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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.

Barbara stepped down as Chair of Governors in Summer 2021.


Lee Welham
I am the Chair of Finance.

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.


Simon Gibbons
Simon became Chair of Governors in September 2021.

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.