About our Governors
My name is Hazel Crane and I am chair of Governors at Woodhall. I began my governance journey as a parent governor in 2008, becoming Vice chair after a few years and Chair in the last three years. I believe that every child is entitled to a full and rich education, in a safe environment with a variety of opportunities along their learning journey at Woodhall. In my spare time when I am not thinking about Woodhall I like to Sketch and Paint and do Dog Agility with my two dogs. I am also a keen gardener and like to do my bit for the environment. I work part time as a Schools’ Choice clerk within the education system and find this very helpful within my role as a governor. At Woodhall I am responsible for Safeguarding, SEN (Special Educational Needs) Children in care, Mental Health and am part of the senior leadership team in the school. I love Woodhall School and delight in seeing the changes in pupils as time passes. I have recently had the delight of seeing some older pupils come back to the school to tell us how well they are progressing and to hear about their aspirations and plans for their future.
My name is Jane Sendall and I volunteer as a Co-opted governor at Woodhall. It is my privilege to be working with such a great team of people and to make a small contribution to the fantastic work that Mr Fuller and his staff are doing. After living and working in Bahrain for five years, my family and I moved to Suffolk twenty years ago. I love to spend any free time that I have playing with my two grand-children, spending time with my family, reading and travelling. I have been a governor at three other primary schools over the last twenty years in Suffolk and I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential! I am currently the Headteacher of Place Farm Primary Academy in Haverhill, which is also a Unity Schools Partnership primary school.
Hello! My name is Clare Cameron. I’m a parent governor (for maths) and recently became vice-chair here at Woodhall. After living and working in London for 7 years, my husband and I moved back to the area to be closer to family. I’m currently a stay-at-home mum to one child in Woodhall and a busy pre-schooler. With my little spare time, I enjoy reading, swimming, baking and sewing. I have previously worked in policy for the gas and electricity industry regulator. I focussed on compliance with and implementation of EU law. Before this, I was a solicitor advocate specialising in utilities litigation. This included representing clients in court. I volunteer as a governor to use my skills to support Woodhall. I’m proud to be part of a great team who believe in an enriching learning journey for all children.
Hello All, my name is Jacob Moore and I am the staff governor. I am new to the role of governor having joined the teaching team here at Woodhall in 2017. I am currently working in Year 2 and loving the experience. My favourite subjects to teach are English, Science, History and Geography. My aim is to help every child reach their full potential and develop a love for learning (and for life!).
Outside of school my passions include travelling, the highlight so far being a year spent in China, my personal ambition is to visit every continent on earth, so I am often not in the country during the holidays. My biggest regret from my own education is not learning another language, I am therefore trying to learn German as best I can so when you see me say; “Guten Tag Herr Moore, wie geht es dir?” I also love running, although if you see me running the expression on my face might suggest otherwise. I have recently ticked another item off my bucket list, running a marathon.
I have taken on the role of staff governor as I want to help enrich children’s experiences at Woodhall.
Becky Poynter: I joined the Woodhall Governing Body in 2016 but I have been working in educational administration for over 20 years and have been a school governor at various schools for over 10 years. I became a National Leader of Governance in 2015 and work across Suffolk and Essex supporting governing bodies in their increasingly challenging role. I am a Clerk to Governors working with Schools Choice and an Associate Governor Trainer for Essex Education for School. I am also the Senior Governance Advisor for the Unity Schools Partnership Trust.
I live in a really rural part of Essex with my husband and two teenage children. When not immersed in governance issues I like to cook, sing, read and walk our stunning countryside.
Matthew Fuller joined Woodhall, as Headteacher, in September 2016. To date, his career has been entirely education based, originally as a policy adviser at the Department for Education; this included working in the Secretary of State, Rt. Hon. David Blunkett's Private Office. It was in 2004 that Matthew moved into teaching. Before coming to Woodhall, Matthew worked in five different schools across Essex. His first headship was in a village just outside Colchester, which is where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Outside of school, Matthew is a keen sportsman, although his rugby playing days are long past him!
Justine Horseman-Sewell is a lawyer with twenty five years’ experience of giving legal and business advice to arts and charity organisations. She has been a School Governor, sat on the Essex Courts’ Board and worked with the church for many years. She is mum to four daughters and lives close to Sudbury. At Woodhall, she is Governor with responsibility for English and Literacy and is also Chair of the Resource Committee.