Our Governing Body

A big thank you to all the members of the IEB for guiding, supporting and holding the school to account over the past year.

We are really pleased to be working with our new Governing Body from the beginning of the Summer Term 2020.

We are now looking for 1 person (without children in the school) who would be interested in being co-opted onto the Governing Body. Governors are responsible for ensuring the strategic direction of the school, its performance and the use of resources to support learning. They help to ensure that our school provides the best education it can for children, parents and our local community.

Governors do not need to be experts to tackle the range of responsibilities expected of them as help, advice and training are available from various sources. However, the governing body is particularly seeking people with knowledge/skills/experience in either finance, business management, HR, law, health & safety or premises management. We would also welcome those who work in the police, NHS or other Children’s Services departments. It is anticipated that the Governing Body will meet monthly, towards the end of the working day. Meetings should last approximately 2 hours, but time is also needed to undertake visits to school within the day termly.

If you are interested, please contact the school for more information on

Meeting dates:

  • 28th April 2020
  • 9th June 2020
  • 7th July 2020

Anthea Kenna - Co Opted Governor

Sheryl Williamson - LA Governor

Dave Walker - Parent Governor

Brajesh Kaistha - Parent Governor

Edris TIldesley - Co Opted Governor

James Robinson - Parent Governor

Trudy Hooks - Co Opted Governor

Toby Reich - Co Opted Governor

Kerry Millbanks - Staff Governor

Alison Clarke - Headteacher

Vacancy - could this be you?

Ann Abineri - Clerk to Governors

Pen Portraits of our Governors

Anthea Kenna

I am recently retired, following a career in Primary School Headship spanning 25 years. I worked in Cambridgeshire and Essex as Headteacher, Associate Adviser and School Improvement Partner and am currently working with schools within East Anglia as an adviser, supporting those schools requiring improvement. My expertise covers all aspects of school leadership and management. I am a keen musician and enjoy performing with many amateur musical groups. I am a governor of three other schools within Cambridgeshire.

Edris Tildesley

I worked as a teacher, Headteacher, School Improvement Partner and Adviser in Cambridgeshire for many years. When I retired after 14 years as a Primary School Headteacher I continued to work part time as an Associate Adviser in Cambridgeshire working with schools to improve attainment, the quality of teaching and learning and pupil welfare. I have also worked as a coach/adviser with ‘Achievement for All’ a national organisation which focuses on improving outcomes for disadvantaged children. At present I am serving as a member of an IEB in a large primary school in Cambridgeshire.

Sheryl Williamson

I have been involved in governing for 15 years including being Chair of a local primary school. My involvement at Bewick Bridge began in 2108, continued on the IEB and will conclude with a role on the new governing body. I have been a secondary school teacher and worked with excluded pupils but my role as Director of several companies, outside the education sector, has given me a financial and HR skill set which has proved invaluable in governing. I currently volunteer as an Appropriate Adult for the police and am in the process of becoming a Parish Councillor. Gardening takes up the remaining spare time!

James Robinson

I've previously worked as a classroom teacher, head of department and Specialist Leader of Education in computing and now work for the Raspberry Pi Foundation supporting educators to embrace digital making and computing. At present I lead work for the National Centre for Computing Education promoting effective teaching strategies. As a Bewick Bridge parent I volunteer my time to co-lead the schools after school code club.

Trudy Hooks

I have been the Manager of Cherry Kids' Club since 2010, which offers wrap-around care to the children at Bewick Bridge and have been involved in the Bewick Bridge Community since 2000. I have two children - both attended Bewick Bridge when it was a junior school only and I watched its transformation into a full-through Primary. I now have the time to give back to the school and felt that was best done through becoming a Governor using the skills learnt in my Managerial role.

Kerry Millbanks

I have worked as a teaching assistant at Bewick Bridge for the last 18 years and have been a member of the local community for the last 27 years. It’s a community which is one I cherish being part of. As an employee and member of the community, I have a unique insight into the the school’s values and ethos and those of the community too. I have been elected as the staff governor - I am excited to have a voice on the governing body so that I can contribute (in partnership with other governors) to the strategic development of the school.

Brajesh Kaistha

Professionally, I'm a cancer research scientist working on drug development. I'm the father of two children who go to Bewick Bridge School and since Jan. 2020 have observed the work of the IEB. It was a good opportunity to understand the crucial role of governors in the strategic development of the school. This encouraged me to get more involved with the school as a parent governor. I'm a science communication enthusiast and a proponent of STEM subjects.

Dave Walker

I started my career in education, working as a classroom teacher then head of subject for A level Music Technology. In addition to this I work as part of a senior team producing and examining content for A level Music Technology. Most of my time is now spent working as a freelance music producer, writing music predominantly for film and TV. My wife and I have 2 children at Bewick Bridge and I'm eager to support the school in my role as parent governor.

Minutes of Governing Body meetings