Ivel Valley School

Governing Body

Meet Our Governors

Steve Court - Parent Governor
Chair of Governors

Committees: General Management, Teaching & Learning, Estates

IVS governor since: 2010; Latest election: 1st September 2014

Steve is a retired senior RAF officer living in Shefford. His daughter, Amy, attends school at the secondary site. Steve also serves as a co-opted parent governor member of the Central Bedfordshire Council Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Paul Gill - Parent Governor

Committees: Teaching & Learning

IVS governor since: 2016; Latest election: 2nd November 2016

Paul lives in Potton and works for a manufacturing company based in Cambridgeshire as an IT and business systems development manager. Paul’s step-son attends Ivel Valley School, based on the primary site.

Matthew Street - Parent Governor

Committees: Estates

IVS Governor since 12th July 2017

Matt lives in Sandy with his eldest son attending the primary site. He works for a civil engineering company as a training manager with senior Health & Safety responsibilities. He enjoys outdoor pursuits and is an active member of the community serving Sandy as a member of the Community First Responder group.

Vacant - Local Authority Governor

Sarah Hill - Staff Governor

Committees: Estates

IVS governor since: 2015; Latest election: 1st March 2015

Sarah is a class teacher in a post-16 class at Ivel Valley School.

Joe Creswick - Principal

Committees: General Management, Teaching & Learning, Estates

IVS governor since: 2017; Ex officio appointment

Joe is the principal of Ivel Valley School. He enjoys outdoor pursuits and is an enthusiastic, if slightly unskilled, dinghy sailor.

Sue Barnett - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: General Management

IVS governor since: 2017; Latest appointment: 23rd March 2017

Sue has spent 40 years in banking, predominantly in London. She is a keen gardener, golfer and dog owner and lives in Hitchin.

Manjit Chodha - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: Teaching & Learning

IVS governor since: 2017; Latest appointment: 23rd March 2017

Manjit is a chartered internal auditor and certified fraud examiner covering risk management. He resides in Old Warden and enjoys fine art portraiture, photography and field hockey.

Joseph Kearney - Co-Opted Governor
General Management

Committees: Personnel and Finance

IVS governor since: 2016; Latest appointment: 13th July 2016

Joseph is a local business owner who has lived in the local area for 12+ years. He has a passion for local community involvement.

Liz McCartney - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: Estates

IVS governor since: 2011; Latest appointment: 10th May 2017

Liz is a retired occupational therapist living in Broom and a regular member of All Saints Church, Southill. She is a founder member and former president of the Rotary Club of Biggleswade Ivel.

Sally Rowling - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: Teaching & Learning

IVS governor since: 2010; Latest appointment: 9th December 2015

Sally has worked at Sunnyside and then Ivel Valley for 22 years, starting as a midday supervisor and is currently running the After-School Club and Holiday Club provision. Sally also works as an HLTA in school. Sally is also the carer of a former Ivel Valley pupil.

Eric Stuart - Co-Opted Governor
Vice-Chair of Governors

Committees: General Management

IVS governor since: 2013; Latest appointment: 2nd December 2017

Eric moved to Biggleswade in 2007. He is a retired Metropolitan Police officer, where he served for 33 years. He now owns and runs his own crowd safety management company specialising in public safety at large scale festivals, events and concerts.

Alison Cobb -
Clerk to the Governors

Clerk since: 2017