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Meet The Governors

Mike Davey

Chair of Governors & Safeguarding
Term of Office: 13.07.2018

Mike joined our Board of Governors in the autumn of 2014 and he has been the Chair since January 2016. Mike has lived in the Abbey ward of Cambridge since 2009. He is married with three children. Mike worked in the public sector from 1983, starting as a Probation Officer in London. After living in Sunderland for 10 years he returned to East Anglia, to work in Community Safety. He was involved in setting up the Youth Offending Team and the Connexions Service in Cambridgeshire, before spending 9 years as a Director for the County Council initially in Children’s Services and then Community Development. Since leaving the Authority in 2013, in addition to being a Governor at Abbey Meadows, Mike is a trustee with Abbey People and Centre 33.

Anne Campbell

Term of Office: July 2018 -

Anne was elected to the Governing Body as a Coopted Governor in July 2018. She has lived in Cambridge since she came here as a student in 1959 to study mathematics, which she later taught at Cambridge secondary schools. She has extensive experience of Governance and at various times has been a Governor in nursery, primary and Secondary Schools as well as Chair of the Cambridge Regional College. Amongst other things in her varied career she was the MP for Cambridge, Chair of the Multi Academy Trust of which Coleridge is member school, has run her own company, Opportunity Links, was Chair of the Cambs and Peterborough NHS FT, founded Cambridge Online and was a senior staff member at NIAB. She has 8 grandchildren living in Cambridge one of whom attended Abbey Meadows. Apart from spending time with the family Anne is a keen gardener. She tends her allotment growing the most wonderful tasting vegetables.

Patricia Fara

Chair of Resource Committee
Term Of Office: 14.07.2018

Patricia has been a Co-opted Governor at Abbey Meadows since 2014, and in 2016 she became Chair of the Resources Committee, which considers non-educational aspects of the school such as finance and maintenance.  Her career has been quite varied, although she has always been involved in education; in 1993 Patricia moved from Imperial College London to Cambridge University, where she is a historian of science. As well as lecturing and writing academic articles, she has written several popular books (including two for children) and sometimes appears on television or on radio programmes such as In our Time. There are several reasons why Patricia is committed to working at Abbey Meadows. For one thing, she finds that children are often more interesting than adults, and her own grand-daughter lives far away in New York. More usefully for Abbey Meadows, she was Senior Tutor of Clare College for ten years, and has a long experience of educational administration, committees, preparing documents, proof-reading and listening sympathetically. She is deeply involved in University outreach and access programmes because she feels very strongly that all children should have the opportunity to benefit from a first-class education. Being a Governor is far more time-consuming than she had anticipated, but she also finds it more challenging and rewarding.

Helen Paterson

Chair of Standards Committee
Term of Office: 28.01.2021

Helen lives locally and has 2 boys at Abbey Meadows and a daughter who left the school in 2016. She has been a governor since 2012 and currently holds responsibility for chairing the Standards Committee focusing on teaching and learning within school and raising standards and attainment. She has experience as a primary teacher and knows how schools work.  Helen has also taught within Abbey Meadows as an intervention teacher so she has lots of good links with our school and she is totally committed to working with all involved to make it the best it can be.

Helen Garside-Hornby

Standards Committee
Term of Office: 29.01.20

Helen has been involved in teaching English as a foreign language both in Britain and abroad for the last twenty-six years. She lives locally and has two children at Abbey Meadows – a daughter in key stage 2 and a son in key stage 1. After representing parents at the Fields Children's Centre for several years, Helen decided to “move on” with her children and became a governor at Abbey Meadows last year.


As a member of the Standards Committee, Helen's main focus is on reading. She is also part of the PTFA, and is the link between the PTFA and the governors. Helen also volunteers in school regularly and is keen to help ensure Abbey Meadows is the best possible school for all concerned.



Bev Monck

Standards Committee and Pupil Premium

Term of Office: 14.07.2018

Bev lives in Barnwell with her husband and five boys, three of whom are at Abbey Meadows.

She has thirteen years’ experience of being a primary school teacher and senior leader.

As well as being a parent and governor, Bev works part time as a teacher and data and assessment co-ordinator in a local school and also leads a Christian community which is part of Christ the Redeemer Church.

Bev has been a co-opted governor since 2014. She has responsibility for pupil premium and Early Years and is on the standards committee.