Governor Pen Portraits


Lil Newton - Head Teacher

I have been a Head Teacher here now for 3 years having been the pedagogical leader for 6 years before this. My passion is early learning and sharing my experience with others. I am very proud to work here with this amazing staff team that we have. I love being outside and think we all benefit from being in touch with nature.

Jenny Auber - Chair of Governors

I have been involved in education for all my working career as teacher and head teacher in Suffolk and London. Since retiring I have also been a Governor. I have an on-going interest in education particularly with 9 grand children going through the Early and Primary years. I am so pleased to be working with HIghfield School and Children’s Centre – a progressive and successful example for early years education.

Andrew Morrison - Vice Chair of Governors

Hello – I’m Andrew! I’m Daddy to two young ladies, and am very pleased to be a Governor here at Highfield. I love all things musical – including playing the bass guitar, ukulele, and the trombone! Prrrrp! My favourite children’s book is Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins. I’d love to hear what you think about life here at Highfields, and to answer any questions you may have.

Ross Beech - Chair of Finance

I have been at Highfield as a Governor for 3 years and am Chair of the Finance Committee. I have expertise in computers and IT and have contacts with local schools. My daughter is 14 and attends a local secondary school. I enjoy education and the people within education.

Sarah Bailie -  Chair of Pay/Review/Personnel & Chair of Learning and Achievement

Hello! I'm Sarah Bailie, governor responsible for Learning and Achievement, SEN and Safeguarding. If you see me around and have any questions or simply want to say hello then please do! Both my children came to Highfield, first to Daycare then the Nursery School. I have continued to be involved as Highfield is such a vibrant, exciting place to be!As a teacher myself I have a personal interest in children's education and I love that Highfield always starts with the child and puts them and their interests first. 

Ruth Coleman

My name is Ruth Coleman and I am the Early Block class teacher within the Nursery and the Staff Governor. I have taught at Highfield for over six years and have been the Staff Governor for the last five years. I have responsibility for teaching and learning and assessment and feedback on both of these at the governing body meeting each term. If you have any questions about the Governing Body, please come and ask me at any time.

Lorraine Hale

I have been working at Highfield for the last 9 years as a Early Years practitioner, I previously worked at Royal Mail and Ipswich Opportunity Group (Special needs playgroup). Outside of nursery I spend lots of time out with my dogs Henry who's a Chihuahua and Dudley who's a Bedlington Terrier, I also enjoy the Theatre and gardening and zumba (sometimes)

Bill Fullilove

I have been associated with the school for over ten years. My four children attended the school- Nevea,Fallon,Freddy and Grayson. I have been a Governor for a year and really enjoy my involvement with the school.

Jannice Simpson

Hello I’m Jannice and I have the privilege of being the Children’s Centre manager at Highfield. I am mum to 17 year old twins and feel I understand and can empathise with the joys and challenges that parenting can bring. I began working in the centre in June 2007 and have had the opportunity to see over the past 9 years how the whole centre has evolved into the community we are today. I come from an early years back group, having a real passion in working with families to provide an ‘open door’ experience , offering   support , advice and if needed  signpost on to other service in the local area.  Please feel free to come and chat to me about any aspect of the Centre at Highfield.

Natasha Trinder

Hello my name is Natasha Trinder and I am an Associate Governor for the Nursery School and Early Years @ Highfield Manager. As part of my Governors role I attend Learning and Achievement and Health and Safety committee meetings. I am very passionate about the work we undertake here at Highfield with our children and families. I work on a Monday and Tuesday if you would like to talk with me.

Chris Stopher

Hi, my name is Chris and I am a parent Governor linked to Safeguarding. All 3 of my children have been to Highfield with my son just leaving nursery to move onto primary school and my twin girls now moving from daycare to nursery. My children thoroughly enjoy and love attending Highfield and I think it is an excellent and exciting place to be involved with. I have a keen interest in children’s education and have been a secondary school teacher for 14 years. I am currently an Assistant Vice Principal for Raising Standards in a local school. Feel free to stop me for a chat and let me know what you think of Highfield.