Heather Gibbard - PTFA Chair

I am Heather Gibbard, my children Lizzie and Harry are in fox and squirrel class and we often walk to school over the hill from Kilmington. I am a forest school leader and together with running forest school bug sessions at Shute primary school, I am setting up a community forest school at home in our woods.
In my spare time I like gardening, and looking after our animals, walking and kayaking and as a family we love wildlife, art, muddy walks, geocaching and having adventures.
I am really happy to be Chair of our lovely school’s PTFA and proud of our approach here at Shute; this is a team effort and our PTFA is a round table group where everyone and their ideas are welcome.

Diane Lear - vice chair

I have a daughter who attends Shute primary. I am dedicated to working with a close team to enrich the experience of children's time spent at school. This includes supporting the schools ethos, by helping provide experiences and equipment which cannot always be funded by the school.
I am a nurse and my hobbies tend to revolve around family, friends and various pets.

Flora Cruft – Communications & Membership Manager

I’m mother to non-identical twin girls Leonie and Rosalind who attend Shute Primary. I’m also a psychotherapist and creativity coach in private practice, and a published poet. In my spare time I enjoy baking, singing, and having loud kitchen discos with my daughters!

It’s my role to send out PTFA emails and facebook messages, and to write updates in the school newsletter. As the membership manager I also bring in new members, help implement fundraising projects and manage our WhatsApp group. I’m really proud of the large, friendly PTFA group we’ve created, and of all we’ve achieved since we formed last winter 2020. If you’d like to join us to get involved in fundraising projects, you have ideas you’d like to share or you’d simply like to join the WhatsApp group to find out what we’re up to, please email me at or come talk to me in the playground.

Holly Billington - Joint Treasurer

Hi my name is Holly and I am mum to Alex and Isla at Shute primary school.
I’m passionate about children’s mental health and work for the NHS, managing and leading the Children & Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) across Devon.
In my spare time I love to be with my family, enjoying lots of trips to the beach and the woods and I’m a big lover of travelling and yummy food.
I put myself forward to be one of the treasurers as I wanted to proactively support the children at Shute by helping to manage the accounts and fundraise for all the lovely resources and equipment that help children to thrive.

Hayley Jones - Joint Treasurer

Hi I’m Hayley. I’m mum to Teddy, Nora and Albie and have been at Shute since Teddy started in preschool in 2019. When not herding children, I work as Marketing Director for Axminster Tools. I love being outdoors, spend far too much time chatting, and enjoy cooking - what I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm!

Leti Littlewood- Secretary

I have three children at Shute School, and am thrilled to be part of this dynamic team. We are very lucky to have such a good community of staff and families to create an excellent learning and nurturing environment for the children, and it is a privilege to support them through PTFA work.
My background is in Fine Art and Marketing, and I am about to embark on retraining as an Art Psychotherapist. In my spare time I enjoy sea swimming with my family, and life drawing.

What is the PTFA?

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, sharing together to make a positive contribution to the school community.

WHY does the PTFA exist?

  • To enrich the children’s experience as pupils of Shute Primary
  • To support the school by engaging with pupils’ families, their teachers and friends
  • To provide extra funding by staging various events during the year.


If like us you believe that our children deserve a thriving school, one that can offer them fun new opportunities for learning and growth, then do consider joining the PTFA. It is a diverse, inclusive community where you can be involved as much or as little as you wish, and depending on your availability at any given time.  If you’d like to join us or to find out more, please email


PTFA Meetings