Questions about governance at the school should be directed to the Chair at the following address: enquiries@marleighprimary.org.

Governors of Marleigh Primary Academy are either appointed as Trust Governors by Anglian Learning, or if a member of staff or a parent through election.

Our Chair of Governors, Reverend Stuart Wood, is currently on sabbatical leave. Shelley Monk, is currently acting Chair of Governors.

 

Reverend Stuart Wood

Chair of Governors

Stuart has worked in Cambridge for 25 years, more recently as the Minister...

Stuart has worked in Cambridge for 25 years, more recently as the Minister at Barnwell Baptist Church (since 2004).  He has been a Governor at Fen Ditton Community Primary School since 2008 and has been the Chair of Governors since September 2019.

Stuart was a founding Trustee of Cambridge and District Youth for Christ, Cambridge Street Pastors and more recently, Abbey People.  He is also a Trustee of SeeSaw PreSchool.

He served as Chaplain to Cambridge United Football Club for 12 seasons from 2005 through to 2017, and is currently the Chaplain to the Cambridge base of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Stuart is married with four boys and in his spare time enjoys kicking a (round) ball around and watching films, when not out driving and walking our two dogs.

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Chris Flood

Trust Appointed Governor

Chris joined Marshall in 2007 as Group Internal Audit Manager, having...

Chris joined Marshall in 2007 as Group Internal Audit Manager, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the Business Assurance and Advisory team. Having performed a number of roles across the Group he moved into the Property team in 2013 . He is now the Projects Director and member of the Property Board focussing his time predominately on the Marleigh development.

Outside of work Chris is on the Civilian Committee of 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron Air Cadets as Treasurer and coaches a local junior football team.

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Shelley Monk

Trust Appointed Governor

Shelley Monk has worked in education for 25 years; this has included...

Shelley Monk has worked in education for 25 years; this has included academic and pastoral leadership roles in the UK and internationally. She has a Geography degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, is a qualified teacher, and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from Bath University. Most recently Shelley completed a coaching qualification and she works with colleagues as an internal business / career coach. Her current role is based in Cambridge and focuses on supporting the development and delivery of qualifications working closely with teachers, schools, the Department for Education, regulatory bodies and a wide range of stakeholders.

She became a governor at The Netherhall School, Cambridge in 2016, where she had been a former pupil until she became the Chair of Governors in 2017, until today. Shelley joined the Marleigh governing board in February of this year (2022). She is passionate about education and the holistic experiences a school can provide, so that pupils can achieve the very best outcomes. She is excited to be involved in Marleigh’s journey as a new school and as it embeds in the local community.

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Dominic Vicinanza

Parent Governor

Dom is a passionate science and art communicator, music composer, and a...

Dom is a passionate science and art communicator, music composer, and a qualified high school physics teacher. He has a PhD in Physics, working on the design of one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, where he also contributed to science communication and outreach. He is a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dom has also a specialist certificate in Orchestration for Cinema and Television from the Berklee School of Music and he is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. As a music composer and researcher in auditory display, Dom works with organisations like CERN and NASA, creating music from scientific data and supporting schools using music to explore and make sense of the world around us.

Finally Dom works as a part-time Relationship Manager for Arts Council England for Music and Music Education. In that role, he gained experience in public funding for music and arts, music education hubs, developing safe and inclusive teaching and learning environments.

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Megha Kishore

Parent Governor

Megha trained in biophysics and life sciences and worked as a researcher in...

Megha trained in biophysics and life sciences and worked as a researcher in academia for nearly six years. Since 2014, she has worked in healthcare communications, helping deliver impactful disease awareness, medical education and digital campaigns. She is passionate about scientific storytelling and empowering girls to engage in STEM. She currently works in science communications with AstraZeneca in Cambridge, and is training to be a designated STEM ambassador. As a parent governor, she is excited about playing a role in curriculum development and exploring opportunities to support the school in the STEM space. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, museums and libraries.

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Adam Burns

Adam is a Creative Director for London based...
Adam is a Creative Director for London based sports advertising agency, Dark Horses part of TBWA. In the last decade, he has worked in Sydney and London, creating advertising and public relations campaigns for brands including Nissan, TikTok and Panini among others. More recently, he has worked closely with education charity, Football Beyond Borders, on a number of campaigns that put young people’s voices at the heart of them. It is this work, coupled with moving to the Marleigh development and becoming a father to twin boys, that has compelled Adam to seek an active role as a governor within the school his two sons will one day attend.
Outside of work, Adam has founded amateur football teams Glebe & London Gorillas. He is also a passionate fundraiser and once walked 1966km to the Brazil World Cup to raise money and awareness for the drought in Bahia.

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Bridget Harrison

Interim Headteacher

Bridget moved to Cambridgeshire as a toddler, attending schools in Suffolk...

Bridget moved to Cambridgeshire as a toddler, attending schools in Suffolk and Essex near the Cambridgeshire border. Following her time at Hills Road Sixth Form College, she moved to Sheffield, where she studied History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. Bridget then completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Cambridge.

Over the past 22 years, Bridget has navigated various roles, progressing from volunteer and wrap-around care to teaching assistant, teacher, senior leader, SENDCO, deputy headteacher, and headteacher. More recently, she took on the role of Lead His Majesty’s Inspector (Schools), showcasing proficiency in the OFSTED framework and leading inspections across schools in the East of England.

Driven by a dedication to continuous improvement, Bridget has served as a governor in both primary and secondary schools. She has engaged in and led global projects in India and Africa. Additionally, she has worked as both a regional advisor and as a leadership consultant, sharing expertise and fostering improvement locally and nationally.

With a keen interest in government, politics, and public relations, Bridget eagerly anticipates leading Marleigh Primary Academy. Her ultimate goal is to ensure every pupil thrives in a nurturing educational environment, preparing them for future success.

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Stuart Hales

Clerk

Stuart is the clerk to the Governing Body having joined the school at the...

Stuart is the clerk to the Governing Body having joined the school at the start of 2020. He has been a clerk for 15 years working in a number of primary schools around Cambridge and Ely.

Stuart is married with two teenage children and in his spare time enjoy days out with my family, reading and the cinema.

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Clare Draper

Staff Governor

Clare is the KS2 teacher at Marleigh Primary Academy.

Having enjoyed...

Clare is the KS2 teacher at Marleigh Primary Academy.

Having enjoyed working in a few different roles with children aged 3 months to 11 years old, in schools, nurseries and children’s clubs abroad, she trained to be a primary school teacher. She loves teaching and, through setting high academic standards, aims to engage children in their learning and inspire them to achieve.

Her passion is STEM education and she is delighted to be the school subject co-ordinator for science.

She feels very fortunate to be a part of the school community from its beginning and looks forward to helping it grow to future success.

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Lauren Woods

Parent Governor

Though originally from just outside of Manchester, Lauren moved to Cambridge...

Though originally from just outside of Manchester, Lauren moved to Cambridge in 2006 to continue her postgraduate education at Queens’ College. She has lived in Fen Ditton with her husband for over a decade, together with whom she has a son who is part of the first reception cohort at Marleigh.

Lauren’s professional background is in teaching, learning and assessment. She holds a BA in Modern Languages, an MA in Translation Studies, a PGCE in Secondary MFL and has more recently completed further postgraduate study in educational assessment principles and psychometric testing.

Lauren currently works at Cambridge University Press and Assessment, where her role centres on developing the accessibility of Cambridge International qualifications, and on raising awareness of the spectrum of special educational needs and disabilities, and the potential barriers to learning and assessment that such conditions may present.

As a former a member of a school leadership team with fourteen years’ school-based experience, she has coordinated provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities, and has overseen support for students with mental health, medical, behavioural, and pastoral care needs. She has been a safeguarding lead, SENDCo and exams access arrangements assessor.

Lauren is passionate about the holistic approach to education and about the importance of creating positive, inclusive environments where all learners feel supported emotionally as well as academically. As such, she is excited to take on the responsibility area of Inclusion as part of her role as Parent Governor at Marleigh.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys creating in the kitchen, trying out new restaurants, group singing, crime dramas, exploring different places, BodyPump and spin classes.

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Mrs Gemma Phillips

Parent governor

This is Gemma’s first year of being a Governor. Her daughter and son...

This is Gemma’s first year of being a Governor. Her daughter and son both attend Marleigh Academy Primary school, where she says their experience has been utterly excellent to date. Gemma wants to contribute to the Academy’s ongoing development to ensure that all children’s school experience is as inclusive, empowering, inspiring, diverse and developmentally challenging as is possible. She is passionately committed to this and to improving the outcomes for children at this stage in their lives and beyond.  Gemma believes that education extends far outside of the school classroom. Therefore, children should be taught from a young age the skills and values that will help them thrive beyond their school years and be kind and compassionate individuals.  She has twenty years of experience working within The Probation Service and has specialised in various safeguarding roles, particularly with regard to domestic and sexual abuse.  Gemma has also worked in the Police as a Police Officer, and has delivered into the Restorative Justice process within the Youth Offending Service as well as being involved in Youth Outreach Work.  She believes everyone has a duty to keep children safe and this is why she is passionate about being a Governor and assisting with the safeguarding of children.

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