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Thurleigh Primary School

Thurleigh Primary School

Meet The Team

Cathy Piotrowski   MBA;  MLPI ; NLG (national Leader of Governance) 

Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance Committee & Health and Safety Governor

Cathy values having the opportunity to support, challenge and influence the leadership of our schools so that our focus remains firmly on sustaining an excellent educational experience for all our pupils in our Federation. Cathy enjoys seeing the positive outcomes and successes that are the result of effective governor deliberations and decision making with school leaders, putting children’s achievements and welfare at the heart of what we do. She values the privileged and unique position as a governor to support and challenge the schools as a 'critical friend' 

Phil Wayles

Vice Chair of Governors & Chair of Finance Committee & Health and Safety Governor

I have been a governor at Kymbrook and Thurleigh schools for over 10 years and I enjoy the challenge of this important leadership role. I am also Chair of the Finance Committee with accountability for managing the budget and making sure value for money is obtained from all expenditure. I am committed to working with the staff and governors to help all the children develop and achieve their best at these two fabulous schools.

I live locally and all 4 of my children attended Kymbrook school. I am a Technical Director working for a large civil engineering consultancy firm based in Bedford. I enjoy travelling, playing and watching sport and I also manage the AFC Oakley U17 football team in my spare time.


Simon Davies    MA(Cantab); MEng; MSETP; RAF

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Lead Governor

I am a parent at Kymbrook School and am very proud to be associated with these two brilliant schools. I believe strongly that a good primary education is the foundation of learning throughout life and I am particularly enthusiastic about using real-world science and engineering projects to stimulate the imaginations of children. As the Lead Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, I am passionate about ensuring our schools maintain their reputations as nurturing and caring environments for our children.

I am the son of two teachers and grew up in Raunds. After studying aeronautical engineering at Cambridge University, I joined the RAF where I spent 16 years as a fighter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot. I am now a freelance aviation consultant and a visiting research fellow at Cranfield University.

Living with my wife and three girls in the countryside I enjoy running, flying vintage aeroplanes and astronomy, and really love fixing broken things which would otherwise be thrown away.

Simon Iliffe

Safeguarding Lead Governor & Vice Chair of Finance Committee

I am a parent of two boys who attend Thurleigh Primary. They enjoy their time at the school and have flourished in the school's environment.  

When the opportunity to become a parent governor arose, I was drawn to the challenge of being involved to help ensure that high standards of education were maintained and that the children have every opportunity to reach their full potential at our schools.

I have spent the last 17 years working as a Human Resources Manager for over 200 staff at a manufacturing business, a challenging role which has taught me the importance of a good education.

I believe that education is the key to all our children’s future. The governing board enables me to play a bigger part in the federation schools' future and to ensure that the school remains a safe environment which lives and breathes its core values.

In my free time I enjoy listening to music and radio, and for a number of years I was active with hospital radio. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children at home in Rushden, or out walking and enjoying our local surroundings.

Martin Towler

Local Authority Governor

As a local councillor for the Riseley Ward since 2015, he is a well known representative of the surrounding parishes of Bletsoe; Dean & Shelton; Melchbourne & Yelden; Pertenhall & Swineshead; Riseley, and Thurleigh. He is currently a member of the Council's Health Committee and Planning Committee.

Combining councillor duties with managing Scald End Farm (his family having owned and worked the farm since 1945) takes up a considerable amount of his time. However, Martin has willingly agreed to be our Local Authority governor, bringing a deep-rooted local knowledge about our area and our local community as well as providing an invaluable link with the council.

As a previous pupil at Thurleigh school, he has fond memories of his school days and values how important education is in shaping the lives of children to prepare them for the adult world.

Richard Finch

Partnership Governor

I became a partnership Governor with the KT Federation in early 2020 and look forward to making a positive contribution to the team, our schools and pupils' education.

Having lived locally in Little Staughton for the past number of years I am well acquainted with the area and the local community. As a result, I'm aware that parents have understandably high expectations of both Kymbrook and Thurleigh Schools and those that lead them.  I'm determined to play my part in ensuring we can provide the best education possible. 

I have a keen eye for continuous improvement and a passion for developing skills, creativity and knowledge both within and, just as importantly, outside the classroom. 

  Bev Strange

Leah Miller  PGCE; MA

As a current Headteacher in a cross-phase alternative provision, my passion is with inclusion and supporting an environment where every child matters. Previous to this I was a Senior Leader in a large mainstream secondary in East London - overseeing safeguarding, inclusion and behaviour. After completing a degree in Law and Mathematics, I did a couple of years in international foreign aid before embarking on a career in education.

As a resident of Thurleigh, my purpose for joining the governing is very much around wanting to offer my skills and expertise to my community.

Outside of work, I am a keen mountaineer and hiker. I am also a keen gardener and a proud dog mum!

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