Academy Committee

Alde Valley Academy has an Academy Committee that is made up of various people from the local community.


Our current committee members are:

  • TJ Haworth-Culf

  • Andrew Quartermain

  • Cara Chinery

  • Lesley Hill

  • Niki Rousseau

TJ Haworth-Culf

TJ is married to Ian and they have five children, all of whom have attended the school, her youngest child is currently in year 8.

TJ currently runs a farm, fishing lakes and a leisure site but also helps her husband with his business. She also cares for her parents and gets involved locally with many different events.

She got involved with her community by becoming a Town Councillor and then progressed to becoming a District Councillor in 2011 where she was very quickly asked to become a Cabinet Member holding the Portfolio for Customers, Communities and Leisure. She sits on many boards: ESP (East Suffolk partnership board, enabling broadband board, Leisure project board (chair), Tourism board, Young Peoples Board (chair), Leiston Together Board and Felixstowe working group amongst others.

She is proud to have bought many National Cycling Tours and events to the area; she is currently overseeing the Leiston Leisure Centre redevelopment. TJ is also a trustee for a local Community Centre.

“The heart of my philosophy is that we should all try to give something back to the area in which we live and work. This is the community where many generations of my family have worked and lived, so I want to help make it a special place for the children of our future. I love getting involved and being able to help and support the people within the ward and district, especially those that may need help or advice confidentially. I am really looking forward to working with the Headteacher, the Chair of the Academy Committee, Staff, Academy Committee members, Parents and of course the Children of Alde Valley Academy. Having witnessed many changes over the years within the School I am really impressed with the whole schools progress”

TJ Haworth-Culf

Andrew Quartermain

Andrew is CEO and Artistic Director of Pro Corda / Leiston Abbey and founded Pro Corda's national music programme for special needs. He is a concert pianist. As a teacher he works with a wide spectrum of students from young instrumentalists through to young people with autism where he has developed a number of specialist programmes. He has also produced a film series for adult learners which has been used internationally.

Cara Chinery

After residing and working in the Security and Enforcement industry in Essex, I decided to give up my employment and move with my family to Suffolk to provide my children with a safer environment within a friendly community and concentrate on my family's well-being. We have now lived in Suffolk for eleven years.

My two sons currently attend Alde Valley Academy and my daughter starts in September 2020.

I enjoy working towards and supporting the children with a good education and a safe environment on their journey to adulthood.

Becoming part of the community started when I became voluntary Chair of Knodishall Playgroup and I held this position for six years, during which the Playgroup received an Ofsted inspection with a judgement of 'Good'. I currently work as a Midday Supervisor at Coldfair Green Primary and have done so for the past four years. I also voluntary run the Knodishall Youth Club for up to 30 children aged 8-13 years.

I believe that a happy childhood with a good schooling experience is the basis of becoming a confident adult.

Shortly after my eldest son started at Adle Valley Academy, I became a Committee Member at the School. I feel a good education, together with parental support, is so important in life. That was four years ago and I am proud to say the school has continued to grow from strength to strength but never losing its greatest asset of knowing each child individually and preparing them to become responsible and successful individuals in their future life.

Lesley Hill

I have lived in Leiston since 1978. I'm married with three grown up children who attended Leiston schools and two of my grandchildren attend Alde Valley Academy. I spent twenty one years working as a teaching assistant at Leiston Primary School and have been involved in voluntary work for thirty five years.

I started with roles on parent teacher associations, organised Leiston Gala for seven years and served as a school governor for twenty six years including ten years as Chairman at Alde Valley prior to it becoming an Academy. For the last twelve years I have been Chairman of the Leiston Film Theatre Support Club helping to raise funds for over £100,000 of improvements for the Film Theatre. In 2015 I was elected to Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council and re-elected in May 2019. I served as Chairman of the Council from 2016 - 2020 and represent the Council on the Leiston Together Board. I am also a Trustee of the Leiston Community Land Trust.

A good education and the health and wellbeing of young people is very important to me and believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. I fully support the school's motto of 'Achievement for All'.

Nicki Rousseau

Niki is responsible for Community Relations at Sizewell B and manages the Sizewell Visitor Centre, maintaining relationships with the community and working closely with local schools to mentor, inspire and encourage young people, to consider a career within STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). Niki maintains relationships with the community and is recognised as their main point of contact for Sizewell B. She attended Leiston High School (now Alde Valley Academy) and then Lowestoft College before joining the nuclear industry. Niki commented, “The opportunities have been abundant and it has been amazing to be part of a company that grows and nurtures talent. Through our mentoring programme I have been able to go ‘back to school’ to encourage young people to think about a career in science, to share my experiences and how my learning journey started exactly where they are now.”