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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Name Role Term of office ends Committees/named Governor role
Caroline Lewis Clerk to Governors    N/A All committees
Julie Byard Chair of Governors/Parent Governor Sept 2019 All committees
Denise Egbury

Vice-Chair of Governors/

Co-opted Governor

Feb 2020 Resources
Mary Jepp (Rev.) Foundation Governor For duration of Rectorship


Safeguarding Governor

Peter Blundell Foundation Governor

Nov 2020

Standards, Appeals and EYFS
Jane Edwards Foundation Governor Jan 2021 Resources
Michael Nunns Parent Governor Jan 2021 Standards
Rob Allport LA Governor May 2017 Resources
Joanne Taylor Co-opted Governor

May 2019

Chair of Resources
Alana Brown Ex-Officio   All committees
Emma Penniall Staff Governors Feb 2019 Standards
Paul Hodson Associate Member Feb 2020 Resources


Our Chair of Governors may be contacted by email on should you wish to communicate with the governors.


Governor profiles



Julie Byard

I am the Chair of Governors and have been on the Governing Body here at Great Gidding since my son, James, started at the school in 2011.  My first job as a governor was to sort out a website for the school, which is now, superseded by this more pupil friendly site!  
I work as a manager and a scientist developing medical devices for hospitals. Outside of work I am a bit of a geek; enjoying tinkering with computers, and playing Minecraft with my son. I also enjoy Geocaching, reading and cooking, when time permits.



Mary Jepp

I am the Parish Priest at Great Gidding and as such am a Foundation Governor.  Prior to ordination, I taught in both secondary and primary schools both in England and in Canada.   In latter years, I worked as a peripatetic specialist support teacher for Cambridgeshire County Council working largely with children with behavioural and emotional difficulties.  

I am married and have 2 sons one of whom is a serving member of the British Army and the other is a violin maker.


Peter Blundell

I have been a Governor for approximately 20 years during which time I was chair for 10 years. Three of my children have attended the school and I feel it has contributed to them progressing to a University Education.  I have stayed connected with Great Gidding Primary School because I feel it is a happy and special place with a caring and friendly environment and gives an ideal grounding for Secondary Education.


Rob Allport

Awaiting Profile



Joanne Taylor

I am the Chair of the Resources Committee and have been on the Governing Body at Great Gidding since my daughter started at the school in 2014.

My professional background is in System, Project and Change Management within the Newspaper Industry, which I have been in for 26 years – I’m not saying how old I am!

Outside of work I enjoy going to the Seaside and spending time with my family.

I feel extremely proud to be associated with Great Gidding and have tremendous admiration for the teachers and staff that put so much into the children and their overall learning experiences.



Jane Edwards

I started my working life in Worcestershire as a Junior Shorthand Typist with a firm of Solicitors and was secretary to a partner when I met Stewart we married in 1970 and went on to have 2 boys, James and Christopher.  We moved Peterborough in 1978 and Great Gidding 1987 both times due to Stewart’s career.  In 2005 I was on the Board of Governors at Great Gidding Primary School for 4 years as Foundation Governor.   I started invigilating in 2014 for Sawtry Village College which I still do to this day and of course came back on to the Board of Governors in February 2017.


Michael Nunns

I am a parent governor at Great Gidding School and joined in 2016 when my eldest child, Alice, joined the school. I sit on the Standards Committee and have a focus on the standard of education at the school. I am immensely keen that our school thrives in the challenging and changing education landscape. I am proud of the values and community focus of the school.

I am an environmental scientist, working in catchment management. I love to read (particularly science fantasy and sci-fi), to write, to play sport, to cook, to eat and to make things. In short I’m in to everything!


Denise Egbury

My name is Denise Egbury, married with two children.  I relocated from South Yorkshire two years ago, where I worked in a Primary School as a School Business Manager.  I enjoy the Primary School setting, and was invited to  join the Governing Body in 2016. I enjoy swimming, fitness classes, walking, cake decorating and sewing when I have the time.



Emma Penniall

I joined the Great Gidding  Governing Body as a Staff Governor in February 2013. I sit on the Standards sub-committee. I have been associated with this unique school since 2005, when as a change in career, I joined as a teaching assistant. This school has nurtured my love of teaching and so I subsequently became a whole class teaching HLTA before finally qualifying as a teacher in July 2015. I feel privileged to be a part of the dedicated team who collectively work so hard to make this school the very special place that it is.

Outside of work, I enjoy time spent with my family, playing tennis, theatre, walking and trying to run!


Paul Hodson

I have lived in Great Gidding for 12 years and before that I lived in Littleport where I was Chair of Governors at the Community Primary School for 5 years.
I was invited to join as an Associate Member to assist with financial planning and strategy. My children are adults now, but I am the proud Godfather of a current pupil at the school


Alana Brown

I am the Executive Headteacher of Great Gidding Primary School. I joined the school and Governing Body in January 2017. I am an experienced teacher, headteacher and school leader who has been teaching for over 25 years. I started my teaching career in a Bedfordshire in 1992. I have taught across the Primary age range in a variety of schools. I am also Headteacher at Newton Primary School in Eltisley, St Neots. I am married and the proud owner of Bertie, the cocker spaniel!