager in both the private and charity sectors and so am familiar with good HR and general management practices.I currently volunteer as an Adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau and am a director of the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield.


Mr Martyn Payne (Headteacher)

I've been teaching since 2003; I started in Richmond upon Thames before moving to Suffolk where I have taught in a variety of schools.  I'm delighted to have my first headship at Pakefield Primary School where the children are keen to learn, and where the staff and governors are committed to improving outcomes for the children.  My French Bulldog, Henry, is the school mascot and he loves coming in to hear the children read.  


Mrs Anne Powles (Trust Governor)

I am a retired teacher and being part of the Governing Body enables me to help the school as it continues to make progress. I live in Pakefield and my grandson attends this school.I have taught children of all ages in the primary stage of education and for the last few years of my career taught the nursery children at this school. I became a governor as I have a genuine commitment to the well-being of the children and want to help them, in whatever way I can, to achieve their full potential.I have a particular interest in the Foundation Stage and I am the EYFS governor. I am also Chair of the Personnel Committee; having the right people teaching your children is fundamental to having happy and successful children.  As a retired teacher I understand the pressures of teaching children today but the children at this school deserve the best and as a governor I will do what I can to help Pakefield Primary become a good school and ultimately an outstanding school.


Mrs Marie Rodwell (Teaching Staff Governor)

I have worked in primary education for over twenty years, having the privilege to work with children in Worcester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Suffolk. I have been a volunteer Beaver Scout leader for the last few years, working with children to develop their skills in many areas including outdoor education.Over the last twelve years I have been a governor in Suffolk and more recently in Norfolk, responding to school needs and working with members of the local community. I strongly believe that working as a team, offering support and challenge leads to school improvement.

Mrs Linda Smith (Trust Governor)

 I currently work as a registered nurse working for the NHS.  I have six year’s experience working as a specialist school nurse providing health support in schools. I have also worked as a specialist safeguarding nurse providing support to schools and NHS staff on safeguarding children and young people.  I decided to work part time from February 2016 to spend time with my family and new Grandchild and am currently working with the school immunisation team visiting schools to administer the childhood immunisation programme.  I have become a school governor as I believe I can make a positive contribution to the school in terms of its aims of ensuring a safe, secure and happy environment for all children to enable them to thrive both educationally and emotionally.  I firmly believe that there is a link between health and education, not only is good health important for children to make the most of their educational opportunities, the educational setting can also be important in promoting good health.  

Mrs M Parish (Clerk to the Governing Body)

I am employed by the school on a part-time basis as Clerk to the Governors.  I work alongside the School, The Active Learning Trust and the Local Governing Body to support the governors in fulfilling their duties.  I have completed the National College of Teaching & Leadership's National Clerk Development Programme and I am able to utilise the professional skills I developed as a Chartered Accountant prior to having children.