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John Hellins Primary School

Being the best we can be

About us


Governing bodies exist to maintain high educational standards, to set the strategic direction of schools and to ensure that they adhere to their statutory duties.
The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability, and governors act as a ‘critical friend of the school’, advising and supporting the management team. They consist of parents and members of the local community who offer support, guidance and challenge.
The full governing body meets twice a term. Additional work is carried out by the Business Committee and the Learning and Wellbeing Committee.

Governor Type




Head Teacher

Jodie Matthews



Co-opted Governor

Mr Alan Davies

Chair of the Governing Body, Business Committee Member, Headteacher Performance Review.

  • Occupation: Global Chief Strategy Officer at DigitasLBi
  • Lives: Silverstone with his wife and 2 children who both attend John Hellins Primary School.
  • Personal Information: Alan operates as strategic director for a large global company. His skills in leadership, strategic planning and corporate development help him drive the business forward and mentor senior staff.  As a qualified off-road driving instructor, Alan likes to spend his spare time outdoors and in the hills.

Co-opted Governor


Mrs Carolyn  Holland  

Vice chair of Governing Body, Learning and Wellbeing Committee Member

  • Areas of responsibility: Vicechair of Governing Body, Learning and Wellbeing Committee Member
  • Lives: Potterspury with her husband and 3 children all who have or do attend John Hellins Primary School
  • Personal Information: Carolyn is an extremely enthusiastic mum to three children all who have been at John Hellins.  Carolyn is always keen to get involved in the community and with her extensive career history brings a wide skill set to the Governing Body.

Staff Governor

Mr Tim Crouch

Staff Governor, Learning and Wellbeing Committee Member.

  • Occupation: Teacher at John Hellins Primary School
  • Lives: West Northants with his wife and 2 children
  • Personal Information: Tim has been a teacher for over 10 years, Cub Scout Leader for over 30 years and in his spare time enjoys baking and spending time with friends and family.



Mr Mick Folwell  

Chair of Business Committee Member

  • Occupation: Software Test Manager at Unisys
  • Lives: Potterspury with his wife and 2 children one of whom is at John Hellins Primary School
  • Personal Information: A leader with a reputation for delivering successful projects, a track record of testing, developing and supporting performance critical software for global corporations over 20 years. Proven skills in test management, quality assurance, program, project and technical management with experience in multi-site verification, development, resource management (incl. offshore), staff development/recruitment and customer interfacing

Parent Governor

Mrs Emma Matthews

Business Committee Member

  • Occupation: Accountant, working in private practice.
  • Lives: Potterspury with her husband and 2 children both of who are at John Hellins Primary School
  • Personal Information: Emma has worked as an accountant for twenty years, assisting small and medium sized businesses with their financial needs.  Since 2010 Emma has worked with academy schools supporting Business Managers to meet their financial objectives, both through statuatory audit and assisting with enhancing their management accounting systems.  In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her family, walking their dog and the odd spot of sewing.

Parent Governor

Justine Willmott

Learning and Wellbeing Committee

  • Occupation Performance Operations Manager for British Canoeing


  • Personal Information Justine has 2 children, Daniel Evans (Year 3) and Miles Evans (Year 2), who both attend John Hellins, Justine has an active interest in school matters and has a broad range of experience and skills to bring to a School Governor role, ranging from former international badminton player, international level coach (from junior through to senior level) and over 10 years’ experience in Performance Management positions in both Paralympic and Olympic sport (and have been privileged to be involved Paralympic/Olympic Games through my roles in Performance Sport.



Mrs Liz Aengenheister

Learning and Wellbeing Committee Member, Safeguarding Governor

  • Lives: In Potterspury with her husband and daughter, who attends John Hellins Primary School
  • Personal Information: A qualified and experienced primary school teacher who took early retirement due to an ongoing medical condition, Liz has maintained her keen interest in reading and language development, numeracy, and EBD strategies/support. She has also done voluntary work teaching literacy and numeracy to adults with special needs, and has considerable experience in a variety of administrative roles that demand good organisation and people skills. Liz is a thoroughly practical person with a common sense attitude and a strong sense of humour.

Staff Governor

Mrs Cathryn Judd-Akrill

Chair of the Learning and Wellbeing Committee, Special Needs Governor

  • Occupation: Pupil and Family Wellbeing Leader at John Hellins Primary School
  • Lives: Potterspury with her husband and 3 children all who have or do attend John Hellins Primary School
  • Personal Information: Cathryn works part time as a Pupil and Family Wellbeing Leader.  Outside of school she is a busy mum of 3 children.  Her hobbies include reading, gardening and baking.

Associate Governor

Mrs Judy Cox

Business Committee Member

  • Occupation: School Business Manager at John Hellins Primary School
  • Lives: Potterspury with her husband and three children, 2 attend John Hellins Primary School and the youngest will soon.
  • Personal Information: Judy has worked at John Hellins Primary School since 2014 and had close links with the school since her children joined.  Prior to that she ran a family owned security business and has a wide skill set to utilise within school and the Governing Body.  Outside of work Judy loves spending time with the family and can often be found at motorsport events or in her holidaying in her caravan.

Minutes of all Governors meetings are available to view by request.  Please ask at the school office.
Pecuniary Interests for the Governing Body can be found here.