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Our Governors

Simon Ashley
Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor

1st January 2019 - 31st December 2026


Simon is a parent of three children, all of whom attended Coton 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.

James Edgoose
Vice Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

1st July 2020 - 30th June 2024


James has lived in Coton for 15 years and his two daughters attended the school. James has been a Foundation Governor since 2005.

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 School.


Deborah Baker
Co-opted Governor

1st September 2021 - 31st August 2024

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
Parent Governor

1st January 2019 - 31st December 2022

Co-Opted Governor

1st January 2023 - 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.


Tom Ash

Co-Opted Governor

05/05/2023 - 04/05/2027

A photo and biography will be posted soon.

Angela Mortier
Parent Governor

1st September 2020 - 31st August 2023

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.

Anna Machi

Parent Governor

30th March 2023 - 29th March 2026


Anna is a parent of two children, one of them is already attending Coton 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 R/Y1 Class teacher and Science coordinator. She has worked part time alongside raising her 4 daughters all of whom have been pupils at Coton school.

David Baldwin
Associate Governor

1st September 2022 - 31st August 2023


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 Primary School, I maintain a portfolio of schools across Cambridgeshire and provide specialist clerking duties across the county, as required.