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The Constitution for Great Gidding Church of England Primary School dated 17 September 2021 has provision for 10 Governors:


One elected Staff Governor

Two Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese of Ely). 

One Local Authority Governor (appointed by Cambridgeshire Education Authority)

Two elected Parent Governors 

Three Co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)


One Parent Governor

One Foundation Governor

One Co-opted Governor


Annual Governance Statement

Governing Body Minutes

The minutes of Governing Body Minutes are available on request.  Please contact the clerk to the Governing Body, Caroline Lewis, via email: to request copies.


Governor profiles


Revd Fiona Brampton - Ex Officio Foundation Governor

Appointed by Ely Diocese and Governing Body: September 2019

Revd Canon Fiona Brampton has been a governor since 2019 and plays an active role in the life of the school.  Fiona conducts Collective Worship weekly in St.Michael's Church for the children and leads them at key moments in the Christian calendar.

Fiona is central to the Governing Body's understanding of the SIAMS inspection process and the spiritual development of children and staff.



Denise Egbury - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body to current term of office: March 2020

My name is Denise Egbury, married with two children.  I relocated from South Yorkshire, 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.


Suki Hinton - Headteacher

Appointed by the Local Authority as Headteacher in September 2017

I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Great Gidding Church of England Primary School and work with such creative and dedicated staff.
When I’m not at school, I love spending time with my family and friends and walking with Milo.
I’m passionate about storytelling and can either be found with my nose in book, or watching a film!


Mike Looney - Local Authority Governor

Appointed by Local Authority to current term of office: May 2021


This is my first time as a School Governor and feel very privileged to be able to support Great Gidding. I volunteered to be a governor through Inspiring Governance. This is a great initiative to help match volunteers with local schools looking to build and strengthen their Board of Governors.

I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, working in the Off-Highway equipment industry.  I believe I can bring transferrable skills and experiences to support the school and my fellow governors, while continuing my own learning and development. I am keen to support STEM outreach and raising awareness of  engineering.



Matthew Robinson - Parent Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body to current term of office: October 2020

I wanted to take the opportunity to sit on the board of Governors to help give back to the school and shape its future in the best interest of the students.  My interactions with the school have been very impressive and I believe Great Gidding to be a fantastic setting and a credit to the local community.

I am a qualified accountant and have worked in various sectors across the county.



Joanne Taylor - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body to current term of office: July 2019

Chair of Governing Body

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the Chair of the Governing Body.  I first joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in 2014 when my daughter joined in Year 3.  I became Chair of the Resources Committee in 2016 and subsequently Chair of Governors in early 2019.

My professional background is in Programme and Change Management in both Operational and Enterprise Technology genres. 

Through personal experience, I have developed a strong affection for our school and the ethos that it fosters.  I feel extremely proud to be associated with Great Gidding School and have tremendous admiration for the teachers and staff who always go the extra mile to enable every child to reach their potential.
If at any time you would like to contact me or any member of the Governing Body, please leave a message for me with the school office or email on

Alison Turvey - Staff Governor

Elected by School Staff and appointed by Governing Body: September 2020  

I have been a part-time teacher at Great Gidding C of E Primary School for over ten years and it’s a great place to be! I have worked with children of all ages over the years, enjoying the learning we do in each class. Each day is different, with new experiences and lots of smiles.

As well as class teaching, I have responsibility for R.E. and Collective Worship.

When I’m not in school, I enjoy long (usually muddy) walks in the countryside with my family and our Dalmatian dog.




Julie Byard - Local Authority Governor from June 2017 to February 2021

John Gwinnup - Parent Governor from November 2019 to March 2020

Sue Shepherd - Foundation Governor from September 2019 to September 2020

Adam Howes - Parent Governor from May 2020 to January 2021