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Meet the Governors

Mrs Naomi Snowdon (Chair of Governors/Local Authority 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.


Mrs Louise French (Deputy Headteacher/Staff Governor)
Mrs Louise French qualified as a teacher with a BEd (Hons) degree from De Montfort University in Bedford in 2002. Initially Mrs French specialised in Early Years and began her career in a large infant school, teaching one of four Early Years Reception classes. Following this, Mrs French began teaching a mixed age class in a small, rural Church of England Primary School. After relocating to Saffron Walden, Mrs French began teaching at Castle Camps Primary School. After being the Key Stage One team leader, in 2012, Mrs French was appointed as the Deputy Head Teacher. She now teaches in a mixed Key Stage One and Two class and works alongside Miss O’Connor and the Senior Leadership Team.   


Rev'd. 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.




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 Alison Mansfield (Clerk)