Meet The Governors
Governor profiles are below. Click here to view minutes of full governing body meetings.
David Gould (Chair of Governors)
I moved to Wilburton about twelve years ago having worked in advertising in London for 30 years and spend most of my time now renovating our 15th Century house. I am married with three grown up boys who have all now moved away from home. We love living in the village and since being here have been involved with the Youth Club, Toddler Group, Theatre Group, Fireworks and Beer Festival. I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the diocese and have been involved with the school for about 10 years. I originally became a governor to help support the church school and the village community. I am one of the governors responsible for Outcomes and sit on the Standards Committee.
Tim Hughes (Vice Chair and Chair of Resources Committee)
A Wilburton resident since the mid 70’s, I consider our village Primary School to be a vital and integral part of our village community. I have been elected as a foundation governor, appointed by the Ely Diocese, for around 3 years and I am currently chair of the Resources Committee and also have governor responsibility for Information & Computer Technology (ICT).
Stuart Brebner (Chair of Standards Committee)
I moved to Wilburton with my wife in 2005. We have twin boys, aged ten, and a girl, aged five. All three go to Wilburton Primary School.
I took early retirement a couple of years ago from my career as an air traffic controller for Nats. I was also an instructor and examiner for Nats, helping to maintain standards & training the next generation of controllers.
On retiring, I became a governor at Wilburton Primary School, and now chair the Standards Committee. My children have been very happy at the school, and I am keen for the school to continue to offer the high quality of teaching which my kids have benefited from.
Anthea (Tup) Dodson (Foundation Governor)
I have lived in Wilburton for virtually all my life and attended Wilburton Primary School as a child - initially in the old building in the High Street and then in the present building. After a short time away, we moved back into Wilburton to take over the family business but also so our children could attend Wilburton school as I strongly believe that the early years spent at a primary school gives a firm foundation for life. Wilburton Primary School provided that for myself, my children and is now for my grandchildren.
I am involved in a variety of groups in the village and am a deacon, treasurer and secretary of Wilburton Community Baptist Church, a Parish Councillor of many years’ service and vice Chair of the Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trust. Wilburton is an important part of my life and I want to see it continue to be a community focused village.
I have now retired from my role as Head of Criminal Justice for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and have become a Community Governor, allocated to the Resources Committee. I am also jointly responsible for Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and EYFS, and particularly interested in the SEND provision at the school. I am a huge supporter of the school and want to see it grow and improve. I am particularly keen to ensure that every pupil who attends the school reaches the best level of achievement in whatever way helps them to fulfill their ambitions and dreams.
Richard Nicoll (Local Authority Governor)
I have lived in Wilburton for over 21 years and am married with twin sons attending Wilburton Primary. I have worked in Computing and Management as both an Executive & Non-Executive Director with 32 years’ experience in digital interactive TV, consumer electronics and automated teller machine markets. Experienced at managing and growing teams under changing and challenging circumstances. Experienced at developing new business domestically and internationally along with responsibility for P&L. Degree qualified with a BSc in Computing Science and an MBA. Award winning wildlife photographer. www.richardnicollphotography.co.uk
Clare Sadler (Staff Governor)
I am the staff governor for Wilburton CE Primary. I teach Hedgehogs class (year 6) and lead the mathematics provision for the school. I believe that our school is a great place to teach and learn and a place where we are constantly striving to improve. By being part of the governors, I feel able to support the school more strategically and ensure we go from strength to strength to provide the absolute best for the children.
Noni Michaelidou-Van den Bergh (Parent Governor)
I am a trained language teacher and I taught both English and Greek as a second and foreign language in four countries: England, Cyprus, Poland and Spain. I am currently teaching Modern Greek at the Greek school of St. Athanasios in Cambridge. I am a proud member of the Greek community; helping our children develop their Greek linguistic abilities, as well as make them feel proud about their identities. Equally, I would like to offer my skills to the local community, my new home. I look forward to getting involved with the teaching and learning aspects of the school and in particular the new vocabulary project. I would like to see all WPS reaching their potential (academic and more…). Preferably with a smile on!
Karen Everitt (Parent Governor; Safeguarding)
My name is Karen Everitt and I have lived in Wilburton for 32 years. My husband’s family have been here even longer and he and all his extended family have been taught at the village primary school. Our two oldest daughters were students and our youngest, Grace is in the current Year 2.
I have always had a very keen interest in education. I studied for a degree in my mid-thirties in History/English and had considered becoming a teacher. An opportunity presented itself to work in the Library at Girton College and Libraries have been my passion ever since. I have also worked in a school for foreign students and presently at Long Road Sixth Form in Cambridge where I have been the Librarian for nearly 10 years. As well as being the Librarian here, I am a Governor, First Aider and a Designated Safeguarding Officer.
My main interest as a Governor at Wilburton Primary is in children’s literacy, how history is taught in the curriculum and all aspects of safeguarding and children’s welfare. The importance of the term ‘Every Child Matters’ should be at the heart of all that a school tries to do. To help each child achieve his or her full potential should be the main driver to help a school not just to be Good but to become Outstanding. Another thread of this is my interest in and commitment to Equality and Diversity which is also part of my work at Long Road. I hope to make a difference for all our children to achieve their full potential.
Hopefully, most of you know me, or at least recognise my name, but for those who don’t, this is a brief outline of my background. I have a background in Retail Management but left this career to become a full time mum. After moving from Leicestershire to Haddenham in 1995, with my husband and young children, I volunteered at Robert Arkenstall School, where our two children attended. I started with supporting the classes with reading and then was appointed as a 1:1 with a child in care. After he was moved from the area, I became a 1:1 with a child with disability needs. Soon after, she moved to Wilburton Primary School, where I have been for 20 years, until I ‘retired’ last summer.
I have worked with most year groups, however I focused on the Year 6s, supporting both the class teachers, mainly Miss Sadler, and the pupils. This year group is such an important year for their own personal development and to support them and prepare them for both secondary school and SATs. To help them I have (and still do) attended over 20 Kingswood residential visits which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a pleasure to watch their independence develop and being able to take them out of their comfort zone. The transition when the children return to the classroom always amazes me.
Over the years I have seen many changes, however I feel the school is continuing to be in a strong position, and is going from strength to strength. Not only focusing on the pupils education but the importance of the children’s wellbeing and love for themselves and each other, as well as excellence - wanting to do their best!
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both the children and the amazing team of staff. That is why I wanted to continue supporting the school as a volunteer with Year 6 and a governor on the Resources Committee, and in the governor team to monitor and support the school's value of Wellbeing.
Christine Sleight (Foundation Governor)