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 one child at Ely St Johns and have lived in Ely for 13 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

    Associate Member

    I have been fortunate to have been employed here at Ely St John's since it opened in 1992 with just 38 children! I am currently Business Manager. I spent 23 years as Clerk, four years as Staff Governor and have now re-joined the Governing Body as an Associate Member from April 2020. I am a member of, and clerk the meetings of, the Resources Committee.

  • Lis Every

    Authority Governor

    Lis became a Governor at Ely St Johns some six years ago and is currently serving her third term on the Governing Body.
    Lis was Mayor and Chair of the City of Ely Council for two terms (from 2014-2016). She is also an elected member and Chair of the East Cambridgeshire District Council serving on the Operations Committee, Vice Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council. serving on the Children and Young People Committee, Communications and Partnership Committee and is Chair of the Corporate Parenting Sub-Committee) and a member of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Skills Committee.
    Serving as a Governor after working for over 30 years in secondary education as a teacher of business and deputy head fulfilled her desire to work together with others to support the education of young people in Ely, which is such a fantastic place to live, work and shop.
    With an educational and a training background, Lis is also absolutely committed to supporting skill development and helping young people in the area to achieve their career potential through her work as Chair of the Learning and Skills Sector of the Chamber of Commerce. A current project is organising the business mentoring programme with the Chamber and Cathedral Business Group for our local 6th form students at Ely College. Lis is also Chair of the Academy Council of Ely College. Lis served as Chair of Governors for 3 years and is now Chair of the Standards Committee.

    Lis is married with two children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include theatre and singing and she is a Trustee of Never Alone, VCAEC, Ely Museum and the Ely Choral Society, working on their Steering Committee for the Ely Youth Choir.
    Lis feels that working within education for the benefit of young people has been the most rewarding experience.

  • Beth Hartland

    Staff Governor

    My son, who joined the school in 2014, is currently in Year 6. I have been employed at Ely St John's since 2015, and am currently working as a Teaching Assistant. My background is in historical research, working on projects based at various universities, and most recently with a charitable trust. I have been involved with 1st Ely Scout Group since 2016, and am currently a leader at one of the Cub groups there. My interests used to be very sporty, but motherhood, arthritis and age have slowed me down considerably. When I can find the time, I enjoy swimming, walking, knitting, music and reading.

  • 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. Working in school allows me to support the Governing Body with monitoring and school development alongside strategic planning for the future. It is fantastic to be part of a such a great team of governors here at ESJ!

    I am also a governor at the school my children attend in Huntingdon and am involved in several school and youth football organisations that promote opportunities for all young people to take up the game. Alongside taking part in lots of sporting activities, I can often be found buidling lego creations with my family or trying to improve my gardening skills!

  • 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.

  • Caroline Marshall

    Associate Member

    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 and was Chair of the Standards Committee for 3 years. My four year term of office ended in 2021 but I have remained on the governing body as an Associate Member.
    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 members currently on the body.

  • Chris Marshall

    Co-opted Governor

    I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2020. I recently retired after a career in primary education including six headships in Cambridgeshire schools. As I live locally with my wife and family, I was absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work with colleagues at Ely St John’s!

  • Sarah-Jane Napper

    Co-opted Governor

    I have been in role as a co-opted governor from September 2019 and am really pleased to be a part of Ely St John's School community. I am employed by Dorset Council as Corporate Director for Children's Services but live locally with my family.

    I know that a great education provides children with the best possible start in life and opens doors of opportunity for them through to adulthood and am committed to supporting the work of Ely St John's school.

    My hobbies and interests include music, both playing and listening and I am a Trustee for West Norfolk Music Centre.

  • Jonathan Newsome

    Co-opted Governor

    My name is Jonathan David Newsome, and I joined the governing body at Ely St Johns in Autumn 2020 as a co-opted governor (appointed by Matthew Leach). I will be serving on the Standards Committee, and will also be responsible for curriculum and pupil discipline. I currently work as the current Subject Leader for Music at Ely College, and I am passionate about all students having access to the best educational experiences that can be offered to them.

  • Rebecca Sparks

    Associate Member

  • Andy Turpin

    Co-opted Governor

    I joined the Governing body of Ely St John's in May 2016 as Co-opted Governor.

    I have lived in Ely since 2006 with a son and daughter who both currently enjoy attending Ely St John's. I qualified as an accountant (ACCA) back in 2003, and between 2006 and 2016 worked in Ely as Financial Controller in two separate industry roles. For the last few years, I have been in the role as Director of VFO (Virtual Finance Office), back in accounts practice with PEM in Cambridge.

    Putting good use to my finance background, I currently chair the Resources committee, supporting the school to ensure optimum use of the school's resources, in promoting the best educational outcomes for children.

    When not chasing around after my children, I try to stay fit though cycling, football and running. I have recently taken part in a triathlon, a 100-mile cycle ride, and the Cambridge half marathon. I plan to do more events in the future, time and fitness permitting!

  • Mary Wade

    Parent Governor

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

    I am currently the Chief Operating Officer of an international education company based in Cambridge. I I have two children at the school and I sit on the Resources Committee.