Our Governing Body


Governing Body

Our Governing Body

Local Governing Body:

The Local Governing Body has a range of duties and powers in school with an overall aim of helping Hillside Primary School to become a good centre of learning. Its responsibilities include: 


  • Strategic direction ensuring clarity of the schools vision and ethos.

  • Ensuring leadership is accountable for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, alongside the performance management of staff.

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is spent effectively. 

The Local Governing Body is formed by, and works alongside, the Active Learning Trust. The full governing body meet every half term. Two governing body committees; Curriculum, Standards & Outcomes Committee, and Resources Committee, meet once a term. Individual governors have separate areas of responsibility, which they monitor and report on during Governors' Week. 
The Scheme of Delegation can be viewed here 

Meet the Local Governing Body

Mr Mark Straw, Chair of Governors - SafeGuarding:

Mark has worked for the last 30 years putting young people and community first. As a qualified youth and community worker Mark strives for equality of access and opportunity. He has specialised in rights-based approaches and participation. Sitting on the board of the Education and Training Standards Committee with the National Youth Agency Mark is active in ensuring that the validation process for undergraduate and post graduate Youth Work courses meet the expected standards.

Mark, still a practitioner of practice has drifted into early years and has a keen interest in early years education as it is the formative period of a person's life and is a firm believer if we can get this right, providing a safe space which enables young people to grow by been curious, thoughtful and determined we are more likely to see young people transition into the older young person that that they want to see.

As chair of the board, I hope to bring together our communities' expertise in building our village to raise our children. 

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Mr Matthew Powell, Trust Governor - Diversity and Inclusion:

I am a recent Computer Science graduate from the University of Huddersfield and moved to Ipswich on joining BT as a Technology Graduate. Back in my home town of Blackburn I was a Scout Leader for a number of years where I had the chance to volunteer both at home and internationally. When coming to the area I wanted to apply myself and have a positive impact in the community. Being a governor at Hillside is a great opportunity to do this. I am always pushing for new experiences and to develop the skills of myself and others around me. I am really looking forward to the future at Hillside and excited for what I can bring to the table.


Mr Duncan Carragher, Trust Governor - Health and Safety:

I am senior manager with an MBA in Strategic Management, and 21 years’ experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams in the fields of social care, local government and housing.

My experience includes the operational Management of a portfolio of services with over 300 staff and an annual turnover in excess of £15 million; the successful completion of complex projects to transfer Local Authority assets, services, and over 1400 staff through TUPE to the independent sector, gaining substantial capital receipts; The planning, implementation and the completion of major change programmes including the transfer of Local Authority properties and award of an £8.5 million per annum contract. “Cradle to Grave” project and contract management of a complex £250 million Public Private Partnership to transfer and close local authority residential homes and provide new build specialist homes with a building contract of £44 million. project, operational and contract management of one of the largest housing PFI’s in the country with a building contract in excess of £100 million.

More importantly throughout my academic studies, professional and personal life I have been keen to develop myself and others around me to meet our full potential. This ethos and passion is transferable into the education sector and the role of governor and I look forward to assisting the school to meet its goals.

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Mr Richard Hanson, Trust Governor - Curriculum:

I have been involved in Education for over 14 years and, after 4 years as an Assistant Vice Principal at Clacton Coastal Academy, am now the Vice Principal at Chantry Academy in Ipswich.  I have worked with schools across all ages and really value the impact Primary Schools can have on raising aspirations. Although born and raised in Scunthorpe, my Grandfather was from Ipswich and, before becoming Headteacher at Sproughton, taught at Roebeck Road (Orwell Junior School) and Sidegate Primary School.  My Grandfather spoke fondly of Ipswich and the children he worked with.

I have been enthused by the hard work local schools invest in young children and relish the opportunity to be part of Hillside Primary School.

I feel Hillside Primary has a real focus on student progress and helping all youngsters to achieve their potential.  I enjoy being part of such a forward thinking school and the impact it will have on the children and families in the community.


Florentina Adetu, Parent Governor: 

I graduated in Sociology in 2008 in Romania and have had different roles since then. Moving to the U.K., brought an interesting opportunity: I had the chance to join the English educational system and decided that this is what I want for the future. Working with students with a wide range of abilities, with SEND or being EAL, has improved my understanding about supporting the pupils in their education. Now, I am about to start the Teacher Training program and obtain the QTS. 

Being asked to be a part of the Hillside Primary School community was a great honour and I am looking forward to the experience that this will bring.


Abid Ali, Parent Governor: 

I have had a long career in Local workshops and car repair, and am a professionally qualified technician and engineer Throughout my career, I have seen the challenges that families have to endure and I have always been committed to making a difference and increasing opportunities.  I have continued this as Hillside Primary School governor. 

I see my role as one of facilitating challenge amongst the governing body by seeking out external information about school performance.  This enables Governors to challenge the Head and SLT and work on school improvement.

I understand the difficult backgrounds many of our children come from. I use my position to facilitate access to support packages and the services our children and their families need.

Furthermore, I also use my knowledge within my trade to apply business and experience in human resource to seek out new ideas and approaches to teaching and engaging parents. I have a keen interest in technology workshops with will help the pupil's gain skills and get ready for the world. 


Information about our Governors

Governors who have resigned in past 12 months

Governing Vacancies