Our Governors

Karen Bates

Co-Chair

kbates@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: Partner Foot Anstey LLP
Term: 02/10/18 – 01/10/22
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 4/6 Full Governing Body; 2/2 Resources Committee
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
Attendance 2019/20: 5/6 Full Governing Body; 3/3 T&L Committee; 2/2 Resources Committee

Jill Green

Lead Pupil Premium Governor, Lead Early Years Governor

jgreen@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 09/01/14 – 08/01/22
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 6/6 Full Governing Body; 3/3 T&L Committee
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, and IT Governor

jhewlett@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: Director J & E Hewlett Ltd
Term: 02/12/15 – 01/12/23
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 5/6 Full Governing Body; 2/2 Resources Committee
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 a daughter at Ladysmith.

Sarah John

Staff Governor

sjohn@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: TBC
Term: 25/05/19 – 24/05/23
Attendance 2019/20: 6/6 Full Governing Body, 3/3 T&L Committee
I have many years of primary experience, teaching across the 4 -11 age range and am currently teaching in the Nursery Class.



Sarah Melhuish

Lead Personnel Governor

smelhuish@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 18/05/20 - 18/05/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1 Full Governing Body
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 at Ladysmith Infant School and a son who I hope is able to attend next year.

Tom Butcher

Lead Inclusion and SEND Governor

tbutcher@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 18/05/20 - 18/05/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1 Full Governing Body
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.

Jo Gawler-Collins

Clerk to Governors

clerk@ladysmithfederation.net

I am the Clerk to Governors, I have previously worked in ICT, training, mentoring and admin. I have one child at Ladysmith and one who has recently gone on to secondary school from Ladysmith.

Amy Grashoff

Co-Chair, Safeguarding (Lead)

agrashoff@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 01/09/17 - 31/07/21
Appointment: Elected by parents
Attendance 2019/20: 5/6 Full Governing Body; 3/3 T&L Committee
About: I have worked in secondary education for the last 15 years and I am currently Director of Education & Headteacher Designate Exeter’s New Free School, Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust. 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 Infant School.

Emma Brown

Ladysmith Federation Headteacher

ebrown@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 01/09/16 - present
Appointment: Ex officio
Attendance 2019/20: 6/6 Full Governing Body; 2/2 Resources Committee; 3/3 T&L Committee

Alex Banks

Lead School Improvement Governor

abanks@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 02/12/15 – 01/12/23
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 6/6 Full Governing Body; 3/3 T&L Committee
About: My background is in the environment, and I've worked for charities, public and private sector organisations – I'm currently a Senior Specialist in marine biology within a nature conservation body. I’m familiar with analysing data and am part of the governors’ Data Working Party looking at monitoring school performance. I have two children at Ladysmith.

Emma Brennan

Lead Inclusion and SEND Governor

ebrennan@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: Councillor for Heavitree and Whipton Barton ward, Private tutoring business
Term: 02/12/15 – 01/12/23
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 5/6 Full Governing Body; 3/3 T&L Committee
About: I used to be a primary school teacher in London, specialising in ethnic minority achievement and English as an additional language. More recently, I have worked at Devon County Council in their Special Educational Needs department. I have also been a local councillor in London and did a lot of work on children’s services, especially safeguarding. I have one child at Ladysmith and a toddler.

Robert Boyd

Lead General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Governor

rboyd@ladysmithfederation.net

Business interests: none
Term: 14/01/2018 - 14/01/2022
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 3/6 Full Governing Body; 2/2 Resources Committee
About: I currently have children in both Ladysmith Infant and Junior Schools. I work as an operations administrator for a local security alarms company and serve on the CPTT.

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
Attendance 2019/20: 5/6 Full Governing Body, 2/3 T&L Committee
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.

Heather Mills

Lead Community, Staff and Parental Governor, Lead Early Years Governor

hmills@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 03/02/20-03/02/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 3/4 Full Governing Body, 1/1 T&L Committee
My experience over the last 20 years has included running services for people experiencing homelessness. This has involved providing support around mental health, substance use and offending behaviour within a strengths-based approach.

Since moving to Exeter in 2015 I have worked at Devon County Council as a commissioner in adult health and social care. I have a keen interest in education and the impact it can have on children’s potential and their opportunities. I have one child at the Infant school.

Andy Thornhill

Lead Finance Governor

athornhill@ladysmithfederation.net

Business Interests: None
Term: 18/05/20 - 18/05/24
Appointment: Co-opted by Governing Body
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1 Full Governing Body
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.

Also serving on the Board of Governors in 2019/20 were:
 
Ian Gibson, Lesley Dunford, Anthony Fothergill
 
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