Mepal and Witcham C of E. School Local Governing Body (LGB)

Mepal and Witcham C. of E. Primary School is a member of The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT).  Details about DEMAT can be found on the trust website at  The schools Local Governing Body operates under a Scheme of Delegation as set out by the Trust. 

The LGB comprises of 9 members:

  • Chair appointed by DEMAT
  • 5 members appointed by the LGB (including parents and community governors)
  • 1 staff member
  • The Headteacher (ex officio position)
  • The Incumbent of St Mary’s Mepal and St Martin’s Witcham
  •  All Governors have equal status and together they take corporate responsibility for the school and collective responsibility for their decisions.  Governors are elected for a four year term of office and can be re-elected. They are unpaid and their role is voluntary.  Audits are undertaken to make sure members of the LGB have the right skills to carry out specific roles.  Individual Governors are responsible for specific areas of the Governing Body’s work (e.g. Special Educational Needs, Health and Safety, Safeguarding) and all governors undertake training to develop their level of skill and expertise.  Succession planning is an important consideration.

  • The full Governing Body meets twice termly to consider the on going life and strategic way forward for the school.  Governors visits involve talking with staff and pupils, looking at books, reviewing the curriculum and studying data about children’s progress.   The Head Teacher’s report and Governor monitoring reports are shared and discussed at every meeting.  

Information regarding minutes taken at Governors meetings can be accessed by contacting the clerk.  Email: 

Attendance at meetings
Declarations of interest
Terms of Reference
Scheme of Delegation
Name Catergory Appointed By Date Appointed
Revd Mary Hancock Incumbent DEMAT 1st Nov 2014
Louise Lomax Headteacher N/A N/A
Jane Lucas Appointed DEMAT 30th Nov 2016
Elizabeth Stazicker Appointed DEMAT 1st Nov 2018
Joy Walker (Chair) Appointed DEMAT 1st Sept 2017
Emma Young Staff Elected 1st Dec 2018
Jim Stewart Appointed DEMAT 13th Mar 2019
Richard Holdaway Appointed DEMAT 24th Apr 2019

Joy Walker (Chair of Governors)

I feel very proud and privileged to have been appointed as Chair of Governors at Mepal and Witcham C of E Primary School. I have had connections with Mepal since a girl and have lived in Witcham for 40 years.

My son attended the school and I also taught there for many years. From being a class teacher, then Deputy and Acting Headteacher at Mepal and Witcham I moved into the role of substantive Headship at a small Primary School and then to a large 4 form entry Infant School which is now part of Cambridge Primary Education Trust. I have since retired from being Headteacher and now mentor graduate trainee teachers on the SCITT programme. I have always had a keen interest in local education and the provision offered to our children.

From my experience I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to offer in support of the future development and growth of Mepal and Witcham C of E Primary School. I look forward to getting to know the children and parents at the school as well as offering my support as an effective member of the Governing Body by assisting the Headteacher and staff in achieving future goals.

Elizabeth Stazicker

Elizabeth Stazicker, brought up first in inner Essex, and then in North Norfolk, was lucky enough to be funded, through a county scholarship and her parents’ sacrifice, to attend the Girls’ Public Day School Trust’s Norwich High School for Girls. As a result of their excellent teaching she gained a scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, to read Modern History (which covered c430AD – 1914).

She thereafter studied archive administration at University College, London, and spent her career in the local government archives service; from the mid-1990s, when she moved to Mepal, she was Cambridgeshire’s County Archivist and Head of Heritage. Since 2005 she has continued to work part-time as archivist to King’s Ely and honorary archivist to Ely Cathedral, as well as serving a number of roles in the village and county community, including as churchwarden of St Mary’s Mepal.

She says that she will work as long as she can to ensure that the good fortune she enjoyed is shared, as far as can be in present political circumstances, with those around her.

Jane Lucas

I live in Witcham and have been a teacher (primary and now secondary maths) for nearly 20 years. Prior to that I worked in finance. I have been a staff governor of Thomas Easton primary school in Wimblington and until recently was a parent governor at Witchford Village College (WVC).

I am now a member of the Morris Education Trust. My three children attended Sutton Primary School and WVC and have now all left home.

I am a Parish Councillor in Witcham and have joined the Governing Body at Mepal and Witcham to contribute to my local community and bring the benefit of my governor and teaching experience to the help further improve the school.

Rev. Mary Hancock

Coming originally from Devon, I have lived in Cambridgeshire since 1979. After a career as an applied invertebrate ecologist, team manager and business development manager, I was ordained in the Church of England in 2007 and served my title post in North Cambridgeshire/ West Norfolk in five villages between Wisbech and March.

While there I regularly went into two C of E primary schools and two LA primary schools taking assemblies and helping with RE. I was a community governor of Emneth Primary School for three years. Currently I am the vicar/rector of Sutton, Mepal and Witcham, and am also a Foundation Governor of Sutton C of E VC Primary School, and a Trustee of Sutton Poorsland.

My expertise includes: experiment design and analysis, project planning and management, team leadership and management, process improvement, facilitation, communication. I have degrees in zoology and theology, and a publication record (peer reviewed papers, edited papers, book chapters and popular articles) as well as experience in radio and TV broadcasting.

Richard Holdaway

Richard is married to Laura with two teenage daughters Thea and Lacey. The family have lived in Witcham for the past 8 years, previously to that in Wardy Hill and Ely.

Born in London he’s moved around the UK with his job and has now settled in Cambridgeshire for the last 15 years.

Richard is The National Account Manager – Team Leader for Corus and Laura Ashley hotels, which owns 7 hotels in the UK. Spending his career in the hospitality industry ranging from small independent hotels to working for Hilton Worldwide for over 10 years managing global accounts.

He comes with a wealth of experience from business development, people management and the hospitality industry.

The family are keen riders and he spends his time with his daughters in their outdoor activities along with their two dogs and several chickens.

I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, registered with FEANI (European federation of engineers) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from City and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

I am originally from a small village near the coast in the New Forest in Hampshire. I left to study mechanical engineering in London and to begin my career in engineering in the oil and gas industry and was initially involved in designing pipework for platforms in the North Sea. From there I moved around a little from Scotland, the North East, back to London and subsequently settled in Hertfordshire for a while, having gained wide experience in various industries. I then worked for a large pharmaceutical company for 25 years in various building services/utilities/facilities and estate management roles until I retired in 2017 from a global role leading facilities services compliance.

Retirement and a change in my wife’s career presented an opportunity to move away from Hertford and we settled in Mepal towards the end of 2018.

Governor Responsibilites – Autumn 2019

Class Link Governors

Owls Joy Walker
Robins Elizabeth Stazicker
Kestrels Jane Lucas
Herons Mary Hancock

Subject Links

Maths Jane Lucas
English TBC
STEM Jim Stewart
Humanities Elizabeth Stazicker
Arts TBC
EYFS Joy Walker
RE inc SIAMs Mary Hancock

Other Responsibilities

Finance Richard Holdaway
Health and Safety Jim Stewart
Mental Health Jane Lucas
Website Emma Young
Looked After Children (LAC) Elizabeth Stazicker
Safeguarding Joy Walker
Pupil Premium TBC

Contacting the Governing Body

The governing body can be contacted via the clerk

DEMAT Compliance


The Diocese of Ely Board of Education supports the teaching of children throughout the Diocese particularly through our Church of England Schools. As part of this the Board has established the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust. Through this Trust, the Diocese aims to take more responsibility for the running of operation between the academies. The Trust is committed to:

  • developing a shared identity and common purpose whilst preserving each school’s individuality, Christian ethos and distinctiveness;
  • encouraging innovation and collaboration across the partnership;
  • supporting schools so that they may serve their local communities more effectively.

Link to DEMAT for annual report and annual audited accounts, along with DEMAT’s Memorandum of association and articles of association.

DEMAT Trustees:

DEMAT Financial Statements:

DEMAT Funding Agreement:

Academies Financial Handbook