The Governing Body is made up of 14 governors including:
The current membership of the Governing Body is as follows:
Chair of Governors
(Foundation Governor, Resources committee, Pupil Matters committee)
Governor Lead - Collective Worship, English, Support Staff, Year 6 link governor
I have lived in the village for 10 years with my husband Tim and it has been a wonderful place to bring up our two daughters, Evie and Isla, who both attend William Westley. I joined the governing body in 2021 as a Foundation governor and am proud to be able to bring my skills and experience to support two valuable parts of our village community – the School and the Church. I have worked in educational publishing for nearly 20 years, most recently in strategy development roles, hold an Executive MBA from Cranfield University and am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Outside work and parenting, you may spot me at the weekend going
for a run around the village!
Vice Chair of Governors
(Co-opted Governor, Resources committee, Pupil Matters committee)
Governor Lead - Safeguarding, Art, Teaching Staff, Year 1 link governor
I moved to Whittlesford in 2015 with my wife and daughter who is now in Year 6 at William Westley. During that time Joseph arrived and is loving being in year 3 at the school as well. I have now been a secondary school teacher for 23 years starting my career in Cheshire before moving to Cambridge. I am presently subject lead for Drama and Theatre Studies at Comberton Village College as well as one of the Deputy Heads of Sixth Form. I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in 2018 and during this time I have been the Chair of the Pupil Matters Committee, the Vice Chair and for the past three and a half years the Chair of the Governing Body.
(Parent Governor, Chair of Pupil Matters committee)
Governor Lead - Safeguarding, Phonics / Early Reading, Year 2 link governor
I moved to Whittlesford in 2011, just before our daughter was born. She is now in Year 6, and our son is in Year 3 at William Westley. I became a Parent Governor in 2019, having previously been Chair of Whitsers, the local playgroup. I have been a member of the Whittlesford Ball Committee for the last two events. All proceeds are donated to charity, with William Westley being the primary beneficiary. I also contribute to the PTA and have organised the school quiz for the last few years. As part of my role as parent governor, I chair the pupil matters committee.
(Parent Governor; Chair of Resources Committee)
Governor Lead - Chair of Resource committee & Year 4 Link Governor
I live in Whittlesford with my wife and three children. My eldest two children attend William Westley and my youngest will be joining them this school year. We all love the village and believe the school, alongside church, sit right at the heart of our community. Coming from a family of teachers, the passion for education has always been part of my life. It’s this passion that I hope to bring to influence the continued positive development of our precious primary school. I’m also a charted accountant with over 15 years of senior financial leadership experience working across community, acute and specialist NHS organisations, as well as in the private sector. I’m currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer at Royal Papworth Hospital, where I have the privilege of supporting our staff deliver extraordinary outcomes for patients. I look forward to bringing the skills and experience I’ve gained throughout my professional life to help the development of the school.
Reverend Olivia Coles
(Foundation Governor; Pupil Matters committee)
Governor Lead - Collective Worship, RE, Year 5 Link Governor
I moved to Whittlesford at the end of 2018, as the new priest for Whittlesford Parish Church.
We have two grown up children and my husband works at Addenbrookes. It has been a joy to get to know the village and community and build relationships between the church and so many different groups in the village. It is a privilege to serve as a Foundation Governor for William Westley and one of the highlights of my week to come into the school for collective worship or host the school in the Parish or URC church for Christmas, Easter or Harvest celebrations. My background is in Secondary teaching, so I have experience of what it is like to be on the front line in education and the pressures faced by schools. I am the Community Governor which is a great role for me as my passion is about building community relations and to work closely with the staff and families in a more pastoral role. I can often be seen walking my dog Gracie around the village and am always up for a coffee and chat!
(Associate Governor, Resources committee)
Governor Lead - Health & Safety, Science, Year 1 link governor
I joined the Governing Body when my eldest son was in Reception, and my current term will see him half- way through University. During this time I have been Chair of Governors, and of the Pupil Matters committee, and I am now an Associate Governor, with particular links to Year 1, the Science curriculum and the management of Health & Safety in school. During this time I have worked in programme and operations management roles in industry, higher education and research, and I am currently Business Manager for a secondary school in Hertfordshire.
(Staff Governor, Pupil Matters committee)
Governor Lead - Curriculum & Teaching Staff
(Local Authority Governor; Resources Committee)
Governor Lead - PE, Maths & Year 5 Link Governor
We have lived in Whittlesford since 1996, and our daughter Rosie was at William Westley. I have been a Local Authority-appointed Governor for more than 10 years, sitting on the Resources sub-committee, with links to maths and sport.
I work in the pharmaceutical industry, and am a trustee of the village's Nicholas Swallow Charity, and Chairman of Whittlesford Cricket Club. I also sit on the Lawn Trust.
(Foundation Governor; Pupil Matters Committee)
Governor Lead - Collective Worship, Maths, Ecology, Year R Link Governor
I joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in July 2022. I have lived in the Cambridge area since the age of 8 and I am passionate about giving back to the school. I have two children currently at William Westley, and I feel they have been lucky enough to benefit from the wonderful ethos of the school.
My background is mathematics and I have worked at a primary school in northern Italy. I would love to help the children of William Westley find enjoyment and satisfaction in maths!
The school has such strong links to the village as a whole, and I want to help build and strengthen these links.
(Parent Governor; Resources Committee)
Governor Lead - Curriculum Responsibility - PHSCE, MFL, Year 4 Link Governor
(Co-opted Governor; Pupil Matters committee)
Governor Lead - Inclusion / SEND, PE, Year 6 Link Governor
and have recently taken on the role as co-opted Governor, with a focus on Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) and inclusion within the school
(Parent Governor; Pupil Matters Committee)
Governor Lead - SEND/Inclusion, DT, Year 2 Link Governor
I moved to the village with my wife and eldest child in 2020. My eldest is now in year 1, and we had our second child in 2021. Having seen our eldest settle so well in the school, it has been a privilege to join the governing body. Having left secondary education in 2019, being a Governor enables me to draw on my professional experiences and training to benefit the school and the wider community. Currently, I am training to be a minister of religion in the Church of England. My two vocations are suited to help William Westley fulfil its goals based on the Christian ethos it has. William Westley is a fantastic community that I am thrilled to be a part of.
(Co-opted Governor; Pupil Matters Committee)
Curriculum Responsibility - History, Geography, Ecology Governor, Year 3 Link Governor
Rachel has a daughter currently in Year 3.
We moved to Whittlesford three years ago and love village life. I spent eight years working in a local secondary school as a history teacher before moving into teacher training. I also work with schools to support teachers' professional development and to develop the curriculum, and have undertaken advisory work for both Ofsted and the DfE. I'm very much enjoying using this experience to support the wonderful work that is already going on in William Westley.
(Headteacher; Resources and Pupil Matters Committee)
It is a real privilege to work in such a special school with a fantastic staff team, children, parents and school governors. I am committed to ensuring that our school can provide the very best opportunities for all of our children and encourage us all to continue to be outstanding in all aspects.
I have been teaching for 23 years, previously working as a class teacher, Inclusion Leader and Deputy Headteacher. I have a genuine love of learning and continue to encourage positive learning and development for our children at William Westley.
My ethos for our children is for them to feel safe, be happy and enjoy coming to school to learn new things.