We have a large and experienced staff team, each member bringing their own unique contribution to Noah’s Ark. The Practice Managers are Jane Smith and Sophie Cleak who are both experienced early years teachers. Jane and Sophie job share , each spending half their time directly supporting the children and half doing office based management work.

Jane and Sophie are supported by our Office Manager, Sophie Turner. Sophie also manages our intakes and registers and is the first point of contact for those considering a place at Noah’s Ark.

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Heather Goddard. Heather is a qualified teacher with extensive experience of dealing with children with a wide range of additional needs.


Our Trustees

Richard Feather

Richard has worked in education throughout his working life as a Maths teacher and more recently as an Exams officer and Data Manager in a secondary school. He and his wife, Nicola, have been members of Cairns Road Baptist Church for more than 20 years. They have three now-adult children. Richard joined the Noah’s Ark Trustees in 2011, not long after he and his family had returned from a 5-year spell working in a school in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Richard is Treasurer to the Trustees and chairs Trustees’ meetings.


Ailsa Bailey


Ailsa is very proud to have been a trustee/company secretary for Noah’s Ark since her two daughters (now teenagers) attended. She has also been a member of Cairns Road Baptist Church for many years where she is part of a home group and helps with the 5- to 11-year-olds on a Sunday morning.

After gaining her biology degree, Ailsa worked for not-for-profit science publishers for a number of years before her present position as website editor for Roots for Churches.

In her spare time Ailsa plays the trumpet and enjoys running, riding her bike, and walking the family labrador. She is also passionate about sustainability and finding ways to engage people positively in taking action prayerfully and practically to solve the climate crisis.

Helen Wilson


Helen has been a fan of Noah’s Ark since her youngest child attended about twenty years ago and has been a trustee since 2011. She is also a member of Cairns Road Baptist Church where she particularly enjoys being part of the Children’s Team and a home group.
Helen works as a children’s nurse in the community and loves spending time outdoors as much as possible in her free time.