Our Partnership Board

Our Partnership Board ensures that the Opportunity Area programme delivers positive change for the children and young people of Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. All members of the Partnership Board are local experts and committed to the success of this programme.

Our chair

Patricia Pritchard has over 40 years’ experience in education as a former teacher, headteacher and Ofsted inspector. As a member of the Ofsted senior management team, Patricia was the national policy lead for the inspection of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Patricia has supported many schools, offering advice and guidance on school improvement, leadership and governance. Patricia has strong links to Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, previously working closely with schools as the Director of Education for the Diocese of Ely and Chief Executive of the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust.

Partnership Board members

  • Kate Bonney: Headteacher, Robert Arkenstall Primary School
  • Geoff Hayward: Head of Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
  • Jonathan Lewis: Director of Education, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council
  • Andrew Read: Director of Education, Diocese of Ely and CEO, Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust
  • Gill Thomas: Headteacher, Westwood Primary School
  • Penny Walkinshaw: Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
  • Mark Woods: CEO, Cambridge Meridian Academy Trust and Trustee of the Cambridge Primary Education Trust

Partnership board meetings are also attended by the Regional Schools Commissioner and the DfE Head of Delivery and Area Lead, who provide advice and support to the Partnership Board.

Conflicts of interest

All members of the Partnership Board are subject to due diligence checks on their appointment and are asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest with regards their involvement in the programme. They are additionally asked to declare conflicts of interest in relation to specific agenda items at the beginning of each meeting. Conflicts of interest linked to agenda items, projects or any other aspects of the programme are declared and recorded at every Partnership Board meeting.

Meeting minutes & documents

Summaries of Partnership Board meeting minutes and other OA documents are available to view on our Partnership Board Meeting Minutes and Documents page.

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