Governance

Governors are appointed by ASSET Trustees. Their role is to support school leaders in making the school the best it can be by providing support and challenge. Governors meet twice a term and also regularly visit the school to speak with staff and pupils.

Cliff Lane is part of ASSET Education. Find out about the Trust, Governance and Trustees by looking at the ASSET website.

The below documents are available on the ASSET Education website by clicking here.

  • Audited accounts in full

  • Annual report

  • Funding agreement

  • Articles of association

  • Current memorandum of association

  • Charity trustees’ and members’ names

Please see our Governor list, attendance and pecuniary interests here: Cliff Lane Pecuniary Interests

Our current governors are:

My name is Christina Wise and I am the Chair of the Local Governing Body at Cliff Lane. I currently work in the NHS as a Quality Improvement Officer for Children and Young People's Mental Health across the East of England and have over 13 years experience working in Public Health Suffolk.

As a governor at Cliff Lane I take a lead on safeguarding and am passionate about making a difference and driving transformation. As governors we support the school leaders through independent and impartial challenge and being a critical friend to help support and drive change. I am a firm believer that if the children at Cliff Lane are happy and healthy and emotionally resilient they will enjoy coming to school and become great learners.

My son and daughter both attended Cliff Lane and I am very proud to be a governor at the school and support the wonderful staff in raising standards to help us to become the school of choice. If you would like to talk to me about the governance at Cliff Lane or the health and well-being of children please do not hesitate to contact me christina.wise@clifflaneprimary.co.uk.

I'm Anna Westley, I work as a credit controller for one of the largest shipping companies in the world. I am also a committee member for Friends of Holywells Park, as a volunteer helping to organise free events which are aimed at families.

As a former Cliff Lane pupil, I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to become a governor. I am very passionate about children's wellbeing and mental health, as this is such an important part of a child's life. I believe it is a privilege to be able to assist with our children's education and be able to help alongside such caring and dedicated staff.

I have one daughter who attends Cliff Lane. I have a great interest in British history, I’m a keen photographer and also love to learn new and exciting things.

My name is Lisa Hutton and I have been a Governor since September 2017. I have been working at Willis Towers Watson, an Insurance Broker in Ipswich Town Centre since 2004 as a Claims Handler. I have a son, Declan, in Year 4 at Cliff Lane.

I enjoy being part of Cliff Lane, and seeing the development of the school over the years. It has helped me to understand the hard work the teachers put into the school to give our children the best opportunity.

I have a greyhound called Cookie, who is a Pets as Therapy dog. I have been bringing her into the school on a regular basis to visit some children and feel her presence has really made a difference.

Being a Governor has definitely helped improve my confidence, and given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people.

My name is Miss Mowles and I have been a teacher at Cliff Lane for four years. It is great to work alongside a governing body who are so passionate about the school, and I am delighted to be able to support our leaders in creating an environment where children take every opportunity to be the best versions of themself.


Here at Cliff Lane, 'Planet Earth' is one of our drivers and it underpins our curriculum. As Geography and Eco-Schools lead, I am excited to be able to develop and embed eco values into everyday learning.


I am a huge sports fan and I have a season ticket for Ipswich Town Football Club. Watching and playing sports with my two children are my favourite things to do.

I'm Hannah Constable-Simmonds and I have a son and daughter at Cliff Lane.

I am currently training to be a Forest School Leader, which fits well with my love of the outdoors. I have a strong belief that a healthy interest, enjoyment and respect of nature and our environment is good for us and the future of our planet.


Previous to having a family I worked in Adventure Travel for 14 years and Outdoor Education before that.


I am very proud to be a governor at Cliff Lane and am passionate in working with the school community to make our school an even better place to be. I am usually about at school drop off and pick up and very happy to chat.


My name is Emily Yule and I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the team of Governors at Cliff Lane. I have a son, Joseph, who is in year one and a daughter, Scarlett, who is currently at another day nursery but enjoys coming to school to drop off or collect her big brother. I work for Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils as an Assistant Director with responsibility for Law and Governance.


I am passionate about ensuring that all children have access to high quality education and feel safe and included at school. I also believe that a strong sense of community is key to a successful school and I am really looking forward to working with everyone who makes Cliff Lane such a special place.


In any spare moments I get I love to cook, watch movies and I am an avid reader, so I am really excited to have a focus on reading and writing in my governor role.

Our Chair of Governors Mrs Christina Wise, is contactable via the school either by telephoning 01473 251604 or emailing admin@clifflaneprimary.co.uk.


Becoming a school governor

ASSET Education is 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.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact governoradmin@asseteducation.co.uk

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.