Swaffham Prior C of E Primary School

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Governing Body September 2019       Committee Details       Declarations of Interest       Meeting Attendance 2019/20

 NamePositionTermAppointed ByRole / Commitees
Chris Goodfellow Mr Chris Goodfellow Chair & Foundation Governor November 2016 –  November 2020 Diocese of Ely Board of Education on recommendation of PCC Resources
Christian Distinctiveness
Chris works in the software industry having held a number of management roles.  He is a father to two children, not in the school, and his family are part of the congregation of St Mary's.
 Helen Bartley Mrs Helen Bartley Headteacher Ex-officio Ex-officio Resources

Helen has been Headteacher at Swaffham prior since September 2018.  Previously she was Deputy at St Andrew's, Soham and prior to that has taught at a number of schools in both the UK and internationally.

   Mr Franc Carr Co-opted Governor July 2018 - Jul 2022 Governing Body Resources (Chair)
Franc lives in Burwell and is dad to two boys in the school (In years 5 and 1). Franc works in Cambridge for one of the high street banks, looking after corporate clients of the bank in the region. In his spare time, he enjoys family time and watching most sports.
Tania Verdonk  Mrs Tania Verdonk Co-opted Governor July 2018 - Jul 2022 Governing Body TLC (Chair)

Tania has been a parent at school for the last 10 years up to July 2019 when her daughter moved to secondary school to join her older brother.  In her day job she runs a marketing agency in Burwell.  As an avid networker she is quite used to serving on committees.  Previous experience in education includes being the chair of the local preschool from 2007 -2012 and volunteering as a business advisor for Form The Future.

  Mr William Shakeshaft Parent Governor July 2018 - Jul 2022 Parent Body Resources (Vice-Chair)
EYFS & PhonicsPremises & H&S
Will has been a governor for 5 years. He also has experience of a wide range of operational and management issues in his role as Managing Director of a large argricultural business. Will is Vice-Chair of the Resources committee and head of premises. Amongst a varied range of management challenges, this involves a high level of financial and team oversight. Will also brings to his role strong knowledge of, and strong ties to, the local and regional community. Will enjoys making a contribution to the local community and sits on many strategic boards.
   Mrs Sandra Gynn Co-opted Governor June 2016 – June 2020 Governing Body TLC
Sandra has been a Governor at SP school for 3 years, after being a Teacher Governor at the school she taught in for 12 years. Sandra taught Physical Education and Science for 34 years in Cambridgeshire schools. My husband was a teacher and I have a son and a daughter who are both teachers so I am very keen to keep up with current trends in Education. Sandra lives in Swaffham Prior and is member of the Civil Parish Council
   Mr Andrew Griffiths Co-opted Governor July 2018 – July 2022 Governing Body TLC
  SueGiles Revd Susan Giles Ex-officio Foundation Governor Ex-officio Ex-officio TLC
David Unitt Mr David Unitt Co-opted Governor July 2018 – July 2022 Governing Body TLC
DoniaMercer Mrs Donia Mercer Staff Governor March 2018 - March 2022 Staff Body TLC
  Mrs Dee Colgate Clerk September 2018 Governing Body