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Governors and Members Biographies

Governors

Margaret Turgoose - Chair of Governors

Margaret Turgoose  
Community Governor Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Exmouth Community College since January 2010 until 2016 as a Parent Governor and then as a Community Governor. I was also a Governor at Lympstone Church of England Primary School from 2006 until August 2015 and was Chair from 2012.  I became Chair of Governors at ECC in September 2017.  Prior to that I chaired the Human Resources committee, the Pay committee and the Principal's Performance Management committee.  Currently I act as the link Governor for Maths and English.

I went to a fairly, large comprehensive school in Newquay in Cornwall and graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Business Economics and Accounting in 1985. I worked for over 20 years in the public sector, primarily for The Post Office, where I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a wide range of management roles. Amongst other things, I managed teams of people, was responsible for several million pound budgets, headed up customer service for Post Office Counters Ltd and led a number of major change programmes. I have also done a lot of work in recruitment, training and performance management. More recently, I worked in a management consultancy which had contracts with Local Authorities in different parts of the country and for the past seven years, I have worked with my husband in our own small management consultancy business.

Both my children went to the College and I have been extremely impressed by the Community College; both academically and in terms of pastoral care, coupled with the high standards of teaching and support that the staff provide and in particular the wide range of opportunities available to all students. I was keen to become a Governor in order to provide whatever support I could to help the College continue to thrive within the community.  I am currently self-employed, working only occasionally, so am fortunate enough to have the capacity and time available that the role of Governor demands.

Lesley Miszewska - Vice Chair of Governors

Lesley Miszewska
Community Governor   Vice Chair of Governors

 

I have been a Governor for over 13 years at ECC. I was brought up in the area and went to Exmouth School from 11-18 years of age, leaving to train as a Radiographer at Westminster Hospital, London. I also worked and lived abroad, returning to set up an engineering business, AnTech Ltd, with my husband when our children reached school age.  Both children also went to ECC and thoroughly enjoyed the College, leaving to become engineers.

I feel running my own business and being a Governor of an Academy are mutually beneficial. I have experience in all aspects of business including employment, marketing and finance, having run a business for over 20 years. Although initially I was sceptical of the government’s policy to introduce academies, I have seen the benefits academy status can bring and I am completely behind the type of academy we have at Exmouth.  I believe, due to the efficient running of ECC as an academy, that more money is spent on the students and their education.

I am linked to Business Studies, Media and Technology Departments, the lead Governor for Safeguarding, Vice Chair of the Governing Board and Vice Chair of the HR Committee.

Emily McGrath

Emily McGrath
Community Governor

 

I am a community governor, having been appointed in September 2018. 

I am a consultant dermatologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, and we have two boys at ECC. 

I have 8 years experience as a school governor at a local primary, and have led finance, HR and head teacher appraisal committees as well as acted as vice chair and chair for 2 years respectively. 

I am committed to the values of comprehensive, local secondary education and look forward to supporting the school over the coming years. 

Liz Lee

 

Liz Lee
 Governor

 

 

I am married with two grown sons who both attended Exmouth Community College and went on to University and are now in full employment.  I work part time for a local business and am a Trustee for two local charities.  I was a Governor at the College for nearly twenty years and retired four years ago after a period of over seventeen years as Chair.

In my spare time I like to keep-fit and have completed four London Marathons and numerous half marathons raising thousands of pounds for both local and national charities.

I feel passionate about comprehensive education and have always supported the College when I was a parent and Governor and continue to keep a keen eye on its development.

Jill Elson

Jill Elson
LA Governor

 

I have been a Devon County Council appointed Governor for over 20 years. I believe Exmouth Community College should be a centre of education for all, including adults, in academic and vocational subjects. I am an elected Academy representative on the Devon Education Forum. I am the DEF Governor representative on the Overview Committee for ‘Early Help 4 Mental Health’

I qualified as a Residential Care Worker for children and young people with Barnardo’s  - worked in care homes, an assessment unit and a secure unit.  For family reasons I returned to Exmouth and worked at Clarks. I am now retired from full time employment.

I am founder and Chairman of Exmouth and District Community Transport Group, a local charity that provides a door to door transport service, using 2 tail-lift minibuses and a single wheelchair accessible car for individual appointments for the area covering Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding villages. This service is for people who are unable to access public transport to go shopping, meet friends, go on trips etc. It employs six people, has several volunteers and needs to raise over £150,000 per year. This charity began in 1990.

I am a voluntary Driver for Exmouth Lympstone Hospiscare.  I am passionate about helping people of all ages.

I was an East Devon District Councillor for over 25 years representing Exmouth Halsdon Ward until May 2019. During this time, I was Chairman of several committees and EDDC Cabinet Member for Sustainable Homes and Communities.

My website is www.jillelson.co.uk

Andrew Gelling

Andrew Gelling
Teacher Governor

 

I am in my second, four year, spell as teacher Governor at the College and I am link Governor for History and Year 10. I sit on the HR, Finance, Premises and Curriculum Committees. I have been teaching Science at the College for twenty years, with nearly fifteen years as Head of Chemistry. I have been a tutor to all age groups from seven to eleven and to Post 16 students for over twelve years.

I came into teaching after doing my degree and post graduate studies in Kent and then after a brief time in industry, spending four years doing Chemical research at Exeter University, with Exmouth being the only school I have taught in since qualifying.

I believe in comprehensive education, offering students the widest range of opportunities possible and so, I have been proud to be able to help students to achieve their full potential in Science and Chemistry: many of them going on to study at degree level. I have also accompanied groups of our students on residential trips including Berlin, Rome, Prague, Euro Disney and an expedition to do conservation research in South Africa.

Gary Bowen

Gary Bowen
Teacher Governor

 

 

 

 

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson
Community Governor

 

My start date as a Governor was September 2012.  I attended a Grammar School that became a Comprehensive during my Year 9.  It was, instantly, a better school and my commitment to inclusive education has been strengthened by teaching in this type of school for thirty years, sixteen of them as Deputy Head of a 1500 student, 13-18, High School.  The following four and a half years were spent as an Assistant Director of Education, Head of Planning and Resources.

I have extensive experience of strategic planning, budgeting, curricular and personnel issues, appointment processes, analysis and synthesis of new ideas.  I hope that this experience can be useful to Exmouth Community College. 

Personal interests include most sports, theatre, reading and observing the fascinating development of three young grandchildren.  I hope all three will attend Exmouth Community College in due course.  That expresses confidence in the College I am getting know now and my commitment to try to help maintain and, where possible, improve the quality of provision for the future.

Ian Macqueen

Ian Macqueen
Community Governor

 

I retired from mainstream corporate life some five years ago coming to Exmouth in 2010. My last appointment was as Group Managing Director for Fiskars UK Brands Ltd, where I was responsible for Wilkinson Sword, Kitchen Devils, Richard Sankey & Sons and Fiskars Craft Orange Handled Scissors. Prior to this, I have held Directorships with a number of national companies including Great Mills DIY Ltd, Bensons for Beds Ltd, Meyer International plc and Vanquish Industries Ltd.

Currently, I am a Director and Founder of www.bigfire.co.uk, an online Distributor and Retailer of outdoor/indoor wood fired products with a showroom at the shops at Dartington. I am also Chair of EDP Drug & Alcohol Services Ltd, an Exeter based Charity that helps in the rehabilitation of clients with drug and/or alcohol dependency including those within HM Prisons.

I have been Chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce for the past four years and am pleased that the Chamber of Commerce has been able to collaborate with Exmouth Community College's Business Department in sponsoring various initiatives, as well as assisting in the development and work experience of a number of students. I am looking forward to furthering the Chamber’s business connection with the College, as well as becoming part of such a hugely successful and vibrant hot house of learning and development where I hope to learn a lot as well as being of some use.

I am married to Sandy, have two grown up children as well as two grandchildren and last but not least, two very opinionated terriers!

Community Governor Vacancy

Vacancy
Community Governor

 

 

 

Elizabeth Dymond

Elizabeth Dymond
Parent Governor

I am a parent governor at Exmouth Community College, having been appointed in March 2019. I have four children, three of whom are currently at the College in years 7, 8 and 10.  I have been highly impressed with the education that my children have received since joining the school and am keen to give something back as a governor. I hope, through my role, to help ensure that all pupils enjoy a wide range of opportunities for enrichment alongside their learning and to help drive the College forwards in its success.

I was born and raised in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales and moved to Devon seven years ago. I spent a number of years as a primary teacher in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan before taking a career break to have a family. During this time I worked from home as a marker for Key Stage 2 SATs before returning to educational roles. I have since taken on a number of roles within education including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Forest School Lead, Data Protection Officer and School Administrator.

I have been a governor at two primary schools in the past and currently serve as a foundation governor for a local primary school in East Devon. During my time in governance I have been both a parent and foundation governor and have sat on numerous committees including Finance and Personnel; Premises, Health & Safety; Ethos; Curriculum; Resources and Admissions.

I look forward to becoming an active member of the governing board at Exmouth Community College, I am keen to foster effective relationships between parents and the school and to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential during their time at the College.

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell
Staff Governor

 

I am a Staff Governor, and have been a member of the Governing Body since September 2010.  I was a student at Exmouth School in the 1970’s; I left at fifteen and trained for a career in industry.  Having gained qualifications at Exeter Technical College and completed an apprenticeship, I worked locally in motor engineering for about twenty years rising to managerial level. I then started a motor and marine engineering business in Exmouth which I worked at for ten years. After study with the Open University, I gained employment at Exmouth Community College; I am currently the Chief Science Technician at the school.

Within my Governor role at the College I have been linked to Year 9, Work Related Learning and libraries.  I am proud of the achievements of the staff and students at ECC in education, sport and all of the many activities in which they are involved. I am a believer in inclusive comprehensive education and think that a strong school should be at the heart of the local community providing education and development for all.

Vicky Raven

Vicky Raven
Parent Governor

 

I am a newly elected parent Governor, taking up the position in March 2017.  I grew up in Hertfordshire and attended a reasonably sized comprehensive school.  I lived and worked in London, Sydney Australia and then settled down in Devon, for the past nine years living in Exmouth.  My daughter started in Year 7 at the College this year.

I have worked in a wide variety of companies ranging from management consultancy, finance and Insurance industries and construction.  More recently, I worked as an Executive Assistant at the RD&E Hospital in Exeter and have for the past five years worked as project manager at the Met Office, Exeter within the Property Management department.  I have worked on a variety of projects – my current project involves working/study environments changing the Met Office work space into a great place for people to work.

I don’t have any experience of working as a Governor and am looking forward to learning about the role and contributing in the role of parent governor.  I am a firm believer that our education system should be about giving everyone the best possible opportunity to succeed in whatever they want to do.

Teacher Governor Vacancy

Vacancy
Teacher Governor

 

 

Anna Stimson

Anna Stimson
Parent Governor

 

Hello, my name is Anna Stimson and I have been a parent governor at two Devon primary schools previously.  However, as my own children are now moving onto secondary school, I am happy to be able to become a Parent Governor at ECC.

My eldest daughter Helena is currently in Year 8 and my son Fraser will be joining the school in September, while my youngest daughter will be moving into Year 6.  I have always been keen to be involved with my children’s schools and I have seen some very different styles and ideas about what makes a good school and how to make the best use of increasingly limited resources to support teaching staff, in providing the best possible education for our children.  I hope my experience will allow me to be a useful member of the governing body at ECC and provide informed input in developing the Academy’s strategic focus going forward.

I work part time in the child health research group at Exeter University Medical School; we look at a wide range of conditions from those which cause severe physical difficulties across the board to learning difficulties such as autism and ADHD.  This experience, and the fact that my own three children have very different abilities and personalities, makes me particularly supportive of the comprehensive ideal.  I am a strong supporter of inclusive education, which does not mean “one size fits all” but that every child is treated as an individual and each and every child is valued and appreciated for what they can bring to the wider school community.  

Anna Streather

Anna Streather
Community Governor

 

I am a newly elected community governor, taking up the post from September 2017.  I have lived in Devon since June 2014, when my husband and I moved here from Worcestershire, following my retirement as a primary school headteacher of a two-form entry Worcester city community primary school with a Mainstream Autism Base.  Before that, I was headteacher of a small rural voluntary controlled primary school in the shadow of the Malvern Hills.

Despite having retired from headship I am still heavily involved in education, being a School Experience Tutor for Undergraduate, PGCE and School Direct students at the University of Worcester, as well as lecturing at the Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning on the Somerset Centre for Initial Teacher Training’s PGCE and School Direct course as well as on their BA Hons Professional Practice course.

I have been a governor in primary schools since 1997 as staff governor and then as Headteacher. When I retired I was asked to be Foundation Governor for another Worcester City primary school and was Vice-Chair of that governing board from September 2012. We formed a Multi-Academy Trust in October 2014 and I am Vice-Chair of Trustees for that Multi Academy Trust.

When we moved to Devon I was keen to support education in the community in which we now live and so am excited about being part of Exmouth Community College and its future development. I have been elected as Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of the Pay Committee and am the link governor for the Religion department. 

I am passionate about students receiving high quality education. I look forward to taking an active role in supporting ECC in providing that for the students in its care.

Clare Tate

Clare Tate
Parent Governor

I am a new Parent Governor appointed in October 2018.  

I have lived in Exmouth since the age of 7 & attended the Community College from 1991 through to 1996.  I have always remained local in Exmouth & I have watched the College grow & become a really important part of our children’s lives.   

I have never been part of a Governors' team before, but have always wanted to be more involved in my children’s school and hopefully help make a difference and add value.  My eldest son Charlie has just joined the Community College & my middle son Barnaby will be joining in September so I felt that this was a good time for me to be involved.

I feel I have the energy & enthusiasm to support the College in the role & hope my leadership & management skills along with my financial background which I have gained throughout my 20 years with TSB will allow me to become an effective member of the Governing Board.  

I am looking forward to supporting the hard work that goes on in the back ground of the College that makes the school develop & grow to ensure our children get the best start in life.

Phil Wales

Phil Wales
Parent Governor

 

I am a parent governor, becoming a member of the Governing Board in July 2016. I attended a reasonably large comprehensive school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and left after completing my A levels there. I later trained as a Registered Mental Nurse in Northampton. Early in my career, I moved to the South West and instantly felt at home. I’ve now lived and worked here for almost 30 years. During this time, I’ve held a number of clinical and managerial roles in mental health services in Devon and Somerset. I later moved into monitoring and inspection of mental health services and most recently, I have been responsible for supporting the learning and development of healthcare regulators.

I have three children who have all attended local schools in either Exeter or Exmouth.  Both my daughter and youngest son have attended ECC. I have been impressed by the range of opportunities on offer to help students realise their full potential whatever their particular talents and skills. I see the College as being an extremely important part of the community it serves. It has great links with businesses and other partner organisations to enrich students' experience and their growth as citizens. I’m very pleased to be able to join the Governing body at this important time in the College’s life. I hope that my many years of experience in the health service will be an asset to the school and its students.

Members

Linda Brown

Linda Brown
Member

My family has been directly involved with the College for over three decades. My three children were pupils and in September the first of my grandchildren will join the College. I was a parent, and latterly community governor, for over twenty years. I served as chair of Human Resources for the majority of the time, but also focussing on curriculum. Supporting the transition of the College to Academy status was a busy, but very interesting, period and we all learnt a great deal!

I have been focussing on my family and work for the last few years but now that I have retired from the Civil Service I am delighted to be once again a member of the Governing Board.

I think the young people of Exmouth deserve the best education that we can provide and that is what I have always been committed too.

Alison Maddaford

Alison Maddaford
Member

A 14 year career in the teaching profession covered teaching in a Secondary Modern, a Grammar School, 2 Polytechnics at degree level and the first woman teacher at Devonport High School for boys in Plymouth. In Okehampton I set up A level Geology and was Head of 6th form (now post 16).

Retiring from teaching to become a Funeral Director I was then elected as a Governor at Okehampton Community College, and as a town councillor the Council representative on Okehampton Primary School Governors.

In funeral service I was part of a team that developed an NVQ and subsequent full educational programme including a degree programme.

In Exmouth I was elected to Exmouth Community College Governors and gave 12 years service mainly on ‘Premises’. I was also a Foundation Governor at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Exmouth.

For some 20 years I have been a panel member for School Admissions Appeals and School Exclusions Appeals for Devon County.

My wide range of experience in education has given a depth of perspective to every challenge the College has faced. This and my experience of running my own business for nearly 30 years will help in the new role as a Member.

And in between times I am a member of the Rotary Club of Exeter Southernhay and play Croquet, (currently Club Chairman) and even find time to garden.

Barbara Mason

Barbara Mason
Member

I was a Governor at Exmouth Community College from 2003 to 2015.  During that time, I was an active member of several committees, including Curriculum and Finance, and I chaired the Human Resources Committee.  In my role as Member, I hope to contribute to the work of the Governing Board and the College, in the best way I can, drawing on my professional knowledge and past experience as a governor.

Margaret Turgoose

Margaret Turgoose
Member

I have been a Governor at Exmouth Community College since January 2010 until 2016 as a Parent Governor and then as a Community Governor. I was also a Governor at Lympstone Church of England Primary School from 2006 until August 2015 and was Chair from 2012.  I became Chair of Governors at ECC in September 2017.  Prior to that I chaired the Human Resources committee, the Pay committee and the Principal's Performance Management committee.  Currently I act as the link Governor for Maths and English.

I went to a fairly, large comprehensive school in Newquay in Cornwall and graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Business Economics and Accounting in 1985. I worked for over 20 years in the public sector, primarily for The Post Office, where I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a wide range of management roles. Amongst other things, I managed teams of people, was responsible for several million pound budgets, headed up customer service for Post Office Counters Ltd and led a number of major change programmes. I have also done a lot of work in recruitment, training and performance management. More recently, I worked in a management consultancy which had contracts with Local Authorities in different parts of the country and for the past seven years, I have worked with my husband in our own small management consultancy business.

Both my children went to the College and I have been extremely impressed by the Community College; both academically and in terms of pastoral care, coupled with the high standards of teaching and support that the staff provide and in particular the wide range of opportunities available to all students. I was keen to become a Governor in order to provide whatever support I could to help the College continue to thrive within the community.  I am currently self-employed, working only occasionally, so am fortunate enough to have the capacity and time available that the role of Governor demands.

As Chair of Governors I am also a Member.

Robert Worrell

Robert Worrell
Member

Following a 4-year secondment in Hong Kong, my then young family and I moved to Exmouth in 1985 as part of a company reorganisation. Although we expected to stay for only a few years, we have remained and enjoyed living here ever since! Before that time, I had studied electrical engineering at ONC and HNC level, and completed a “sandwich” degree course at Bath University, facilitating a professional career in engineering planning and operations management in the telecommunications and railway industries.

Our three daughters all undertook their secondary education at the Community College, becoming well-rounded young ladies in the process as well as gaining places at their chosen Universities. My wife, Trish, worked in the Adult Education Department of the College for many years, while I was previously a member of the Governing Body for some 14 years, as Chair of Finance. I am delighted to once again have the opportunity to be involved in the life and management of the College.