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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.

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.

Jocelyn Wyburd

Standards Committee and EAL & Equalities Governor
Term of Office: 10.03.2018

Jocelyn Wyburd is a co-opted governor. She is the Director of the University of Cambridge Language Centre and a Fellow of Clare College Cambridge. She is a qualified teacher of languages in the secondary sector who has worked in various education sectors for some 30 years. 

She has long experience of leadership and strategic and operational management in the university sector, including responsibility for compliance, human resource and budget management.


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.


Allison Kingsbury

Health & Safety and Premises
Term of Office:

Allison is a co-opted governor with responsibilities for Health and Safety on the Resources Committee. Her term of office began in January 2016. Allison feels passionate about the education of children and feels fortunate that her children received a good education. She considers that it is a right for all children to have the same option and also to offer them support in their formative years, especially in these uncertain times.

Allison feels strongly that schools have a pivotal role in the development of children and assistance should be offered to teachers to allow them to carry this out to their full ability without unnecessary hindrance but with encouragement and backing.

Allison trained as a scientist but then found a love for management and became involved in Laboratory and Facilities Management. When her children were young, she trained as a science teacher and taught for six years.

Health and Safety has always been a pivotal aspect in each of her jobs and she is a fervent believer that it is there to support not hinder.