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Chair of Governors
Committees: Resources, Standards & Curriculum, Personnel, Data Scrutiny Taskforce
I have lived in Girton since 1996 and have been a governor at the school since January 2012. I am keen to support the school in developing a strategic plan that supports educational achievement and in developing wider community involvement.
I have over forty years experience of working in and with the National Health Service and have been retired since September 2011. I worked as a Director at Board level over many years and was Interim Chief Executive at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I oversaw the successful move from four older buildings into the new Peterborough Hospital in November 2010.
My other experiences include working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 5 years as a health specialist and I also have strategic, clinical, research and value for money audit experience. Since my retirement I have enjoyed getting more involved in the village and I’m one of the key organisers of the Girton Feast Week. I also enjoy watching my grand-daughter grow and develop new skills.
Vice-Chair / Parent Governor
Committees: Standards & Curriculum (Chair), Data Scrutiny Taskforce
I have been a Cambridge resident since 1997 and moved with my young family to Girton in 2011. We currently have one child happily enrolled at Girton Glebe Primary School and another attending one of the nurseries in the village.
My professional background is as a teacher with almost 20 years of experience working in the state funded secondary education sector. I read History at the University of York before qualifying as a teacher and securing my first post at St Peter’s School in Huntingdon. Since then, I have worked in a range of school based settings and am currently employed as Deputy Principal at a local 11-16 secondary school, Sawston Village College.
In addition to gaining an insight into the challenges of school leadership, my career includes extensive experience of raising standards and leading change in an education setting and I have particularly enjoyed those opportunities to mentor and coach colleagues looking to develop and improve their practice. I have published articles on both History teaching and initial teacher training and I have collaborated closely with the teacher training programme delivered at Cambridge University; first as a school based subject mentor, then as a professional tutor and finally as a member of the Secondary PGCE standing committee.
My current role includes a strategic focus on raising achievement, academic intervention and improving the outcomes for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Committees: Resources, Personnel (Chair), Data Scrutiny Taskforce
I have worked in affordable housing in and around Cambridge for 30 years and am currently Chief Executive of CHS Group, a social investment agency and housing association. CHS provides a wide range of services across Cambridgeshire from affordable housing to Early Years childcare and end of life care for older people.
I have lived in Girton for more than 10 years; all my children have been to Girton Glebe and 2 are at the school currently. I have been a governor for over three years and have been most involved with finance and staff recruitment. Beyond my family and work I enjoy gardening and am interested in the weather.
Committees: Standards & Curriculum, Data Scrutiny Taskforce
I worked for the NHS for 40 years as a Speech and Language Therapist working with many different disorders in children and adults. During this time I worked in special schools and mainstream schools and in the Child Development Centre. I have taught teachers about the range of communication disorders and how to help children with a communication problem in the classroom and also taught families with little children with very delayed language how to develop their child’s language skills. I have also helped people who stammered and people with voice disorders. Since I retired, I have continued working for the Faculty of Education with students who have poor voice projection and students with a poor teacher presence.
I have been a volunteer at the school which I enjoyed greatly. When I retired I wanted to get involved in the life of the village. As a Governor I am particularly interested in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and Special Needs. My son was born with low tone and dyspraxia and my nephew has Downs so I have personal experience of Special Needs too.
Committees: Resources, Personnel
My day job as a Conservation Officer for the local Wildlife Trust involves spending plenty of time outdoors carrying out practical habitat management, surveying a wide variety of sites and providing helpful advice for landowners and other organisations. A variety of voluntary positions keeps me busy, including building and maintaining the railway tracks of the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. My background is in geology; I studied Earth Sciences in Oxford before moving to Cambridge in 2002 to complete a PhD in palaeontology. From there I joined the British Antarctic Survey as a geological database developer, specialising on their fossil database, before taking a career break to focus on my children and to retrain in conservation.
Girton Glebe is a well-established community primary school and I am honoured to be part of its management team. As a governor at the school I am privileged to be able to help the staff provide an excellent and engaging education for our children and a strong sense of community. I enjoy being an active member of this community, regularly coming in to help with various activities. My two boys are both very happy and thriving at the school; they love the range of subjects and topics that they are taught, the diversity and talents of the other children and, of course, the superb staff. We are enjoying our time at Girton Glebe as a family and it is wonderful to see it flourishing as the village school.
Committees: Personnel, Standards & Curriculum
Almost 40 years ago, I studied Physical Anthropology at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College) before going into journalism and freelance communication work, which proved flexible with family life and my husband’s career which took us to Brazil, Japan and France.
We came to live in Girton in 2013, after sixteen years living west of Paris, where our two children grew up and went to school. I was a governor in the British Section of the Lycée International in Saint Germain-en-Laye for ten years, where I chaired the Human Resources sub-committee. Albeit in a different context, this experience is what sparked my interest in joining the Governor team at Girton Glebe, along with a desire to get involved in village life. I have been struck by the welcome of a friendly open and caring school led by a committed professional team.
I currently work part-time for the Tropical Biology Association in the Cambridge Conservation Campus; I do freelance editing and writing work, and qualified last year as a Green Badge guide for Cambridge.
Committees: Resources (Chair)
I have worked in education for the past 15 years, at Coventry University for 5 years as Operations Manager at the School of Lifelong Learning and with Cambridge Assessment for 10 years in a variety of roles, mainly involving the provision of teacher training and learning resources. In my current role as Interim Head of Product Support for OCR, I am responsible for all the assessment support that we provide for teachers in the delivery of our qualifications.
I received a BA (Hons) in Public Administration at Nottingham Trent University, obtained an MA in European Studies from the University of Bradford and recently completed a PG Cert in Educational Studies at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge.
I moved to the village 2 years ago and I have a daughter currently in the school. Having recently become the father of twin boys I am keen to ensure its long term success! I volunteer my time because I have built up a number of skills and experiences over the years which I think can help with the management of the school, and I would like to support all the dedicated and hard-working staff and governors to achieve the best for all of its pupils.
Committees: Resources, Standards & Curriculum
I am London-born and was brought up in Clerkenwell and Finchley, from which a place at Sandhurst beckoned. During 21 years of enjoyable military service, some high points were active service, intelligence work in Berlin and teaching officer cadets at Sandhurst; before I retired as a lieutenant colonel. Three years at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, brought a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology to complement another in International Relations, and I have held a variety of teaching and leadership posts at a school in Cambridge for nearly 20 years.
Since being ordained as a priest, I have served the people of St Andrew’s in Girton, and I am also keen to give to the wider Girton community. I have three grown-up daughters and proud of my two grandchildren, too. I enjoy hill-walking, photography and am seldom happier than when walking in the wild places of God’s creation.
Originally from Croydon, south London, I studied for a BSc in Accounting & Financial Management at Loughborough University. Upon graduation I moved to Cambridge in 2008 where I started working in audit for Grant Thornton UK LLP and studying to be an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA). I qualified in 2011 and made the jump out of practice in 2013.
Since then I have worked for two local AIM listed businesses; Domino Printing Sciences plc and Marshall Motor Holdings plc. I am currently Group Financial Accountant at Marshall – responsible for all external statutory financial reporting.
I have lived in Girton since 2010 and got married at St. Andrew’s Church. I enjoy a variety of sport and like to travel. My wife has been involved with the Girton Brownie pack since 2010, and we have two pre-school children in nursery. We enjoy the closeness of the village and the strong links between the school and other local associations.
I look forward to contributing my skills and supporting the fantastic staff achieve their goals and maintain a friendly and challenging educational environment for the children.
Committees: Standards & Curriculum, Data Scrutiny Taskforce
I am a relative newcomer to Girton, moving here in 2017 and becoming a governor in 2018. Prior to this, I lived in Houston, Texas, and London, and grew up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
My professional background is in engineering and software. I work for Siemens’ software division, where we help companies design everything from cars to mobile phones and much in-between. I lead a business development organisation in their modelling and simulation business line.
I have spent too much time in universities, having earned an undergraduate degree in Engineering (BEng), a graduate degree in Computational Fluid Dynamics (MSc) both from the University of Leeds, a graduate diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP Law School in London, and a graduate degree in business (MBA) from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Rice is a small university, best known for hosting President Kennedy’s “moon speech”, where he set the challenge for a manned mission to the moon (not because it is easy, but because is it hard), and for having a football stadium large enough to accommodate every graduate from the university in the last 100 years.
We have two children at the school. It’s a privilege to be part of the management team of the school, and helping it provide the best outcome for all students.
Committees: Resources, Standards & Curriculum, Personnel, Data Scrutiny Taskforce
I began my teaching career in Lancashire in 2001 and spent many years working in the Ribble Valley. From 2007 I worked across county as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting schools and colleagues in all aspects of teaching and learning. As an AST I spent 20% of my time on out-reach work specialising in history, Able Gifted and Talented provision and cross-curricular learning. The AST role also provided me with the opportunity to produce topic plans for the Home Office in support of their PREVENT agenda and I was fortunate enough to spend many years working with the BBC creating online learning resources and advising on educational videos and programmes. The final collaboration I had with the BBC was to create a series of 32 videos based on the series Planet Dinosaur which were accompanied, on their Class Clips website, by my lesson outlines and planning ideas.
My wife and I relocated from Manchester to Cambridgeshire in 2012 where I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher at an Ely school and was part of the ‘Outstanding’ leadership team that guided the school on its journey towards being classified as ‘Good’. My wife and I now have a four-year-old daughter to keep us busy, and aside from family life and school, my passions are playing the guitar (both classical and electric), photography and running.
Throughout my career I have used educational research to develop both my own practice and the culture of the schools I have led. I am a passionate advocate of Prof. Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindsets and feel that the insights that this offers are vital in producing resilient, life-long learners.
Committees: Standards & Curriculum
Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes
Please click the dates below to download the non-confidential version of the Full Governing Body (FGB) Minutes.
Minutes of each FGB meeting are approved at the following FGB, and subsequently published on our website.
Current Academic Year
FGB Minutes – September 2019
FGB Minutes – 9 July 2019
FGB Minutes – 6 June 2019
FGB Minutes – 7 May 2019
FGB Minutes – 2 April 2019
FGB Minutes – 22 January 2019
FGB Minutes – 27 November 2018
FGB Minutes – 11 September 2018
FGB Minutes – 8 May 2018
FGB Minutes – 20 March 2018
FGB Minutes – 23 January 2018
FGB Minutes – 14 November 2017
FGB Minutes – 12 September 2017
FGB Minutes – 27 June 2017
FGB Minutes – 9 May 2017
FGB Minutes – 14 March 2017
FGB Minutes – 24 January 2017
FGB Minutes – 8 November 2016
FGB Minutes – 20 September 2016
The tables below show details of our current Governing Body, Register of Interests, and attendance at Full Governing Body and sub-committee meetings.
Governor Details, Register of Interests and Meeting Attendance
|Name||Committees||Category of Governor||Appointed by||Term End||Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interest||Governor at Other Schools||Relationship with Other Governors or Staff|
|Rowena Barnes (Chair)||Standards & Curriculum, Resources, Personnel (Chair)||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||None||None||None|
|Nigel Howlett||Resources, Personnel (Chair)||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||Cambridge Housing Society (Chief Executive)||None||Sharon Howlett, TA|
|Tanya Sheridan||Resources||Local Authority||Local Authority||14.3.19||None||None||None|
|Corinne Garvie||Standards & Curriculum||Co-opted||Governing Body||31.8.18||None||None||None|
|Pieter Wallace (Vice-Chair)||Standards & Curriculum (Chair)||Elected Parent||Parents||2.11.19||None||Sawston Village College (Deputy Principal)|
|Lucy Wilson||Resources||Elected Parent||Parents||2.11.19||None||None||None|
|Andrew Simpson||Standards & Curriculum, Personnel, Resources||Head||Ex officio (from 1.9.16)||n/a||Head Teacher||None||None|
|Jo Pyle||Standards & Curriculum||Elected Staff||Staff||2.11.18||None||None||None|
|Colin Black||Resources (Chair)||Co-opted||Governing Body||7.11.19||None||None||None|
|Debbie Macklin||Standards & Curriculum, Personnel||Co-opted||Governing Body||7.11.19||None||None||None|
|Peter Goodwin||Resources||Co-opted||Governing Body||TBC||None||None||None|
|Diana Johnson||Resources||Co-opted||Governing Body||TBC||None||None||None|
|Alex Read||Standards & Curriculum||Elected Parent||Governing Body||TBC||None||None||None|
|Elise Kinnear||Clerk (Cambs CC)|
Full Governing Body: Meeting Attendance 2018-2019
|Full Name||11 Sept 2018||27 Nov 2018||22 Jan 2019||2 Apr 2019||7 May 2019||6 June 2019||17 Sept 2019|
Resources (Finance & Premises) Committee: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||4 Oct 2018||22 Nov 2018||10 Jan 2019||7 Mar 2019||25 April 2019||13 June 2019||17 Oct 2019|
Personnel Committee: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||16 Oct 2018||28 Feb 2019||13 Jun 2019|
Standards & Curriculum: Meeting Attendance
|Full Name||4 Oct 2018||22 Nov 2018||28 Feb 2019||6 June 2019|
A = Absent with the consent of the governing body (apologies accepted)
U = Failed to attend or absent without the consent of the governing body