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School Governors

The school governors are responsible as a body for determining the aims and overall conduct of the School.  This includes deciding with the Headteacher how the School should develop in order to sustain and improve its provision. The Governing Body is also responsible for approving the policies, plans and procedures which support the School’s development. The governors meet formally once a term, in working parties and in briefings with members of staff to monitor the school’s practice. Minutes of Governors' meetings are available in school. 

The governing body consists of two parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, one headteacher, two foundation governors, four co-opted governors and one associate governors.  The total number of governors is thirteen.

The term of office for all governors is four years.  The ex-officio governor will continue to serve as a governor until such time as he/she relinquishes the office of The Principal Officiating Minister of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Peter, Moulton.

To find out more about becoming a governor please follow this link

Our Governing body is made up of:

Mrs jessica Townsend (CHAIR OF GOVERNORS)

parent governor

Appointed by the governing body following a parent election following a parent election 11 May 2017.

Jessica grew up in Moulton and attended Moulton CEVC Primary when her parents returned to take over the family farm in the village; her grandfather Hugh Clark was Chair of Governors for over 20 years. Jessica returned to Moulton in 2011 after an absence of 15 years because she was keen that her son could have a similar up bringing to herself on the family farm. Her son currently attends our school.
She has had a long career in agriculture after studying Agriculture and Crop Management at university. Having worked for a large agrochemical company for 12 years she now undertakes agricultural consultancy work for various companies specialising in agronomy and technical data from development work. She also helps to run the family farm with her parents.
Jessica is our Health and Safety governor and a member of the Finance and Premises Committee, Appeals Committee, Learning and Achievement Committee and Steering Committee.  Jessica was appointed Vice Chair of Governors in December 2018 and Chair of Governors in April 2021.

Pecuniary Interests - none
Jessica is not a governor at any other school.


Local Authority Governor

Appointed by the Local Authority

Mrs Deborah Shipp (Headteacher)

Headteacher of Moulton CEVC Primary School

Deborah Shipp is Headteacher of Moulton CEVC Primary School and is automatically on the School’s Governing Body.

Deborah completed her degree in maths and music in 2003 and the following year she earned a PGCE.  She began her career in Leicestershire before moving to Suffolk after meeting her husband in a brass band.  She taught in Cambridge for four years and then moved to Moulton CEVC Primary School in 2011.  In 2013, Deborah became the deputy headteacher of the school and in 2016, the headteacher.  Deborah is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) which enables her to support colleagues from other schools, which she enjoys.  She is also a Maths Specialist Teacher - she definitely enjoys championing maths across the school! 

Deborah lives in Moulton.  She is married and has three children: one son and two step daughters.

Pecuniary Interests - none

Deborah is not a governor at any other school.

REV Chris Childs

Foundation Governor (Ex-officio)

Appointed by the diocese 11.02.2021

Dr Lynn Pilsworth 

Foundation Governor

Appointed by the diocese 02.12.2019

Having retired from teaching, Lynn is now a Foundation Governor with responsibility for science.

She holds a B.Sc. Hons in bioscience from Birmingham University, and a Ph.D from Cambridge, where she was one of the first women admitted to King’s College. She was a Research Fellow in Cambridge before starting her family, when she retrained as a science teacher. She taught science locally for over 20 years at Primary and Secondary level, and was an adult tutor for evening classes at the West Suffolk College.

She lives in Gazeley, is married to a vet and has two grown up daughters.

Dr Pilsworth is a member of the Learning and Achievement committee

Pecuniary Interests - none

Dr Pilsworth is not a governor at any other school.

MRS nicola Sheail

Parent Governor.

Appointed by the governing body following a parent nomination 13.11.2019

Nicola is a Chair of the Human Resources committee.

Pecuniary Interests - none

Nicola is not a governor at any other school.

Mrs Nuala Gilmore

Staff Governor

Appointed by the governing body following a staff election 21.11.2016

Nuala joined the school as a class teacher in 2014 and was appointed at the deputy head 01.09.2016. Nuala currently teaches in Y6. In 2017, Nuala became a specialist leader of education (SLE) for English.

Nuala is a member of the Learning and Achievement committee.

Pecuniary Interests - none

Nuala is not a governor at any other school.

DR AMY Alexander


Appointed by the governing body 04.03.2019

Amy is a  is a clinical psychologist who has worked in NHS child and adolescent mental health services since qualifying in 2016.  In March 2020 Amy began a new role as Clinical Lead of Suffolk Mental Health Support Teams, who are based in the school/college community.  The teams support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children, young people, families and school staff using an early intervention model.  Amy is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and young people and the systems around them.  She believes that education goes so much further than academic success and jumped at the opportunity to be part of Moulton CEVC Primary School’s Governing Body after seeing an advert for Co-opted Governor in Moulton Matters.  Amy moved to East Anglia from Surrey to complete her clinical psychology training, starting in Norfolk before moving to Newmarket.  Amy loved Suffolk so much she wanted to put down her roots here following qualifying and was delighted to move to Moulton in 2017, having fallen in love with the village a couple of years earlier.  Being Governor of the school enables Amy to give something back to the community and she loves being a member of the Learning and Achievement committee.

Pecuniary Interests - none

Amy is not a governor at any other school.

Mr Carl Logan

CO-OPTED Governor

Appointed by the governing body 09.11.2020

Carl lives in the Parish of Moulton with his wife Nicola and their two children (one of whom attends Moulton).

He worked as a civil servant in Whitehall for a number of years on a range of policy issues before spending six years working in Downing Street supporting the Prime Minister in carrying out their duties.  He relocated to the area eleven years ago and now works within the Life Sciences sector at the Welcome Sanger Institute.

He is keen to get involved in school life as he is passionate about giving something back to the community in which he lives.

Carl is a member of the Finance and Premises committee and the Human Resources committee.

Pecuniary Interests - none.

Carl is not a governor at any other school.

Co-OPTED Governor Vacancy

Co-opted Governor

miss Amanda Gotobed 


 Appointed by the governing body 04.03.2019

I have lived in Moulton for 10 years and whilst I do not have any children I have always had an interest in the management of the school for the benefit of the children and staff. I am a Company Director of two local businesses and have a background in finance starting in the purchase ledger department of a company on the Science Park in Cambridge. I then gained an AAT qualification and was promoted to Finance Manager in the UK and then moved with the Company to be Finance Director in The Netherlands for three years.

Upon my return to the UK I worked as a Project Manager for a leading Accounting Software company for several years before starting my businesses with my partner 14 years ago. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking, travelling overseas and Ceroc.

Amanda is a member of the Finance and Premises committee and Headteacher's    Performance Review Group

 Pecuniary Interests - Handyman is Amanda's brother in law

 Amanda is not a governor at any other school.

co-opted governor vacancy

CO-OPted Governor

Mrs Susan Dutton

Associate Governor

Appointed by the governing body 29.02.2016

Susan is the School Business Manager and has been employed at Moulton CEVC Primary School since September 2003. 

Susan has completed the Certificate of School Business Management (CSBM) and also has an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification.

Susan is a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.

Pecuniary Interests - none

Susan is not a governor at any other school.