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Nicola Walshe


Nicola is a committed teacher, teacher trainer and leader in education and social care, passionate about providing high quality, inclusive education for all. She currently works as Head of School of Education and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University with research expertise in environmental and sustainability education.  Nicola has three children and has been a governor at Jeavons Wood School since November 2014. She began as a parent governor and became chair of the local governing body in September 2018. Nicola lives with her family in Cambourne and values the opportunity to contribute to the life and work of the school.   

Ruth Poulton


Ruth has taught all her working life and was headteacher at Coton Primary School for 17 years. She has a Masters degree from Churchill College, Cambridge, and has been a school governor for nearly 40 years.

Russell Milne

Parent Governor

Russell is a parent governor and a member of the Finance sub-committee. He has been teaching for 13 years and is the Director of Science and Associate Principal at a large Secondary school. He is also a specialist Leader in Education and Lead Practitioner for the SSAT. He heads leadership development courses and supports other schools across the country in the delivery of the SSAT Formative Assessment Project. Russell was previously a secondary school Governor for four years. He lives in Cambourne and has two children, one of whom is in Dragonflies.

Kristina Stutchbury

Trust Governor

Kris worked for 20 years as a Chemistry and Science teacher before moving into teacher education. She currently works for the Open University and is very proud of the social mission of that institution and the opportunities it affords to everyone. She is the Module Team Chair of two masters modules on the Master in Education degree and runs international development projects which support teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa. Jeavons Wood features in the OU Primary Studies degree and in one of the Masters modules on school leadership. Her children are grown up but attended Comberton Village College.  Kris is Chair of Governors at Cambourne Village College and a Trustee of The Cam Academy Trust, as well as being a Governor at Jeavons Wood. She was a member of the original Governing body at Jeavons Wood when the school’s only assets were a mobile phone, an administrator and planning permission for a new school.

Julie Ayre

Trust Governor

Julie is a planning professional for the local authority and as a team leader has been heavily involved with the delivery of the social and built infrastructure of Cambourne over several years, giving her a wealth of knowledge of the local area. She has one daughter at Jeavons Wood.

Jane Murray

Trust Governor

Jane is a former Scottish international basketball player who has worked in primary education for 23 years. She has a degree in education and a post-graduate degree in English and has held senior positions on various leadership teams include as Headteacher of Bassingbourn Primary School for seven years. She spent three years on the committee of Gt Gransden's Pre-School and is now enjoying being a full-time mum while running her own business. She has a son at Jeavons Wood.

Sue Wright


Sue  became a governor when she joined the school as acting headteacher in November 2014. She was honoured to be offered the substantive post as head in March 2015 and this is now her sixth year of headship. Previously she was a deputy head and senior teacher at schools in Cambridgeshire.


Millie Chapman

Staff Governor

Millie is in her sixth, very happy year teaching at Jeavons Wood in Bumblebees class. She is Assistant Head at the school, which affords her the privilege of being Head of Pre-School, Reception and Year 1 and 2.Millie is a Specialist Lead in Education for Early Years and Phonics and an Early Years moderator for the Local Authority and supports other schools with their Early Years provision, both within and outside the Trust. She been a Staff Governor for four years.                                           

Sally Day

Staff Governor

Sally joined the team at Jeavons Wood as a TA in 2012. The school supported her through her School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in 2014 before she took up post as a full-time teacher in 2015. She worked in KS1 for three years before spending the last two years teaching Year 4 and currently Year 6. She oversaw many changes as Maths Lead across the school in 2018 and this year has taken on the role of English Lead. Sally loves working with children and has a passion for training SCITT and PGCE students within her classroom. She lives with partner Mark and has five children.

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