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

  • Headteacher
  • 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)


Governors are normally appointed for a term of 4 years, with the exception of: 

  • Headteacher - for the duration of period served at School
  • Ex Officio Foundation Governor - for the duration of period served in the Benefice


Two Parent Governors

One Foundation Governor





Chair of Governors: Joanne Taylor - Co-opted Governor, appointed July 2019

Interim Headteacher: Charlotte Macleod


All Governors sit on the Full Governing Body (FGB)

All Governors are assigned to a Committee


Achievements Committee:

Chair of Achievements Committee: to be appointed

Revd Canon Fiona Brampton - ex officio Foundation Governor, appointed September 2019

Obi Jegede - co-opted Governor, appointed June 2022 

Alison Turvey - Staff Governor, appointed September 2022

Chair of Governors



Resources Committee:

Chair of Resources Committee: Mike Looney - Local Authority Governor, appointed May 2021

Denise Egbury - co-opted Governor, appointed February 2020

Chair of Governors






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.


Charlotte Macleod - Interim Headteacher

Appointed by the Local Authority September 2022

I am currently entering my 27th year of primary teaching in Cambridgeshire. I have previously specialised in Early Years and KS1 teaching in a wide range of schools; Church Schools, County Primary linked to the Local Authority and a large Multi Academy Trust. I have previously taken on further professional development to become a reading recovery teacher and a SENCo. In terms of Leadership and Management, I have experience in the roles of School Improvement Teacher, Deputy Head and Headteacher. I am currently seconded from Abbots Ripton C of E Primary School.



Obi Jegede - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body to current term of office: May 2022

I am a Commercial Lawyer living in Cambridgeshire with my family. I came across the opportunity to join the school's governing body through Inspiring Governance. I am honoured to serve in this capacity; with the hope of giving back to the community and wider school body in a way that I hope is productive, informative and meets the requisite needs of our children and parents.  



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.



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.




Suki Hinton (Headteacher): August 2022

Matthew Robinson (Parent Governor):  June 2022





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.