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:

  • Lesley Hill (Chair of Academy Committee)

  • Niki Rousseau

  • Thomas Kay

  • Tom Brown


Our current staff committee members are:

  • Anne-Marie Oaten

  • Daniel Mayhew

  • Jonny Peart

  • Kirstie Moore

  • Libby Issac

  • Robert Battle


If you wish to contact the Chair of the Committee, please send correspondence in a sealed envelope with F.A.O Chair of Committee and it will get passed along to the relevant person in post.

Lesley Hill

I have lived in Leiston since 1978. I'm married with three children who attended Leiston schools and three of my grandchildren attended 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 over thirty-five years.

I have been on parent teacher associations, served as a school governor for twenty-six years including ten years as Chairman at Alde Valley prior to it becoming an Academy. I was elected to Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council in 2015 and re-elected in May 2019. I served as Chairman of the Council from 2016 – 2020 and I’m currently Vice-Chairman. I am also a Trustee of the Leiston Community Land Trust. In 2019 I was invited back as a member of the AVA Committee and in 2022 took up the role of Chairman.

I believe a good education and the health and wellbeing of young people is very important in helping students to reach their full potential and in showing them how to become responsible citizens of the future.

Niki 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.”

Thomas Kay

Tom Brown

Tom became Chief Executive Officer of The Green Light Trust in 2018, having joined the charity in 2013. At GLT Tom has united his passions for the environment, social equity and education overseeing the development of the charity to one on the cutting edge of nature-based interventions.

During his tenure as CEO at GLT Tom has enabled the charity to demonstrate its impact through novel academic research.

With a broad range of experience and academic qualifications Tom has grown the charity and sits on various regional and national panels contributing to the health and education agenda.

Having grown up on the Suffolk Coast he is passionate that access to high-quality natural habitats is a basic human right regardless of a person’s background or socio-economic standing.

Tom is a non-executive director for Orwell Housing Association Ltd.

Daniel Mayhew

Kirstie Moore

Libby Issac

Rob Battle

Anne-Marie Oaten

Jonny Peart