Governor Profiles



Ashley Harris, 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, Vice Chair and 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. 


Clive Denniss, Parent Governor


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.



Holly McKenzie, Vice Chair and 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.


Jon Nice, Co-opted Governor


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'.