"The Partnership of Bildeston Primary and Whatfield CEVC Primary Schools"

Meet Our Governors

Chair of Governors


Mr Phil Clark

I have been a Governor for 5 years and Chair of Governors at Whatfield for the last 4 years. I became a Governor because I believed that I could best support and positively influence the education of local young people by getting involved. The shared experiences that I and other Governors bring, mixed with the expertise of the dedicated teaching team aims to give the school's children the very best start to their education.





Ms Lynne Golding

I moved to Suffolk from London in 2001 and have brought up my two children here through the middle school system.


I have worked in education for most of my working life, in secondary, special but mostly Primary Schools.


I have worked at Rattlesden, Ringshall, Whatfield and Bildeston Primary Schools.


I am very keen to help people develop and am pleased when staff do well.


After moving to Suffolk I finished m NPQH and have also studied for my Masters degree, completing that in 2014.


I am very proud of my two children, who I believe have grown up to be kind and interesting people. Ellie is a swimmer and has just completed her degree. Sam loves Music and is studying Music Technology and trying to make a success of his band KYANOS.


I like spending time with my family, walking, reading and researching my family tree when I have time.


I am so proud to be the lead of two good schools, which could not have happened without the support and hard work of the staff and governors.

Foundation Governor


Mrs T Whittle

I have been a Governor since 2014. I was first appointed as a Co opted Governor for Whatfield school, moving to be a Foundation Governor and more recently appointed Foundation Governor for The Partnership of Bildeston Primary and Whatfield CEVP schools.


I strongly believe in both schools playing an important part in village life and try to make sure that school and village work to their mutual advantage. My children both attended Whatfield school and as I am now a grandmother of 4 I am especially interested in the changes taking place in education.


I was on the joint Governor committee leading to the Federation of the two schools, Premises, Health and Safety Committee and now serve on the Personnel committee.

Before retiring I worked as an Occupational Health Nurse which gave me experience in the workplace, risk assessment and health and safety.

Co-opted Governors


Mrs D Murton-Cadby

I am a co-opted governor and I have a daughter at the school. I’m currently on the PTFA and served as secretary for the past year. I decided to become a governor because I’m passionate about being part of our community and our children’s development and education. I want to be part of a team that strives for excellence, is passionate about what they do and ultimately work to nurture our children to be the best they can be. I want to be able to support the school in working towards its aims in any way I can and I get to meet some really lovely people along the way.


Mrs A Hamer

I am new to the governing body, but not to school life having spent the past 40+ years teaching, as well as being involved in many other areas of the school community due to being a Mum to two (now grown) daughters.

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, even as a small child, and I have been fortunate enough to fulfil this wish and enjoy a wonderful career with some of the most amazing children and adults that it has been my privilege to work with. 

Over the years I have taught largely in Primary schools in different parts of Britain, but also abroad in Dubai. As well as classroom teaching, I have been P.E coordinator, Head of Modern Foreign Languages and R.E, as well as Senco.

Last year, after retiring, my Husband and I moved to Bildeston and I felt the best way to become part of the community and share my past experience would be to join a fabulous team who are all there to support and encourage our youngsters. This is a real passion for me and I very much look forward to working together to celebrate the ‘whole’ child.


Mrs C Clarke

I joined the governing body in September 2019 as a co operated governor. Most of my teaching career has been with KS1 and below,  moving to Whatfield CEVCP has allowed me to gain some experience in teaching KS2, something which I am really enjoying! As Head of School I feel it is important to be part of the governing body to support the schools decision making process and always aiming to meet the needs of the children. I enjoy working with governors and staff to ensure our school can be the best it can be. 


Mrs C Ward

I joined the Governing Body of Bildeston and Whatfield Federation in November 2019. Whilst new to Primary School Education, I have been teaching in Secondary Schools since I qualified as a Physical Education teacher in 2012. My current roles as Head of Academic PE and Head of House for 120 pupils, gives me a wide variety of experience working together with teachers, parents and pupils, at Middle Management level, both academically and pastorally.


My passion lies in education and wanting to help empower each pupil I work with; as well as supporting staff and parents alike, in order to get the most out of every opportunity. I value learning and contributing to the educational foundations children have as they embark on their academic career.


Sharing and gaining experience is what helps get the best out of the situations we encounter in education; I look forward to continuing working with the wonderful partnership of Bildeston and Whatfield CEVCP Primary Schools. 



Mrs H Williams

I am a co-opted governor, originally of Whatfield school, starting in November 2016.


Prior to moving to Suffolk I spent many years working for Kent County Council managing services such as admissions and transport, attendance and extended schools. I was also a governor of a small rural primary school.


I believe that all children should have the opportunity to reach their potential, and that education is more that just schooling - it's the child's whole life experience. This is why I strive to include parents and families in everything we do in schools. I believe we should nurture our youngsters, giving them opportunities to explore and make sense of the complex world in which they are growing up.


I think that my experience as a parent and grandparent means that I can contribute to the future of both schools as they move into the next, exciting, phase of their development.

Parent Governors


Mrs S Fell

I became a parent Governor in February 2018, and currently sit on the Finance Committee. I have two children, my daughter is currently at Bildeston Primary School, and my son has just moved on to Hadleigh High School.

I have been a regular volunteer at the school for many years, and I’m also a member of the PTFA having taken over the role of Treasurer in 2016.

I am extremely proud to be associated with this wonderful school and am committed to helping the school achieve its future goals.

Staff Governor


Mrs L Coll

I have been the staff governor within our federation since Spring 2017. I am also the Named Safeguarding Governor. My role in school is School Business Manager.

I am proud to be part of such a lovely school and also with Whatfield Primary, our federated school. Since federating, we continue with a very strong governing body, one of which is committed fully to the success of our schools.



Associate Members


Mrs M Payne

I am a Teaching assistant at Whatfield Primary School and have been for over 30 years. I have worked with all the age ranges and classes within the school.


Previously as a child I also attended the school in my primary years as have my children and grandchildren.


As an Associate Governor I am a member of the Premises, Health and Safety committee and I have also sat on other committees over the years. I have and always will strive with the teachers to bring out the best in every child.


Mrs J Hipkins