Our School Governors play a vital role in your child's Education. They are strategic leaders who support us in all aspects of our work.
Emneth Nursery School Governors-Who are they?
Holly Bowman-Head Teacher
I started my career at Emneth Nursery School in 2008 and became the Head Teacher in September 2016, having graduated from University in 2002 and I was one of the first group of teaching students in the UK to hold a teaching degree in Early Years. I have worked extensively as an Early Years Specialist, teaching Nursery and Reception aged children as well as an advisor for the Local Authority. My childhood was spent in Melton Mowbray and I moved to Norfolk in 2002. I enjoy travelling and have visited many countries including Australia, India, Vietnam, Borneo, South Africa and Thailand, learning many new insights along the way. I also love music and my favourite bands are The Killers and Kasabian. I live at home with my Husband Phil, house rabbits Willow and Clover and Cockapoo Poppy.
Mick Barratt- Co-opted (Vice Chair)-Admissions, GDPR, EYPP, Finance
Mick is a Certified Accountant whose career has taken him into a number of areas of private sector and public sector roles including Project and Programme Management; management of teams and budgets exceeding 100 and £15m; practice accountancy, finance and auditing. He has also extensive experience and qualifications in process improvement (including 6 Sigma) and devising and delivering training to students and instructors. He is presently Programme Manager for Caterpillar's Brexit preparations. He enjoys motorbikes, DIY and photography. His granddaughter previously attended Emneth Nursery and is now at Emneth Primary School.
Harry Humphreys- Local Authority - Internal Controls, Behaviour
I am a retired Financial Adviser and a Councillor on both Norfolk County Council and the Borough Council for Emneth, with involvement in finance, performance and communities. I am also a Governor at Marshland St James Primary and Nursery and have been on various school governing bodies including Emneth Primary for a good number of years. I was an active member of the parents’ associations of the schools attended by my four children (now all grown up). I am the Treasurer of St Edmunds Church and my hobbies include my small holding (mostly for hay), horses, DIY and reading.
Jules Stutchbury- Clerk to the Governors
I spent 20 years working for Barclays Bank undertaking a variety of roles from PA, Personal Banker and Regional Trainer to Branch Manager. For the last 11 years I have worked in Local Government as Civic Officer with responsibility for the Borough Mayor and organising many civic events. I have two sons, aged 20 and 13, and in my spare time enjoy photography, Pilates and Zumba.
Samantha Melton- Co-opted- Fundraising,
I am a chartered certified accountant working locally in Downham Market. In my spare time I enjoy being with my husband and 2 year old who attends the nursery. I joined the board of governors in September 2019 and look forward to supporting the nursery.
Emily Wilson- Parent Governor- Special Educational Needs. LAC.
I am a mum of two children, both of whom currently attend Emneth Nursery. We live locally in Elm and love exploring outdoors and messy play. I am a teacher at the local special school and over the last ten years have worked with primary and secondary students with a wide range of needs and learning difficulties. I feel that the knowledge and skills I have gained since working in education are of benefit to me in my role as a governor here at the nursery and children’s centre.
Claire Hooker- Staff Governor- Data, Training
I have been a qualified teacher for 13 years now and have taught a range of year groups from nursery to year 6, but my real passion is for early years. I completed a degree in Early Childhood studies at Northampton University and then went on to do a PGCE at Norwich University in order to get my teaching qualification. I have lived in Norfolk all of my life and I have two very active boys aged 10 and 7, as well as a crazy dog. I enjoy listening to music, watching theatre shows and going for walks along the coast.
Mathew Putterill- Parent Governor- Able children, Health & Safety.
Hi there I am Mat and not only am I a father of two that both come to Emneth Nursery I also used to come to Emneth Nursery as a child and then Emneth Primary. I lived in this village all my life up to last year when we moved to Upwell so not a million miles away. I have worked in health and social care for over ten years now and currently run a residential home for vulnerable children ranging from early years all the way up to adulthood.
I enjoy spending time with my children and family, playing all sorts of different games and activities.... especially lego.
Sarah Fairbrother- Co-opted, Chair, Parent and Staff Liaison, Well-being.
I joined as a governor in February 2019. I attended Emneth Nursery School when I was a child and my daughter, Millie currently attends the nursery school. I am a director and solicitor specialising in family law at Ward Gethin Archer solicitors. I have previously been a trustee of both Relate Derbyshire and Relate Norfolk and Suffolk. I have a keen interest in fundraising and hope to be able to support the nursery in raising extra funds to be able to give the children the best experiences at nursery possible
Valerie Heath- Co-opted, Safeguarding, Curriculum,
For the past 30 years I have lived and raised my family in Outwell, although I recently moved a bit further afield. My three children attended the nursery in the 1990s and have fond memories of time spent there. Since 2000 I have worked in children's services, spending time in the local authority and in the health service. I was involved in the Sure Start programme, the fore-runner to children's centres, and was the programme co-ordinator who established the Fen Border Sure Start that was based at the nursery. Since Norfolk's children's centres closed I have taken a step back from my professional life (can't decide if I've really retired) and spend my time catching up on all the hobbies I didn't have time for and enjoying life with our three dogs.