Governor Profiles

We are the current governing body for the school. There are 9 members of the governing body at present and you can find out more about us, our named roles, responsibilities and contact details below. This page will be being updated shortly with further information about our members and photographs so that you can easily identify us.
  • Mr Darren Gore

    Chair of Governors

    I have been a resident of Benwick for the past 15 years and have had children in Benwick Primary School for the last 8 years, my youngest has a further 2 years to complete.

    I work in the public sector and have done so for the past 6 years, most recently in a supervisory position. My job has provided me with training and experience dealing with safeguarding of vulnerable people including children, as well as dealing with children and adults when they are at their most vulnerable.
    I have been a governor at Benwick since 2011 with a break between September 2017 and 2018, I am currently Chair to the governing body and have 4 years’ experience in that position.

    I have always had Benwick Primary’s best intentions at heart as well as the progress and happiness of the children and will continue to do so.

    As well as holding the Chair’s position I am link governor for Pupil Premium.
    You can contact me via my school email.

  • Mrs Cheryl Oakman

    Associate Governor

    Cheryl lives in Benwick and works in the Social Mobility Team in the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area. She has just joined the Governing Body as an Associate Governor. This means she can attend meetings and take part in discussions but cannot vote. She will bring invaluable information and knowledge the body.

  • Mrs Jackie North

    Head Teacher / Staff Governor

    I was born and grew up in Peterborough and attended Stanground College. I went to Bedford College of Higher Education in 1983 and qualified with a 2:1 BEd in Primary Education. I started working as a class teacher in Corby in January 1989. I stayed at Woodnewton Way Junior School (16 classes / 400 children) for 10 years, working in mainly year 5 or 6. I became year leader (of 4 classes / 100 children) and English Co-ordinator and left there following the birth of my second daughter in 1999.

    I started here at Benwick in January 2000 on a 3 day a week contract teaching 36 year 4/5/6! The following September I moved up to 4 days and was full time the year after that. I became Assistant Head in 2002 when Gill Thomas joined the school as Head Teacher. Again I taught mainly years 4/5/6 although I did have one year, in 2005, in year 2/3. In September 2008 I was asked to be acting Head and then was appointed as Head in March 2009. I have been a governor since 2001.

    I still live in Peterborough with husband Nigel. Between us we have three children; Oliver 24, Catherine 23 and Molly 19 although none of them are at home any more. Oliver and Catherine both live with their partners, in Derby and Durham respectively and Molly is at university in Southampton.

  • Miss Gemma Turner

    Assistant Head/SENCo

    My name is Gemma Turner. I am the Assistant Head and SENCo here at Benwick. I graduated from University in 2006. Since then, I have worked in education and joined Benwick Primary in September 2018.

    I am an experienced Governor and have been a Governor at another Primary school for 6 years, where I currently chair the curriculum committee. I have attended many Governor training courses including safeguarding, health and safety, developing governing body effectiveness, getting Ofsted ready, along with different finance courses during my time as a governor.

    I live in a village on the outskirts of Wisbech with my partner Chris and our son Jack who is 10. I can be contacted via my school email.

  • Mr Mark Goulbourne

    Co-opted Governor & Named Governor for Finance

    I am a Management Accountant and currently work in Peterborough. I have a son who is currently in year 3 at Benwick Primary School, so naturally I wanted to get involved with the school.

    I can be contact via my school e-mail address.

  • Miss Sarah Laird Turner

    Early Years Governor

    My name is Sarah Laird-Turner, I am a resident of Benwick and have been for the past 12 months. Although this is a relatively short amount of time, due to working at Benwick Primary for 5 years I feel I have been a part of the Benwick community for a long time.

    I currently have 1 child at Benwick Primary with another yet to join, meaning I will be a parent of the school for a further 8 years.

    I worked at the school between 2011 and 2016 as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and due to this, I know the workings of the school as well as having a strong bond. I spent a lot of time working within the Early Years settings and whilst working at Benwick School I gained my BA Early Years degree.

    I am currently self-employed, working from home allowing me the time to commit to the school as a governor. I am new to the governing body and as a parent governor I aim to represent all parents of the school to help push the school forward in the future. I am the Early Years Governor and can be found on the school playground during all school drop off and collection times, as well as this I can be contacted via my school email.

  • Dr Neil Watson

    Parent Governor, Vice Chair & Named Governor for Safeguarding

    I am a parent of one of the boys at Benwick Primary School, and look forward to my younger son joining in the next 2 year.

    My professional role is that of a Clinical Psychologist. I’ve worked within the Fenland and Peterborough area as a psychologist for almost 14 years within a range of services (children, adults, forensic services and more recently older people’s services). I enjoy working in the area and I am keen to explore approaches to improving the local community.

    I’ve also worked on national projects and within professional committees. I’ve recently been the treasurer for the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for the Psychology of Older People (for the last 3 years) and prior to that worked on their training subcommittee. I have significant experience in working with people, within and across teams, across services and with other agencies. I have also undertaken training in clinical leadership, which included developing my understanding of service improvement and development.

    I am realtively new to the governing body, having only joined the team in September 2017.I am often in the school playground first thing on a Monday and Friday morning, but can also be contacted via my email.

  • Mr Rob Glozier


    I have been a school governor at various schools, both as a staff governor and headteacher, for many years. I have also been a deputy and headteacher of schools in Cambridgeshire for 30 years (Alconbury / Benwick / Wisbech / Christchurch).

    I am currently working as a cycle instructor for ‘Bikeablility’ and have the opportunity to visit a large number of schools in the Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

    You can contact me via my school E-Mail.

  • Mrs Jess Wood

    Parent Governors

    I feel I have been a part of Benwick Primary school, since we moved to the village in 2011. I am a parent to 4 children, 3 currently attend Benwick Primary School, and our eldest who has moved on to Secondary education.

    I am a qualified teacher, I have worked within a variety of primary schools, most recently within a Special Educational Needs School and have worked as a supply teacher at Benwick Primary School in the past.

    Currently, I am an Ofsted registered childminder within the village, so not only am I concerned about the welfare of my own children, but for the other children in my care too. I feel I am able to work closely with the school on a professional level.

    I am the governor responsible for children with SEND, I can usually to found in the playground at collection and drop off times.

    I can also be contacted via my school email.

  • Mr Mark Chapman

    Local Authority Governor

    I have been a resident of Benwick for
    over 2 decades and have also been a Parish Councilor for over 10 years - the
    last 5 years I have been the Chairman. Currently I am also the Chairmen of Turf Fen Charity.

    After leaving school I served in the Royal Air Force for over 25 years in various locations at home and overseas and retired in 2002, at the rank of Squadron Leader. Until retiring completely last year I spent
    my intervening years with a variety of firms as a Programme Manager.

    I can be contact via my School E-Mail at anytime.