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Meet the Governors

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Ridgefield Primary is supported by a team of dedicated governors who ensure that the school meets a range of statutory obligations and hold the management of the school accountable to meet our development goals and outcomes. The governors are also involved in the daily life of the school, attending assemblies plays and events and linking with classes. We value the contributions our governors make to Ridgefield Primary.


Our school governors meet regularly throughout the year. With the Headteacher, they take responsibility for finance, premises, health & safety and the curriculum. Parent governors are often available in the school playground, should you wish to talk to them.


Stephen Kent-Taylor is the Chair of Governors. Matt Freestone is the Vice-Chair.

Parent Governors

Mr Stephen Kent – Taylor (Chair)

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Mr Matthew Freestone (Vice-Chair)


Matt became a governor in 2008 and has seen both his children pass through Ridgefield since then. He is interested in STEM subjects and sits on the head-teacher's performance review group. In the past he has helped appoint the current head teacher and redevelop the school's website. He works as a manager in the software industry and is a keen runner.

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Elena Williams


Hello, my name is Elena Williams. I became a Parent Governor in 2015. I have two young daughters, one of which attends Ridgefield Primary School. I decided to apply for the role because I am interested in education and I enjoy working within the school community. I have one college degree in teaching and two university degrees in journalism and translation. I welcome the opportunity to contribute and further develop my support for the school.
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Mr Mhango

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Dr Chris Cowan


I'm originally from near Leeds in West Yorkshire and studied Mathematics at Manchester University before coming down to Cambridge to work as a computer programmer in 2000. I have 2 children Sadie and Logan who enjoy being at Ridgefield.

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Staff Governors

Anne Morten


Please see my staff profile.

Mrs Eleanor Neal


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Suzanne Pietersen


Please see my staff profile.

Foundation Governors

Mr Michael Priestley


I have 3 children & 5 grandchildren (3 still in Primary/Secondary education). I was a Primary Headteacher for 30 years at 4 schools & for 13 years was Ridgefield's 1st Chair of Governors & proud to see how well it has developed. I am a Church of England Lay Minister & for the past 20 years have been regularly with my wife Barbara to support & help untrained teachers in developing countries. I also still run!

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Mrs Phyl Fincham


Please see my staff profile.

Community Governors

Mrs Ann Bradfield

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Miss Margaret Ingram

Mr Andrew Bailey


I have been a governor for the last 4 years and have a daughter who attends Ridgefield. My background is working in the Civil Service and I am now located in Addenbrookes emergency department as an Operational Manager.

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