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Meet the Governors


Keith Martin (Chair of Governors)   

My Wife and I moved to St Neots in 2003, I joined the Governing Body initially as a Parent Governor in 2004. Soon after joining the Governing Body I became Vice Chair. I transitioned to the position of a Community Governor and I have been the Chair of Governors and a Trustee of the school now for a number of years.

I am very proud to say that both my daughter and son have attended the Infant School, both also attended the Kids Club. I have a lot to thank the Infant School for their education. They both transitioned through the Crosshall Junior School and are now both at Longsands Academy Trust.

I come from a Defence and Information Technology back ground. I am performing a Programme Managers role for a large computer consultancy company and manage large complex projects. I am used to working at all levels within both in Public and Private sectors across various industries across the UK.

I hope to utilise my skills and knowledge that I have gained in my career to provide support to the school and the various committees of which I am a member. I hope to help maintain the high standards that have been achieved and support the children and the Local community.



Tom McCormick
I have had a long association with Crosshall Infant School over many years.  My children attended both the infant and junior schools, my wife is a former governor and helped establish the nursery, and I have been on the governing body since 2006.  My work experience includes roles in central, regional and local government as well as a wide range of business sectors.  I am passionate about learning and try to use my experience to help the school develop and improve in order to provide the best possible learning environment for all our children.


Mark Abeyasekera. (Vice Chair of Governors)

I relocated from West London to St Neots in 1989. I have two children both of whom have benefited greatly from their time at Crosshall. I work locally as workshop supervisor for a major construction company.

I have been a governor since 2005. I hope I can contribute to the schools excellent educational standards and support the high levels of commitment and dedication shown by staff and pupils.


Simon Leher
I have three children and have been a Community Governor since 2011. I believe that a child's early years education is extremely important in shaping their outlook on life.  I care deeply about the quality of the education received by my children and all others and I contribute enthusiastically to the governance of this extraordinary school.

I am a Communications, Marketing and PR Manager in a local business.  Part of my role involves facilitating sponsorship for schools and local organisations as well as liaising with the media and being responsible for the company brand.  I am involved in a local church and help to lead the Sunday school.

I enjoy serving the community by promoting high standards and through my role as a governor ensuring that educational achievement at the school remains excellent.



Mariyam Azher

I have a daughter who attends Crosshall Infant School. Having lived in St Neots for many years, I take a keen interest in local affairs and its schools and wish to put my skills and effort into being active in the Crosshall Governing Body and making sure that every child has the best education possible.


I am currently a HR Manager in a company that specialises in providing HR services to schools, a post which I've held for nearly 10 years.  I am familiar with the workings of a school, the legal side and what works best for schools. I am keen to use this experience which I believe will be beneficial for Crosshall.  


Emma Staines

I have two young children, one of whom is in Reception. I enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to support the school that I have chosen for my children and that I have been familiar with as a member of the community for many years. I strongly feel that I would like to give something back to the Crosshall Infant School.


I am a qualified teacher and have a degree in Management as well as a Masters in Teaching. I have worked in education since 2003 and for the last 9 years I have been teaching in a successful Upper School in North Bedfordshire. I am very passionate about education and strongly believe that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The foundations for which are normally laid very early on.   


I care deeply about the quality of education that our children receive and I would value the opportunity to be able to contribute my time, skills, and experience to the governance of Crosshall Infant School.




Katy Stafferton

I have two daughters, and my eldest currently attends Crosshall Nursery School, and Kids Club. My family and I, live in Eaton Ford.

My career has been focused on working with children and young people. Roles included; working at a children’s holiday club overseas; managing charity and independent after-school clubs; developing sport, well-being and leisure activities for district councils; being responsible for a youth participation team across Central Bedfordshire.


I have spent 12 years working for a local authority, where the duties included safeguarding, youth participation, community engagement, supporting vulnerable/at risk groups, and working with schools and partners in developing strategies to support and improve children and young people’s outcomes.


I am currently taking a career break to raise my young children, having recently returned from living in Sydney, Australia. As a Community Governor, I am passionate about student welfare, supporting children and young people, and adding any value I can, utilising the skills and experience I have gained professionally, to aid the success of this school.


Sara Isaacs

Until recently I was a resident of Eaton Ford and had been so for 13 years, raising a young family and working within the local community, supporting and promoting good Mental Health. As I have not moved very far, I remain a committed Community Governor, supporting the School to achieve and maintain its aims and objectives.


My professional career changed in 2011 and I moved into education and focused on Human Resources; firstly within Further Education and now I work as an HR Officer for a local Independent School.


It is a joy to be given the opportunity to be part of a vibrant School to achieve its aims and objectives in “Learning for Life”.


Mark Crane

“I am excited to take up the role of Parent Governor at Crosshall Infant School Academy Trust where my daughter attends. I currently work in a Further Education college in North East London as the Head of ICT services and I am passionate about providing excellent technology to our learners and teaching staff. I have over 20 years - experience in the world of I.T. working for large companies within different commercial sectors and I use this experience to enable learning at all levels at the college. I believe technology has a key role to play in education and the role is increasing at a rate that can sometimes be difficult to manage. I moved to St. Neots in 2006 and have since married, had two children and set down roots in the town we now call home. It would be fantastic to use my experiences in both my working life and family life to benefit at Crosshall Infant School.”