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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:

  • Nancy Irvine – Headteacher - date of appointment 1.9.2021
  • Mandy Nicholas - Chair of Governors - date of appointment 1.1.2019
  • Godfrey Smith - DLPT Trustee - date of appointment 1.1.2019
  • Katharine Bultitude – Staff Member - date of appointment 1.12.2017
  • Giles Davis - Community Member - date of appointment 12.7.2019
  • Deborah Smith - Parent Member - date of appointment 1.2.2017
  • Anne Appleby - Community Member - date of appointment 1.9.2017
  • Emily Patrick-Brown - Parent Member - date of appointment 12.7.2019


Governor Profiles


Nancy Irvine

I joined Thomas Eaton Primary Academy in September 2021, having moved from Leverington Primary Academy School within DLPT. During my time at Leverington Primary Academy, I was fortunate enough to have taught classes across both KS1 and KS2. I joined the school as an NQT and my role developed from class teacher, to English Leader and then Deputy Headteacher. 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. 


Mandy Nicholas

I am a former student of Thomas Eaton and the excellent start that they gave me many years ago enabled me to have a very successful career in banking. When I left the world of banking I became a Business Manager in a secondary school in Peterborough and later in Wisbech.

The knowledge I have gained in both my careers helps me to both support the school and provide the challenge, where necessary.

I believe that every single child deserves the best education possible and Thomas Eaton continually strives to achieve this. The staff are hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic and I am proud to be a Governor of Thomas Eaton Primary Academy. 


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.


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.


Anne Appleby

I joined the Governing Body when my son started Year 1, having started in pre-school. I felt it was important for me to do whatever I could to support the school and help the leadership team to provide every pupil with the opportunity to get the best start in their education. Having worked in the Banking Industry for 20 years and then Market Research for 2, I felt I had skills that I could share. Whenever I visit as part of my role I see happy children absorbed in lessons, eager to share what they have learnt and being given lots of unique opportunities. Thomas Eaton is a great place to part of.


Chair of GovernorsMrs. Mandy Nicholas
Clerk to GovernorsMrs. 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.


Please read the website for further information on the directors of the Diamond Learning Partnership.