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:

  • Cara Chinery

  • Lesley Hill

  • Niki Rousseau

  • Tom Brown (Chair of Academy Committee)

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.”