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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.


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.


Heather Etteridge

I joined the Governing Board in December 2017 and I am the Local Authority Governor. I am looking forward to working with the school in any way I can for the school to continue to thrive and achieve its aims.
Although I live just outside the town, I was born and bred in Attleborough and went through the Attleborough Schools. I also spent all my working life in Attleborough. I have recently retired from a firm of solicitors in the town having worked in the office for over 30 years. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals and for the last 10 years until my retirement, I was a conveyancing executive.


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.


Susie Willingham

I have lived in Attleborough for most of my life and have been a Staff Governor at AJS for over 10 years and thoroughly enjoy the role - I have worked at AJS for nearly 15 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 travelling and spending time with my family.

Declarations of Interest as at September 2017


None recorded.