Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Thomas Eaton Primary Academy Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB exists to:

  • Put in place the long term vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure that money is well spent

Our role is to ensure that Thomas Eaton constantly and consistently delivers on its visions and values:  essentially, to ensure that every child achieves the highest possible standards through our relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning.   


The LGB also oversees admission, staff employment and buildings management.


The current LGB comprises:

  • Nicola Jones – Headteacher
  • Katharine Bultitude – Staff Governor
  • Debbie Sycamore - Staff Governor
  • Giles Davis - Parent Governor
  • Pete Holland – Parent Governor
  • Deborah Smith - Parent Governor
  • Emily Patrick-Brown - Co-opted Governor

Governor Profiles


Nicola Jones

I joined Thomas Eaton Primary Academy in March 2018, having moved from Glebelands School within DLPT. Prior to that I was Head Teacher of a small school in East Cambridgeshire. I have been fortunate to have worked in six primary schools in Cambridgeshire and have held the post of SENDCo in several of these schools. I am extremely proud of Thomas Eaton Primary Academy. It is a wonderful place to work and the staff and LGB are totally committed to ensuring that all of our pupils enjoy school and are challenged to achieve their very best across the curriculum. 


Emily Patrick-Brown

I joined Thomas Eaton Primary Academy as a local governor in July 2019 after relocating back to the village. I attended the school as a child in 1991-1997 and was fortunate to have loved school and learning. 

I now work for an independent company as a teacher who delivers a specialist education programme of support for young people in North Cambridgeshire who face difficulty accessing education (interaction & communication difficulty alongside social, emotional & mental health needs). Previous to that I was a Key Stage 3 lead and Expressive Arts teacher at an academy for pupils aged 4 to 16 diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and associated difficulties, including: sensory and physical needs. I began my career as a secondary (11-18) teacher of English and Drama. 

I am excited for the future of Thomas Eaton Primary Academy. Wimblington is a fantastic place to live; the school has always been at the heart of the community. The children that attend the school are at the centre of all that the staff and LGB do, enthused and driven in their vision to provide the best possible education, nurture, and well-being for their pupils.


Pete Holland

I joined TEPA as a parent governor in Sept 2018 (my two girls go to Thomas Eaton).  I’ve never been involved with schools in this capacity before and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience so far. Nicola and her team are fantastic to work with and there is a huge amount of pride throughout the school over what is being achieved.  I’ve worked for Anglian Water for 15 years, having originally joined on a graduate development programme. I currently Head up Customer Services for the Operational side of the business.


Deborah Smith
I was a former pupil at Thomas Eaton and have fond memories of my time here as a child. I aim to contribute to its development now my son attends and give back to the school the commitment it showed me.
I am a fully trained accountant, with proven experience leading finance teams and contributing to business strategy through stages of both decline and growth.
I hope to bring these skills to the LGB and represent working parents at the school, being a user of the excellent wrap-around care on offer. I’m also a member of the PTFA.

Katharine Bultitude

I came to Thomas Eaton nearly 5 years ago as a supply teacher, and somehow never left.  I have taught in primary and secondary (I may have taught some of the Thomas Eaton parents when I worked at Neale Wade), in London,  Botswana and schools across Fenland.  I currently teach year 5 and 6, and it was at Thomas Eaton, particularly in upper key stage 2, that I rediscovered my love for teaching and my passion for helping children to learn.  The school is now a vibrant and exciting place to work, with fascinating new ideas and a great team of staff.  I am proud to be a part of it as a teacher and a governor.

Chair of Governors Mrs. Mandy Nicholas
Clerk to Governors Mrs. Mel Cook
You can contact the Governors via the school office, or via Mrs. Mel Cook at or any time in the school playground whilst dropping off or collecting your children.