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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:  Bob Crawley

Parent Governor

Term of Office:  19/11/17 to 18/11/21

Bob Crawley is currently 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.


Vice Chair of Governors: Graham Hayes

Foundation Governor 

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

Mark Hitchcock

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 29/04/16 to 28/04/20
Mark Hitchcock is a parent governor and joined the governing body in 2016. His family moved to Hethersett in 2008 and he is a manager at the University of East Anglia.

His background in teaching and education management and is currently a school inspector in the private sector and a youth coach for Hethersett Athletic Football Club.

He joined the governing body to contribute to ensuring current and future pupils receive the best education possible.

Tim Brown

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  13/07/16 to 12/07/20 

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.

Hannah Bushell-Walsh

Parent Governor 

Term of Office: 20/11/18 to 19/11/22

Hannah joined as a Parent Governor late 2018, appointed as the Governor responsible for SEND and her daughter attends the school. Hannah is a Lead for learning delivery at Google. She brings 18 years of experience of creating and delivering adult learning - and is passionate to offer her skills to invest in the local school and community.

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).

Melissa Rollison
Parent Governor

Term of Office: 17/01/18 to 16/01/22

Melissa joined the governors as a Parent Governor early in 2018.  She is a member of the Finance and Staffing committee and her son attends the school.
Melissa is an HR professional working at a local Housing Association. In her role as parent governor she is keen develop her understanding of the complexities of running a school as well a contributing to the important primary transition project. 

Clare Searle

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 13/02/19 to 12/02/23

Clare joined the governors as a Parent Governor, Autumn term 2014.  She is a member of the curriculum committee and has two children at the school.

Clare is a Primary School teacher who works within the Achievement Strand (education) of Children’s Services, NCC.  She works with reception classes and pre-school settings that have received an RI or Inadequate judgement form Ofsted, to improve outcomes for children.  She is experienced in safeguarding and multi-agency work in supporting children and their families.  In her role as parent governor at HPS she is keen develop her understanding of the KS2 curriculum and foster the potential of all our children.

Clare is passionate about children accessing learning outdoors and is a forest school leader L3.  She enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits with her children in the local community. 

Duncan Slack

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


Foundation Governor 

Term of Office:

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. 

Co-opted Governor Vacancy

Term of Office: 



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