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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


By working in partnership with the school, the governors will endeavour to provide a bright, welcoming and colourful school where children feel valued and are treated as individuals and where staff feel safe and valued and enjoy coming to work. A school where educational and behavioural standards are high and where each pupil is encouraged to achieve to the best of his or her ability in order to reach their full potential. A school where excellence is recognised and celebrated and also where those with special educational needs are supported and valued. A school which develops and sustains links with the outside community and business world and with local churches under its Christian ethos. A school where everyone involved – governors, teachers, support staff, children, parents and guardians – feel part of a family.

Chair of Governors: Graham Hayes

Foundation Governor 

Term of Office:  15/09/2017 to 14/09/2021

Vice Chair of Governors:  Bob Crawley

Parent Governor

Term of Office:  19/11/17 to 18/11/21

Bob Crawley is currently Vice Chair of governors, chair of curriculum and standards committee and sits on the premises committee. He has lived in the village for 15 years and is vice-chair of Hethersett Athletic Football Club.

He coaches the U13s football team. Bob worked in publishing for almost 40 years and edited a number of weekly newspapers, two daily newspapers, was managing director of magazine and contract publishing businesses before retiring in 2016 as chief content officer at Archant, the UK’s largest independent media company.

Bob currently volunteers two days a week at Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre.

Rachel Hoxley-Carr

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 08/12/21 to 07/12/25

Helen Muir

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  27/03/19 to 26/03/23

Helen joined the governing body in March 2019 as a co-opted Governor and is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee. She is a Finance Technical Support Officer at Educator Solutions. Having worked in School Finance for 14 years she is keen to bring that experience to help the School.

Vacancy - Parent Governor 

Marc Harding 

Staff Governor  

Term of Office: 20/09/18 to 19/09/22

Marc is an Assistant Head Teacher and Year 6 class teacher at Hethersett Primary School. He is a Staff Governor for the school and attends the Curriculum and Standards Committee as well as Full Governors Meetings.

Marc has worked at Hethersett since 2013 and has two daughters who have each attended Hethersett Primary and/or Hethersett Academy.

Rev Derek McClean

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 08/07/18 to 07/07/20

Derek is the Rector of the Hethersett Benefice (this includes Hethersett, Great Melton, and Little Melton), and took up his post as a Foundation Governor in October 2013. He currently has two children at the School.

Before training at Ridley Hall (Cambridge) to become a Priest, he was a Secondary School Teacher for 14 years. He trained to teach RE with English at Queen's University, Belfast, before being appointed to his first post in London, and then moved to the Midlands. For 10 of his 14 years, he was a Middle Manager, being both a Head of RE, and, then, a Head of Humanities. At different points he was also an Assembly Coordinator, and responsible for the whole school delivery of PSHE as additional responsibilities.

He is the Designated Governor for Safeguarding, and, in his role of Parish Priest, leads one assembly each week.

Derek is also a huge fan of all things Sci Fi and Fantasy.

Matthew Parslow-Williams
Headteacher Governor

Term of Office: 23/04/14 to present

Matthew has been the Headteacher of Hethersett VC Primary School  for over 5 years (6 years April 2020), before that he was deputy headteacher at two schools for 6 years in total.  Originally from Buckinghamshire, Matthew has now lived and worked in Norfolk since 2007.  He has a family with two children, one child at University with other currently attending Hethersett VC Primary.

Matthew enjoys travelling with his family, is passionate about music and is also a youth football coach for Poringland Wanderers.  In addition to this Matthew is a long suffering West Ham Untied fan (but please do not hold that against him).


Vacancy - Parent Governor

Duncan Slack

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office: 26/10/19 to 25/10/23

Duncan joined the governors as a Local Authority governor in Autumn term 2011. He has two children, one of whom is a pupil at the school. Duncan works for Children’s Services in Norfolk County Council looking after some of their websites.

He is a member of the Premises Committee

Vacancy - Foundation Governor 

Amy Hanton

Parent Governor 

Term of Office:  17/12/19 to 16/12/23

Amy Hanton is a parent governor joining the governing body in Spring 2020. Amy has lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in Hethersett for the last 3 years. Amy has two children, one child attends the school and one will join in a couple of years. Amy has a social work background and works as a Quality Assurance Audit Officer for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council. Amy is particularly keen to bring the voices of the younger children and their parents to the governing body. 

Neal Gardner
Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office:  25/3/20 to 24/3/24  

Originally from Essex, I moved to Norfolk in 2002 and studied History at the UEA.  I have a background in accounting having qualified with the ACCA and working within the accounts department of a property management company based in Norwich. In my spare time I was the treasurer for a Sunday league football side for over 10 years. I have two young daughters, the eldest has just started at school this academic year and the youngest will follow in 2 years time. I am part of the resources committee and look forward to helping Hethersett VC Primary as part of the governing body.

Roberta Frida
Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office:  02/12/20 to 01/12/24

Roberta joined the governing body in December 2020 as a co-opted Governor and is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. She is Associate Professor in Work Psychology at the Norwich Business School (UEA) and a chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society. She is an expert in wellbeing and ethical behaviour, and she is keen to bring that experience to help the School.


Governor Attendance Information