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Governors' Profiles

Clive Willetts

Chair of Governors

Clive was Borough Treasurer at Chelmsford Borough Council until his retirement in 2005. His 2 daughters attended the Old School in Grundisburgh where Clive was one of the first parent governors. He became a community governor in October 1988 but work commitments made meetings difficult. It was only when he retired that he took up a vacancy on the board at our present school. As well as being Chair he is on the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Safeguarding governor. He lives in Grundisburgh and is treasurer of St Mary’s Church, more recently Deanery Organiser for the Woodbridge Deanery and a Trustee of the Parish Rooms. His daughters live in Naples (Italy) and Nelson (New Zealand). He enjoys all sports, reading and travelling to meet family and particularly grandchildren.


Debbie Standring

Vice Chair of Governors

Debbie recently joined the governing body in September 2016. She is a member of the Finance and Personnel committee and the Health and Safety (Premises) committee.

Debbie lives in Clopton and has two daughters at the school. She is particularly interested in personnel and communication issues, and has experience as a school governor elsewhere in Suffolk.


John Lynch


Mr Lynch has been a headteacher for over sixteen years and has been at Grundisburgh Primary School for the past six years. He was born and brought up in Ipswich where he still lives. Mr Lynch reads reads a lot, writes poetry and enjoys visits to the cinema, theatre, galleries and museums.


James Ratcliffe

James was appointed Parent Governor in March 2014. He lives in the village, has two children at Grundisburgh Primary School and is on the Curriculum and Finance Committees.

James is a Principal of Avocet Academy Trust and is currently Headteacher of Aldeburgh Primary School.


Kirstin Turner

I have two daughters at the the school, my eldest joined in 2010 and my youngest in 2013.

I became a parent Governor in 2014 and was appointed the Well being Governor; my role being to monitor the wellbeing of the staff at Grundisburgh Primary. I am also a part of the curriculum committee.



Gemma Oakley

Gemma joined Grundisburgh in 2010 and has had different responsibilities throughout her time here. She was SENCo until 2016 and is now Assistant Headteacher. She also has responsibility for PE and Safeguarding. She currently teaches Year 1. Previous to this she has taught Years 3 and 4.

Gemma became a Governor in 2013 and resides on the Curriculum Committee.

Outside of school she enjoys sailing, rowing, photography and walking her dog!


Juliet Frohn

Juliet was elected a parent governor in October 2011 and is now a co-opted governor. She has two sons at Farlingaye and a daughter at Grundisburgh. Before moving to Suffolk in 2006, Juliet worked with preschool and primary school aged children as a Speech and Language Therapist. Having volunteered at the school for some years, she joined the staff as a teaching assistant in 2013 and is currently based in Year 1. She is chair of the Curriculum Committee.


Peter Boughton

Peter is married with two grown up children.  He worked in sales and marketing with Sony and Gulf Oil in the early part of his career, before a 27 year stint as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Ipswich School.  A keen sportsman, Peter still plays cricket and Eton fives (a type of handball) and also coaches both games.

Gemma Biancu

Joining Grundisburgh in 2015, for my tenth teaching year, I have worked in a variety of schools and taught all age groups.  Having specialised in Early Years, undertaking a Higher Diploma allowed me to further research this area of interest.  I am particularly interested in teaching and learning environments and have been inspired by The Reggio Emilia approach schools in Italy, whereby the Environment is classed as the third teacher.  I particularly enjoy teaching maths, art and dance.

In my spare time I love to cook and have recently taken up tennis and I am about to embark in learning Italian.


Sharon Parslow

Sharon joined the board of governors in September 2017 after recently relocating to the village from Leicestershire. Previously, she held a number of different roles in a wide variety of primary schools in both Berkshire and Leicestershire and enjoyed teaching across the 4+ - 11 age range. Currently, Sharon is a member of the Curriculum Committee and helps weekly in Y1. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and has recently discovered the joys of ceramics and printmaking!


David Sim

David has a background in finance and is on the Finance Committee. He has one child at Grundisburgh Primary School.