Governing Body



The Governing Body

 The Governing Body has a strategic role; its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the schools
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the schools are making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body of the Old Catton and White Woman Lane Federation Governing Body.



Neil Aylott - Co-Opted

Ashley Best-White - Headteacher

Daniel Butler - Co-Opted

Kate Connelly - Staff

Cathy Fiddy - Parent

Liz Howe - Co-Opted

Terrence Isaac-Griffiths - Co-Opted

Nick Johnson - Associate Member

Judy Leggett - Authority

Sylvia Mak - Foundation

Marian McKee - Associate Member

Nicky Pellatt - Associate Member

Rebekah Quiles-Richmond - Co-Opted

Daniel Richmond - Co-Opted

Robert Wagstaff - Parent

Ian Wicks - Co-Opted


Governor's Pen Portraits

Neil Aylott
I am the Chief Finance Officer of The Wensum Trust. I have extensive financial experience having joined Hellesdon High School as Finance Manager in September 2013; previously I was employed as a Finance Support Manager at Norfolk County Council for 3 years.
I have previous experience of working as Management Accountant for Omar Homes for six years; I am ACCA qualified and have a BA (Hons) in Politics and Sociology.
In the last three years I have been appointed as a Governor of White Woman Lane and Old Catton Federation and a Community Governor at Garrick Green Infant School.
I have undertaken numerous cycle challenges for charity including riding from Lands End to John O'Groats in 2015.

Cathy Fiddy
I am a Parent Governor with two sons, my eldest, a former OCJS pupil, now attends Jane Austen College, my youngest will be joining OCJS in September 2016. My work is very child centered, I am passionate about, and have great interest in, emotional well-being and child psychology/development including mindset and mindsight. I work as a Mindfulness practitioner, working both in schools and with adults, and am currently studying towards a BSc (Honours) degree in Psychology with an interest in child and positive psychology. I have also worked with The Benjamin Foundation as a Time for You Support Worker.

Liz Howe
Retired in 2015, after a teaching career spanning 29 years I have had the experience of teaching pupils from year 2 through to year 7 and implementing the different curriculums.
My interest in school governance began when my daughter was at High School I became a parent governor, then a community governor for a further 4 years. After these, I became the staff governor for Old Catton Junior school which later changed to a co-opted governor for the Old Catton and White Woman Lane Federation.

Terence Isaac-Griffiths (TIG)
My early life was spent training as a dancer in London then later moving into managing Restaurants initially as a manager and later on a Director and CEO. I fell into the world of Education Catering after becoming frustrated at the quality if meals my own children were having whilst living in Staffordshire. I relocated to Norfolk with my two children in 2013 to join Norse as Commercial Director and embrace Norfolk life; I enjoy eating out keeping fit and as you would expect love a good show at the theatre.

Sylvia Mak
Appointed by the Bishop as a foundation governor. Retired after a mixed career; teaching primary school children in Saudi Arabia and Literacy Coordinator in Mexico; working in England in central and local government, with financial and managerial responsibilities. I was a member of the PCC at Christchurch, an Anglican Episcopalian church in Mexico City for five years. I was secretary of the reordering committee at St Margaret’s Church for several years. I am currently on the social affairs/outreach committee and have set up a team presenting the Open the Book scheme at Old Catton Church of England Junior School. I have also had many years experience working with children in the voluntary sector including Guiding and Red Cross.

Judy Leggett
Retired after a career in IT and Human Resources, both operational and managerial, I have been a governor for over 20 years - primary, state boarding school and an academy. I became interested in Norfolk Governors' Network (NGN) when it was first formed and became a county committee member then chair for 6 years. Through my work with NGN I attended meetings/conferences of the
National Governors' Association (NGA) and was elected a board member for 3 years. Through the role of NGN as a Consultee of NCC I learnt about the work of the Local Authority and stood and was elected as a County Councillor for the Old Catton Division in 2011.

Alison Randall
I am a Foundation Governor, having served as a governor in many schools in Norfolk for the past 25 years. I am an LA Senior Finance Manager, leading the School’s Finance & Business Services Team and the LA’s Commercial Hub, overseeing purchasing and contract management for services that trade with schools. I am a Trustee and Treasurer of 5 charities, including The SAW Trust (Science, Art, Writing), The Yorke Trust music education charity, a village Fuel Allottment Trust and the PCC of St Andrew’s, Framingham Earl. My son was educated in Norfolk schools, and, now I am a doting grand-parent, I have an even stronger drive in ensuring our schools attain the highest standards possible.

Robert Wagstaff
I have worked for Aviva for over 20 years. Having held a number of roles in IT, I currently oversee a number of IT projects in the General Insurance business. Outside of work I am a qualified hockey coach, working with Norwich Dragons Hockey Club and as part of the England Hockey single system. This is my first year as a governor: I am a parent governor and sit on the Finance and Premises committee.

Ian Wicks
Working in the Insurance sector for 30 years in a number of roles in London and Norwich which include financial and managerial responsibilities


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