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Governor Information & Meet the Governors

For further information please contact Tristan Ashby (Chair of Governors):

Governor Profiles

Tristan Ashby

1 became a Governor in February 2011 and took on the role as Chair in September the same year. My children have already been through the school. 


As a family we moved to Attleborough in 2001 but  I have worked in the town since 1997 where I am involved in Industrial Relations. One of my previous roles was as a local 'Retained' firefighter in the town, I also sat on the town council from 2012 until May 2015 when I stood down due to being elected as a district councillor for Attleborough Queens and Besthorpe Ward.


As well as being on the Governing Body, I am a FA qualified football coach, currently helping run the under 11s for Morley Youth Football Club. I also sit on the committee for Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club.


In addition to the above I'm also undertaking a Post-Graduate qualification in Employment Law at the UEA.


Bobbie Aughton

Having been a Parent Governor while my two daughters were in education at the Attleborough schools, I have returned to the Governing Body at Attleborough Junior School in my retirement where I hope to put something back into education. My employment was largely in Education , partly in the area of Special Needs roles. I am a Co Opted Governor.

I have served on the Premises and PR Committee and Finance and Personnel Committee and have Governor Responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I have attended various training to keep me up to date with current developments and will continue to update my understanding as required.


Deborah Carter

Vice Chair 
Member of the Improving Standards and Learning Committee
Link Governor for English
Mentor for new governors
I am married with 2 children and work for the Attleborough based Lighthouse Charity with 2 hats - one heading up the Ignite Youth Project and the other as the Charity's Fundraiser. Motivated by my Christian faith I am passionate about people and love Attleborough, having lived here now for almost 18 years. Alongside being a school Governor, I fill my time with family, friends, being creative and drinking coffee in our summer house.


Tom Copland

I am a staff governor and Deputy Headteacher at Attleborough Junior School. Since arriving in Norfolk in January 2016 I have thoroughly enjoyed working within such a positive and supportive environment. Having been a member of the Governing Body at my previous school in Birmingham for two years, I look forward to offering this Governing Board my experience as we enter a period of change and become a through primary school. 

Outside of work I am a keen singer and a regular swimmer. Last year I completed a 5km swimathon for charity and am always looking for a new challenge.


Emma Jackson

I have lived in Attleborough for 6 and a half years & I have two children at the infant school.  I feel very privileged to live in such a lovely part of the world with such a strong community feeling.

I work in the NHS as a physiotherapist which involves working with safeguarding and policies as well as accounting for myself and having to appraise and hold others to account. Being able to use these skills to give something back to the community and be a part of a team ensuring high quality education is delivered is very exciting.


Kerry Dilks

I am a new co-opted Governor, having joined the Governing Board at the end of 2016.  I’m looking forward to being involved in the exciting development of AJS to a through primary school.  I have lived in Attleborough with my husband since 2005 and my two children currently attend AJS.  Having worked in Norwich for many years, I am now very happy to be working at the Attleborough based office of Rogers & Norton as a property solicitor.


Shirley Reade

I am a parent governor and also Chair of the Finance Committee. I have lived in Attleborough for the last 3 years after a move from Glasgow. This was a bit of a culture shock but I've settled in really well and can't imagine being anywhere else! I am an accountant for the Students Union at the UEA, which is close to my ideal job as it involves day to day contact with live music which is my passion. I also enjoy spending time with my family, travel and reading as much as I can. 


Rachel McElwaine

I have lived in Attleborough for 10 years and have a daughter at AJS. I work in Long Stratton as a support worker (1-1) for adults with learning disabilities. I have worked here for 5+ years. Before this I worked in the hub alongside other colleagues doing the same kind of work. I attend regular training with my job which could be beneficial in a role of a governor. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends.


Sybil Martin

When I retired from teaching in London and moved to Norfolk, I thought I’d like to do something “useful.” Becoming a Governor was an obvious choice, and to me it is a privilege as well as a responsibility to be part of the Governing Body of Attleborough Junior School.

Responsibilities     Safeguarding

Committees           Improving Standards and Learning



Susie Willingham

I have lived in Attleborough for most of my life and have been a Staff Governor at AJS for over 8 years and thoroughly enjoy the role - I have worked at AJS for nearly 13 years first as an MSA and now as the School Secretary.  Both of my children attended Attleborough Junior School. I currently sit on the Finance & Personnel Commitee and the Premises Committee of which I was the Chair for about 6 years.

Outside of work, I have been involved with Girlguiding as a Guider with 1st Attleborough Rainbows and enjoy spending time with my family.

Declarations of Interest as at September 2016


Deborah Carter - working for The Lighthouse Charity, which works with children and young people within the  

                            local community.