Meet our Governors

To contact Nadine Siddall, our Chair of Governors, please email

Mr J Bainer - SEND Governor

Most of my working life has been in education, first as a primary classroom teacher working with Native Americans in the States and then as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and educational psychologist in the UK. I do hope I can bring some of my particular experience with SEN to my role as governor at Edgar Sewter. We moved to Suffolk in 1997 and I have just recently retired from my career as an Educational Psychologist. Over the past 24 years in Halesworth, I have helped create the New Cut Arts Centre, I was a member of the organising committee that put on the Halesworth Arts Festival every October for many years, I helped establish the Millennium Green and continue to be one of its trustees, and I am a trustee for, and deeply involved with, the INK Festival which we put on each April at the Cut.

Stacey Campkin

I am a Halesworth resident and work at Britten Pears Arts as Head of Process & Change Management. I previously served as a school governor in London and am excited to now be able to serve in my local community. My area of responsibility as a Governor is the curriculum and I am also passionate about creativity and youth voice. I studied at Northwestern University in Chicago for my Bachelor's degree and have a Masters from the Royal Academy of Music as well as an MBA from the University of Cambridge. Originally from America, I have lived in the UK for over a decade and previously worked at the Royal Opera House and Wigmore Hall.

Mr R Emmerson - Vice Chair of Governors

I was born and have spent most of my life living in Halesworth. Four generations of my family have attended Edgar Sewter, including my two children and myself. For the last 16 years I have worked in Local Government and education roles, currently I am a Grants Officer at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council and previously as the Learning Support Manager at Lowestoft College. Having previously served a 6 year term as an Edgar Sewter School Governor, I am really pleased to be re-joining the very dedicated, motivated and professional team of staff and governors at the school.

Mrs N Siddall - Chair of Governors

I am a retired teacher with 10 years experience in Yorkshire and 15 in Suffolk. I am currently the Chair of Governors and it is a great privilege to hold this position. I strongly believe that our children deserve to be in one of the best schools in the country. All the governors and I will relentlessly drive towards improvement and excellence to achieve this ambition. My priority is for all the children to have strong Literacy skills, to be supported and challenged to achieve success.

Mrs C Slater - Parent Governor

I have worked with children and schools for over 15 years as a Speech and Language Therapist, a vocation I love.

Both of my children have attended Edgar Sewter Primary so I know how hard all the staff work to make a difference in our children's lives. We have seen this most recently with them putting on a consistently cheerful face while we all weather the storm of the pandemic and school closures. It is not just a school to deliver the national curriculum but an integral part of our community and a place where our children will be shaped into the unique people they become.

Mrs D Stanborough - Safeguarding Governor

After working at Edgar Sewter for a number of years supporting children with their education and all round development I moved on to a local college to teach and assess childcare students. I strongly believe in the holistic approach to working with children. Their health and wellbeing is fundamental to the enjoyment of education and can inspire them to achieve their own personal goals. I like to keep up to date with current research and practice and recently undertook mental health first aid training.

Mrs C Theobald - Parent Governor

I work as a Development Manager with St James’s Place Wealth Management and have over 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. I moved to Halesworth in 2014 and I now have a son and daughter at the school. I want the best education for every child at Edgar Sewter Primary, in a caring environment where every child can achieve their full potential. I believe that excellent communication between parents and the school is essential and key to keeping all parties engaged for the good of the children. I am an enthusiastic, motivated individual and I am excited to be working with the team of governors to help make a difference to the education of the children at Edgar Sewter Primary School.

Mrs J Wilson

I was born in Halesworth and attended Edgar Sewter as child. My own grown up sons also began their educational journey at the school and I now have a daughter in reception. My working life has been very varied from administration, hospitality through to working as a Family Support Practitioner for Children’s services. During my time as an FSP I developed a passion for working with children and families. I believe every child deserves to have the same opportunities and experiences wherever possible in life and especially in education. I feel it is the schools role to help children become well rounded not only academically but also socially and emotionally. I am excited to join the governing team at Edgar Sewter Primary and look forward to being part of its future.

Becoming a school governor

ASSET Education are actively looking for people to be school governors. You don't have to be an expert in education or a parent; almost anyone can help. Being a school governor brings with it a real responsibility and a sense that you are able to contribute to the good of schools and pupils. It's a worthwhile task, but before offering to help it would be good to consider what it entails by reading our governor's information.

What qualities are needed by school governors?

  • a desire to work for the good of ALL pupils

  • an interest in the work of schools

  • a desire to serve the local community

  • an ability to work as a member of a team

  • an ability to ask questions and be a critical friend

  • a willingness to learn and undergo training

  • time to read papers and attend meetings

  • an ability to put the school's interests above personal preferences

  • an ability to respect others with whom you may not agree.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact

The below are available on the ASSET Education website by clicking this link

  • Audited accounts in full

  • Annual report

  • Funding agreement

  • Articles of association

  • Current memorandum of association

  • Charity trustees’ and members’ names