Home Page

Capel St Mary CEVC Primary School

With faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. - Matthew 13 verses 31 - 35


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Governor Details


NameCategory of GovernorDate of AppointmentTerm of Office EndsCommitteePosition of ResponsibilityRegister of Business and Pecuniary Interest
Sean CornishHeadteacher01/01/19 All Committees Staff Member
Alice HarrisParent01/09/2231/08/26Leadership and ManagementCo Chair of Leadership and ManagementNone
Alison HuardCo-opted01/09/1531/08/23Learning, Standards and Achievement

Chair of Governing Body

Steering Committee

Co Chair of Leadership and Management

Spouse of Michael Huard

Michael HuardCo-opted09/12/1508/12/23Learning, Standards and Achievement

Vice Chair of Learning, Standards and Achievement.

Named Safeguarding Governor


Spouse of Alison Huard.

Member of Constable Country Medical Practice Patient Participation Group.

Rev. Sally LetmanFoundation 27/06/2026/06/24Learning, Standards and Achievement.

Chair of Learning, Standards and Achievement.

Head's Performance Management Group.

Steering Committee.

Shirley OvertonCo-opted01/09/1531/08/23Leadership and ManagementVice Chair of Leadership and ManagementStaff Member
Sharon PearceStaff01/09/1831/08/26Learning, Standards and Achievement Staff Member
Kevin Ross Foundation01/02/1701/02/25Learning, Standards and Achievement

Head's Performance Management Group

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Kez WilsonParent25/11/2024/11/24Leadership and Management Member of staff at East Bergholt High School
Adrian WoodmoreParent27/11/1926/11/23Leadership and Management

Headteacher's Performance Management

Beverley DowsettCo-opted22/03/2321/03/27Leadership and Management None
Jayne SmithAssociate  All committeesCommittee Clerk to Governors - No Voting RightsNone
Amanda WoollardAssociate  Leadership and ManagementAttends in capacity as Finance Officer - No Voting Rights

Sister is a director at SBM Services (GDPR Officer)




Meet the Governors

Beverley Dowsett


I have over 40 years of experience working within the Education sector, working with Schools, Academies, Local Authority and most recently as a financial consultant and trainer. I am the former director of Finance for the Academies Enterprise trust and other work has included a Responsible Officer role, Governor, tutor and course facilitator. I have expertise in managing School budgets, driving efficiency and evaluation of systems and processes. I live in Capel St Mary and am involved with a number of charities locally. Leisure interests include Allotment, Knitting and crafts and Church activities.

Alice Harris


I have lived in Capel for most of my life and I was a pupil at the school. Now my child is a pupil here, it has brought back fond memories of my school days. I was delighted to become a parent governor in 2022. I want to give something back to the school and assist the governing body and the Head Teacher to ensure the school provides the best education for the children. I want the children here to enjoy their journey through the school as much as I did. My career as a solicitor means that I am used to problem solving, negotiating and strategic thinking. I will use these skills to assist the governing body to ensure that the school achieves its full potential.


In my spare time, aside from running around after my two children, I enjoy playing netball and socialising with friends.

Alison Huard


I have been a Governor at Capel for a number of years, initially as a Parent Governor when our son was at the school and subsequently as a Co-opted Governor. My background is in Secondary Education, as a Science teacher for over 30 years and latterly as Deputy Head in Colchester until I retired. I still do a little work for Essex in Governor Training. I am privileged to have been asked to serve as Chair of Governors for the last few years.


I enjoy the opportunity to stay in contact with staff and children and support the School Council. Our pupils and staff must be at the forefront of the decisions we make as governors, always mindful of financial stability, innovation and creativity.


You will notice that my husband, Mike, is also a Governor so we enjoy many discussions at home about education!

Mike Huard


I have been a co-opted governor at Capel School since December, 2015 and currently hold the nominated safeguarding governor role on the school governing body. I also sit on the Constable Country Medical Practice Patient Participation Group. Now retired, my background was in criminal justice, where I worked for the Probation Service and latterly in Prison Education. I feel it is important to support the school, our students, and the whole staff, and not forgetting parents/carers and our local community as we all work to ensure our children have the opportunity to fulfil their academic and personal potential.

Rev'd Sally Letman


I have 30 years’ experience in the education sector, both private and independent. I began her teaching career in Handsworth, Birmingham before relocating to Suffolk. I was Assistant Head at Ipswich High School for Girls, focusing on Pastoral Care, PHSE and Safeguarding until 2016. I worked for Schools Choice as a School and Governor Safeguarding trainer.


In 2020 I was Ordained Deacon and became a Priest in 2021. I am Curate in Charge in Capel St Mary and the Wenhams, soon to become permanent Priest in Charge, where I am supported by two wonderful congregations. I am honoured to be Governor at Capel St Mary Church of England primary school and I thoroughly enjoy going in for assemblies and when the children come to church!

I has a Border Terrier called Buzz Lightyear who keeps me fit!

Shirley Overton


My name is Shirley Overton. I have been a member of staff at Capel School since 2002 when my youngest child started in Reception. I have had several roles over the years including IT technician, Cover Supervisor, one to one learning support assistant and intervention teaching assistant. I have been lucky enough to accompany the year 6 children on their PGL week for the last 12 years.


I have been a governor for over 14 years. My role as Health and Safety Governor includes ensuring that Health and Safety policies comply with legislation and meet best practice. I carry out regular checks of the premises to ensure that the school is a physically safe environment for children and staff to work in. I also enable the support staff to have a representative on the governing body.


I am the link governor for PSHE which involves liaising with the subject co-ordinator to discuss and monitor the subject in school.

Sharon Pearce


My name is Sharon Pearce. I have been a member of staff here at the school for 10 year. I am the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead. I also lead Maths, PSHE and am an induction Tutor for Early Career Teachers. I am a Designated Safeguarding Lead. I have a full time class responsibility for year 5 and 6 where I am the Unit lead. Each spring, I have the pleasure of leading the residential trip with year 6 children – a role I love and have been doing for 9 years.


The position of Staff Governor is one I have held for over 6 years. I am elected by the school staff; my role is to represent them. I share their views and where, appropriate, their concerns with the governing body and act as a conduit between staff and the governing body.

Kevin Ross


I lived in New Zealand for a number of years, working as an accountant and also as an entertainer for many years. Since returning to the UK I have been active in the St Mary’s church community and am now doing fundraising and public speaking as an ambassador for Guide Dogs.

You will recognise me around the village as I usually have my guide dog, Bowler, with me.

Kez Wilson


I have been a Parent Governor since January 2020.


I have been involved with the school since 2009 when one of my sons joined, since then followed by two more, the youngest a daughter is currently in Year Four.


I am also chair of the school PFA who have been busy raising additional funds for the school for many many years prior to my undertaking of the role in 2019.


I am currently employed at East Bergholt High school. 


My roles here have been as a Learning Support Assistant/Teaching Assistant.


ELSA (Emotional Learning Support Assistant and / EBSA Emotional Behavioural Support Assistant.


Excitingly however I have recently broadened my knowledge base and skill set by undertaking new training as a Licenced Adolescent Thrive Practitioner.