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Our Governors

James Edgoose
Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

1st July 2020 - 30th June 2024


James has lived in Coton since 2004, and has been a Governor since 2005. Both of his children attended the school, and he is pleased to be able to continue supporting the school in both strategic and practical ways. He worked for Revenue & Customs for many years, but is now retired and is delighted to be able to take on the role of Chair at this exciting time for our school. 

Simon Ashley
Vice - Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor

1st January 2019 - 31st December 2026


Simon is a parent of three children, all of whom attended Coton C of E (VC) Primary. He originally stood for election as a Parent Governor to support the school and its important role in our local community. His professional background is in Software Engineering, having worked in the industry for the last 20+ years.

Sarah Jarvis 

Headteacher (Ex Officio)


Tricia Taylor
Local Education Authority Governor

1st September 2020 - 31st August 2024


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 C of E (VC) School.


Deborah Baker
Foundation Governor

1st September 2021 - 31st August 2027

Deborah has been a teacher for over 40 years and taught at Coton school for 23 years. Now she has retired from teaching but wants to support the school in her new role as a co-opted governor.

Simanga Masuka

Co-Opted Governor

1st January 2019 - 31st December 2025

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.

Having a professional background in business and finance internationally has developed his aptitude for governance and financial management.


Jonathan Padley

Co-Opted Governor

9th November 2023 - 8th November 2027

A photo and bio will be updated soon.

Tom Ashford

Co-Opted Governor

5th May 2023 - 4th May 2027

Tom is currently an Assistant Headteacher and Year 6 class teacher at an independent school in Cambridge. He has taught in both the state and independent sectors and is currently in his fourteenth year of teaching. He is passionate about primary education and keen to share his experience in support of staff, pupils and parents at Coton C of E (VC) Primary School and to take a full and active role in the wider life of the school.

Catriona Manville

Parent Governor

8th June 2023 - 7th June 2026

Catriona has 2 young children, one at Coton C of E (VC) Primary School with the second due to start in 2024.  She is passionate about the importance of education and hopes to support the school and wider local community through this role.  Catriona currently works in policy development and implementation, with a background in biochemistry.  She has previously worked with national bodies on education policy and conducted research and evaluation in this area.  She also runs the local Rainbow and Brownie units in Hardwick on a weekly basis.

Timos Kipouros

Parent Governor

9th October 2023 - 8th October 2026

A photo and bio to be updated soon

Anna Machi

Parent Governor

30th March 2023 - 29th March 2026


Anna is a parent of two children, one of them is already attending Coton C of E (VC) Primary School, second is due to join in 2024. As a Parent Governor she is hoping to get a wider understanding of the support needed for children to move forward and the support needed by teachers to help them.

She also enjoys volunteering at school and local events, that bring community together. Anna has scientific background, currently working in production planning for one of the leading biotech companies.

Kate Cooke
Staff Governor

1st September 2021 - 31st August 2024

Kate has been a teacher for 28 years, teaching at Coton, for 18 of them. Her current role is Y1/2 Class teacher and Science coordinator. She has worked part time alongside raising her 4 daughters all of whom have been pupils at Coton school.

James Hedges

Co-Opted Governor

11th September 2023 - 10th September 2027

A photo and bio will be updated soon

David Baldwin
Associate Governor

1st September 2023 - 31st August 2024


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


Helen Andrews

Clerk to Governors


I have been employed as a Cam Clerk, part of the Local Authority’s Governor Services Team, since 2018.  Before clerking, I gained many years of experience working in primary schools at an operational level in a variety of roles.  I became an Accredited Clerk in 2019 through the National Governance Association and DfE.  As well as being Clerk to the Governing Board at Coton C of E (VC) Primary School, I maintain a portfolio of schools across Cambridgeshire and provide specialist clerking duties across the county, as required.