Local Governing Body Membership & Attendance
The Governing Body
Swaffham Bulbeck Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled school, which maintains close links to the Diocese of Ely through our three Foundation Governors.
Our governing body is a voluntary group of local people, who are appointed for four-year terms of office. Governors represent parents, the local community, the Church, the Local Authority and staff. Our responsibilities include strategic planning and finance, helping to appoint our staff, oversight of child protection, behaviour and health and safety, and monitoring the school curriculum. We also focus on building and maintaining close relationships between the school, parents, the Church and the local community, and on maintaining our school vision and our inclusive, welcoming,supportive ethos.
Our governing body meets formally five times a year, and our three committees, the Finance & Property Committee, the Personnel Committee and the Teaching & Learning Committee, each meet termly to discuss matters in more detail. You will also see us regularly at school events.
Contacting the governors
The governors may be contacted at any time via our Clerk, Sue Lockwood, email@example.com or via the school office. Each class also has a named parent governor representative.
We warmly welcome your comments and feedback about our school, and your involvement with the governing body.
Amy Weatherup, Chair of Governors
I have been a governor at our school since 2011 and Chair since 2013. When I’m not spending time with my two daughters (currently both in Owls) and our cocker spaniel Bramble, I run the University of Cambridge i-Teams programme, teaching business skills to students. I am also a governor at the University of Cambridge Primary School, and am involved with several commercial and charitable Boards. I enjoy making music on my viola, and have now started playing the saxophone which has been a long-time ambition. I feel honoured to have been able to work so closely with the wonderful staff in our school, and to be part of the strong community that they have created here. I have recently been appointed a National Leader of Governance, which means I will also be working to support other schools in the region.
Jo Latchford – Parent Governor (Vice Chair)
I am a parent governor with two daughters at Swaffham Bulbeck and I feel privileged to contribute in a small way to our fantastic school. I am one of the Vice Chairs of the governing body and am on the Personnel and Teaching and Learning committees. I am a civil servant and work in the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education. Prior to joining the civil service I worked for a French charity in France, Germany, America and Thailand working with families living in extreme poverty. We recently moved to a house in need of much restoration, and when I’m not helping my husband do up the house I enjoy baking, playing the piano with my daughters, walking our Greyhound, reading and going to the theatre.
Sue Lockwood (Clerk)
I clerk for the Full Governing body of the school. I have a husband, two grown up daughters and three cats. I have retired from The girl guiding Association of which I have been a part of for over 20 years, running a local Rainbow unit, mentoring adults and being a Division Commissioner. My hobbies are reading and walking, but my main love is travelling in Europe and the British Isles.
Katharine Cantell - Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor at Swaffham Bulbeck since December 2015 and am on the Property and Finance Committee, as well as being the Early Years Governor.
Professionally, I am a Senior Development Officer at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where I manage the College's fundraising, communications and alumni events. Before having children, I worked for a decade as a Private Banker, offering financial advice to wealthy individuals.
I live in Bottisham with my husband, Darren, and our two children, Harry (in Dove class) and Isla (Wren), and our two cats. I enjoy travelling, music, going to the theatre, Zumba and Pilates.
Lucinda Collison – Foundation Governor
I live in Swaffham Bulbeck and greatly value the community spirit of our village, church and school. To this end, I give as much time as I can towards promoting and organising our community events. I'm a garden designer.
Geoffrey Datson - Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor for over 25 years and was Chair for about 20 years. I am currently on the Finance and Property Committee.
I was a Foundation Governor for many years and was Church Warden at St Mary's for 10 years.
I am a solicitor by profession and was Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council from 1973-1990. Since we came to Swaffham Bulbeck in 1990 we have taken part in many community activities, including the school, the church, the Summer Theatre, St Mary's Players and Singers to name but a few!
I hold an OBE for services to local government.
Stephen Graham - Parent Governor
My eldest Step-Daughter now starting her educational journey in reception and I expect my youngest step-daughter will be joining the school in the next few years. Becoming a Governor is a new role for me and I see it as an opportunity to not only support my step –daughters as they grow up, but also add my support to the community that our school does so much for.
Professionally, I work as a Safer Schools Officer/Youth Engagement Officer in North London. I currently support and work to assist 41 Secondary Schools with Crime prevention, Community engagement, Crime diversion and where required crime investigation and Safeguarding. Outside of work, you will likely find me spending time with my Wife, my 9year old daughter and 2 step children getting out and about exploring, walking, or canoeing along the rivers or supporting the Burwell Scout Group with opportunities/activities and events.
I am a Staff Governor. I started working at Swaffham Bulbeck in 2005 so have seen many families through our school in that time. I have taught in Kingfishers and Doves and was the school SENCO for 10 years before becoming Pupil Premium Champion this year.I have 4 grown up children and one of them has followed me into teaching. Away from school I sing in various choirs and love reading and walking.
Caroline Owen – Foundation Governor
I have lived in the Parish of Swaffham Bulbeck for over 50 years and attended the village school, as did my children and some of my nieces and nephews.
I have always valued the school as a real benefit to the children of the village. I believe early years education is so important to a child’s education and a small village school can provide an excellent start in a child’s education.
I am managing director of Scotsdales, which has three garden centres in the locality. I also hold roles in the wider horticultural industry. I am a trustee of the Greenfingers charity which builds gardens in children’s hospices. I don’t have much spare time but when I do I most enjoy relaxing with my family.
Romain Poujardieu - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor with my son currently in Robins and I want his experience at primary school to help him achieve his full potential every year so he goes forward into secondary school with a good foundation of knowledge, self-confidence and respect for others. I undertook the role of Parent Governor in November 2017 because I want to be a part of the team that ensured that our School is aiming to be the best it can be. On a personal level I work as a Business Analyst and I enjoy spending time with my family, baking as well as travelling. This may be why this is the third country we have lived in so far after France and Norway.
Laurinda Vale - Co-opted Governor
I’m Mum to Lylha who is currently in Kingfishers (year4). I joined the governors because the school has gone above and beyond in supporting Lylha. Not only do I want to help give back to the school, but to (hopefully) be an asset to the school going forward.
Lylha and I share our home in the village with 3 dogs; Nutmeg, Annatto and Bailey.
Prior to motherhood I worked for many years as a Mortgage and Financial Advisor. Subsequently promoted, I spent a further couple of years as a manager for a well known Building Society.
Since having Lylha I have studied English Literature with The Open University. Currently, I’m part way through a business and social media marketing course. In addition to freelance writing and blogging.
In my spare time I love being with my family, the dogs and our friends. We enjoy the outdoors, geocaching, great food and watching the little ones in our family flourish.
Sally Pearson (co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Swaffham Bulbeck for 14 years and until December 2016 taught in the Special Education/Foundation Learning Department at Cambridge Regional College. I currently work as an administrator for the Children and Young People’s Health Service in the Community Paediatric Department and have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs. I am also a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and want to encourage young people to have their say in the future of our village.
In my spare time I enjoy making jewellery, gardening, bird-watching and travelling the country in our very old campervan.