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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Governor profiles


Revd Fiona Brampton - Ex Officio Foundation Governor

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.


Dr Julie Byard - Local Authority Governor

I am the Chair of the Achievements Committee 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  My first job as a governor was to sort out a website for the school, which is now superseded by this more pupil friendly site!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 freelance 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.


Denise Egbury - Co-opted Governor

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.


Adam Howes - Parent Governor

My name is Adam Howes and I have been elected as a Parent Governor. After finding a deep appreciation for Great Gidding since my children recently started at the school, it only seemed right to become a representative for the school. I work full time as a Civil Servant but enjoy spending time with family during my free time.


Suki Hinton - Headteacher

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!


Matthew Robinson - Parent Governor

Appointed in November 2020 - details to follow



Joanne Taylor - Co-opted Governor

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
Joanne Taylor
Chair of Governors

Alison Turvey - Staff Governor

Appointed in September 2020 - details to follow







Term of office ends

Committees/named Governor role

Caroline Lewis

Clerk to Governors  

N/A All committees
Julie Byard LA Governor/Chair of Achievements Committee June 2021


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Denise Egbury


Co-opted Governor

February 2024

Resources Committee

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Safeguarding (with JT)




VACANCY Foundation Governor    
VACANCY Foundation Governor    
Fiona Brampton Ex Officio Foundation Governor (Priest in Charge) N/A

Achievement Committee

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Religious Education

Adam Howes Parent Governor April 2024

Resources Committee

Matt Robinson Parent Governor September 2024 Resources Committee
Joanne Taylor Chair of Governors /Co-opted Governor

July 2023

All Committees

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Safeguarding (with DE)

Pupil Premium

Health & Safety/Premises

Suki Hinton Headteacher N/A All committees
Alison Turvey Staff Governor September 2024 Achievements