Exning Primary School is a Local Authority maintained primary school and the Governing Body re-constituted, in line with statutory guidance, on 22nd December 2014.  The Governing body shall consist of:

a) Two Parent Governors

b) One LA Governor

c) One Staff Governor

d) The Headteacher (should he/she wish to take up the post)

e) Nine Co-opted Governors

The total number of governors is 14.

The term of office for all governors is four years.

The Governing Body has established a number of committees to which it delegates the day to day responsibility for the oversight of various aspects of running the school:

Personnel Committee; Finance Committee; Premises Committee; Learning and Achievement Committee.

About Our Governors 

John Malone

Chair of Governors 

I have worked within Further Education for over thirteen years. Much of this time was at a senior manager level with responsibility for a Faculty with around sixty staff and in the region of 800 students. Within this role I gained vast experience of budget management, staff performance management, curriculum development and quality assurance systems. I also qualified as a Further Education teacher.

 I now run my own Education Consultancy, providing a range of services to Further Education colleges.


Annette Goodfellow

Vice-Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing Body in February 2019 as a Co-opted Governor and sit on the Learning & Achievement Committee and the Premises Committee. I have responsibility for Health and Safety and Attendance governance.  I currently work part time for a small firm as a property manager. I feel primary education is a really important part of a child's development, both socially and academically. In the past, I have also been a regular reading volunteer at the school.


Laura (Mally) Ley

Coming soon.


Alex Friend

I became a co-opted governor in 2019. I have had two children go through the school and in that time I have been a member of the PTA and Parent Forum.  I hope to help the school as best I can for both staff and pupils. I have an interest in SEN as a parent of a child with special educational needs. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the school and the opportunity to help Exning continue to be the outstanding school that it is.


Helen Arnold

I am a Parent Governor resident in Exning and with a son in KS1. I have been a member of the Governing Body since February 2019 and am a member of the Learning and Achievement Committee. I am an academic working in Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hertfordshire. I am passionate about education and the pupil/student learning experience, advocating high quality teaching and support across all levels of provision.


Bryony Needham

I have a public sector background and have worked in Local Government for over 18 years. I am currently working as a Waste Partnership Manager in Cambridgeshire and volunteer as the Leader for the Beavers Scouting Colony in Exning. I have three children at Exning Primary school.


David Bicker

I became a co-opted governor in 2021 and have a child at Exning school.  I am a member of the Finance & Personnel and Premises committees and I am also the Named Safeguarding Governor – responsible for oversight of the school’s approach to embedding safeguarding children into everything the school does.

Exning school is an outstanding setting and important to the Exning village community. I can see that children clearly enjoy attending the school and benefiting from the opportunities it affords them, both inside and outside the classroom.  I hope to use my time as a governor to help the school continue to improve those opportunities and the experiences of all children and their wider families.


Oliver Lambert

Coming soon.


Jonathan Wyn-Beer

Having relocated to Exning from across the country in 2018 for work, in 2022 I became the LA Governor for the school. My background is in Medical Engineering and I am responsible for quality management in the medical device development branch of a generics pharmaceutical company. I have additional interests in sports and music and hope to contribute back to the welcoming community my family has joined.