Governor Profiles

  • Matthew Leach


    I joined the governing body in February 2012 as a Local Authority Governor and am now a Co-opted Governor. I was Chair of the Resources Committee from 2013 to 2019 and was elected as Chair of the full governing body in September 2019. Throughout my time as a Governor, I have greatly enjoyed providing support to the school wherever I can.

    I am married with two children at Ely St Johns and have lived in Ely for ten years.

    I am a civil engineer for a large engineering consultancy, working in design and construction of water and wastewater treatment works. It is a challenging and fulfilling job in which no two days are the same.

  • Rebecca Denness

    Vice Chair

    I have had a child at Ely St John's for over 12 years and was very pleased to be elected a Parent Governor in 2017. Following a career as a civil servant at The National Archives and Department for Education, I am now retraining in psychology and am active in the Open University's Psychological Society. I was elected as Vice Chair in September 2019.

  • Louise Todd


    I started working for the Local Authority clerking service, Camclerks in December 2015. During this time, I have clerked a range of schools and academies.
    In October 2017 I gained my certificate for completing the National Clerks Development Programme run by the National Governance Association. I have been clerking for Ely St John's Governing Body since January 2019.

  • Chris Ashley

    Staff Governor & School Business Manager

    Having worked at Ely St John’s since it opened in 1992, I was elected as Staff Governor from April 2016.

    I am employed as School Business Manager and served as Clerk to the Governing Body for 22 years so feel very at home in my governor role. When I joined Ely St John’s there were just 40 pupils and five members of staff and it has been a joy to see the school grow at least tenfold in the last 27 years. Over the years my job has transformed beyond recognition and continues to evolve as the education landscape forever changes and presents with it new challenges.

    I am married with one daughter, who is currently employed as Head of Internal Audit at Cambridgeshire County Council and I have lived in the Ely area all my life.

  • Lis Every

    Authority Governor

    I have been a governor at the school for over 6 years now, and was Chair from 2016 to 2019. Being a governor at Ely St John’s Primary School is a really rewarding experience. Having been in secondary education for over 30 years, the opportunity to work within the primary sector was particularly appealing and I thoroughly enjoy it.

    I moved to Ely many years ago as the family bought a business here and I cannot think of a better place to live, work and be part of. My two sons were born and grew up here and my husband ran the business until just recently. I have been fortunate to become a local Ely Councillor for the City, District and, recently, County enjoy working being a Trustee with a number of local charities, including the Ely Museum, Pos+Ability and the Volunteer Centre. My passion, though, is with education and working with the staff and children at the school remains a delight.

  • Joseph Henry

    Parent Governor

    Joseph Henry was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2017.

  • John Henson

    Deputy Head

    As Deputy Headteacher, I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in September 2018, when I joined Ely St John's.

  • Jon Hudson

    Co-opted Governor

    I joined the governing body of Ely St John's at the beginning of the Autumn Term 2019 as co-opted Governor.

    I am an experienced commercial and property manager. I’ve many years experience in the business world and I hope to be able to bring this experience to this great school.

  • Lidia Langeslag

    Co-Opted Governor

    I am delighted to have been asked join the Board of Governors of Ely St John's in 2018. I moved to Ely in 2017, and have worked in Purchasing in an international company for much of my career, in the UK, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. I will be working in Resources, where I believe my background and experience will contribute to the already diverse make up of the Board of Governors.

  • Julie Macintyre

    Co-opted Governor

    I was delighted to be appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2016. I first moved to Ely in 2008 to work at Soham Village College as a Teacher of English. In 2013, I then became Director of English. I believe my current role gives me the knowledge and skills needed to both support and challenge those with responsibility for teaching and learning at Ely St John's.

  • Caroline Marshall

    Parent Governor

    I joined the governing body of Ely St John's at the beginning of the Spring Term 2017 as parent of a Foundation Stage Pupil. I have been Chair of the Standards Committee since 2018.
    I am currently a Biology technician at King’s Ely, having previously been a research scientist for many years. My background does add to the diversity of governors currently on the body.

  • Sarah-Jane Napper

    Co-opted Governor

    I am employed by Cambridgeshire County Council as Assistant Director for Children & Safeguarding and was co-opted on to the Governing Body in September 2019.

  • Andy Turpin

    Co-opted Governor

    I have lived in Ely for the past 10 years with a son who currently attends Ely St John's and a daughter who is due to start school in 2019. I qualified ACCA in 2003 and between 2006 and 2016 worked as Financial Controller in two separate industry roles. More recently I have taken on the role as Director of CFO (Virtual Finance Office), back in accounts practice with PEM in Cambridge.

    I have a longstanding interest in Ely St John's and the local area and hope that the skills I have and the energy I bring, will be of benefit to the pupils and the local community.

  • Mary Wade

    Parent Governor

    Mary Wade was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2019.