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Meet the Governors


Mrs Naomi Snowdon (Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor)

Naomi has over 30 years' experience in education. She has taught across all primary and middle school year groups and worked with children with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.

Naomi was headteacher of two very successful Church of England Primary Schools.




Mr Andrew Webb MBE (Vice Chair & 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.

Miss Alexandra O’Connor (Headteacher)

Miss Alexandra O’Connor qualified as a teacher 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 leadership 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.



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 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.


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 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.


Mrs Gemma Swan (Parent Governor)

Gemma graduated from Kingston upon Thames University with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. She worked for a number of design agencies starting in London, a short placement in Mexico City and then Cardiff. Gemma moved to Qatar in 2010 with a new family but continued graphic design on a freelance basis.  She joined a small team to start a family magazine, which published 20,000 issues quarterly.  Afterwards, she set up a business called Frazzle Design, producing laser engraved and personalized products.  Now back in the UK, Gemma continues to work on Frazzle Design and has established local and international freelance graphic design. She has always played a very active roll in her children’s education and helped out wherever possible at their schools. 

Mrs Elizabeth Browne (Associate 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.


Mrs Alison Mansfield (Clerk)