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Meet the Governors

Ms Fiona Larcombe (Chair)

Fiona has been a Castle Camps parent since September 2012. She is a Commercial Property lawyer and has worked in the City of London since 1992. She has a degree in History from Oxford University. Being entirely state-educated and the first person in her family to go to university, Fiona is a passionate supporter of state education.

 

 

 

Mrs Louise Bayley (Vice Chair & Parent Governor)

Louise is Vice-Chair of the Governors and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. She has a son in Year 6 and lives in Haverhill. Louise works part time as a senior administrator for a local company and is qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language. Previously, Louise worked at Bellerbys College in Cambridge for 14 years as the PA to the Principal, and then as the Head of Administration. 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Elizabeth Browne (Foundation Governor)

Elizabeth has lived in Castle Camps with her husband and four children for over 10 years. She graduated with a degree in Geography from the University of Bristol, before enjoying a successful career in Corporate Affairs with GlaxoWellcome. As an active member of All Saints' Church, she looks for opportunities to improve the links between the church and the school, as well as helping to promote the school in the local press and community.

 

Mr Adrian Fell (Parent Governor)

Adrian is Managing Director of Compass Energy Solutions Limited, a sustainability consultancy for the built environment. Adrian formed the company in 2008, and has successfully developed long term business to business, and business to consumer relationships. Graduating from Anglia Ruskin University, he has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Monitoring & Protection from Anglia Ruskin University, and has previously worked for both the private and public sector.

 

Revd Dr Ian Fisher (Foundation Governor)

Ian is House for Duty Team Vicar in the Linton Team with particular oversight for the parishes of Castle Camps, Horseheath and Shudy Camps. Ian came to the camps in 2017 after taking early retirement from a parish in Southend. Ian studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has a PhD in Geology. Before joining the Church he lectured in Geochemistry at the University of East Anglia. Ian studied for ordination in Oxford and has served in parishes in Herefordshire, Ashton-under-Lyne and Southend has also spent 5 years as Chaplain to the University of Surrey in Guildford.

Mr Steve Garidis (Parent Governor)

Steve is a parent Governor and Chair of the Resources Committee which is responsible for non-curriculum issues such as staffing and school buildings. He has two children at the school and is a resident in the village. Steve works in cycling and is passionate about cycle training for children. He currently heads up the Bicycle Association of Great Britain, the UK trade body for Cycling.

 

 

 

Mr David Martin (Co-opted Governor)

Mr David Martin is a Senior Quantity Surveyor who is currently works for Volkerfitzpatrick on Rail Projects within the Anglian Region. David has 15 years experience of working within the civil engineering construction industry. David has brought his construction and cost management experience to the governor team.

 

 

 

Dr Matthew Norton (Local Authority Governor)

Dr Matthew Norton is Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer's Research UK where he leads on strategy and policy development. He joined ARUK as Head of Policy and Public Affairs in 2013 to build the function for the organisation. He has a PhD in Public Policy and worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, focusing particularly on health and social care. Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Research UK Matthew worked in policy and research for Age UK and in academic research.

 

 

Miss Alexandra O’Connor (Headteacher)

Miss Alexandra O’Connor qualified as a teacher in 1996 with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Cambridge. Since leaving university, Miss O’Connor has worked in a range of community and church primary schools, before moving into Senior Leaderships roles in London and Cambridge. Miss O’Connor successfully completed her Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Cambridge in 2006 and has been Headteacher at Castle Camps Primary School since September 2013.

 

 

Mr Henrik Perry (Associate Governor)

Henrik is married to Wendy and they have two children Natasha who attends Linton Village College and Max at Castle Camps Primary school. After graduating in Business Studies from the University of Hertfordshire he gained experience with Honeywell Controls in industrial safety system Product development and Brand management. He worked extensively with sales, marketing and manufacturing teams throughout Europe and North America to assist in creating real competitive advantage.

Henrik is now a commercial director for Sure-Safe an industrial safety systems company in the UK.

Mr Ian Simmons (Parent Governor)

Mr Ian Simmons is Head of Faculty for Business and Enterprise at Linton Village College, which includes the following subject areas, Food and Design Technology, Engineering, Business, Computing and Health and Social Care. He joined Linton Village College in 2008, with a focus on developing the Faculty and building the employer links, careers opportunities and developing employability skills at all ages. He has a Degree and PGCE in Business and Economics and has worked in Secondary schools since 2001, at both KS3, GCSE and A Level. Before retraining and joining the teaching profession Ian had worked in numerous jobs, latterly in car sales at Marshalls in Cambridge. Ian has four children, one in every key stage of education.

 

Mr Andrew Webb MBE (Foundation Governor)

Andrew has recently retired as the Secretary of the London School of Economics, where he worked for over 30 years . He has lived in Shudy Camps for 20 years and both his children attended Castle Camps Primary School. He is Churchwarden of St Mary's Church Shudy Camps and Clerk to Shudy Camps Parish Council. Andrew has previously been a Foundation Governor at Castle Camps and served as Chair of the Governors. He was awarded an MBE for services to higher education and to the local community in last year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

 

 

Mrs Alison Mansfield (Clerk)


  • Castle Camps CofE (VC)
  • Primary School,
  • Church Lane,
  • Castle Camps,
  • Cambridgeshire,
  • CB21 4TH
  • Telephone :
  • 01799 584270