Meet the governors

Milton School is part of The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), we have a Local Governing Body (LGB) which operates under a scheme of delegation agreed by the trust. You can find more details about DEMAT on the Trust website at

The LGB is comprised of between 3 and 17 members as follows:

  • Up to 9 members appointed by the Trust*
  • Up to 2 staff members
  • 2 parent members elected by parents
  • The Headteacher
  • The Incumbent of All Saints’ Church (or person nominated by the Archdeacon)
  • Up to 8 co-opted members

* 4 recommended by the Diocesan Board of Education, 4 recommended by the PCC of All Saints’ Church.

The terms of office of all governors (other than an ex-officio governor and the Headteacher) is four years.

From time to time the LGB will convene committees required to review disciplinary issues or appeals.

  • Mrs Nicola Parsons

    Chair of governors

    Governor Type: Elected by parents, moved to Co-opted for 2nd term.
    1st Term from : 1st June 2017 to 31st May 2021, 2nd Term : 1st June to 31st May 2025

    Nicola joined the governing body in June 2017 as a parent governor. She would like to be able to contribute more to the school to help support the children, staff and governors in their goals and help the future direction of the school. The education of primary school children is essential and she can offer her time and experience to assist in maximizing the full potential of all the pupils at Milton School. Nicola had 2 children at Milton School, leaving the school in the summer of 2022 to move to secondary school. Before having children, she was working as Scientific Support Manager with both inhouse and field teams. The experience of people management, sales and marketing, project work, change management and working closely with European colleagues, has given her a wide skill set to help in her governor role.

  • Mr Bob Ball

    Appointed Member: Co-opted
    Term of office from 25 Nov 2020 to 24 Nov 2024

    Bob has been a Milton resident for over 15 years and has a daughter who joined Milton Primary School in reception in 2020. He’s a Product Manager at a large software development company. Bob is keen to use his experience to support the school and the governing body for the benefit of all who attend the school.

  • Mr Nick Brook

    Appointed Member: Co-opted
    Term of office from 25 Nov 2020 to 24 Nov 2024

    Nick Brook has over 25 years experience in facilities and workplace management. He has worked in a variety of sectors including professional services, transport, government and computer gaming. These roles have been based in Australia or the UK. He is currently based at the Cambridge Science Park, and responsible for workplaces in Asia and Europe for a Silicon Valley tech firm. His daughter was part of the 2022 Leavers cohort.

    He responded to the need for someone with a similar background to join the governors and give something back to the school and local community.

  • Mr David Cottingham

    Appointed Member: Co-opted
    Term of office from 28 Sept 2022 to 28 Sept 2026

    David has two children at Milton Primary School and has lived in the village since 2010. He was co-opted onto the governing body in November 2022.

    A technologist by background, David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and is now Chief Product & Technical Officer at an AIM-listed software company. He has experience in leading large global teams, crafting strategy, and managing budgets. A practising Christian, he attends Holy Trinity church in Cambridge.

    David is hoping to support the school and governing body in achieving the vision of life in all its fullness for each pupil.

  • Mrs Florence Markham

    Florence joined in the summer of 2021 as a parent-elected governor; her family have been living in Milton since 2012 and now her daughter is in Year 2.

    A teacher of Classics at an independent Cambridge secondary school since 2011, Florence has managed the Teaching and Learning Group and is a highly-respected classroom practitioner, with a specific interest in and experience of supporting pupils requiring additional learning support.

    She is hoping to make a contribution to the school’s strategic planning and to act as a bridge between the parent and governing bodies, so that parents of pupils in the school feel seen and heard.

  • Mrs Janay Fehr

    Governor Type: Elected by parents
    Term from : 29/11/18 to 29/11/22

    Janay joined the governing body in November 2018 as a parent governor. She has lived in Milton since 2012 and her son is currently in reception at Milton Primary School.

    Janay brings to the role her experience as a secondary Maths teacher. She is a former head of faculty and is currently lead practitioner for a multi-academy trust of secondary schools in Cambridge.

    Janay would like to be able to use her experience to help the school achieve its aims and to contribute towards the learning and development of the young people in the community of Milton.

  • Mrs Helen Clubb

    Helen joined the LGB as a co-opted governor. She has a son who is currently in Year 2. Helen originally trained as a physicist and has over a decade of experience working in business consultancy, specialising in innovation and technology. Outside of work, her favourite things are cooking and building lego with the rest of her family. She is very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the school and the community as a governor.

  • Ms Josie Gaynord

    Governor Type: All Saints Church PCC nominated
    Term from 1st Sep 2017 to 31st Aug 2021

    Josie was born and raised in Milton and therefore has grown up going to both Milton Primary and All Saints church. After university she moved back to the area and now works as a research scientist in London. She loves being part of the wider school and church community, and hopes that by being part of the governing body she can make sure that all the current and future students enjoy their time at school as much as she did.

  • Mrs Rebecca Houghton

    Governor Type: Elected by School Staff
    Term From: 26th Mar 2022 to Mar 2026

    I am currently in my eleventh year of teaching and sixth year at Milton C of E Primary School. I teach in year six and I am the PE coordinator and joint School Council lead. Every day provides new excitement and new challenges in the classroom and I love seeing children pushing themselves and thriving to meet their potentials. Through my role as School Council lead, I have been involved in supporting many school projects and we give the pupils an opportunity to voice their opinions on new initiatives for the school. Being a staff governor and a part of School Council has meant that projects that are discussed and suggested by governors can then be fed directly to the pupils so that they can also have their say and together we can make decisions considering the needs of our school community. At Milton, we work together with staff, pupils, governors and our families to ensure that our school is a hardworking, safe and happy place to be. I am proud to be a staff governor and represent the voice of the staff team here at Milton, as well as being able to pass on the views of the pupils from across the school.

  • Mrs Sophie Jenkins

    Governor Type: Staff Governor
    Term from 1st April 2017 to 1st April 2021

    I joined the team at Milton C of E Primary School in September 2013 as a class teacher in Foundation. I then spent 3 years in Year 1 and now have begun an exciting year in Year 2. I thoroughly enjoy and embrace the challenges and opportunities that arise in teaching and strive to provide the best education for the children. As PSHE lead, I have contributed to ensuring children are taught about being safe, keeping healthy and managing behaviour and relationships. With these fundamental foundations we can provide children with a happy, stimulating and successful environment. The ethos of the school encompasses the core values that as staff we endeavour to impart on the children to create a mutually respectful setting. I am very proud and passionate about being part of the governance of the school as it enables me to communicate and embody a voice for the staff at Milton. The staff work extremely hard to create a safe and inspiring environment and I am grateful for the opportunity to support them and represent their views and ideas.