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Philippa Storer - Chair of Governors

I became a parent governor in July 2016 and have 1 daughter who currently attends the school and 1 who has recently transitioned to Swavesey Village College after completing all her primary education at Fen Drayton.

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 and am the link governor for Literacy and Humanities. 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 apply to my volunteer roles which have also included Chair of Fen Drayton Pre-School and an active member of the Village Hall Committee.

We have lived in Fen Drayton for over 10 years and enjoy the strong sense of community within the village, something I’m really keen the school remains a key part of.


Ruston Biggs - Vice Chair of Governors

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 8 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.


Paul Cooper - Chair 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.




Ruth Dunleavey-Routh – Chair of the Curriculum and Learning Committee

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 2, 4 and 6. We have lived in Fen Drayton for 14 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 Pre-school 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 and Science.


Julie Bishop

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.


Danielle Doyle

joined the governing body in 2019. I have a young son who is at the beginning of his school life in Year 2. 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. 



Gemma Edwards

I have been a primary school teacher for 16 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.

Since my daughter joined Fen Drayton Primary School in September 2019 I was struck by the ‘family feel’ the school has and the priority it places on delivering the whole curriculum and developing the whole child. I wanted to support the school in continuing to deliver this and was appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2019. 

I am on the Curriculum and Learning Committee and am the link Governor for SEND. 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 Oldridge

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.


Helen Cooper

My career began after qualifying as a nurse in 1985.  I worked in an Intensive Care department for three years before leaving to work for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals.  A few years later,  I began my teacher training and qualified in 1994.  My husband and I, along with our new baby, moved or New Jersey for two years.  On our return, I began my teaching career in Nottingham.

I have been a teacher at Fen Drayton School for just over 16 years and currently teach the children in Year 6.  I am also the SENCo and the lead for RSE.   Over the years, there have been many changes at our lovely school.   When I joined, we had 56 children over a two and a half class structure.  There was no hall, no proper staff room and Key stage 2 were taught together in the afternoon.  My classroom was a mobile on the site of our Edible garden.  

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.  Fen Drayton School has a wonderful family feel, and prior to Covid, saw the children mixing together as one.  

I have been on the Governing body several times and was re-instated in April this year.  Currently, I am a member of the Curriculum and Learning Committee.