Chair of Governors
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. She is currently Chair of Governors.
Since January 2018, Ishbel Coleman has been head teacher at Coton. Prior to that, she was Acting Head at the Icknield Primary School in Sawston and assistant head at Melbourn Primary School, teaching across the age range but principally in year 5/6. Ishbel came into teaching after a career as a lawyer in both the private and public sector. She lives in North West Essex with her husband. They have three young adult children.
David Baldwin BA, FCA. Retired chartered accountant: now voluntary treasurer of European Piano Teachers’ Association (UK) Ltd, an educational charity supporting 1400 members throughout the country; violinist and viola player, member of St Neots’ Sinfonia; gardener and beekeeper; co-opted governor (since 2010) concerned with school buildings, grounds and liaison with Pre-School and Home Club committees.
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.
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.
Janet Miller, Dip Man (Open), self-employed HR Consultant (part-time and part-time semi-retired). Most of her working life has been spent in personnel in the technical consultancy sector, ultimately being appointed a Board Director before becoming freelance. Janet has been a Coton School governor since 2002, initially appointed by the Local Authority and more recently as a co-opted governor. She was Vice Chair of Governors for many years and is now chair of three committees: Personnel, Performance Management and Salary Review. She also chairs full governing body meetings. Her daughter attended Coton School many years ago and she has been a great advocate ever since.
Vice Chair of Governors & Parent Governor
Simon is a parent of three children at Coton Primary. He stood for election to support the school and its important role in our local community. He is now on the Safeguarding Committee. 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. Currently, he works for a US based Silicon Valley startup specialising in distributed databases.
Tony Osborne - an experienced finance director who has worked in the biotechnology and housing sectors for 25 years, mostly in the Cambridge area. Former treasurer of Coton Pre-School and current treasurer for Coton Cricket Club. Governor since 2012 and Chair of the Finance Committee since 2014.
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.
Ruth has three children at Coton C of E (VC) Primary School, the eldest of whom started in Reception in 2013. Since this time, she has been impressed by the way the children in school 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. With three children at the school spread across the years, Ruth hopes that she will be able to have a good understanding of the relevant issues.
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.