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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: September 2018

Joe Creswick


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.

Thomas Gibby - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: General Management

IVS governor since: May 2019

Thomas lives in Biggleswade with his wife and new baby daughter. He is a commercial and data protection lawyer in London, advising businesses 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.

Paul Gill - Parent Goveror

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.

Clare Neish - Staff Governor

IVS governor since: May 2019

Clare lives in Biggleswade and works in the office at Ivel Valley School, spending half her time at the college site and half at the main school site. Her oldest daughter is at university and her youngest daughter attends Stratton Upper School. Clare has been a governor at four Biggleswade schools and is currently a Parent Governor 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 in credit assessment. Clare enjoys working in my garden, having days out visiting places of interest (and other people’s gardens) and going to the theatre.

Matthew Street - Parent Goveror

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.

Richard Sherry - Co-Opted Governor

Committees: General Management, Teaching & Learning

IVS governor since: September 2018

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

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.

Mark Tripp - Parent Governor

IVS governor since: January 2019

Vacant - Co-opted Governor

Vacant - Local Authority Governor

Alison Cobb

Clerk to the Governors

Clerk since: 2017