Meet the Governors
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Philippa StorerChair of Governors
I became a parent governor in July 2016 and was re-elected in 2020. I have 1 daughter who currently attends the school in year 5, and 1 who has moved up to Swavesey Village College after completing all her primary education at Fen Drayton. Our family have lived in Fen Drayton for over 12 years and enjoy the strong sense of community within the village, something I'm really keen the school remains a key part of.
I was motivated to join the governing board for a number of reasons. In particular, I was keen to be involved in shaping the future of the school, understand more fully the work involved in running it, and helping to ensure all our children get the most out of their experience at Fen Drayton Primary.
In October 2019 I was elected as the Chair of Governors. This has been a challenging yet fulfilling role during a time of significant change for the school. I have particularly enjoyed leading our team of governors who are equally committed to their role and the school. I have also expanded my own knowledge significantly and can genuinely look back and say that my original objectives for joining the governing board have been realised.
In addition to my role as Chair, I am also the link governor for Literacy and Humanities and am a member of the Curriculum and Learning Committee. I also enjoy supporting the school as a parent volunteer when opportunities arise.
My career before children involved working for an education charity for 10 years as a senior manager responsible for delivering a national training and career development programme. This has given me a whole heap of experiences, which I've been able to apply to my volunteer roles which have also included Chair of Fen Drayton Pre-School and an active member of the Village Hall Committee.
Ruth Dunleavy-RouthVice Chair
I joined the board of Governors at Fen Drayton in May 2018 shortly before my third child started at the school, the two children still at Fen Drayton are in Y3 and Y5. We have lived in Fen Drayton for 15 years and once the children came along found the thriving community based around the school.
Prior to having children I was a research scientist in field of chemistry and have done lab based work for companies as diverse as the pulp and paper industry to a university start up making holographic sensors.
I wanted to join the governing body to support the school and be actively involved in shaping the education my children receive. I am link governor for maths, music, science and data.
Paul CooperChair of Resource and Infrastructure Committee
I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 to help maintain the school and support the best provision of education in the village, especially given the challenging financial position so many schools face. I am a a Chartered Accountant and work as a financial auditor which naturally leads me to a place on the Resources and Infrastructure committee, as well as a couple of other committee groups.
Our family are looking forward to moving into the village this year from Swavesey. Prior to this we lived in Fenstanton, but elected to send our children to Fen Drayton Primary School. We currently have three children in the school with one younger child due to join in September 2021.
Gemma EdwardsCo-chair of the Curriculum and Learning Committee
I have been a primary school teacher for 17 years and am currently the Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo of a large Cambridgeshire Primary School. It is hugely rewarding to support pupils who require additional provision and to be able to facilitate this to enable them to make progress, thrive and to be happy. I am passionate about enabling every child to fulfil their potential.
Both my children attend Fen Drayton Primary School. I wanted to support the school and was therefore appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2019.
I am on the Curriculum and Learning Committee and am the link Governor for SEND and Early Years. I am excited to be able to use my experience within education to support our local school and enable the children within to thrive.
Hannah OldridgeCo-chair of the Curriculum and Learning Committee
I joined the governing body as the Safeguarding Governor at the start of September 2019. I recently moved to the village with my family, and both my daughters are at the school. I want to be able to help and support the school as it faces increasing pressures, and use my experience from my job in to keep it the safe and happy place that my children are currently experiencing.
I was a geography teacher for 13 years, 11 in a Village College where I led the Humanities faculty and contributed as a member of the school leadership team by creating a new careers curriculum. I have recently rejoined the teaching profession following a role as an Education Development Adviser for a charity in Bedford, where a large part of my role focussed on safeguarding the students in the four independent schools the charity ran. Working with the Designated Safeguarding Lead teachers at the schools, as well as the Safeguarding Governors I ensured consistency and compliance across our organisation.
I love working for children, and making a difference to their education, learning and experiences. I have really enjoyed working with the team at Fen Drayton Primary School.
I joined the governing body in 2019. I'm committed to supporting our school to provide a broad and varied curriculum that delivers the best opportunities and education possible while maintaining all that makes Fen Drayton Primary such a lovely place to learn. My role on the Resources and Infrastructure Committee has enabled me to see the school from a new perspective and appreciate what is needed to create and maintain a secure, safe, nurturing, and happy environment that benefits all children.
Professionally, I have 20 years' experience of working in strategic communications for high-profile organisations and have experience of governance. Currently, I lead the communications and engagement at a national research institute where I'm responsible for providing strategic guidance and building teams with the skills required to maximise impact.
Julie BishopStaff Governor
I moved to the village just over 6 years ago, after living overseas with my daughters and my husband who was serving in the armed forces. My home town is Guildford, Surrey, where my son still lives. I have one child in year 6 and another who is now at Swavesey Village College having previously attended our primary school. I am also fortunate to have a role in the school as a teaching assistant.
Whilst living overseas, I was able to change my career and completed my Level 3 in Early Years. I worked in the British Forces Early Years settings, predominantly with the under 5's. My career prior to that was in the Banking industry. I worked for Abbey National as a mortgage, life and pensions advisor and I then joined Northern Rock as Business Development Manager, covering the Surrey, Hampshire and M25 corridor. I was there for over 10 years. I then moved to Clydebank Bank in the same roll and finally on to Natwest as a Private Bank Manager.
I feel I have many skills and experience I can bring to the role of Staff Governor. I am looking forward to being their voice and helping our wonderful, friendly and amazing school grow.
I joined the Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in 2021. I have 3 children who currently attend Fen Drayton Primary and therefore I am keen to support and contribute to the future of the school.
I currently work as a clerical assistant in another Cambridgeshire school so have knowledge of the education system. I am also a safeguarding and recruitment lead in another voluntary capacity. Before taking up my current employment, I was Chair of Fen Drayton Pre-school for 3 years which provided me with a wealth of knowledge in managing and running a charitable early years setting.
I look forward to working with the whole team at Fen Drayton Primary to continue to maintain standards and to further improve the school.
I have recently joined as a Parent Governor this year (2021) and am a member of the Resource and Infrastructure Committee. Having grown up in Fen Drayton and attended the school myself, I have a strong connection with the school. A few years ago, my husband and I moved back to the village and our eldest daughter started Reception and our youngest child is due to start her educating years in 2022. I was drawn by how warm and welcoming the school is and wanted to be part of and support its vision for the future. I am currently the Treasurer of the school PTA helping to raise funds for the school. Professionally I work for the NHS as a Senior Respiratory Clinical Physiologist with strong links to managing quality of service. I have nurtured a wide range of interpersonal skills having regular interactions within our multi-disciplinary team. I am looking forward to contributing and being part of the school's community and ethos.
Jelena OkaLA Governor
I became a Local Authority (LA) Governor at Fen Drayton Primary School in July 2021.
I always wanted to get involved with supporting education more actively. I dedicated 2021 to changes in my life and freeing some time for volunteering. In March 2021 I resigned from a job of eleven years to complete some of my long-postponed personal projects.
Since then, I became a Fellow of IET, started painting again, travelled, began volunteering with STEM and School Governance. Above all, I prioritised devoting my energy and time to family, my nine-year-old daughter, and husband, and our amazing friends and family in Cambridge, UK, and abroad. I started my new job in October too.
Our family moved from Farnborough to Cambridge in 2014, and we love the city. My daughter attended a local nursery and is nowadays in a central Cambridge school.
Professionally chartered engineer and technical leader, in the LA Governor role, I would like to share my love for STEM and society, and the wealth of knowledge and experience from engineering consultancies, construction industry, and my management roles, with particular stress on the importance that we secure healthy and safe environments for our kids, alongside providing them with a variety of opportunities to empower them to thrive in Future and One world!
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