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The Local Authority are the appointing body for LA Trustees.

Alderman Jacobs School Governing Body

Chair of Trustees

Laura Holland c/o Alderman Jacobs Primary School

Drybread Road




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Laura Holland - Chair Of Trustees

 Laura Holland LA Governor

  • Chair Of Trustees
  • Community Trustee

I joined the governing body as a community Trustee in 2009. Now both my young children (4 & 7) attend the school. I have lived in Whittlesey for the past 15 years. I work for Cancer Research UK as a senior manager in volunteer fundraising. I have always had a great interest in primary education and I have watched the school change and grow over the years and I wish to ensure that it continues to be a strong part of the community within which I live.

Laura Hemmaway - Parent Trustee

  • Parent Trustee
  • Achievement Committee Chair

My name is Laura Hemmaway, my husband and I have two children our eldest is 7 and currently in year 3 and our youngest is 3 and attends Lilliput Pre-school. As a parent I am passionate in my desire to help the school achieve the best possible school experience for all children, which will in turn help to give them the best start for a happy, healthy life as they grow. Like every other parent, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and achieve to the best of their ability. I will use the skills I have gained in both my working and personal life to benefit the school, to the best of my ability.

Sadie Wiles - Co-Opted Trustee  

  • Co-Opted Trustee

I am 47 years old and have lived in Whittlesey since I married 26 years ago. I have 2 grown up daughters. Prior to having children, I worked in finance at Pearl Assurance and then moved on to be a customer advisor at Norwich and Peterborough. When my daughters were younger I wanted a role that would fit in with being a mum and started in 2005 as a receptionist/finance assistant at
Nene Valley Primary School. In 2007 I enrolled on and completed the Certificate of School Business Management. Whilst undertaking the qualification I was promoted to Office Manager at the school. In 2008 it was decided that the school would be extended from a 210 to a 315 roll. I oversaw, alongside the LA, the building project and as the school was expanding decided to continue my
studies to undertake the Diploma in School Business Management. Once I completed this I was promoted to the new position of School Business Manager. At the same time in 2008 I was elected as Staff Governor. I still serve as a Governor at the school today and during my time have had many differing roles and I am currently the EYFS link Governor and the named SEN/inclusion governor.

 In 2017 we started the process of setting up a Multi Academy Trust alongside 2 other local primary Schools. During this time, I was invited, along with the other SBM’s at the 2 other primary schools, to undertake the CIPFA Level 7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership which I completed in June 2018. The Academy was formed on 1st March 2019 and I applied and was appointed to the role of Chief Finance Officer for the Trust in April 2019. As part of my role, I report regularly to the Chair of Trustees and sit in on the HR and Finance Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee offering advice and information as required. Although my day to day role has changed drastically during the last 18 months I enjoy the challenge and never lose sight of the reason that I work within the Trust which is the children we serve.

I would relish the opportunity to help and support another Trust with the knowledge that I have earned during my 15 years working within the education sector and as Alderman Jacobs is in my home town it would be an opportunity for me to support the children within my local community.

Lisa Hatfield - Staff Trustee

  • Staff Trustee

I have worked at Alderman Jacobs School for 18 years and during this time I have accrued a vast amount of teaching experience across both key stages and in Early Years.  I have seen, and been involved in, many changes over the years and would now like to become even more involved in shaping the future progress of our school. I consider myself to be a trusted and approachable member of staff and as my daughter is a pupil in the school I can consider the perspective of both parents and staff. My confidence and enthusiasm will enable me to successfully deliver new ideas and initiatives to drive forward change.


Joel Combes - Co-Opted Trustee 

  • Co-Opted Trustee
  • Resources and Audit Committee Chair

My name is Joel Combes and I was invited to join the Governing Body as a co- opted Trustee  in the summer of 2017. My wife has taught at the school for many years and my daughter is a pupil. This means that over the years I have been witness to many changes.

I am a Director at Lawgistics, a law firm that relocated to Whittlesey Town. The relocation has given me a better work life balance and enabled me to focus on my family life. With my daughter currently attending Alderman Jacobs I have enjoyed looking at the school from a different perspective. I am a supporter of the FOAJS (Friends of Alderman Jacobs School Charity) and enjoy being involved in School events.

Being invited to sit on the board of Trustees was a great honour and allows me to take an even more active role within the school. I believe my knowledge of the school’s history and experience in commercial business can be used to both support and challenge the school in the decisions they must make. I look forward to helping the school maintain their achievements and high standards.

Cathy Carlisle - Ex-Officio Trustee 

  • Ex-Officio Trustee

I joined Alderman Jacobs in September 2012 and became Headteacher in April 2014. I have taught across the age range 4-11 but have a specialism in Early Years education. I firmly believe that children need a strong foundation on which to base their knowledge and understanding and in the importance of developing skills for learning and for life. Having also previously worked as Operations Manager with a children's charity I bring a variety of skills to the role of Headteacher.

Andrew Pattison - Staff Trustee

  • Staff Trustee

Having worked at Alderman Jacobs for a number of years I have a range of experience to support my role as Associate Trustee. As a teacher I have taught in various years groups across both Key Stages 1 and 2, and enjoy embracing the challenges and opportunities of new ideas and approaches. I have also held leadership roles in Maths, English and several core subjects which demonstrates a deep understanding of curriculum and pedagogical requirements.

I am currently Assistant Headteacher - Lower School and work with my colleagues to implement developments with a focus on increasing achievement and attainment. I aim to bring this knowledge and experience, plus my understanding of colleague’s views, to support the governing body.

 Elaine Crane - Advisory Partner

I have worked at Alderman Jacobs School for 4 years, first as Assistant Headteacher, and now as Deputy Headteacher. Before this I held a number of teaching and leadership positions in primary, secondary and middle schools, teaching across Key stages 2, 3 and 4. I have background in coaching and mentoring students, teachers, NQTs and experienced colleagues.

I am responsible for achievement across the school (my love of data is well known) and I lead the Assistant Headteachers, English and Maths leaders in their roles. I am also a Specialist Leader in Education, enabling me to support colleagues in other schools with teaching, learning and assessment objectives, through the Discovery Teaching School Alliance. I bring in-depth knowledge of primary school assessment and outstanding teaching and learning to my role as Associate Trustee  and am proud to support the governing body of Alderman Jacobs School.

Amrit Rehal - Parent Trustee 

I have 12 years’ experience working in an array of sectors including the NHS and private sector as an ENT healthcare professional, specialising in audiology.  My family and I have moved from Yorkshire to the wonderful Whittlesey due to my husband’s job. Prior to moving I was a clinical director for 5 years and now currently work for a private organisation specialising as an Audiologist and quality improvements through audits and professional education/development. 

This job gifted me the flexibility that I need to ensure I could support my two young children, of which my eldest has recently began his educational journey in early years at all Alderman Jacobs Primary School.  Our children’s education and well-balanced upbringing is of the utmost importance to me.  I would like to be given the opportunity to be more involved in making a difference in the education of the school, more so now as being a parent. I wish to be involved in future developments to ensure the true potential of each child can be fulfilled and opportunities are available for them to flourish.

I have a keen passion to help and support those in need. Prior to moving to Whittlesey, I have been actively involved in events and fund-raising activities. Its wonderful to see the community unite for a common cause.

I would be grateful of the opportunity and hope to be an asset to the school as a trustee.

Eleanor Gunn - Parent Trustee

As a Mum to two energetic and inquisitive boys, one of which is currently at AJS in year 1, I am passionate about the value that education and a healthy school community brings. It is important to me that they, along with all children, have access to an education that is responsive, aspirational and recognises their individual needs and contexts. I believe a child’s ability to engage with education is built upon a foundation of emotional wellbeing; with children, families and school staff feeling part of an environment that is, connected, happy and secure. 

 I work as clinical psychologist supporting children, adults, and systems with their psychological wellbeing. I have over ten years’ experience in this field, including within education settings and currently work with families in the perinatal period. As a psychologist, I also have experience in service development/improvement, audit, and research.

Our children spend so much of their time at school, and I would love the opportunity to use my values and skills to contribute meaningfully to the school community; being involved in decision-making and shaping the school ethos to ensure that it is inclusive, holistic and nurtures children and their families to thrive.