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Our Governors

Simon Ashley
Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor


Simon is a parent of three children, two are currently at Coton Primary. He originally stood for election as a Parent Governor to support the school and its important role in our local community. Simon is also an active participant in school PTA events. His professional background is in Software Engineering, having worked in the industry for the last 20+ years.

James Edgoose
Vice Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor


James has lived in Coton for 15 years and his two daughters attended the school. Foundation Governor since 2005, James is on the Finance and Personnel Committees.

Christopher Scales

Christopher joined the school as Headteacher in April 2021. Having previously taught across a range of primary settings, Christopher is looking to apply this experience at Coton for the good of the school, its pupils and its community. 


Bridget Sutton
Co-opted Governor

(Currently on Leave of absence until Sept 2021)


Before children, Bridget was HOD (DMPK) at Roche. After daughters, Bridget trained as a teacher and teaches Chemistry at Long Road Sixth Form College. Bridget is now a co-opted governor but was appointed as a parent governor in 2007.

Tricia Taylor
Local Education Authority Governor


Tricia Taylor has a background in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. She currently works for the Disability Resource Centre at Cambridge University mentoring students with disabilities, having worked in Primary & Middle schools teaching hearing impaired children, in charge of Hearing Impaired Units and as a
& peripatetic teacher. She returned to higher education at a London art school and gained an HND in Jewellery & Silversmithing. Tricia now runs her own business designing and making jewellery and silverware. She is involved in Girl Guiding at district level, having been a Guide Leader at Barton Guides. Her three children all attended Coton School.


David Baldwin
Co-opted Governor


David Baldwin. Retired chartered accountant and charity adviser (Piano Teachers’ Course UK), violinist and violist (member St Neots Sinfonia) and beekeeper. Co-opted governor concerned with school buildings, grounds and liaison with Pre-School and Breakfast Club/Home Club committees.


Gill King
Foundation Governor


Gill worked in the school for over 20 years as a Teaching Assistant before retiring in 2016. She still comes into school regularly to hear children read and to take assembly.

Gill is a Foundation Governor, representing the church on the governing body.

Ruth Donnelly
Parent Governor


Ruth has three children who have attended Coton C of E (VC) Primary School, one of whom is still at the school. Since her first child attended the school she has been impressed by the way the children are treated as individuals in terms of both care and education. She would like to help support the school to continue in this valuable work.

Ruth's background is in materials, science and physics. She works as a project manager at a large engineering company. In her spare time, she is a keen viola player and runner.

Deborah Baker
Staff Governor


Deborah has been a teacher for 40 years, teaching children from nursery to year 7.She has taught at Coton school for 23 years and seen many changes. Deborah is currently leading PE, history, collective worship and RE within the school.

Maggie Gibbons

Co-opted Governor
HLTA, Member of Staff

Simanga Masuka
Parent Governor

Simanga is passionate about continuously developing children’s learning and education. Volunteering alongside other governors at Coton C of E (VC) Primary School enables him to contribute and support the school leadership team to maintain the high standards of the school to ensure that all the children at Coton flourish in various areas of their learning journey.

He is also part of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Having a professional background in business and finance internationally has developed his aptitude for governance and financial management.


Christine Tibbatts
Co-opted Governor


Christine is a parent of three children, one at Comberton Village College and 2 who are at Coton C of E Primary School in Key Stage 2. She was treasurer for Coton Pre-school for 6 years and became a governor in order to continue supporting the school and local community.

Christine’s professional background is as a Chartered Accountant and she is part of the Finance & Personnel Committee.

Angela Mortier
Parent Governor

Angela was appointed as a parent governor in 2020. Angela brings experience of being a primary school governor in Cambridgeshire, which she applies with a fresh outlook to her role at Coton, where she supports the school’s vision and ethos of providing opportunities for the children to unlock their own stories within a caring and supportive community.
Angela’s professional background is in scientific research and higher education teaching, and she has supported the school since 2016 in her role as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassador, working with both children and staff. Angela has three children, one at Comberton Village College, one at Coton C of E (VC) Primary School and one who is not yet of school age. She also coaches a youth team for Coton Football Club.