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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.



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. 



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.”



Mike Jackson

My wife and I have lived in Eaton Ford for over 30 years and our three children attended Crosshall School.  I believe strongly in the importance of providing a good education to all children from the earliest age and am pleased to have the opportunity to support the school and its staff through working as a Governor.


Most recently I was a Professor at the University of Nottingham running a research group of PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers. I have also worked in Government and industry in the space and software sectors. I have been a CEO and Company Director and have experience sitting on many different Boards and Committees across Government, industry and the voluntary sectors.



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.



Kimberly McGrath (Vice-Chair)

I have a legal background and currently work as an English as a Foreign Language teacher, both of which I believe will be helpful on the Board of Governors. With these qualifications I am able to understand all three points of view – the school and its regulations, the teachers and their needs, and the students and what is best for them. I have two young children, one in Reception and one due to start in a few years. As such, I truly have a vested interest in making Crosshall the best it can be. I look forward to serving as one of the Parent Governors.



Gillian Mitchell

I qualified from Liverpool university in 2003, working for a year in adult medicine, then transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital in 2004 working in a variety of specialist areas of paediatric medicine and neonatology. I moved to Cambridgeshire in 2009 after meeting my husband, and worked as a paediatric registrar at Hinchingbrooke Hospital till 2012. I rotated to Addenbrooke's hospital to work in tertiary neonates, then started to specialise in community paediatrics, based at Welwyn Garden City, Luton and Cambridge.


I obtained the role of Consultant Community Paediatrician in November 2017 with Cambridgeshire Community Services, and I currently work based in Huntingdon and Doddington. My role involves specialising in child development, and I see children through the Early Support process (under 5 year olds with developmental delay), school aged children with developmental difficulties (including ADHD and Autism) and I perform looked after children medicals. I am the designated Dr for Spring Common Special school as well as doing safeguarding medicals as part of an on call rota and have links in my role with CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health service).


I am currently completing my Masters in Health science (Child Health) which has covered research, safeguarding, child development, public health and my final project which I am completing now, about assessing nutrition in children with cerebral palsy.


We have two children at Crosshall Infants School in Year 2 and reception. 


I have a strong interest in maximising every child's development, and am keen to pursue the Community Governor role and to support the school in anyway I can.



Mark-Jon Parkhouse

I qualified as a solicitor in 1992.  My work includes providing advice without charge to clients at the legal clinics for the Anglia Ruskin University in Peterborough.  I advise parents on various education related issues including provision of transport for children with special needs or mobility problems.  Much of my daily work involves resolving disputes in families or between businesses.  I also work to set and monitor targets for individuals and companies with financial issues.  My mother was a teacher of modern languages and my dad taught English before becoming responsible for in service teacher training in Sussex and then an Ofsted inspector. I have trained young solicitors and accountants, young people in Afghanistan and (I hope) been a good mentor and guide to my children and their friends over the last 20 years.  I can help the Infant School to continue to be a happy and successful environment for our young people.  I will provide good and conscientious support to the headteacher, staff and other Governors in setting and achieving aims, helping to set the agenda, attending all meetings, advising on regulatory matters, assisting with resource issues and helping to resolve any contentious issues that may arise.


Emma Sibthorpe

My family and I moved to St Neots in 2016, and my daughter started in Reception this year, after previously attending Crosshall Nursery. I have a doctorate in astrophysics and worked as a research astronomer for 13 years, both in the UK and in the Netherlands, before taking a career break to look after my children. I’ve also volunteered at public astronomy events, and worked on an astro-information phone line, giving me science education experience too. I believe that science and engineering should be accessible, interesting and fun for young children to foster their interest in the world around them, and to help them develop vital critical thinking skills from an early age. My personal experience means I have a particular interest in encouraging girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

I want to help and support the head and staff at Crosshall as part of the Governing Body. I understand that the role of a Governor is to act as a critical friend to the head and senior management team; I feel that the analytical skills I developed as part of my previous career would allow me to fulfil this role to the best of my ability.



Rachel Spencer

With over ten years working within education in a secondary setting, including my current role as an Assistant Principal, I feel I have current knowledge and skills that will be an asset to the Governing Body.  My responsibilities on SLT have included behavior, CPD, teaching and learning and curriculum areas. I have experience writing whole school and curriculum improvement plans in line with school ethos and mission statement to continue driving improvement and measure impact. With languages as my specialist teaching area I have a huge interest in MFL teaching at KS1 and KS2. Embedding these skills early for children is key in order for successful achievement later in education.



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.