Our Governors

Karen Bates

Chair and Lead GDPR Governor

kbates@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: Partner Foot Anstey LLP
Term: 02/10/18 – 01/10/22
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
About: I am a Partner and management board member at Foot Anstey solicitors, specialising in employment and education law. As part of my role at work I frequently work with a wide variety of Schools and Colleges on personnel and structural issues and I am happy to lead on this area for the governors, alongside providing more general input into the strategy, direction and resourcing of the school. I have two children at Ladysmith.

Mark Wilkinson

Ladysmith Federation Headteacher

mwilkinson@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 01/09/14 - present
Appointment: Ex officio
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7

Jill Green

Lead Pupil Premium Governor

jgreen@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 19/05/21 – 18/05/25
Appointment: Local Authority Governor
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
About: I am retired but my background was in primary education as a teacher, Headteacher and Primary Advisor. I’m familiar with monitoring standards, developing the curriculum and with appointing staff. Both my children and my grandson attended Ladysmith.

James Hewlett

Deputy Safeguarding Governor, Lead Premises, Security, Health and Safety Governor

jhewlett@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: Director J & E Hewlett Ltd
Term: 25/11/19 – 24/11/23
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
About: I have been working in the entertainment industry for the last 14 years, training at a local theatre and now working as a freelance Production Engineer for Live Events, Festivals, and TV. I have a son and have had a daughter at Ladysmith.

Sarah Melhuish

Lead Personnel Governor and Lead Community, Staff and Parental Links Govenor

smelhuish@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 18/05/20 - 17/05/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
I have worked in the field of HR for over 15 years. I am currently a Human Resources Business Partner for a national company working within their Employment Services and Enterprise Operation. I have a daughter attending the Junior School and a son attending the infant school.

Annie Fletcher

Lead EYFS Governor

afletcher@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: Early Years Advisor, Sole Trader
Term: 22/09/21 - 21/09/25
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
I started my teaching career in Oxford in 1999 where I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Year 6 class alongside an outstanding teacher. This gave me the teaching bug and I moved to Devon and began my formal teacher training. My specialist subject is Early Years. I have worked in this area for 15+ years; the last 5 years as a phase leader.
I was the Key Stage 1 Phase Lead at Alphington Primary and taught in Year 2. I have an SLE in Early Years and have supported teachers early in their careers as well as those who wanted more experience in the Foundation Stage. I was a Staff Governor at Alphington for 4 years up until I left the school. I will be able to use my experience and expertise for the benefit of the school. I live in Exeter with my husband and two children and I love all things sunny and outdoors!

Charlotte Hartland

Staff Governor

chartland@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: Otter Way Cranbrook Management Company Ltd
Term: 14/07/21 - 13/07/25
Appointment: Staff Governor
I am currently working as a primary school teacher in Year 5 at Ladysmith Junior School, I have been teaching here since 2018. I am the PE lead and run the Sports Crew as well.

Jo Gawler-Collins

Clerk to Governors

clerk@ladysmithfederation.net

I am the Clerk to Governors. Both my children attended Ladysmith during their primary school years.

Amy Grashoff

Safeguarding

agrashoff@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 28/06/21 - 27/06/25
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
About: I have worked in secondary education for the last 15 years and I am currently Headteacher at Newton Abbot College. I am passionate about teaching and ensuring that children receive the best possible educational experience that they can whilst at school. I therefore hope that my experience and expertise can be utilised to support and challenge the leadership team at Ladysmith Federation. I have a daughter at Ladysmith Junior School.

Emma Brennan

Lead Inclusion and SEND Governor

ebrennan@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: None
Term: 25/11/19 – 24/11/23
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 5/7
About: I have two children at Ladysmith, one in each school. I currently work for the Environment Agency, including on environmental policy advice, research, communications and engagement. However, I started my career as a primary school teacher in London, specialising in ethnic minority achievement and English as an additional language, and I have worked at Devon County Council in their Special Educational Needs department. I have also previously been a local councillor and did a lot of work on children’s services, especially safeguarding.

Greg Hawkins

Vice Chair, Lead Curriculum Governor

ghawkins@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 20/05/19 - 19/05/23
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
I have worked in Education since graduating in 2014 - and am currently teaching Science at South Devon College. Within the College I have a role as a Quality Coordinator - this involves managing performance and data to ensure that teaching and learning is consistently outstanding. I hope this experience can be useful in helping the school to continue to progress and improve.

Andy Thornhill

Lead Finance Governor

athornhill@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 18/05/20 - 17/05/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
I am a corporate finance director at Francis Clark in Exeter and focus on utility scale renewable energy advisory, I am a chartered accountant with a background in energy, real estate and audit. I have 2 children at Ladysmith and live in very close proximity to the school and enjoy being part of the close-knit community. We really value the education and care that Ladysmith has been giving and will be giving our children and wanted to contribute to the school. Hopefully, I can use my financial and advisory background to lend some support and ideas to the team.

Tom Butcher

Lead School Improvement Governor

tbutcher@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 18/05/20 - 17/05/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
FGB Attendance 2020/21: 7/7
I work at the Met Office where I am Head of the Industry Consultancy Team and work with customers to understand and solve problems related to the weather and climate change. I have previously worked in a variety of management and leadership roles for the Met Office in the UK, Australia and elsewhere around the world. I will seek to apply the experience gained through my work as a Ladysmith governor. I have a daughter at the Junior School.

Also serving on the Board of Governors in 2020/21 were:
 
Anthony Fothergill 0/1, Emma Brown 2/3, Heather Mills 4/5, Sarah John 6/6, Alex Banks 7/7
 
Also serving on the Board of Governors in 2019/20 were:
 
Ian Gibson, Lesley Dunford.
 
Also serving on the Board of Governors in 2018/19 were:
 
Catherine Winterbottom: 0/1 Full Governing Body
 
Ana Salter: 5/5 Full Governing Body; 2/2 T&L Committee