Mrs Emma Tidby
Chair of Governors
Hello, My name is Emma Tidby and I am your Chair of Governors. I was elected Chair in 2018 and am now in my second 2 year term as Chair.
I was first elected as a Governor in December 2009 which means this December will be 11 years serving as a Governor. I have a child attending school at present and have another that has completed his time at Meldreth. I work closely with the head teacher to support and challenge where appropriate and I lead a team of diverse and enthusiastic volunteers who provide strategic leadership and accountability. The governors work hard to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction , overseeing financial performance and ensuring accountability for the educational outcomes of the pupils. The governing body also has a strong focus on the well being of the students and staff at Meldreth Primary school.
I have been part of the Meldreth Primary community for many years, I have seen it grow and change over the years and am immensely proud of the achievements I have seen. I am honoured to have the opportunity, as the Chair, to support such a great school.
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
Hi my name is James Bridges and I became a governor at Meldreth Primary school in 2020. I currently have three children attending Meldreth so obviously have vested interest in the schools continued success. Although no teaching background, I hope to add value in other areas to enable the school to achieve its aim of continuous improvement. My interests include golf, cricket and playing the guitar badly.
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.
Miss Claudia McGinty
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
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
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.
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 Dianne Dow
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.
Mr Matthew Paradis
Community is something that is very important to me, and I welcome the opportunity to use my professional experience to help and support one of our local schools.
I have 3 primary school age children at Melbourn Primary, and my wife works at Bassingbourn Primary. I enjoy supporting my children with their learning and I like to engage with the school to help and ensure that my children are getting the best support that they can across the curriculum.
Through my employment at BBC Research and Development I have taken a voluntary role as a BBC STEM ambassador. I am involved in a number of outreach activities actively promoting STEM subjects to primary and secondary students.
I am a coach at Royston Rugby Club, a parent representative for the Melbourn Dynamos Football Club and an active member of Royston and District Round Table.
I hope that my experiences can benefit the school, especially to ensure that young people are prepared for their continuing education