Local Governing Body 2024 and their Roles











Adam Daw - Appointed ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher/Principal at Highfield Ely from 1 December 2020

Adam undertook his role as Head of School at Highfield Ely in September 2017 having previously led the SEND 6th Form provision at Cottenham Village College for several years. Adam is passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for all students, whatever their starting point. In his spare time he is the busy father of four teenagers and tries to balance a love of cooking with keeping fit.








Yvonne Skillern - Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher/Principal at Highfield Littleport from 1 December 2020

Yvonne has been Head of School at Highfield Littleport since it opened in September 2017 and was recently promoted to Headteacher in January 2024.  She was involved in the early planning stages of the build to create a bespoke learning provision. Her previous roles include being Department Leader for EYFS & KS1 at Highfield Ely, a mainstream SENCo and EYFS & KS1 teacher.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, walking the dog and reading.  Yvonne is passionate about providing a nurturing, individualised approach for learners to achieve their full potential


Lorna Robinson (Chair) - Appointed by GB/board from 16th May 2022 to 16th May 2026

LINK role – Pupil Premium, Careers and Pay Committee

Lorna lives in Ely and has two children at a local school. She has worked in central and regional government for over 16 years, mostly in education related areas. Currently she works on careers policy and employer engagement with schools and strongly believes that every young person should be aware of the opportunities available to them and the information and support to help them go as far as their talents can take them. In her spare time Lorna likes starting (but not always finishing!) craft projects, days out with the kids, a good book and a nice cup of tea.


Stephanie Neal (Clerk) – Appointed by GB/board from 24th February 2023

Steph has worked in Education for over 15 years in a variety of different roles, across both Primary and Secondary schools. This followed a previous career in the Civil Service, working at the UK Hydrographic Office and finally the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons. Following a move to Cambridgeshire from London, she started at Highfield Ely Academy in 2019 as a Student Administrator and EHCP Co-ordinator. When the position of Clerk to the Board of Governors became vacant, she decided to take on a new challenge.

When not at work, Steph likes nothing more than spending time with her two sons, road trips around the country and devouring a good book.




Victoria Leeks - Appointed by GB/board from 28th June 2021 to 27th June 2025

LINK Role – Quality of Education - Green and Blue Pathways and LINC

Victoria's son is a pupil at Highfield Ely. She is passionate that children with SEND are provided every opportunity available to them to help them reach their full potential. Victoria also has a young daughter, so is a busy mum of two. She enjoys long walks with her dog, family time and catching up with friends.


Jane Horn - Appointed by GB/board from 1st February 2022 to 1st February 2026

LINK Role: Safeguarding and vulnerable children

I have been in teaching for 20 years and been the Headteacher of Cromwell for 6 years.  We have recently expanded the provision to become and ‘all-through’ school, with an age range of 4-18.  This is an exciting development and has allowed me to learn more about the needs of all children at all age ranges and how to maximise their potential, regardless of starting points.


Rebecca Butland - Non-voting staff representative

Becka began her career in Special Education after graduating from University of East Anglia with a PGCE. She has been working with young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities for 10 years, having moved from Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech. Becka became Department Leader for Uppers in 2021. She has a keen interest in supporting young people to achieve their full potential post-Highfield and has recently has helped set up and run ‘Muddy Boots Farm’ and the ‘KS4OS’.



Emma Brooke - Non-voting staff representative

Emma has worked within an administrative capacity at Highfield Littleport Academy since it first opened in September 2017 and she is currently the School Business Manager at Highfield Littleport. Emma has two teenage boys, one with additional needs. She is passionate about all students reaching their full potential and having the support and resources in place to achieve this.


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Alec Burns - Appointed by GB/board from 17th June 2021

Alec lives in Ely with his family and is our Health and Safety governor. Alec is proactive in his role to ensure that children with SEND are provided every opportunity available to them to help them reach their full potential.


Highfield Governing Body Declaration of Interest

Updated: 14/03/2022 424 KB
Highfield Governing Body Declaration of Interest 21/22
Updated: 05/05/2021 23 KB
Highfield Governing Body Declaration of Interest 20/21


Governor Meeting Attendance

Updated: 05/02/2024 26 KB
Governor Attendance 23/24
Updated: 03/07/2023 31 KB
Governor Attendance 22/23
Updated: 24/05/2022 201 KB
Governor Attendance 21/22
Updated: 05/05/2021 20 KB
Governor Attendance 20/21


Local Governing Body Meeting Minutes

Updated: 27/03/2024 433 KB
LGB minutes 19th March 2024
Updated: 06/02/2024 451 KB
LGB Minutes 30 January 2024
Updated: 10/07/2023 520 KB
LGB Minutes 27 June 2023
Updated: 22/05/2023 500 KB
LGB Minutes 09 May 2023
Updated: 19/04/2023 513 KB
LGB Minutes 21 March 2023
Updated: 31/10/2022 608 KB
LGB Minutes 13 Oct 2022
Updated: 17/05/2022 703 KB
LGB Minutes 10 May 2022
Updated: 09/02/2022 746 KB
LGB Minutes 26 Jan 2022
Updated: 17/12/2021 593 KB
LGB Minutes 23 Nov 2021
Updated: 17/12/2021 482 KB
LGB Minutes 7 Oct 2021
Updated: 16/07/2021 486 KB
HLA Minutes 28 June 2021
Updated: 07/06/2021 449 KB
HLA Minutes 12 May 2021
Updated: 07/05/2021 556 KB
HLA Minutes 18 March 2021
Updated: 07/05/2021 261 KB
HLA Minutes 25 Jan 2021
Updated: 07/05/2021 204 KB
HLA Minutes 8 Oct 2020
Updated: 07/05/2021 374 KB
HLA Minutes 23 June 2020
Updated: 07/05/2021 366 KB
HLA Minutes 13 May 2020
Updated: 07/05/2021 328 KB
HLA Minutes 30 March 2020
Updated: 07/05/2021 363 KB
HLA Minutes 29 Jan 20