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Ruston Biggs

I was appointed Community Governor – now co-opted – in September 2013. I live next door to the School and benefit from the happily excited sounds of the children at work and play during the week and the neighbourhood quiet at the weekend. My wife, Vivien, and I have lived in Fen Drayton for 6 years. We have grandsons of 9 and 6 who live in Ely. My connection with Cambridge goes back to 1979 when I came to Magdalene to study Modern and Medieval Languages.

Professionally, I joined Lloyds Banking Group from university and, after a varied career, went on to manage a portfolio of change programmes and projects. I left Lloyds in 2016 and worked for 18 months with Shawbrook Bank in Essex before leaving them in 2018.

I held co-opted governor roles at secondary schools in Guildford and Bath for a number of years while my 2 daughters completed their education. My financial background and previous governing experience ensured me a place on the Resources and Infrastructure committee at Fen Drayton and I also have a place on a couple of the other standing committee groups

Philippa Storer

I became a parent governor in July 2016 and have 2 daughters who attend the school. 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.

I am currently a full-time carer for our daughters as well as volunteering on the village hall committee. I was also very involved in Fen Drayton Pre-school for 4 years as Secretary then Chairperson. I currently chair the Curriculum and Learning committee and am the link governor for Literacy and Maths. I enjoy supporting the school as a Governor and also as parent volunteer for the school Gardening Club and at special event days.

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 bring and apply to my volunteer roles.

We have lived in Fen Drayton for over 8 years and enjoy the strong sense of community within the village, something I’m really keen the school remains a key part of.

Nick Ward-Hunt

I grew up in Cambridgeshire then moved away for university and work. I returned to the area having started a family and have lived in Fen Drayton for over 10 years. I am a Chartered Accountant and work in the finance function of a large clinical research company based near Cambridge. My son has been through the school and my daughter is currently in year 6. I became a Governor in September 2017 to offer my skills and experience to the governing body to help to give current and future generations of children the best education the school is able to provide as well as wanting to ensure the school remains a vibrant part of our community. You may see me around the village walking my dog, playing tennis, or training for the village 10k, so feel free to stop me and have a chat!

Paul Cooper

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.

My wife and I actually live In Fenstanton and have done since 2013 but elected to send our children to Fen Drayton School. We currently have 2 in the school with 2 further younger children to hopefully follow in due course

Dr. Sarah Oakley-Mudge

We have lived in Fen Drayton for a little over 7 years.   I was appointed as parent governor in November 2012 after my daughter Chloe joined the school.  I now have one child still at the school and enjoy working closely with the other governors and staff to help ensure our school is the best it can be.   I am a member of the Curriculum and Learning Committee and also help out on the Resource and Infrastructure Committee when required.  I have a special focus on monitoring pupil attainment and progress data – this allows the governing body to measure how well our school performs against other local and national schools. 


Ruth Dunleavey-Routh

I joined the board of Governors at Fen Drayton in May 2018 shortly before my third child started at the school, the children are currently in years R, 2 and 4. We have lived in Fen Drayton for slightly more than 12 years and before joining the governing body I was heavily involved in running the Tuesday morning toddler group at the village hall and was treasurer for the preschool for 4 years. 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 in these challenging times and be actively involved in shaping the education my children receive. I am link governor for EYFS, PSHE and ICT




Clare Buckfield

I joined the curriculum and learning committee of the board of governors in January 2019. My Son currently attends the school, and I am keen to help and support the school in any way I can, in my role as a governor.

 My background of working with children in the performing arts has allowed me to understand how best to create motivation and source fun and friendly ways to learn and understand.  Directing and choreographing children in various productions has been a valuable insight into understanding the environment to which children can perform to the best of their abilities.

I am currently the Vice President of Viva Arts Group in Cambridgeshire,  Viva  encourages and enables people from the local community to express themselves through performance arts, Something I remain very passionate about. I hope to utilize all of these skills in my role as governor.


Danielle Doyle

I joined the governing body in 2019. I have a young son who is at the beginning of his school life. This prompted me to volunteer to help shape our school and maintain a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment. I’m committed to supporting the school to continue to deliver a broad and varied curriculum and 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 maintain standards and further improve the school. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to make an active contribution to our community.


Professionally, I have worked in strategic communications since 2003. Currently, I lead the communications and engagement at a national research institute. Most of my career has been in the public and charity sector, but I also spent some time working in financial services.



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