Governors of the Totnes Hub

  • Cat Radford

    Chair

    Co-opted Governor
    Link Governor for Harbertonford - End of term 28/09/20
    Cat has two children at Harbertonford C of E Primary School in Eagles class.
    Cat works in the field of arts and culture as a project manager, evaluator and consultant. Having been a student at Dartington College of Arts, a member of a theatre company and teaching on the theatre and arts management courses she now runs projects and events that improve people's lives through culture. Cat is also the Parish Clerk to Harberton Parish Council. She says, ‘life is varied and busy and I enjoy bringing all my experiences to the governing board’

  • Mrs Rebecca Sear

    Vice Chair

    End of Term 30/09/2023
    Rebecca moved to Broadhempston with her husband, two young children and lively border terrier in 2018. Having worked and lived in London for 10 years in HR projects, roles for PwC and The Royal Household she was ready for a lifestyle change, enjoying more time with her wider family who live in Devon and Cornwall and creating a portfolio career.
    As well as continuing to be an HR Projects Consultant she has set up her own children's interior design business and is enjoying volunteering with other parents to run the baby and toddler playgroup at the village hall on a Friday.
    Rebecca's interests are in interior design, paddle boarding and yoga (often combined), crafting and running with her dog.

  • Emily McGuinness

    Parent Governor

  • Mrs Anna Neville

    Parent Governor

    Anna Neville is a qualified teacher with nine years of experience across the primary sector. Since her recent appointment at a school within the trust, she has stepped down as chair of the Totnes Board and now serves as a staff representative.

    Anna joined the Governing Board in March 2012 as a parent governor and also took the lead for Safeguarding. Her three eldest sons all attended Landscove C of E Primary before transitioning to a local secondary school. The youngest is currently in year five.

    Hobbies include long distance running, coastal walks, rambling across the moors, baking and home cookery
    Staff Governor – End of term 31/03/2020

  • Mr Nick Easen

    Parent Governor

    Journalist-Writer-Broadcaster
    Nick is a freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster contributing to the Times of London, BBC World and the World Economic Forum. He has lectured at South Devon College and other institutions and is interested in educating the next generation. His son attends Stoke Gabriel Primary School. His other son currently attends Stoke Gabriel Pre-School.

    Nick is interested in the importance of community in the village. He is also active in the Stoke Gabriel Church choir and also in helping create a new cycle path from the village to Totnes.

  • Mrs Nanya Coles

    Safeguarding Governor

  • Mrs Jane Wilkinson

    Community Governor for Stoke Gabriel School

  • Lizzie Lethbridge

    Staff Governor

  • Mrs Lucy Carrol

    Diptford Parent Governor

    Hi Everyone,

    I am your Parent Governor at Diptford and wanted to provide more background on myself and the role.

    Having grown up in the West Country and after attending a small rural school myself, I am passionate about building and securing the future of schools like Diptford.
    My husband Chris and I have two children, Elliot in Year 1 and Constance who starts Reception in September 2021. Working full time also means we rely heavily on the additional clubs that Diptford offers.

    As a parent, sometimes how a school works can be a bit of a mystery. My role of governor has helped me understand more about the education all our children are receiving and gives me the opportunity to build the parental view point into the way the School is being led.

    I work closely to support the School in ensuring that all our children and the teaching staff fulfil their potential to the best of their abilities.
    Key areas of focus include;
    Helping the school fulfil its school improvement plan (this is set out on the school website) including curriculum development
    Holding leadership to account
    Shaping ethos, culture, vision and strategy
    Review of performance (academic and financial)

    I hold regular reviews with the Academy Head (Mrs Lethbridge) and the wider staff. For this academic year, we have already discussed the Covid Risk Assessment plans, Recovery Curriculum and School Improvement Plan. Last week we met virtually to discuss Performance, SATS and Sports funding.

    All Diptford pupils across the year groups are at the centre of our discussions so that their time at Diptford is happy and safe as well as inquiring and challenging.

    Please do let me know if you would like to know anything further, have any feedback or have specific interest in these topics. My email address is lucy.carrol@thelink.academy


    Lucy Carrol

  • Janet Watts

    Co-opted Governor

    Lead in Monitoring - End of term 31/03/2020
    Retired Head Teacher
    Governor Monitoring Lead
    Janet Watts is a qualified Primary School teacher. She taught in several different schools, before having two primary headships in Hampshire, one at a small village school and then a large primary school.
    Together with husband Neil, Janet moved to Devon in 1991 as a local authority adviser for primary schools. In the early days of Ofsted inspections, Janet both led inspections and was a team member, employed by a range of inspection contractors.
    Janet retired from full time work in 1999, but continued to work as an educational consultant, continued with inspection work, and was an accredited assessor of candidates for the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers). Janet was invited to become an occasional trainer for Devon Governor Services, from 2002 2005.
    Janet has previous experience as a governor at a primary school in Newton Abbot.
    Janet’s hobbies are horse riding, caravanning, gardening and walking her dogs. Janet continues (and in this she has never changed) to care passionately that every child is entitled to a good education in a school that is well led, where children are taught by good teachers and experience a rich and wide curriculum. A school in which children achieve and make progress, both academically and socially, but above all enjoy learning.

  • Sue Roach

    Co-opted Governor

    Lead Governor for Pupil Premium and Sports Grant - End of term 31/03/2020
    Retired Bank Manager, HSBC
    Responsibility for Finance
    Sue Baker took early retirement from her position as a Premier Personal Banking Manager with HSBC in September 2013 having completed 34 years banking service and experienced a variety of roles in the banking arena.
    Sue has always enjoyed working with children having previously run the Stoke Gabriel Sunday Club for many years and now volunteers in the village primary school, working with reception and year 1 and 2 children.
    In her new found 'free time', Sue enjoys singing, amateur dramatics, walking, swimming and taking an active role in her local community. Sue joined the Governing body in January 2014, she is a co-opted governor.

  • Mrs Sue Vaughton

    Parent Governor - Stoke Gabriel