Governor Information

Over the last ten years the responsibilities and work carried out by Governing Bodies have increased dramatically as “control” has shifted from Local Authorities to the individual Schools.

We have roughly a 50:50 gender split. Each Governor serves a term of four years and is expected to sit on one or more of the committees:
Finance; Premises & IT; Administration/Human Resources & Communications.

These Committees in turn report back to the Full Governing Body which meets at least once a term.

The Governors’ task is to set strategy and policy, to ensure that things are running smoothly, to provide support and encouragement and to offer a sympathetic but critical ear. To learn more about the role of the Governing Body, please read our ‘Governor Code of Conduct’ below.

The governors can be contacted through the school office.

Information about terms of office, previous governors and attendance at meetings can be found in the “Annual Financial Report – Governors’ Report and Audited Accounts” on the Reports and Policies page.

Sharon Peer

Chair of Governors

Community Governor

Governor since July 2013


I have been a Community Governor since September 2013 and took on the role of Chair in January 2017. I have two children, both previously at Bourn Primary from January 2010 shortly after we moved to the village. During their time at Bourn I was an active member of the BSA.

My career background is in Nursing and I have a BA(Hons) degree in Health Care Studies. After many years’ experience at ward level, lastly as a Ward Manager of a busy surgical ward, I moved into Project Management, which included nursing staff recruitment and retention. My work now is much less demanding! I work part time as the Administrator for a local playgroup and also help with my husband’s business.

As Chair of Governors I sit on all committees to ensure I am informed of all aspects of the school. The governor role is varied, interesting and very rewarding. I enjoy being part of a committed and ambitious team where we all strive to achieve the best possible education and learning experience for the children.

Paul Naylor

Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor, Chair of Finance Committee

Governor since July 2012

NaylorA parent of three boys who are past or present pupils of the school, I have been a Parent Governor since 2012.  I am a partner with a national firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors and use these skills to assist as Vice Chair on the Finance Committee.  I am also a Foundation Governor, ensuring our Christian values and ethos remain firmly embedded within our school.

My firm has taken my wife Joy and I from my home in Yorkshire, to London and also to Sydney for three years before we landed in Cambridge in 2008. We have made Bourn our home and I am delighted to give something back to the village through my work as a Governor and also through my chairmanship of the local scout group.  Any free time I have is spent either playing or watching sport.

Laura Latham

Head Teacher

Governor since January 2019

Paul Gildersleve

Foundation Governor

Governor since January 2009

Paul GI am one of the Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Ely because Bourn Primary is a voluntary controlled Church of England (CofE) school.  As a CofE minister I work as part of the Papworth Team looking after 13 villages.  I am what they call a ‘self-supporting minister’ which means I work part time on a voluntary basis on the work directly associated with church while also running my own business.

Bourn is my wife’s family home so our connections go way back and we have lived in the village since 1991. Living in an old house with a large garden my hobbies and how I spend my free time seem to be defined for me!

Bryan Clover

Community Governor

Governor since September 2017

I joined as a Community Governor and member of the Finance & Premises Committee in 2017. I work in Precision Engineering Services and Supply sector, as Managing Director of CIS Ltd. I grew up in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and qualified with a BA (Hons) degree in Software Engineering back in 1988, as a graduate working for British Aerospace in the Software Engineering sector, before moving into the Precision Engineering supply sector and effecting an MBO of my company.

I now live in Bourn and although my children did not attend Bourn Primary, I am very pleased to support my local community primary school from a Community Governor perspective. I enjoy creating and growing enterprise and hope I can contribute to the Bourn Primary School’s aspirations as a prospering academy. In my initial induction meetings it became an easy decision for me to agree to join the team, after being inspired by the care, enthusiasm and attention to detail displayed by the school’s staff and existing governors.

On a personal note, I enjoyed coaching Gransden Youth FC football team for 8 years and I am a keen sportsman playing rugby, football, cricket, squash and golf. I have recently qualified as a ‘Day Skipper’ in order to pursue my passion for racing sailing yachts and sailing holidays.

Jennifer Collard

Community Governor

Governor since September 2018

Inga Spouse

Community Governor, Chair of HR/Admin Committee

Governor since October 2006

IngaPreviously a Parent Governor, I have been a Community Governor since June 2014. My sons attended Bourn Primary from Reception onwards, but have now moved on to Comberton Village College and beyond. It has been an honour to work with the dedicated staff at Bourn. My roles include being chair of the HR Committee as well as being on the Communications, Finance, Premises & IT Committees.

Originally with a background in mathematics, computing and German, I worked as a consultant to the automotive industry for many years in Germany. Since moving back to the UK and settling in Cambridgeshire, I now help small/medium-sized businesses create and improve their online presence.

Vince Chaney

Parent Governor

Governor since January 2018

I live in Bourn with my wife and our three young children. Our eldest daughter has started in class Acorn so we will have children at Bourn Primary for quite a few years! I believe it’s essential that we give our pupils the best possible start in their journey through life and I want to do what I can to support the outstanding work that the staff do.

I’m Managing Director of a two hundred person company as well as being a pension fund trustee for our parent group. I have worked in a number of strategy and leadership roles in industries including environmental assessment, technology and financial services. I’m engineer by training and have recently completed a certificate in coaching. I hope to be able to put my varied experience and energy to good use in helping the school to continue to thrive.

I enjoy many outdoor pursuits with my family and am a keen runner and cyclist.

Oliver Phillips

Parent Governor, Chair of Premises & IT Committee

Governor since October 2014

OliverI became a Parent Governor in October 2014 and have since joined the Finance Committee. I wanted to become a Governor to help in any way that I can to maintain the school’s outstanding approach to nurturing our local children’s intellectual, moral and social development. We have lots of happy, stimulated children at Bourn and I hope to play my part in maintaining the status quo.

I work in Cambridge as an Investment Manager and Director of a financial services company.  As I spend much of my working day considering how my company and the companies that we invest in allocate their resources, I hope to be able to put this experience to good use in my role as a governor.

I live in Bourn with my wife Lottie and four children, the eldest three of whom are at Bourn (in Reception, Year 2 and Year 5).  I enjoy most sports and have recently taken up the ancient sport of real tennis.

Sarah Wheatman

Teaching Staff Governor

Governor since September 2018

Marietjie Verwoerd

Non-Teaching Staff Governor

Governor since September 2010

MarietjieI grew up in South Africa and worked as a Medical Technologist, specialising in Cytology, before my children were born.  Our family moved to the UK at the end of 2003 and we moved to Caxton in the summer of 2005.  My eldest son was in Year 2 and my twins were in Year 1.

I have been a part time Teaching Assistant here at Bourn since February 2007. My role is to support Maths lessons in the classroom, play the piano for the orchestra and lead the Key Stage 2 choir. I became a Non-teaching Staff Governor in September 2010. I play an active role in Bourn Church where I am part of the church choir and a member of the PCC. Music is one of my passions in life and I am a member of the Cambridgeshire Choral Society. If I am not busy with choir rehearsals or planning music events for the school, I love to relax with a good book and a cup of tea!

Katie Roberts

Clerk to the Governing Body

Clerk since May 2014

KatieAfter growing up in Sheffield, I completed a degree in French and Italian before spending 13 years working as a bi-lingual PA at various French companies in  London.  I moved to Cambridgeshire in 2000 prior to the birth of my two children.  I joined Bourn Primary as the School Administrator in 2007, where I have taught French to the pupils in Year 2 for the last few years, and I was invited to become the Clerk to the Governing Body in May 2014.  I have been interested in sport since I was a child and, having been a keen runner for many years, I am a keen member of the Bourn to Run committee.