Meet the Team

Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA). Our governors at Meldreth Primary  play an active role in the life of our school.

Mrs Emma Tidby

Chair of Governors

My name is Emma Tidby and I am the Meldreth Primary School Chair of Governors. I am new to this role and am enjoying the challenges that it provides. I lead a team of passionate and enthusiastic governors who all work hard to ensure the governing body is focused on the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and as the chair I work very closely with the Head teacher to support and challenge where appropriate.
I have been a governor for the past 6 years.
I ama parent at school again, having had one child already complete his time at Meldreth Primary and another in Year 1.

Mrs Clare Yelton

Vice Chair of Governors

Hi, I'm Clare Yelton and I've been a parent governor since October 2017. I have two boys in the school and work locally. I don't have a background in teaching or education, but I hope this means i can bring a different perspective to help the school with its strategy and vision. As well as the main full Governor Board I also sit on the Resources committee.

Mrs Sasha Howard


I am the Head teacher at Meldreth Primary and therefore a School Governor.
I work in partnership with our Governors on all aspects of school life. I inform and advise the Governing body about children's progress and their levels of attendance and the quality of teaching and learning. It is very rewarding being part of such a dedicated and energetic group of governors who work tirelessly to make sure every child and their families have the best experience this school can offer.

Mr James Bridges

LA Governor

Mrs Janet Williams

Co-opted Governor

My name is Janet Williams. I am Link Governor for Safeguarding, and I sit on the Resources Committee. I live locally, in Melbourn, and am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a Governor at Meldreth Primary School.
My background is in teaching, from which I have recently retired, and I hope that my experience as a classroom teacher, deputy and Headteacher will enable me to support Meldreth Primary School in maintaining its ethos of enjoyment and love for learning within a safe and stimulating environment, in taking forward its values and vision, and in providing the best possible educational experiences for all its children.

Miss Claudia McGinty

Staff Governor

This will be my 5th year as a teacher at Meldreth Primary School. As an NQT, Meldreth helped support and encourage me in developing my teaching skills. It is such a supportive environment and somewhere that I feel very lucky to be a member of staff. As such, I enjoy the opportunity of being the Governing Body staff representative, so that I might help to continue the hard work, which has led to such a welcoming and inclusive school community.

Mrs Sarah Helme

Parent Governor

My name is Sarah Helme and I have been involved in school life for over six years as a parent helper, staff member and PTA secretary/treasurer. I joined as an Associate Governor in September 2015 and became a parent governor in December 2017. I Chaired of the Resources committee for two years using my HR and finance skills to support the team. I am now a member of the Children and learning committee. I work for a charity that supports Cambridge primary schools.

Mr Neil O’Regan

Co-opted Governor

My name is Neil O'Regan, I first joined as an Associate Governor in September 2015 but a year later became a full member of the Governing body. I'm part of the Resources Committee and as part of that I help with finance. I have only lived in Meldreth for three years but I can see the important role the school plays in the village. I work in educational publishing in Cambridge.

Mrs Liz Poulson

Co-opted Governor

I trained as a teacher in the sixties and I taught at Tannery Drift school in Royston and then at the boys grammar school in Hitchin. In the early seventies I lived in Singapore where my husband, who is an architect, was designing a hospital. My second son was born there and we returned to Britain in 1976. I then re-trained as a psychotherapist and practiced locally in Cambridge. My main are of work was couples therapy and eating disorders. i have been the chair of Homestart in Royston and on the committee of CAB also in Royston. In 2016 I retired and now help my husband with his projects. I also enjoy playing the saxophone, working on my art projects and activities like swimming.

Mr Paul Hopkins

Co-opted Governor

I joined the team in mid-2017, after volunteering to get involved in school governance. Whilst I have no background in teaching or education (I am a scientist ‘by trade’), like many other parents, I like to help the school where I can.
Through challenging as appropriate, understanding opportunities and risks, I aim to ensure that the school leadership team has effective governance and is well placed to deliver the highest standard of education possible. Like many Dads out there, most of my spare time is spent playing football in the garden, cycling and DIY!

Mrs Dianne Dow

Co-opted Governor

Hi - I’m Dianne Dow and I became a governor at Meldreth in the autumn term of 2019. I don’t have a background in education or teaching (unless the recent homeschooling counts!), but I’m very keen to help out and support the school. I have one child at secondary school who left Meldreth last year and another still at the school, so I can represent the parental view and I have a vested interest in the school's success. As a governor I am a member of the Children and Learning committee.


Co-opted Governor