Governor Profiles


ANDY MOFFAT – Co-opted Governor (Co-Chair of Governors and Chair of Resources)

My name is Andy Moffat and I have been a Governor at Wheatfields School since 2012, originally as a Parent Governor and now as a Co-opted Governor.  I Co-Chair Governors, Chair the Resources Committee and also sit on the Standards Committee. I originally put myself forward as a Governor to offer my background in local government, and experience and skills in performance and financial management in particular.  I wanted to do what I could to ensure that all children at the school had the opportunity to fulfil their potential in all aspects of school life, not just academically, and that remains my motivation.

LISA LING – Partnership Governor (Co-Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Standards)

I was lucky enough to be appointed as a governor at Wheatfields in 2017.  I have always been in education in one way or another and felt that this would be of benefit when trying to support the school as a governor.  I currently work for an organisation called Whole Education.  Prior to this, I worked in secondary schools for twenty-one years; first as an English teacher and then for thirteen years as a senior leader and vice principal.

My passion as a teacher and leader has always been to provide an inclusive, engaging and rounded education for all young people.  Throughout my school career, I have had a determination to help young people achieve academic excellence alongside developing the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to flourish in life, learning and work.

I look forward to working ever closely with the leaders and teachers at Wheatfields to realise the vision of an outstanding school for all.

VACANCY – Partnership Governor

EMMA SMITH – Co-opted Governor (Chair of Standards)

My name is Emma Smith and I am a Co-opted Governor.  I joined the Governing Body in 2018 and became Chair of the Standards Committee in the Autumn Term of that year.

I have been a parent at Wheatfields since 2014 and live in the local community.  I am passionate about education and feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the life of our local school.  Wheatfields is at the heart of our community and I am proud to be part of that.

I am a teacher and have worked in education within Cambridgeshire for over 20 years.  I firmly believe all children should have access to high quality education and that we all have a part to play in supporting our local school, enabling it to be the best it can be.

JOHN ANDERSON – Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Resources)

I have 4 children and I currently work in IT for Cambridge University in the department of Biochemistry.

I have been involved in the local community both as a football coach and committee member of St Ives Rangers for over 17 years. I ran my son's St Ives Rangers team for 8 years and I helped start the Ability Counts football team for children with special needs so football could be played by everyone in the community.

The school is an asset to the community and I believe my experience and skills would enable me to make a positive contribution to the running of the school.

STUART GILHAM – Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

I have been a governor since October 2016, am Vice Chair of Standards and sit on the Resources and Standards Committee. I have lived in St Ives since 1994 and have two children at Wheatfields.

I’m an Associate Director in the Corporate Finance department at the professional services firm Ernst & Young in London and work on a daily basis with management teams of some of the largest companies in the UK and globally.  It is the knowledge and experience of business, finance and organisations from a 13-year career in professional services that I bring to the governing body.

DAN BUDDLE - Parent Governor

My wife and I are so pleased to have our children attending Wheatfields Primary School.  It is a privilege to have such a caring and nurturing team of staff on our doorstep.  I am currently a primary school teacher in Huntingdon and also have several years experience as a Headteacher. I am so pleased to be able to offer my support to this wonderful school.

SARAH ROGERS - Parent Governor

My son attends Wheatfields and is benefitting from the improvement in education standards driven by the leadership team and teaching staff.

I am a Scientific Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry where I am responsible for the strategic and editorial development of Database products and the management of a team of publishers.  Prior to my career in publishing, I was a research scientist for pharmaceutical companies and Cancer Research UK.

I bring my experience and perspective as a working parent to the governing body and I look forward to supporting the development of the school for its pupils, parents and wider community.

VACANCY – Staff Governor


My name is Theresa Thornton and I am Headteacher of Wheatfields Primary School. As Headteacher, I sit on every committee. I am responsible for the operational, day to day running of the school and the Governing Body support me in the strategic development of the school.

VACANCY– Local Authority Governor