Bill Robinson – Chair of Governors
Bill has lived in Ipswich since 1982 and is Chairman of the Copleston Local Governing Body. He has been a Governor at the school since 1988. He also chairs the Finance Committee.
Since the creation of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust, Bill has been appointed Chairman of the Trust and he is also Chair of the Trust’s Finance Committee. He is also a Member of the Trust.
He is a member of the Ipswich East Rotary Club and was President during 2001/2002. Bill is also a former Trustee of the East Anglian Children’s Hospices during which time the Treehouse Hospice was developed in Ipswich.
His two daughters attended Copleston High School during the late 1980s / early 1990s.
Bill is a keen golfer being a member of Ipswich and Thorpeness Golf Clubs. He is also a cyclist and tennis player.
Val became a parent governor when her two children were pupils at Copleston High School and is now a Trustee of the Multi Academy Trust.
She is a member of both the Finance Committee and the HR Committee.
Val is the link governor for Maths and Government & Politics and is committed to ensuring that all pupils have an equal opportunity to achieve their best from their time at the school.
Val works for Suffolk County Council and in her spare time enjoys exploring the countryside of Suffolk.
Matt joined the Copleston High School Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2013 and sits on the Education & Standards Committee. He is also link governor for the Humanities Department, Music Department and for Information, Advice and Guidance.
In October 2017 he was elected as a Trustee of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust. Matt works at BT where he has responsibility for one of BT's apprenticeship programmes.
He is keen to ensure that young people in Suffolk have the information available to make the right career or university choices when they leave school.
Roger Smith MBE
Roger began his working life as a student apprentice at Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies gaining qualification as a chartered engineer. After many years as a design engineer, he looked for a new challenge and moved into personnel management and was subsequently promoted to Director of Personnel. During this period Roger spent considerable time working with Suffolk schools, setting up the Suffolk Education Business Partnership. Roger was awarded the MBE for services to Suffolk education/business.
Roger left Ransomes to take up the post as Director of the Engineering Employers Federation (East Anglian Association). He retired in March 2003.
Roger was first appointed a School Governor at Holywells before joining the Board of Governors at Thurleston - becoming Chairman at the time when Laurie Robinson was Headteacher. He moved to become a governor at Copleston when Laurie Robinson was appointed Headteacher. He is currently a member of Finance Committee, Chair of HR and H&S Committees. He is Link Governor for the Sixth Form. He is also a Trustee of the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust.
David was elected as a Governor in 2014 for his fourth term of office. He is a member of the Finance and HR committees.
He is Head of Standards across the Multi-Academy Trust and an experienced teacher of Mathematics. David joined Copleston in 1990 as a second in the Maths Department and has had various roles throughout his career at Copleston, including Head of Maths and Assistant Headteacher. David’s current roles and responsibilities focus on the 6th Form and self-evaluation and school development.
Outside of school, David enjoys travelling.
Jordan has lived in Ipswich for most of his adult life, with a stint in Germany for his early education. He is a member of the Education & Standards Committee. Jordan is keen to support students with their careers decisions and to encourage entrepreneurship and ensure students have the best academic and career outcomes.
Jordan has achieved a lot and is recognised as an influencer and decision-maker representing young people in Suffolk’s business community. Jordan works for The Careers & Enterprise Company & Suffolk County Council to ensure more young people get employer encounters and ensure that social mobility is not a barrier to their progression. He is the Enterprise Coordinator for the Ipswich Opportunity Area and the Institute of Directors’ Ambassador for Education & Skills. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder & Director of Chatham Chaps which produces gentlemanly quotes as posters and other accessories.
Jordan particularly enjoys travelling.
Andy was appointed as a parent governor in November 2014 and is on the Health & Safety Committee and attached to the RE and English departments. Andy moved to Suffolk in 1986 and lives in Ipswich. He has two daughters who attended Copleston.
He retired from Sizewell A Power Station as operations manager in January 2015 having been in the electrical supply industry for over 40 years.
He has an interest in seeing students widen their understanding of the opportunities and range of careers that industry can provide.
Donald has lived in Ipswich for the last 30 years.
Following a successful 40 year career in BT, Donald worked in the Social Care sector. He managed teams across Suffolk who supported adults with leaning difficulties and complex needs to live in their own homes. His main focus was to ensure that the highest quality of support was given and that each person could live as independently as possible.
Donald has two boys who attended Copleston High School in the mid 1990s.
Donald is a keen walker and amateur photographer and he is a committee member of East Ipswich Photography Club.
Katrina is from Ipswich.
She is married to a local artist, Craig, who is a bronze sculptor. Katrina was an athlete with Ipswich Harriers. She joined the Forces after school and when she left she became a fitness instructor. She has two children, one of whom is a student at Copleston. She is a coach at Ipswich Harriers and Woodbridge Wolves Athletic Clubs. Katrina helps the Copleston PE Department assisting with after school athletics and WOW Sessions.
Graham was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2018. Originally from Bury St Edmunds, he joined BT at its Research Laboratories as a research apprentice in 1986, and was subsequently sponsored to attend university gaining a B.Eng in Electronic Systems Engineering. Graham has had a varied career in BT from designing optoelectronic circuits to international sales and is currently the Head of BT’s Collaborative Research Programme.
After a first degree in Learning Disabilities, Sarah trained as a Nurse and then a Health Visitor. Over a thirty year career she held various posts within Health Visiting including a role in Child Protection before moving into a role managing Health Visiting, Children’s Centres and School Nursing in Ipswich. She is currently developing her skills in Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She has two children at Copleston. Previously a synchronised swimmer, she now challenges herself with Open Water swimming.