Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9UA

01473 728565

Ravenswood Community Primary School


The Governing Body


The governing body, together with the Headteacher, is responsible for the overall governance of the school ensuring that it is run efficiently and effectively to provide the very best education for our children. In brief, our role is as follows:

  •  Setting the strategic direction of the school ensuring its vision, values and ethos are met;
  • Developing, monitoring and challenging the School Development Plan to ensure standards are met and holding the head teacher to account for the performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent and our finances are well managed

whilst complying with the Governor Code of Conduct.

 Governors provide their time on a voluntary basis and the governing body is made up of representatives of school staff, parents, and the Local Authority amongst others.

 The Full Governing Body meets once a month to discuss and review many areas, including: Safeguarding, SEND, School budget, school policies, Headteacher’s termly report and progress against the school’s development plan.

 In addition, our Governors all champion specific areas of school improvement, e.g. SEND, Pupil Premium, and Safeguarding. Each term, our Governors will monitor the many areas of school improvement and will then report back back to the FGB for discussion.

 Governors hold an important public office, so in the interests of transparency, the governing body publishes details of pecuniary interests including any governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

 We do not currently have any committees and all matters are discussed through the full Governing Board.


Chair of Governors

Mr Nick Wellington -Appointed 17.6.21 

I first became a Governor in 2010 whilst my son was in Year 6 and since January 2020 have been Chair of Governors at Melton Primary School. I am passionate about the change to pupil outcomes at school that good governance and leadership can bring. I joined the Governing Body and became Chair of Governors at Ravenswood in June 2021 and am excited about the opportunity to help change the outcomes of all pupils at the school no matter their background or start in life. 

Professionally, I have worked in the City of London for a number of years at a senior level at organisations such as the FCA, Aviva and Santander on digital transformation projects. prior to that I have worked in Government, Management Consultancy as Director of a Digital Start-up. I now have my own business as an Executive Coach helping senior leaders build bridges to under-represented leaders of the future.  I am also a Trustee and Director of the Sunflower Community Care Farm. 

I live in Woodbridge with my wife and son and in my spare time enjoy long distance running and can often be seen running around Woodbridge, Melton, Lower Ufford and Wickham Market.

Email : Nick.Wellington@ravenswood.suffolk.sch.uk

Vice Chair of Governors

Sally Connolly - Appointed 23.6.21

I am delighted to be a Governor on the board of Ravenswood Primary School. As well as my role at Ravenswood I am Chair of Governors at Boxford Primary School where I first became a Governor over 12 years ago when the first of my three children began school.

I am also a founding Director of Be a Trustee and work with companies to help their employees become Trustees on the boards of charities as part of their leadership development journey. Our work is across the UK and brings us into contact with a large number of skilled professionals and charities with many different backgrounds and areas of interest. 

For many years I worked in National Lottery distribution at the Millennium Commission, New Opportunities Fund and Big Lottery Fund. As Head of England Regions and Deputy Head of Communications at Big Lottery Fund I project managed the development of several multi-million pound National Lottery grant programmes including £750 million PE and Sport in Schools and £50 million Activities for Young people programmes and chaired the cross distributor Awards For All policy committee and chaired the strategic board which managed the roll out of the merger between the New Opportunities Fund and the National Lottery Charities Board which became the Big Lottery Fund. My communications experience is national, regional and local and includes media work and events at all levels.

Email: Sally.Connolly@ravenswood.suffolk.sch.uk

Helen Armstrong - Appointed 23.6.21

I first became a Governor in 2015 and, since March 2017, have been the Chair at East Bergholt Primary school.  I am passionate about the role of a Governor and the critical role it plays in excellent school leadership, particularly around the subjects of inclusivity, diversity and Special Educational Needs.  I became a Governor at Ravenswood in June 2021 and am excited about the enormous opportunity the school has to offer all pupils.

In my life outside of governance, I am the parent of two primary school-age children and am the Co-Founder and CEO of a multi-national software consultancy.  My experience of being a business owner allows me to use my expertise in strategy, budget management and leadership development, alongside the ability to build relationships and “get things done” to our Governing Body. I am qualified in HR and project management, which is also helpful for this role.

Following the theme of inclusivity, I volunteer as a mentor for women in business and women working within the charity sectors.  I also provide voluntary careers support to the Ministry of Defence to help those at the end of their term gain employment within the civilian world.

Email: Helen.Armstrong@ravenswood.suffolk.sch.uk

Mrs Liz Kelly  (LA Governor) appointed March 2020

Hello, I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor for Ravenswood Primary in Spring 2020. Learning and encouragement of a growth mindset are areas that I am particularly passionate about. I work as a HR business partner I am keen to support the school to continue to provide successful learning journeys for the children who attend in an environment in which they can feel safe, be happy and excel. I have 2 boys, one of whom attends Ravenswood Primary school and the other is of preschool age. My hobbies include baking (usually cupcakes ) crafts and reading. 

Mr Roland Mortimer (Co-opted Governor) appointed December 2021

I joined Ravenswood Primary as a Co-opted Governor in December 2021 and I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful school. I am particularly excited at utilising my involvement in education charities and time teaching overseas to support the school deliver the very best experience for those with learning disabilities or English as an Additional Language.

Outside of education, I currently work in the sphere of communications for Lloyds Banking Group and have also occupied communication and project management roles in a number of charities, think tanks and nationwide campaigns. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports and learning Slavic languages (I currently speak Russian & Bulgarian). I also love getting involved in the local community which is why I am standing as a Councillor candidate in the Ipswich Borough Council elections in May.

Vivian Mushati (Co-opted Governor)

I am delighted to be on the governing board at Ravenswood Primary. I am passionate about making a positive impact and ensuring that the whole school community's wellbeing is prioritised. I have experience working in charities, education, youth work, legal and in multi-disciplinary settings working with young people and vulnerable adults. I currently work with young people and I'm a director of a social enterprise offering services that support young people.

In my spare time I enjoy watching and playing football and spending time in nature.

Mr Robert Smith (Co-opted Governor) appointed January 2022

I first became a Governor in 1990 at the International School of Hamburg in Germany and have subsequently been a Governor in schools in Switzerland, Nigeria and the UK. Currently I am Chair of Trustees of a MAT in Harlow, Essex and Chair of the LGB of one of those schools. I am particularly keen on developing inclusivity in schools and am proud of the work done in Harlow where we have a fully integrated approach in a school with over 25% SEND pupils.

In my career I have worked in Marketing and General management for large fmcg companies (Unilever, Henkel, L’Oreal) of which nearly 20 years was outside the UK. I then set up a Business consultancy specialising in change management for multinational organisations, where my last role was interim President of an LA-based cosmetics company.

I “retired” 10 years ago to spend more time working with schools and my wife and I recently moved from Hertfordshire to Hintlesham where we are spending time getting to know our neighbours -not made easier by the pandemic.

Additional profile photos and pen portraits (for the Governors below) will appear here as we finalise the new website.

Parent Governors:

  • Keeley Rimmer
  • Lyndsay Kent

Co-opted Governors:

  • Ayman Al-Aride
  • Alison Huard

Contacting the Governing Body


We are always keen to seek the views of parents, so please come and chat if you see us in the school or at any school function.

 Alternatively, please contact the Chair of Governors, Nick Wellington, via email.

 The Ravenswood FGB Code of Conduct - please click here

Ravenswood Current Governors - please click here

Ravenswood Past Governors - please click here

The two documents linked below will be updated shortly

For the register of pecuniary interests please click here  

Meeting Attendance - click here