Governor Profiles - Get to know our Governors

Brendan Reid (Chair)(Parent Governor)

I've been involved with the Governing Body as a parent governor for the last 4 years including the last year as Chair. When I'm not doing this I make time for my job which is as a mental health nurse in a school nursing team.

The thing that makes me really happy though is hanging out with my wife and three kids (most of the time), one of whom is still at GWPS. I love reading, listening to music and playing guitar; I'm brilliant at 'Plants versus Zombies- Garden Warfare' on the PS3 and am a black belt in Tang Soo Do for which I've won silver medal in free fighting in the European Championships - quite possibly the coolest thing (beside my kids) I've ever done!

I'm really proud to be associated with the school and to play a part in it's success. I think that we have a wonderful community at GWPS that values above everything the young people's welfare and happiness, instilling in them a love of learning that will hopefully follow them beyond their time with us.'

Dave Fifer (Vice-Chair) (Parent Governor)

I live in Great Wilbraham with my wife and our daughter who is currently a pupil at the school. We moved from the Ely area in 2018, though my wife and I hark from Leicestershire originally. My university background was centred on Information Technology and later Design and Manufacture. Some of my working life has been in software design and digital media production. More recently I completed counselling courses with the Institute of Continuing Education. At home, I am lucky enough to be in a position to take on many of the care responsibilities and household duties. Cookery and photography are a couple of my passions along with DIY projects. I have had a very positive experience getting involved with the school through joining the PTFA and reading with pupils in class. I really look forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the school and how things operate behind the scenes.

Alison Andrews (Parent Governor)

I near Great Wilbraham with my husband and children. All my children have been or are pupils at Great Wilbraham Primary School, the eldest two have now moved on to secondary school and the younger three are currently in years 6, 3, & 1. I am a member of the PTFA and help run Weenie Warblers toddler group. I enjoy walking with my dog and family, especially if we can get somewhere with a few hills. I also like reading, playing and listening to music and, if I get the chance, a game of badminton.

 

Richard Brown (Headteacher)

 am fortunate to be the Headteacher of this wonderful school and enjoy teaching children of all ages.  I have experience of teaching across the key stages and have worked in both rural and urban schools in different parts of the country for over 20 years.  I am fortunate to lecture at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University and also undertake outreach work for the Department for Education and the County Council.  

In my spare time, I am a passionate football fan and enjoy both playing and watching the game and also run a community youth football team.  I like to keep fit and have completed the London Marathon, which was a huge challenge for me.  I love spending time with my wife, son and daughter and live near Cambridge.

Tim Brown (Foundation Governor)

I joined the Governors after 30 years as Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, continuing in the music profession as a freelance conductor. Coming from a family of teachers, I started my career as a teacher in a grammar, later comprehensive school, and remain passionately committed to school education. I have close ties to both Little and Great Wilbraham through long term family friendships in both villages and am delighted to be able to serve as the Archdeacon’s representative on the Governing Body, and to contribute my musical skills to the life of the school.

Kim Crisp (Staff Governor)

 I have been a Staff Governor at school since 1999. My area of interest is mainly finance and personnel and my background (from a former life) is in banking. I love working at Great Wilbraham as the School Business manager and the school is a big part of my life.

Outside of school I have 2 grown up sons of whom I’m immensely proud. My interests include weekends away with family or friends and taking my camera for a walk; I am an avid amateur photographer and love visiting new places or going to live sports events. Apart from that I like peace & quiet and time to read. I would love to see more of the world.

I enjoy the sunshine but not the heat so I have to plan my travels accordingly.

I used to be quite good at ballroom and Latin American dancing but wouldn’t last a week on Strictly Come Dancing!

 

 

Clare Daunton (co-opted Governor)

 

Becoming a school governor is a great pleasure for me. I remember well my days – a long time ago now - as a pupil in a small but happy primary school in the north of England. It was very traditional, relatively strict, but we knew we were valued and cared for. This is the spirit that I have found at Great Wilbraham primary school when I have visited during school-time and at the annual school fete. I am historian by training and practice, a medieval historian, who knows something about medieval religious art and particularly about stained glass. I’ve taught in the University of Cambridge but am now retired. I have lived in Little Wilbraham for some time and know both Great and Little Wilbraham well through attending events but also through representing both villages as District Councillor for the Fen Ditton and Fulbourn Ward which includes our two lovely villages. I am looking forward to joining the school community as a governor and to getting to know the school really well. Any spare time I have goes on keeping my foreign languages up to scratch and visiting historic sites and art galleries.

Eleanor Laws (Foundation Governor)

I live in Little Wilbraham with my husband and children. My children are both currently pupils at Great Wilbraham Primary School. Before having children, I was a senior programme officer for the UN refugee agency in East Africa and Kosovo, living abroad, and later at the headquarters for two NGOs in London. I enjoy pootling on my bike with my family and reading classic crime fiction. I am also Chair of the PTFA.  

 

Sally Ramus (LA Governor)

My connection with Great Wilbraham Primary School began in 1992 when the first of my three children started at the ‘old school’. After being involved with the PTFA I became a Governor in 1999 and have held many positions/ responsibilities including Chair for a number of years and seen many changes. I have a keen interest in the school and wider village and value our great community, hence my involvement with lots of parts of it, including 28 years as a Parish Councillor.

Katie Luddy (Associate Member)

I am an associate member for the Full Governing body. I also am a class teacher at the school. I have two sisters, a niece and a nephew. I love to play football on the weekends with my team Fulbourn Bluebirds. I enjoy watching lots of other sports too, such as lacrosse, rugby and hockey. I love to travel and explore new places, some of my favourite places I have been to are Australia, Edinburgh, Dublin and Amsterdam.

Jo Helmy (Parent Governor)
 

I have lived in Little Wilbraham for 3 years with my husband and daughter who is a pupil at the school. I have lived in Stow Cum Quy and the Cambridge area for nearly 20 years after completing my nurse training at the University of Nottingham. I have worked as a nurse specialist in cardiology and rapid response looking after patients who are acutely unwell. I am currently working in a cardiovascular unit undertaking research and assessments of this patient group. I enjoy seeing family, gardening, house decoration and travelling.