Governors' Profiles


Our Local Governing Body

Peter Porter, Chair – Co-opted
I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer and have worked in public and private companies within the electricity supply industry for over 30 years. My interest in education began when my two sons were at Fram. and this led to me becoming a school governor, governor trainer, governance reviewer and performance management adviser. More recently I retrained as a teacher and taught science in two Norfolk high schools. Before joining Fram. for the second time as a governor I served on the Governing Bodies of five Norfolk Primary schools. Now retired I have witnessed so many examples of where a good education opens up wide ranging opportunities. In all walks of my life I strive to support individuals to succeed and aim to use my knowledge and experience for the benefit of students and staff at Fram.

John Gordon – Co-opted
I am married with a son at Fram. I work as Reader in English Education at the University of East Anglia, where I hold lead responsibility for research excellence in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. I have twenty years of experience as a teacher educator, and of teaching in secondary schools and higher education at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. My research spans primary and secondary education. I have published three books and several articles on teaching and learning. My roles have involved working with many secondary schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, and collaboration with regional and national arts and cultural organisations in support of secondary phase education.

Roger Margand – Co-opted
I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and co-lead the commercial team at Spire Solicitors LLP. I advise a range of businesses and not for profit organisations on all aspects of Business Law with a focus on regulatory, healthcare and education. I first became a governor in the late 1990s at Neatherd High School, Dereham. Following the arrival of my two children, I joined the governing bodies of the Free School Norwich and Trowse Primary school. Currently I sit on the governing bodies of Framingham Earl High School, Seething & Mundham Primary School and White House Farm Primary School. I hold trustee positions at Sapientia Education Trust, Citizens Advice Mid Norfolk, the Spire Charitable Trust and Citizens Advice Norfolk. At present, I am a member of the Free School Norwich, Corvus Education Trust and Unity Education Trust. In addition, I work with the Princes Trust as a mentor helping young people set up their own businesses and sit as a non-executive director at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In my leisure time, I enjoy following the adventures of NCFC and making music.

Jamie Mather – Co-opted
I joined the local governing body about 2 years ago, having moved back to Norfolk after completing my paediatric nurse training at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals and King’s College in London. After a year of working at the NNUH in A&E (which I was first inspired to do, when at FEHS as a pupil between 2006-2011) I am now doing further study to train to be a doctor, which I undertake at UEA, NNUH & in various GP practices across Norfolk. When I am not studying: I volunteer for St John Ambulance attending events in my nursing capacity and teach first aid for SJA volunteers and members of the public/local community and of course spend my time governing at FEHS. What time I have left, I enjoy spending walking (with my Miniature Daschund ‘Dolly’) or cycling around Norfolk’s beautiful countryside and rowing, mainly on machines, but occasionally on rivers! This year (2019-20) I have taken on responsibility for safeguarding, which also formed a large part of my day job in A&E, alongside this I am always particularly keen to be in school, when I can, meeting staff and students to understand the application of our strategic decisions & monitoring to everyday school life! Also given my professional experience I am really keen to understand what we as a school community can better to do support positive mental health and wellbeing amongst our students and staff.

Alison Randall – Co-opted
I have served as a governor in many schools in Norfolk for the past 28 years, including Poringland, Brooke, Seething and also a previous Chair of FEHS. I am an accountant and Chartered Manager employed by Norfolk County Council as a Senior Manager leading the School’s Finance, Leadership & Governance Services Team. I am a Trustee and Treasurer of 8 charities, including the Poringland Fuel Allottment Charity and the PCC of St Andrew’s, Framingham Earl. My son was educated at Poringland and FEHS, and, now I am a doting grand-parent, I have even stronger drive in ensuring our schools attain the highest standards possible.

Marianne Roper – Co-opted 

I have two children attending Framingham Earl High School – I have always enjoyed taking an active interest in our children’s schooling, and prior to joining the LGB at Fram I was Chair of the Friends of Alpington Primary School for several years.

I work from home in Brooke with my husband where we run our own business, prior to this I worked for Virgin Money Financial Services for 10 years where I was responsible for the resource planning of their call centre, reacting to media campaigns & planning television schedules.

Outside of work I love walking & sports, I can usually be found walking our Springer Spaniel around the fields of Brooke!  I thoroughly enjoy cooking & always keen to try out new dishes on the family.

I am looking forward to providing support to all the staff & pupils at Framingham Earl High School and seeing as many as possible pupils succeed.

Ray Sykes – Co-opted
I am married with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. During my lifetime I have been involved in local government as an elected representative, the criminal justice system as a magistrate, school governance in three schools and a Norwich charity as Trustee and Treasurer. I am a committed member of my church in Poringland. I retired after a life spent in the U.K. and abroad.

Becky Arnold – Headteacher

I have been Headteacher of Framingham Earl High School since January 2020. Previously I worked for 11 years at Wymondham College where I held a range of roles including Head of English, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. In have also worked at Thorpe St Andrew High School in Norwich as a teacher of English and Drama.

I am a Founding Fellow for the Chartered College of Teaching and have always been keen to work with others in the education sector. Previously I have held roles with the SSAT, YST and Performance Learning. I was incredibly proud in 2019 to be part of the TES nominated English Department of the Year.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family – we’re often to be found on a day trip to the beach or a National Trust property. I’m enjoy going for a run, however after running the marathon in 2019 I’m happy now doing a 10k.

Di Swanapoel – Staff member
I have been an MFL teacher for 27 years, starting off my career at Earlham High School, where I stayed for 12 years becoming second in the MFL department, then a Head of Year, before moving to Fram as Head of Dept in 2005. As I still love my time in the classroom I have not found it necessary to look for further promotion, preferring to improve, and give my all to what I do best.
I am keen to get as many children out of the classroom as possible to experience new things, whether that be by trips abroad, both MFL related, and more recently skiing, a trip to Iceland, and a forthcoming trip to Morocco, not to mention 180 students plus staff at the Christmas Circus this year. Organising the whole school activities week for KS3 is now a long running event, and long may it continue. Out of school sport is my go to place to unwind, and over the past 10 years I have undertaken various triathlon challenges, long open water swims, and anything else that I am daft enough to say "yes" to. I am heavily involved in our local triathlon club both on the committee, marshalling and organising our open water swim sessions, and am a qualified Technical Official for races.


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