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Colman Infant School Governor Pen Portraits

Penelope Craft
I have been a parent governor at Colman infant school since July 2018. 
I have three girls, one of which currently attends the infant school and who has just moved into year one. I am a qualified secondary school teacher of art and design, teaching GCSE, A LEVEL and BTEC students for a number of years before becoming a full time mother, my most challenging post to date!
I am passionate about a high level of education for all,  and 
decided to become a parent governor to help support and facilitate the most effective and nurturing environment for all our children.


Grahame Chambers

I am a co-opted governor at the school. Recently retired, I live locally with my wife Diane. I have experience of governance in a variety of settings. During a 33-year teaching career I have taught in infant, junior and middle schools and was head teacher at a Norfolk primary for ten years. I still have a great interest in the latest developments in primary education and recognise the key role that governors can play in preparing children for successful futures. I now have the time and enthusiasm to support this wonderful school.


John Ladd

I am a co-opted Governor and have been chair of the Governing Body for three years. I have lived in Norwich for over 40 years and retired from teaching in 2009 after 32 years at Wymondham High School. I held a variety of positions in the school during this time but my final position was Head of IT and Deputy Head of House. I also served on the governing body of the school for 25 years as a teacher governor. Before teaching I spent 11 years as an electrical/mechanical design engineer.
I am married with two grown up children, who were educated in Norwich. My granddaughter has just completed three enjoyable and productive years at Colman Infant School. My interests include music, walking, travel, cycling and reading.


Craig Smitherman

I have worked for more than 10 years at UEA and am currently employed as Assistant Head of International Recruitment in the Admissions department. This has involved working with schools across the globe as well as being an active member of various committees and executive bodies across the University.

My wife and I have enjoyed living in Eaton for nine years and have two children; one currently in reception and another set to join the school in 2020. I enjoy visiting school at least 3 times per week to drop off our son and I also enjoy participating in Family Learning sessions.

Having only just the governing body in May 2018 I look forward to the challenges ahead in ensuring the school provides an excellent learning environment for the whole community.


Graham Dalton

I have been a Community Governor since January 2018. I have 2 daughters, one of whom is at Colman Infant now, my second will start next year. I have a history in education but for the last 20 years I have been employed in safeguarding and community leadership. I enjoy keeping active and participate in most sports.


Duncan Harris

I have been a parent governor at Colman Infant School since September 2018.  I work for Norfolk County Council and I have a son and a daughter at the School.  I became a parent governor to act as a critical friend of the school and in order to do all I can to ensure all the children who go to the school get the most out of their precious time here.


Janice Norman

I am Janice Norman and I am a HLTA at Colman Infant School as well as being a member of the governing body.

I have worked at Colman Infant for 25 years and I have seen many changes to the school during that time. But Colman remains a friendly, welcoming school where everyone feels valued for who they are and at the centre of it all is the children. That is what has kept me there for so long.

I can be seen working throughout the school so come into contact with most of the children during their time at Colman Infant School.

When not at school I am a local preacher in the Methodist church.

I enjoy visiting my caravan on the coast and can be seen regularly walking on the beach in all seasons and all weathers. This I share with my husband and the rest of my family which includes my two Grandchildren. Nothing better than a stormy sea or being in a caravan with heavy rain!