David Ruddy - Trustee (Chair of Governors, Swavesey Village College)

David is married to Helen, they moved to Hilton in 1995 and have brought up 3 children in the village. The oldest 2 having attended SVC have gone on to University and full time employment respectively, the youngest is currently in year 11. He has been a governor at SVC for the past 8 years and is currently in his second term as Chair of Governors.

David worked in the motor industry for over 35 years, starting as an apprentice mechanical engineer and then holding various other roles with both private and blue chip companies. Culminating in a senior management position with the Jardine motor group; operating at both a strategic and operational level he has been heavily involved in all aspects of human resources, legislation and finance. Seeking new challenges and passionate about education he now works in the sector.

Having played rugby for a number of clubs and although retired as a player he is a qualified coach to both East Midlands RFU and Huntingdon RUFC.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry, and a former pension trustee. His hobbies include sport, gardening, cooking and the theatre.

Grant Bage - Trustee (Eastern Leadership Centre) 

Grant Bage has led change and learning at many levels including classrooms, schools, universities, and local authorities. He is a trained and experienced teacher, trainer and curriculum developer with many publications, media credits and innovative projects to his name. This experience has been a perfect apprenticeship for his current leadership role, as Chief Executive of the Eastern Leadership Centre (ELC). ELC’s charitable mission is to advance opportunities for children and young people by training, developing and supporting anybody who can lead the improvement of children’s lives.
Grant joined ELC in 2006 having previously been the National Director of NESTA’s Learning Programme. In the ten years before that Grant led teacher recruitment Teacher Training Agency and lectured at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge University.
He has authored two books for teachers, many more for children and is an active curriculum developer for the Historical Association and Cambridge Classics Project.
John Hall - Trustee (Parent Governor, Swavesey Village College)
John is a parent governor of Swavesey Village College since January 2008.
After an early career as a teacher at Wetherby High School he left teaching to work in Antarctica for a few years. With the exception of two years as a warden/ranger in the Northumberland National Park he has remained with the British Antarctic Survey in a variety of roles since the 1970’s.
John is an experienced manager with a proven thirty years history of leadership and management of people, projects and resources.
As Head of Operations Group for the British Antarctic Survey he is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and delivering the operational logistics for the BAS programmes. He also work closely with external organisations & stakeholders including Universities, Research Institutes, Industry, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and a wide range of International Collaborators.
Mike Fox - Trustee (former Chair of Governors, Swavesey Village College)
Mike was a Parent Governor and, as Chair of Governors between 2005 - 9, led the College through a period of rapid improvement including adopting Trust status.
Mike had an initial career in business and industry and then become a senior manager in the Public Sector covering aspects of social care, education, and NHS care.
In 1994 Mike was approached by the Audit Commission and central government to help to compile and implement a national performance management programme of Joint Reviews – dubbed by some as the “social care equivalent of Ofsted”.
For the last 10 years Mike has run his own management consultancy company. He has provided consultancy to over one third of all localities nationally, providing project management and advice covering children’s services, adults and NHS care.
Mike specialises in working across multi-agencies, and links the ‘softer’ professional and practice issues with the ‘harder edged’ concepts of performance management and organisational development, integrating activities and costs to provide practical and effective outcomes in competitive environments.
Jane Handy- Trustee (Primary sector)
Jane originally trained as a building estimator and quantity surveyor and worked in the construction industry for 8 years before re-training as an accountant. She has since worked in finance management in the public sector and, more recently, for two local solicitors’ practices.
She lives in Swavesey and has been on the board of Governors at Swavesey Primary School for six years including three as Chair of Finance and two as Chair of Governors.
She has been nominated by the Chairs of the Governing Bodies of the eight feeder primary schools to represent them on the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust and am very much looking forward to the challenge.
Jane has lived in Swavesey for just over 10 years. She has a daughter in year 8 at Swavesey Village College and a son in year 6 at Swavesey Primary who can’t wait to get up to Swavesey Village College!
Mark Squires - Trustee (Nokia Communications, business partner)
Mark SquiresMark Squires has been working in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years, starting as an apprentice Electronic Engineer with Pye (latterly Philips) in Cambridge where he spent 14 years in engineering and sales before joining Hutchison Telecom to work on technical partnerships and later the launch of the UK Orange mobile network. He worked for several blue chip companies as a consultant before joining Nokia in 1994 as Head of Business Development for the Nokia within the UK and Ireland. Later as Head of Communications he worked with all aspects of the media and currently holds the position of Global Director of Social Media for Nokia Corporation. 
He is a voting member of BAFTA, a member of the Chartered Institute of PR and has held positions as Director of the Nokia pension fund and Director of the Mobile Data Association.
Mark is married to Susan, they moved to Swavesey in 1988 and have brought up 3 children in the village. As well as acting as a Governor at SVC he has also served on the Church PCC, the Primary School PTA and as Secretary for Swavesey Spartans FC, where for several years he managed a boys football team. His hobbies include the cinema, restoring pinball machines, Bridge and occasional attempts to play golf.
Shirley Jamieson - Trustee (University of Cambridge)
Shirley JamiesonShirley is Head of Marketing at Cambridge Enterprise Limited which is the commercialisation office of the University of Cambridge. Currently Cambridge Enterprise manages over 300 active patents and equity holdings in 68 companies. 
Shirley started work at the BBC which was followed by 15 years in executive search. First for Egon Zehnder International as a Researcher which was followed by 6 years as Managing Director of Scientific Resources Limited which was part of the Generics Group (re-named Sygentia). 
During the mid 1990’s Shirley worked as an independent executive search consultant specialising in board level appointments. In 1999 Shirley co-authored the successful bid on behalf of the University of Cambridge for government funding to create the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre which has now developed into Cambridge Enterprise.
She is an Independent Governor of Anglia Ruskin University. She chairs the “Student Matters” main board committee is sit on the Anglia Trust board and the employment committee. She was selected Businesswoman of the Year 2001 at the Cambridge Evening News Business Excellence Awards.

Mark Woods - Trustee (Principal, Nene Park Academy)

Mark Woods was appointed Principal, following a year as the Interim Headteacher of the predecessor school(Orton Longueville School) leading Swavesey's eventual leadership of the school, commissioned by the LA and Interim Executive Board under a National Support School contract.  
Mark was Vice Principal at Swavesey from January 2004 to September 2009, during whih time he was instrumental in driving the "curriculum and achievement" agenda that characterised the rapdi imporvment in standards at the school.  He has worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, speaking or consulting on a range of educational issues.
Prior to this he was Head of English at Sawtry Community College where results improved from under 50% A*-C to over 80% in a three year period.  This followed working at Jack Hunt and Deacon's in Peterborough.  His family have been improving education in Peterborough for over 35 years.
Outside of education, Mark spends far too much time following Peterborough United FC and occasionally playing football, when fitness allows.  He is a CAMRA member, reads and goes to gym when guilt gets the better of him.  He lives within walking distance of London Road with his wife and 2 young children.