Meet the Team
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 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 Antonio Mariconda
Vice Chair of Governors & LA Governor
Mrs Janet Williams
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.
Mrs Caroline Maskell
Hi, my name is Caroline Maskell, I am a Higher Level Teaching assistant at Meldreth Primary School. I have been lucky enough to have been a member of the school team since 2001.
No two days at school are the same; children breathe life into learning, keeping me on my toes! I work within a dedicated and hard- working team with our children at it’s the very centre; working hard to ensure that our pupils enjoy learning, gain self-assurance and flourish, giving them the self- confidence to grow and become independent learners.
I bring a different view of the school to the governor role, as I work across a number of age groups and am technical lead in the ICT team. This gives me the opportunity to see the school in action. I believe the school has a strong ethos and a fantastic relationship with the children and their families. I am passionate about each child being provided with a safe environment in which to be confident to question, explore and enjoy learning; allowing them to reach their full learning potential.
Away from school I love spending time with my family, (both my children had wonderful experiences during their time at Meldreth). I enjoy a good read, long walks and meeting up with friends.
Mrs Sarah Helme
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.
Mrs Clare Yelton
Hi, I'm Clare Yelton and I've been a 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 Liz Poulson
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
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 Lyndsay Lees
My name is Lyndsay Lees and I have been a governor at Meldreth for the last four years. I have two children at the school and I'm also an experienced teacher so I can see and understand things from different viewpoints.
I am chair of HTPM, member of the Children and Learning Committee and the SEND Link Governor. Whilst a governor I have also been involved in different working parties.
Mr Neil O’Regan
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.