Governor Profiles


Ingrid Sykes, Chair of Governors

 I have been a parent governor at EHPS for around 5 years and Chair since January 2013 and I have 2 daughters who are in Year 3 and 6. I became involved in the governing body because I wanted to gain a greater understanding of my children's school and education, and also to support my local school community. I currently work at a local residential home for adults with learning disabilities and am a qualified Medical Herbalist. In my spare time I enjoy, music, reading and yoga.

Ashley Harris, Vice-Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor in September 2010 and I am currently Vice Chair of Governors, and sit on the Curriculum and Finance and Premises Committees.

I have lived in the area for almost five years and have two boys who go to school in Thetford. I am a tax advisor by day making sure that my employer pays the correct amount of tax, and in the evenings and weekends I tend to be a taxi service driving my boys to football, cricket, swimming, tennis and their friends houses....

I became a school Governor with the support of my employer, EY, who encourage its people to support their local communities.


Lee Adams, Parent Governor

I moved to East Harling with my wife and family 9 years ago and all our 3 children have either been through or are currently at the school.I became a Parent Governor in 2016 with the purpose of helping the school improve it's educational performance and raising it's profile among parents and the local community .Through my association with the 1st Harling Scout Group, of which I am Chairman, I have gathered an innate understanding of how children tick and what excites and motivates them. I am also a member of the East Harling  youth centre committee, which has the job of helping to maintain this valuable resource for the young people of East Harling.


Sheli Blackburn, Co-opted Governor

I have been deputy headteacher at the school since September 2013 and I love being part of East Harling Primary School. 


Fiona Claybrook, Co-opted Governor

I have lived in South Norfolk for over ten years and in 2014 became a governor at East Harling.  I work in London in financial services as a HR Director and with over 20 years’ experience in human resources including learning, development and performance management

I volunteered to be a governor with the support of  my employers and hope that I can bring my professional knowledge and experience to the role.  I have two sons who go to another primary school in South Norfolk so am very aware of how important the right environment is to encourage development.

Laura Good, Staff Governor

I have taught at East Harling Primary School for the past eight years, during which time I have taught across the school in both Key Stage One and Two. I have been the staff representative on the governing body for the past three years. 

Terence Hills, Parent Governor 

I work as a Production Manager, looking after a team of over 100 staff for a large food company based near Attleborough, ensuring that standards of safety and quality are always maintained.
I moved to East Harling with my wife in 2009, just prior to the birth of our first son. He has since been joined by a brother, and both of them now attend East Harling Primary School.
I volunteered to join the governing body as I believe that the skills and experience I've gained in the workplace could add some value to the school and help to maintain the high standards.


Toby Hough, Parent Governor

 I have lived in East Harling with my wife for many years; we have a daughter and son at the school. I work for the rspb and have been fortunate enough to travel with them to see conservation project work in action in some remote and poor places, where education is highly valued and encouraged. I volunteered as a governor because I wanted to help shape a learning environment where children here want to learn, and help to give them the best start in education they could have.

Holly McKenzie, Co-opted Governor

We moved to East Harling in 2009 and our two girls enjoy attending East Harling Primary School. I became a Parent Governor in September 2012 as I've always tried to take an active part in my children’s development and this seemed like the natural next step. It is clear that this school not only provides an impressive academic platform for its children, but also embraces the importance of promoting the qualities of a caring, nurturing and supportive environment. As well as being a member of the Finance and Premises and Curriculum Committees I like to help out at the school when I can, particularly if it involves anything crafty and creative.

Louise Pickles, Community Governor

I moved to East Harling two years ago from Oxfordshire. I live with my husband and our dog. I am a qualified Nursery Nurse and have worked with children for sixteen years. I volunteered to be a school governor because I wanted to become involved in the community and have a particular interest in education.

Paul Robson, Community Governor

I am a Software Developer and former Special Needs and Mainstream Secondary teacher who has lived in the area for over 20 years. My most recent educational work involved running a small unit for children who display complex and challenging behaviours. I am currently self-employed, married with two children who attend West Suffolk College and Attleborough High School.


Amanda Yates, Staff Governor, Headteacher

It's been my privilege to be headteacher at East Harling Primary School and Nursery since September 2007. Prior to this I was headteacher at a similar sized Norfolk middle school. As headteacher I attend all meetings of the governing body and value the breadth and experience that governors bring to the school in their role as a 'critical friend'.