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Meet the Governors

 Dr Alex Hughes - The Chair of Governors

I have always had a love of learning and for many years I have been involved in supporting local schools in various parts of the country. Since 2014 I have chaired the Diocese of Ely Board of Education, which oversees 87 Church Schools and Academies. I strongly believe that a quality education combines academic achievement with a positive ethos and wisdom for living. It has been a joy to get to know St Philip’s school since I became chair of governors in 2018 and to support its ongoing success.


Andrew Maclellan - Vice Chair of Governors & Chair of Finance and Resources Committee


I recently retired after over 40 years working in engineering business, starting in the motor industry but the last 25 years in renewable energy.  In that time I have gained a great deal of experience in management, finance and contracts – plus dealing with government.  I am married with 3 adult daughters, and 3 grandchildren.  I have had long links with St Philip’s Church and St Philip’s School, having been a trustee of the church schools since soon after moving to Cambridge in 1979 and, many years ago, previously served as a governor here.  The challenges and demands faced by schools have never been greater, but it is a privilege to be able to work with the other governors and the school staff and to serve the school community again.  


Nicola Wickett  - Staff Governor


 Sophie Buchanan - Foundation Governor


I have lived in Cambridge since 2006 with my husband and our four children. I worked as an Early Years and KS1 class teacher in primary schools in London for several years before taking a break to bring up our children. When I started teaching again I decided to follow my interest in SEND and I now work as a SENCo and Learning Support teacher in an independent school in Cambridge. It is my passion that every child fulfils their potential and it is a great privilege to support my pupils on their educational journey.  I was elected as a Foundation Governor to St Philip’s in 2018, I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and I am the Early Years link governor. It has been a great pleasure to get to know the very special school that is St Philip’s and to be able to support the staff and my fellow governors to ensure it continues to go from strength to strength.

Sarah Swire - Parent Governor


I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018. Having 3 children in the school I have a keen interest in helping the school to be the best it can be. I have a background in Science and Education giving me a variety of skills and knowledge I can bring to the school. I currently work as a Cycling Instructor and enjoy giving children independent skills. On the Governing body I am involved in the Teaching and Learning committee, I am also the link Governor for Pupil Premium and SEND. 


Alan Syrop - Foundation Governor


I have retired from a 40 year career, fulfilling a wide variety of engineering roles, both technical and managerial, which spanned the design of food processing machinery to surgical devices and the development of manufacturing systems.

Now, I can be involved in the community as well as St Philip's Church, where I am also a Warden – it's good to be a School governor and support the long-term links between the two, using practical skills where I can and helping nurture the next generation of Romsey people.

 Jennie Brandon - Foundation Governor


I'm a Cambridge-born Mum with a child in year 6 and have seen St Philip's go through many ups and downs during the years we've been here. I was motivated to use my skills gained in teaching, marketing, the civil service and administration to help the school thrive again. My focus is on making sure we serve families of all kinds, especially those who are struggling with making ends meet, health or the general challenges of bringing children up in an expensive, diverse and changing city. As an ex-teacher, I also want to encourage and cheer on every member of staff because schools are dealing with so much more than just education and it is a tough job. 

I grew up in the Church of England and believe strongly in the value of church schools but I have always believed that "faith rolls its sleeves up". and makes a difference in a practical way. That's looked like putting up a shed for Early Years outside area and it also means a lot of reading and stretching my brain as we ponder policies, strategies and budgets. 

 Caroline Hunt - Foundation Governor

I have lived in Cambridge for over 25 years and currently have 3 children at the school. Before starting our family I taught for 13 years as a primary teacher, including 8 years at St Philip’s. I am now back as a part time member of staff. I am part of St Barnabas Church on Mill Road and have been appointed as a Foundation Governor. I have a heart for the school community and want to see it continue to thrive, enabling the children of Romsey to have the best all-round education possible.

Seb Falk - Local Authority Governor

I was born on Mill Road and have lived here for the last decade.  I have one child in the school, with another hoping to join in due course.  I worked in the Civil Service before becoming a secondary school teacher, working in schools in Warwickshire and Canada. Now I’m a historian and teach students at Cambridge University.  I am a Local Authority governor; I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee, and am the link governor for History.  In my spare time I am a keen runner, singer and sailor, and I have a therapy dog named Ridley. Even before having children I was inspired by the strong role that St Philip’s plays in the local community, and I want to do whatever I can to help the staff and pupils maintain and build on its success.