Meet the Governors
Paul Willetts is our Chair of Governors having been appointed in October 2022.
He has 2 young boys who keep him very busy!
Likes – Spending time with family and friends, walking, camping in the dry, running, and watching sport.
Dislikes – Camping in the mud, peanuts and queueing.
Sue Nelson is a school governor. She worked in primary education for twenty years and was a former Headteacher before moving to East Preston in 2015.
Likes - living near the sea, singing, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren
Dislikes - mosquitoes and anything that bites
Claire New is our Headteacher. She plays the piano in assembly. She is very proud of all the children and staff in our school.
Likes – Jive dancing, rainbows, sunshine and sparkly things (diamonds, wine and glitter…)!
Dislikes – Slugs and other slimy creatures! Any form of mess and people who are unkind or rude!
Lucy Owens is our Deputy Head, Inclusion Co-ordinator and Leader of Teaching and Learning. She is a very experienced Teacher who has previously worked in an International School in Antigua. She is an elected Teacher Governor. She is very friendly and is always happy.
Likes – Butterflies, owls and sewing.
Dislikes – Being tickled, snakes and brussel sprouts.
Sue Mansfield became a co-opted Governor in 2016. She worked as a Children's Centre Manager for a number of years and in a Children's Book Shop in Somerset before moving to East Preston. She has four grandsons and a granddaughter.
Likes - Animals, photography and spending time with family and friends.
Dislikes - Spicy food and people who won't clear up after their dogs!
Stephen Hill is the School Business Manager and a co-opted Governor.
Likes - Trees, lego and aeroplanes.
Dislikes - Bad driving, messy offices and bad smells.
Carolyn Cruz became a Co-Opted Governor in 2020. She is a retired Deputy Head Teacher and worked in primary education for over 20 years.
Likes - Spending time with her family, using the gym and travelling.
Dislikes - Hot and spicy food.
Stuart Simpson became a Governor in 2020. He has been teaching since 2004 both locally and in national roles and is currently a Deputy Head Teacher at a local Special Needs school with a focus on social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
Likes – Spending time with my family, walking my dog and playing golf.
Dislikes – Piers Morgan, cauliflower and losing golf balls!
Jane Jones is Vice-Chair of East Preston Infant School Governing body. Jane has worked in many roles but her main occupation for the last 20+ years has been in education. She has a particular interest in children and young people with a special need.
Likes - walking with her dog and friends, theatre, National Trust properties, reading, cooking and Strictly Come Dancing. She likes to do things 'out of her comfort zone' and has a parachute jump on her bucket list.
Dislikes - unkindness, moths and heights.
Joanne Lewis was elected as a parent governor in Spring 2022. She has a daughter at our school who keeps her entertained with her dancing and creativity.
Likes - keeping fit, horse riding, being in the countryside, reading and chocolate.
Dislikes - slugs, bad driving and pickle.