David Legge – Chair of School Advisory Board
David’s day-job is an Independent Software Consultant, with interests in the software itself, building the teams that produce it and the processes they use, also speaking at conferences on these aspects; a highlight was pulling together and launching Cambridge University’s online recruitment website from scratch in 8 months.
David read Engineering at Durham University to Masters level, and went on to gain a PhD in Engineering Researching Telecommunications Networks and AI. He is also a long-standing local Parish Councilor, chairing the Highways Committee; has been a Director of The Phone Cooperative. He has been involved in the School since 2013, becoming the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the School Advisory Board in 2017. Appointed by the Trust, he has a young family with children at CPET’s local schools.
Sue Hill – School Advisor
Sue is a retired Maths teacher – she was Head of Department at Comberton Village College for many years. Since retiring she formed an association with Primary Schools by helping to run Maths Clubs for younger children.
Sue supports all efforts to keep children active and is an enthusiastic golfer herself. She is a member of Girton Golf Club where she plays and helps with the development of golf for juniors. At one time she was County Junior Organiser for girls’ golf and currently serves on the County Ladies Junior Committee.
Sue is closely associated with HICOM and drives the local minibus that provides support for older residents in our village.
Catherine has lived in Histon for 5 years having moved from Harrogate in Yorkshire where she taught art and dance throughout the county for 30 years. This included work in schools, further, adult and higher education.
Her first degree was in Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne University, followed by a MEd at Manchester University in 1990 specialising in aesthetic education and special needs. She is also dance trained with a teaching qualification.
For the last 15 years of her working life she was a Policy Officer at Bradford Council working with ethnic minority communities developing dance and health projects. She presented at many conferences for arts, health and sports and young people. She developed teaching schemes for KS 1-3 which she delivered in schools and TASC, Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2011 she moved to Cambridge mainly to support her grandson who has special needs and she has a particular interest in this area of education.
Her skills and experience are: working with children and adults with different needs; developing community projects; project management; recruitment and selection training; health promotion training; joint partnership working.
She is a Blue Smile volunteer, and currently supports HIJS through the T & L and Safeguarding committees. She believes in the power of the arts to inspire all children whatever their academic ability to flourish.
Rachel Nicholas recently joined SAB as parent advisor. She has scientific background with a PhD in marine biology, but currently works part-time in finance. She moved to the village 15 years ago, and has 3 children moving through the local school system, one at HIJS and two at Impington Village College.
Tonya served on the board of her children’s parent co-operative preschool for 5 years. In addition, when her children transitioned into primary school, she helped with events, fund-raisers, and assisted in their classrooms. She has greatly enjoyed being active in the education of her children. Her participation reinforces the importance her family places on education and her understanding as to what is happening in their schools and classrooms is helpful when they struggle either academically or socially. Her volunteer work has also helped her to grow both personally and professionally. When an opening on the school advisory board at Histon and Impington Junior School became available, it seemed like a natural fit for her with her prior board and education experience. She is looking forward to learning more about the educational system, building relationships within the community, and hopefully making a positive contribution to the school.
She moved to Impington with her family in October 2016. Coming from California, they were all a bit apprehensive about how they would fit into a community in the UK. They were so relieved when everyone they met was kind, friendly, and a bit curious as to why they chose to move here from sunny California. Her three girls have settled nicely into their new schools. Her eldest is at Impington Village College, her middle is at the Junior school, and her youngest is at the Infants school.
School Advisory Board Pecuniary Interests and Attendance Register
A record of pecuniary and other interests of our current and recently serving School Advisors, along with their attendance at meetings is provided here: