Local Governing Body Membership & Attendance

An Introduction to our Governors - Please see below

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, clerk@swaffhambulbeck.cambs.sch.uk or via the school office. You can also contact the chair of governors - Amy Weatherup, via chair@swaffhambulbeck.cambs.sch.uk

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 secondary school) 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 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 prior to that I worked for a charity in Europe, the USA and Asia working with families living in extreme poverty. 

 

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 work in another local Primary School as an office administrator and am clerk to their governors too. 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 Co-Chair of the Property and Finance Committee, as well as being the Early Years Governor.

Professionally, I am a Development Manager at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where my role involves fundraising for the College. 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 Kingfisher class) and Isla (Doves). 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.

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 - Co-opted 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 a girl who is currently in Kingfishers (year4). I joined the governors because the school has gone above and beyond in supporting my daughter. Not only do I want to help give back to the school, but to (hopefully) be an asset to the school going forward. 
My daughter 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 my daughter 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. 

Rebecca Doggett – (Staff Governor)

I have been a teacher in the Early Years Centre at Swaffham Bulbeck since September 2014. I am now the Early Years Leader and English Co-ordinator, as well as currently studying for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Having worked at a number of schools before completing my teacher training, I whole-heartedly believe Swaffham Bulbeck is a school like no other. It’s uniqueness, nurturing and ‘family feel’ are what attracted me to the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher, and are also the reasons I choose the school for my daughter to attend. I am passionate about the journey our school is on, and want to be part of our on-going development; both in the classroom and in the wider strategic planning. Outside of school, I enjoy horse riding, going to the gym (weightlifting!) and spending quality time with my husband and two children, often venturing to our favourite beaches in Cornwall.

Jane Greaves (Co-opted Governor)

I moved to Swaffham Bulbeck in 2017 and I have two girls who are both at the school. I currently work as a civil servant in Ofsted, and prior to this, I worked for a number of other government departments. Before my civil service career, I worked in public relations for 10 years for a number of arts and cultural organisations including the Natural History Museum. Outside of work, I enjoy sewing, cooking and trying to garden.