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Barbara Duckworth

Barbara Duckworth was a parent elected governor for her first term and was co-opted in 2016 to continue in her role as Chair of Governors.  Barbara has previous experience as Chair of the local Pre-school and of the Personnel committee at CPS.  Her three children attended Cottenham Primary School. Barbara has many years experience in business including delivering software solutions to large private and public sector companies and as PA to the Corporate partner of a large international law firm.  She has a BSc degree in Psychology and enjoys her role as musical director of the local theatre group.

 

Caroline Lee

I am a research and evaluation professional with experience in education, childcare and health, and currently working at Cambridge University’s Institute for Public Health. My background means that I can offer skills in monitoring, evaluation, and data analysis to the role of governor at CPS. 

I am currently Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, working closely with the Barbara to support the effective working of the Board. I am also Chair of the Standards Committee, where we keep track of and monitor the implementation of the curriculum, and maintenance and improvement of standards across the school. As a Link Governor for Data and Assessment, I have responsibilities for monitoring progress and attainment data, and providing challenge where required. I am also a link governor for the Pupil Premium Fund and SEND, involving reviewing and monitoring spend, use, and impact of this important source of support for pupils.  

 

Charlotte Hobley

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2016.  I have been involved as a parent with Cottenham Primary School for the last nine years and am pleased to have been given the opportunity to become a Parent Governor.  I will offer commitment and enthusiasm to the role and do all that I can to contribute to the continued success of our primary school.

Through my professional career as an Accountant and Project Manager I have experience in implementing and reviewing financial and business controls in rapidly changing environments.  I believe these skills will be invaluable to the Governing Body at this current time. Having the ability to ask the right questions and challenge the responses I see as key to the success of a Governor in ensuring the highest possible standards in the school.
 
As a Parent Governor, I believe I will be supportive and proactive in helping to guide the continuing improvement of Cottenham Primary School.

 

Lee Welham
I believe that my background will support and add to the development of the school as it looks towards its future.
I work as a chartered accountant at the accountancy firm, Deloitte, based in Cambridge.  In my role as audit director, I have gained a whole host of experiences of businesses and private sector organisations in the UK.  Any organisation, be it big or small, public or private, has to balance the books and consider its strategy as we move into an ever increasing digital era.  I am proud to add to the development of CPS as it focuses on its role in our growing community and its goal of delivering first class education to all.

 

Magda Nolan

I was appointed a parent governor in October 2016 and with eight years’ experience as a professional working within the Children, Families and Adult Services for Cambridgeshire County Council my aim is to be a useful asset to the board of Governors as a link Governor for Child Protection. In my role as a Family Worker I work closely with families from all backgrounds, providing parenting advice and support regarding children’s needs (including Special Educational Needs) and liaising with schools on parents’ behalf. Safeguarding children and young people is of paramount importance in my work and I am particularly passionate about supporting the emotional wellbeing of children in a school environment. 
I am also a member of the Premises Committee. 
I will endeavour to meet the requirements of Governors to work closely with the staff at CPS by monitoring, questioning and challenging to collectively ensure the best possible standards of education and support for all children attending the school.

 

 

Matt Graves

Matt Graves has been a Governor at Cottenham Primary School since 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee. Matt is a Management Consultant and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) as well as a qualifications in business financial management. Matt lives in Cottenham and enjoys outdoor activities including cycling, running and walking.

 

Rosemary Miller
I was co-opted on to the governing body in 1988 when my youngest child was 4 years old. After a four year term I was offered the opportunity to become a local authority governor which continued until two years ago when the governing body was re-constituted and I returned to being co-opted. I now have the privilege of seeing two of my grandchildren in school. Until my retirement I worked in local pre-schools and my knowledge of early years education has been of benefit to my role as governor. Also the practical experience of maintaining a pre-school building has helped me in my present role as Chair of Premises, Health and Safety.

 

Sarah Atkinson - to follow

 

Simon Gibbons
I was appointed as local authority governor in the autumn of 2016 and am a member of the Standards Committee. I have worked in education in various roles and settings for over twenty years. I was initially a secondary school teacher and then a head of English in a large London comprehensive school. I then moved to become a local authority literacy consultant, working to support schools across the primary and secondary sector with their efforts to improve literacy teaching and learning in the context of government policy initiatives. In 2003 I became a teacher educator and am currently the Director for Initial Teacher Education at King’s College London. As well as direct involvement in the training of the next generation of teachers, I research and write in the field of English as a school subject. I have a deep personal and professional commitment to improving the standards of education for all young people, and as a local resident for nearly fifteen years, I am honoured to be able to play a part in the ongoing success story of Cottenham Primary School. 

 

Steve Hales
Steve Hales is a Co-opted Governor and joined the school governing body in December 2013. Steve is on the Finance and Standards subcommittees and is the PPF Link Governor. Steve loves to see and help people develop and he became a governor to contribute to the education of the children in our community. Steve has two sons at the school; he runs his own management consultancy company and he has an MBA. Finally he helps with coaching junior rugby players at a local club.  

Kate Tarlow

I'm a parent governor. I chair the Personnel committee, which is responsible for the staffing plan and recommending pay policy, as well as ensuring staffing polices are applied fairly. I'm also on the Standards committee, which lets me get a detailed picture of resourcing teaching and learning across the school, and, really importantly, how the school is providing for disadvantaged pupils. 


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