About the governors

Sharon McLaughlin - Parent Governor and Chair

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.

Elle Higgins - Co opted Governor

I was co-opted onto the governing body in December 2020. I grew up in Cambourne and attended Monkfield Park as a child so it is a real pleasure to now have the opportunity to  work with the school in a strategic capacity. All children deserve a school experience which supports them to fulfill their potential in all aspects of their development; I am excited to work with the pupils, their families  and the staff to ensure Monkfield continues to achieve this.


I am a primary school teacher at another school in Cambridgeshire and have previously worked within the civil service as a statistician. I look forward to bringing my educational knowledge and analytical skills to the role.


Richard Walmsley - Clerk to the Governors
  • BEd (Hons)
  • MSc Education Management
  • 40 years in the teaching profession with 23 years in school leadership

I am now retired from full time employment but as an ex-headteacher, both of schools in this country and in those supporting the British expatriate community as far afield as Kuwait and Indonesia, I have a wide experience of school education at various levels and contrasting contexts.  I have also worked as a side-line in radio and television; mainly in news-reading and providing voice-overs for documentaries and commercial advertisements.  Apart from working with Cambridgeshire’s ‘CamClerks’ service, I am a supervising marker for End-of Key Stage 2 Tests.

I trust by bringing my interest and experience in school education to the role of Clerk I can support the governing body of Monkfield Park Primary in its important task of providing strategic direction for the school.

Helen Hickmott - Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Monkfield Park since March 2020 and I have two children at the school, with another due to start this year. We moved to Cambourne in 2017 from London and immediately fell in love with the town and the warm community spirit. Whilst not currently working at the moment I have a range of administration experience across a variety of sectors. 


I have been involved with the Friends of Monkfield Park (FOMP), a friends of the school association and registered charity, since 2017 and I am presently the Chair and a Trustee.  The purpose of this association is to engage in activities and provide equipment or facilities which help support the school and advance the education of the pupils, something which I am highly committed to.


My role as a parent governor has expanded my understanding of what would be of benefit to the school and most importantly the children. I am proud to be a part of Monkfield Park's Governing Body and being able to contribute towards providing strategic direction for the school and to help it continue to thrive in a growing community.

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.

Jane Crowden - Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair

I joined the Governing Body in March 2018 and serve as a co-opted governor.  I have been privileged enough to enjoy a long career in education, as a teacher, a senior leader, and as a Local Authority Adviser.  Now retired, I am keen to offer my experience and expertise to help to continue to develop Monkfield Park Primary as a school where all children are challenged to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.   Whilst working for the Local Authority it was always a pleasure to make occasional visits to Monkfield Park, and it has been exciting to see the school grow from its early beginnings as the first school in the new village of Cambourne to the lively, vibrant and well-established community that it now is.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with a growing brood of grandchildren, walking in the countryside and rediscovering skills in sewing and similar crafts.

Mel Webster - Parent Governor

I have lived in Cambourne since 2010 and have 2 children attending the school.  I currently work part time which has allowed me to be greatly involved in my children’s schooling over the past 4 years, meaning I have built strong relationships with both the school and parents.

Having worked in the banking industry for 14 years I am keen to offer my financial and leadership experience to the school.

My children’s future is of the uppermost importance on my list of priorities, therefore I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference in the education of not just my children, but the school as a whole.

I feel privileged to be part of the governing body working with parents, teachers, the Headteacher and other governors to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance of success, and to ensure that Monkfield Park maintains the outstanding reputation it so rightly deserves.

I look forward to learning how our governing body supports the Headteacher to determine the strategic direction for the school, and can already appreciate the considerable work, thought and skill that goes into delivering a balanced budget as well as meeting the fiscal demands associated with running a school on a budget.

I am committed to ensuring that Monkfield Park offers all pupils the very best start in life, to achieve the best outcomes in the wider curriculum, whilst at the same time maintaining a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment.