Governor Information

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

Each Governor serves a term of four years and is expected to sit on at least two of the following committees:
Audit, Finance & Risk(AFR), Premises/Health & Safety(P), Teaching & Learning(TL), IT, Human Resources/Administration & Communications(HR).
These Committees in turn report back to the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets at least once every half 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. The Governor Attendance Record for 2019-20 can be found here. The Governor Attendance Record for 2020-21 can be found here.

Further information about the governors, including their responsibilities and pecuniary interests, can be seen by clicking this link. The Member Register of Pecuniary Interests for 2020-2021 can be found here. Click here to find details of next year’s governor meetings.

Vince Chaney

CHAIR OF Governors
Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
Responsibilities: STEM
Governor since December 2017
Attendance 18/19: FGB 5/6, AFR 7/7, P 1/2, IT 3/3, TL 6/6

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 an 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.

Paul Naylor

Vice Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor
Chair of Finance & Audit Committee
Responsibilities: Creative Arts
Governor since May 2012
Attendance 18/19: FGB 5/6, AFR 7/7, P 0/2, IT 0/1, TL 2/5

A 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
Attendance 18/19: FGB 4/4, AFR 5/5, P 2/2, IT 1/2, HR 5/5, TL 6/6

I was delighted to take up the role of Headteacher at Bourn Primary Academy in January 2019. I have worked in schools since 2002, first as a parent helper, then as a Teaching Assistant and I trained to become a teacher at Cambridge University in 2004. During my teaching career, I have taught all year groups from Foundation Stage to Year 6, as well as having been Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), maths lead, English lead and I have specialised in developing positive behaviour management in each school where I have taught. I have been a governor for over 14 years in three different schools.

I have lived in Cambridgeshire since 2001, having previously lived in London, Sheffield and Manchester. I have two children, one of whom is also a teacher and the other is at university, studying Criminology. When I am not working, I run, cycle and enjoy walking along the beach in Norfolk, looking for fossils!

Jane Bradford

Foundation Governor
Church Link
Responsibilities: Creative Arts
Governor since May 2019
Attendance 18/19: FGB 1/2, HR 1/1, TL 3/3

Having lived in Bourn for 25 years, and knowing we had such a highly regarded school in our village, I was delighted to be asked to serve as a Foundation Governor. A nurse by profession, I trained at The Hospital for Sick Children, Gt. Ormond Street, specialising in Paediatric neurosurgery. Latterly I was part of the  team which opened the Childrens’ Hospice at Milton, and went on to develop the beginnings of their  Community Services.

Part of my role as a Foundation Governor is to foster healthy and helpful links with our village church, of which I am an active member. I am already hugely impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by the staff and fellow governors and hope to play my part fully.

Paul Gildersleve

Foundation Governor
Safeguarding Governor
Safer Recruitment and Child Protection Training (Diocese), Equality Training (EPM)
Responsibilities: Humanities
Governor since January 2009
Attendance 18/19: FGB 6/6, AFR 1/1, P 1/1, IT 3/3, HR 7/7, TL 5/6

I am one of the Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Ely because Bourn Primary is a voluntary controlled Church of England (CofE) school and I am a retired CofE minister.

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!

Jennifer Collard

Community Governor
Chair of HR/Admin & Comms Committee, EYFS Governor
Responsibilities: Creative Arts
Governor since September 2018
Attendance 18/19: FGB 6/6, AFR 1/1, P 0/1, HR 5/7, TL 6/6

I moved to Bourn in 2013 with my family.  Although my children did not attend Bourn Primary Academy, I was delighted to be asked to be a Community Governor and be able to support the local community through the school whose excellent reputation I was already aware of. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated staff and governors.

My background is in languages and teaching.  Prior to moving to Cambridgeshire I spent 16 years in Hong Kong, initially teaching English and French, and then as a full time mum who has always been heavily involved in my children’s education and school life, volunteering wherever possible.

George Moore

Parent Governor
Responsibilities: STEM
Governor since September 2019

I am a father of four children, three of whom currently attend Bourn Primary Academy. We moved to Bourn in the spring of 2018, having previously lived in Canada and Germany. I am a qualified solicitor, having trained and qualified in a London law firm in 2001. I currently work as an in-house lawyer for a pharmaceutical company. My interest in education is longstanding, in that I have worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language, in Hungary, Moldova and the Channel Islands before embarking on my legal career.

Peter Watts

Parent Governor
Responsibilities: Humanities
Governor since September 2019

It was clear when we moved into the village in 2011 that Bourn Primary School played a central role in the community and now with two children, I feel very fortunate to be able to send them to this school. I became a new parent to the school in 2018. I am delighted to be a member of the governing body at Bourn: I am passionate about high quality education for all and look forward to working with the governing team.

After graduating from Chichester University in 2003, I have spent the last 16 years working in education at a secondary school in Cambridge. I started as a teacher of PE, and have undertaken a variety of responsibility roles along the way which has lead me to my current role as Deputy Headteacher in charge of teaching and learning. In my spare time, I am often found on the golf course, playing football, or enjoying a film.

Sarah Wheatman

Teaching Staff Governor
Governor since September 2018
Attendance 18/19: FGB 6/6, AFR 2/7, TL 3/4

I’ve worked at Bourn Primary Academy for many years now, having started my career here as an NQT (newly qualified teacher) in 2007, in Key Stage 1. In 2019 I took up the post of joint Assistant Head with my colleague Mrs Culley and we both combine this management position with teaching in the school.

Since being at Bourn Primary, I have been privileged in being given many opportunities to develop professionally, including working with the Maths Hub when it was first set up and visiting Shanghai to learn about Mastery Maths. Being a Staff Governor is a further opportunity to become involved in managing the school.

Norma van Ginkel

Parent Governor
SEND Governor
Chair of IT Committee
Responsibilities: STEM, Humanities, Pupil Premium
Governor since December 2018
Attendance 18/19: FGB 4/4, IT 2/2, TL 6/6

My passion for education began when I found myself working with street children in South Africa, supporting them to reach their full potential and empowering them to fight for access to education. I have never looked back and continue to believe that every child has the ability to reach their full potential.  Over the years I have worked in both state and private schools. My roles have included Early Years specialist, KS1 & KS2 class teacher, Special Educational Needs coordinator, Sports coordinator and coach and Computing teacher. I am currently a KS2 teacher (head of department) working on developing and implementing digital learning and mindset for learning across all areas of the curriculum.  I believe that children need a nurturing environment, freedom to explore and strategies to equip them for change.

Bourn Primary is an amazing school and I was delighted to be elected Parent Governor in December 2018.  I am delighted to be working closely with fellow governors, the head teacher, staff and parents to ensure that we have the children’s best interests at heart and continue to empower them to reach their full potential.

Governor Attendance at 18/19 Meetings (Detail)

1 = Attended, 0 = Was expected but did not attend/sent apologies, X = Not expected at this meeting