The Governing Body of Ivel Valley School consists of 12 governors as follows;

  • 3 parent governors – elected by parents of current pupils
  • 1 local authority governor – appointed by Local Authority
  • 1 staff governor – elected by current staff members
  • 1 headteacher – Ex Officio appointment
  • 6 co-opted governors – appointed by Governing Body
Each governor is appointed for a term of four years.
Please click HERE to view our Instrument of Government and HERE for our Governance Structure.  Please click HERE for our Terms of Reference.

 The Governing Body has 3 sub-committees as follows:

CLICK HERE for current committee membership.

If you would like to contact The Governing Body at Ivel Valley School and College, please email

Write to us at:

Clerk to the Governors
The Governing Body of Ivel Valley School
Ivel Valley School
Hitchmead Road
SG18 0NL

Meet Our Governors

Gill Needham - Co-Opted Governor

Chair of Governors

Committees: General Management, Teaching & Learning, Estates

IVS governor since: 3rd September 2018

Gill has worked in SEND for 30 years, the last four as an assistant head teacher at Ivel Valley School, before retiring in the summer of 2018. Gill now has time to enjoy more time with her grandchildren, indoor bowls, cooking and hopefully lots of travel.

Dean Andrews - Co-opted Governor

Committees: General Management

IVS governor since: 27th April 2020

Joe Creswick


Committees: General Management, Teaching & Learning, Estates

IVS governor since: 1st September 2017; Ex officio appointment

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

Thomas Gibby - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: General Management

IVS governor since: 13th May 2019

Thomas lives in Biggleswade with his wife and new baby daughter. He is a commercial and data protection solicitor in London, advising businesses and government departments on a range of commercial agreements and major public sector IT outsourcing projects. Thomas is a keen sportsman (football, rugby, tennis, table tennis, cricket) but will try his hand and get involved with any competitive team or individual sports when time permits. He also enjoys hiking and reading.

Clare Neish - Staff Governor

Committees: Estates

IVS governor since: 24th May 2019; Latest election: 24th May 2019

Clare lives in Biggleswade and works in the school offices at Ivel Valley School. Her eldest daughter is at university and her youngest is in 6th form. Clare has been a governor at four Biggleswade schools and is currently an Academy Council Member at Stratton Upper School. Before working at Ivel Valley School Clare worked for a Retail Bank in the branch network and in project management roles. Clare enjoys working in her garden, having days out visiting places of interest (and other people’s gardens) and going to the theatre.

Richard Sherry - Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Committees: General Management, Teaching & Learning (Chair)

IVS governor since: 12th July 2021

Richard works in quality assurance at a veterinary school based in Hertfordshire and London, having previously worked in international higher education student recruitment. Richard’s son attends a satellite class at Ivel Valley School, and the family lives in Shefford, where their daughter attends primary school. Richard is a keen cook, somewhat-less-keen cyclist and markedly reluctant home DIY-er

Matthew Street - Parent Goveror

Committees: Estates (Chair)

IVS governor since: 12th July 2021; Latest election: 12th July 2021

Matt lives in Sandy with his eldest son attending the school 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.

Frances Evans - Co-opted Governor

IVS Governor Since 26th March 2021

Devine Education & Clerking Consultancy (DECC)

Clerk to the Governors

Clerk since: 2019

Michelle has worked in the education sector for 21 years. Prior to setting up her own company, Devine Education & Clerking Consultancy (DECC), offering governance and business support to schools and academy trusts, Michelle worked as a School Business Manager, Company Secretary and worked at Senior Leadership Level. Michelle brings a wealth of experience and skillset to the role of Governance Clerk.

Historic (served during the last 12 months)

Paul Gill

Parent Governor

IVS governor since: 2nd November 2016;
Latest election: 2nd November 2016;
Stepped Down: 2nd November 2020