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Governor Biographies

Sarah Lee (Chair of Governors)

Co-opted governor

I started my career as a teacher of French and German in a 13-18 comprehensive school in Hertfordshire. Since 2007 I have worked at Cambridge Assessment as an Assessment Manager where I design and deliver international GCSE and A Level examinations in a range of languages. The skills I bring to the governing board from this role include data analysis, curriculum design, regulatory compliance and people management.

I joined the governing body at Westfield Junior School in March 2019. My son had joined Westfield in Year 5 and I was extremely impressed with the warm welcome he received and the immediate positive impact on his learning. I applied to became a governor to put my professional skills to use to help the school, to develop my own skills and to be an active part of the community in St Ives.

In September 2020 I was elected Chair of Governors. I am link governor for data, responsible for monitoring the school’s use of and reaction to pupil performance data.

 

Joyce Fenton (Vice-Chair of Governors)

Co-opted governor

In my career as an HR practitioner, I have worked in the private, voluntary and public sectors, which provides a useful perspective on the challenges of leading staff and volunteers. Most of my professional career has been spent in and around the education, policing and social care sectors although I also managed a Citizens' Advice Bureau in Merseyside for four years. I was Head of HR for Cambridgeshire County Council for twelve years prior to taking early retirement in 2013, working extensively with schools and children's services. Since then, I have worked as an HR consultant and spent a year working for the (then) NUT, in a classic case of 'gamekeeper turned poacher'.

I became a governor since December 2013, spending three years as Vice Chair before being elected Chair in 2018. As my term of office as a governor comes to an end in July 2021, I decided to practice what I'd been preaching about succession planning and stood down as Chair this year. I am currently the Vice Chair. Over the years I have been link governor for safeguarding, health and safety, finance and policy review but my latest role is as staff wellbeing governor.

 

Elaine Gunn (Chair of Standards Committee)

Co-opted governor

I am a Manchester girl (and support Manchester United), but have lived in Hemingford Abbots for 25 years. I have two grown up daughters and two amazing Grandchildren both at St Ivo in years 10 and 12. I am a trained classical singer and pianist and taught for several years for Cambridgeshire Music and Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School. I continue to Direct 2 local choirs and sing in a chamber choir.

In 1977 I trained as a Nurse and worked latterly in Respiratory Medicine Research this led me to my current role working for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as the UK CF Registry Clinical Data Manager working with all the CF Centres around the UK who enter data into the registry which look at outcomes for patients with Cystic Fibrosis (which is getting better and better).

Having been a governor at Hemingford Grey School for many years I had a short break but am delighted that I came back 2 years ago to Westfield Junior School. I am the Link Governor for Music and SEND. I thoroughly enjoy being a Governor at such a great school.

 

James Waterworth (Chair of Resources Committee)

Parent governor

I grew up in a local village close to St Ives and attended St Ivo secondary school and its 6th Form, after which I studied Natural Sciences (in Electronic Engineering with Applied Physics) at the University of Durham.

I have worked for 20 years in the computing industry for companies large and small. I am currently a Software Architect for a Cambridge-based computer software vendor, having previously managed the software development and test teams.

In my spare time I play the piano and am a member of a local running club where I see the sense of accomplishment and achievement a sporting activity gives to the junior members of the club.

Both of my children have been students at Westfield, and my youngest is currently enjoying year 6.

I am fortunate to have a parent governor since the Autumn term 2017, and I am the Chair of the Resources committee. I continue to support the head teacher and school in any way I can so Westfield can continue to provide unique, excellent and inclusive learning environment all our children.

 

Ray Bowles

Co-opted governor

My working life started out with a three-year spell playing professional football. After that I trained to become a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and spent the next ten years working on military establishments and government buildings within the UK and Europe. I progressed into construction generally combining mechanical, electrical and construction projects with part of my responsibility including Health and Safety of the workforce on construction sites.

The major skill set I bring to the governing board is the knowledge of building projects/maintenance and Health and Safety.

I moved into the area on retiring 6 years ago and would like to put something productive into the community.

 

Mat Timmis

Co-opted governor

I have been a University Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) for over 10 years. I teach within the discipline of Sport and Exercise Science and specialise in quantifying human movement (Biomechanics). My innovative approaches to learning and teaching practices have resulted in recognition both within my institution and nationally. As a result of this, I now sit on a National Sport and Exercise Science Education & Teaching committee as we work towards improving teaching practice for students across the U.K.

In September 2020, I became a governor at Westfield Junior School as it presented a valuable opportunity for me to develop more broadly within the Education sector. I also hope that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship as I bring my experiences from working in HE to benefit the school’s continued development.

I am responsible for Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing and whilst I am still finding my feet in this new role, I am enjoying every minute!

 

Chris Fryer-Bovair

Staff governor

I was born in Cambridge and grew up locally, in Brampton. After studying for an English degree and then PGCE, I became a teacher in 2007.

Westfield is the fourth school that I have taught in. I began my career at Cottenham Primary, where I taught mixed year five and six classes and led eco-schools and computing and completed my M.Ed. I then moved to Bristol, where I taught year six and then year five and led computing and PE. Returning to Cambridgeshire, I was year four, five and six lead at Mayfield Primary in Cambridge for three years. I have been teaching at Westfield since 2015, first in year four and then in year six. I also lead English with Julia Folly.

Throughout my career I have enjoyed sharing my experience with trainees and colleagues across other settings and schools by delivering training in various areas including boys’ writing, blogging, developing a learning culture and supporting higher attaining pupils. I work as a programme manager with The Cambridge Partnership, supporting a group of apprentice teachers as they work towards qualification.

I was a staff governor at both Hillcrest and Mayfield schools. In my current role, I am a member of the standards committee and am overseeing the curriculum with Mat Timmis as well as eco-schools.

I sit on the steering committee for St Ives Eco Action, with responsibility for education and schools. I am passionate about the role of education in supporting young people to make the changes needed for a more sustainable future.

Katya Babayan

Parent governor

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Pritpal Rai

Co-opted governor

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