About the governors

Jo Dickson - Co-opted Governor

I joined the Monkfield Park Primary School governing body in 2016 and I'm looking forward to contributing my professional skills and experience to support the management and the good governance of the school.  I have two children at the school - one in year 2 and one who has just started in reception. 

I am the Communications Manager for the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, based here in Cambourne. 

Sharon McLaughlin - Parent Governor

My name is Sharon McLaughlin and my son, Zachary, is currently in Year 1. I became a parent governor at Monkfield Park Primary School in May 2017. I currently work as a Registered Forensic Psychologist in private practice. 

Whilst I have no previous experience as a governor nor have I worked within the education system, I believe that in my role as a parent governor, I will be able to cast an independent eye over the workings of the school and be able to assist and work alongside the existing governors in their important and valuable work.

Just like every other parent at Monkfield Park Primary School, I want the very best for my son. I want him to be happy, confident and become the very best he can. As parents, we need to support the school and should be prepared to work together for the best outcomes for children.

Monkfield Park Primary School is a thriving local school and just like every other parent, I want it to continue to succeed. The role of parent governor is a responsible one and I would like to be able to contribute to the governing body, ensuring that the perspective of children, parents/carers is always considered whilst at the same time always taking into account the best interests for the school.

Susan Palmer - Parent Governor and Vice Chair

I volunteered to join the school governing body in 2016 as I wanted to actively participate in ensuring the best possible experience for the children attending Monkfield Park.

I have lived in Cambourne for more than fifteen years and have two children attending the school.

My professional background is in product development and management with a technical focus and I have worked in the Cambridge area for the majority of my working career.

Chris Kidson (Chair of the Governing Body) - I became a Parent Governor in November 2015.  Having lived in Cambourne since 2006 and started with my daughter now in Year One at the school I am pleased to be able to help support her, and all the other children, success at Monkfield Park.  I strongly believe in education as the platform for all children to achieve their full potential and have previously served on the Governing  Board of a large FE college.


My professional background is in the areas of Governance, Risk Management and Finance, and I look forward to supporting the school in these and other areas.  

Annie Howell – Staff Governor

I have been a member of the teaching staff at Monkfield Park since 2004 and was elected as the staff governor in 2012.

I believe that Monkfield Park is a remarkable place to learn and work and I am fully committed to ensuring that every child in our care receives the very best education. My main focus has always been on raising standards by providing a challenging and creative curriculum for children that is both inspirational and aspirational and builds resilience. Having the opportunity to represent the staff at governing body meetings has enabled me to contribute further to the strategic development of our wonderful school.

Jeanette Ariano - Parent Governor

I joined the Monkfield Park Primary School governing body in June 2017 and I am already enjoying supporting the team and ensuring we continue to have solid governance of the school.  I have two children at the school - Isabelle and Lauren, and also a toddler Gabreilla who keeps my husband and I very busy! 

I am the Head of Marketing and Communications for St Mary's School, Cambridge, a Chartered Marketer and have worked in education for the past 18 years. My husband and I have also lived in Cambourne since 2007.