We are very proud of both the work and the role we Governors take at Oreston. Please take the time to find out more about who we are and how we are contributing to the Academy and the community we live in.
My career has mostly been spent in education, as a teacher and headteacher in Plymouth and as a school inspector across the south-west. I retired from headship seven years ago and from inspecting in July 2015, so now have time to offer my experience to support Oreston.
I am currently Chair of Governors, Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sit on the Finance & Personnel Committee as well as the Appraisal/Performance Management Committee.
I am Managing Director of the Shark Trust and I originally joined as a Trust Governor in 2009. I have a long history of managing a “not-for-profit” business and a keen interest in education and learning. I have two children in the school.
I am Post-Chair support for the Curriculum & Standards Committee and also sit on the Admissions Committee.
I work as the Operations Manager for a procurement consultancy firm here in the city. As a keen technologist and having taught and led in secondary schools for 15 years I joined the Governing Body at Oreston to contribute my expertise in creating a 21st Century learning environment. I married a local girl and moved to Plymouth over 15 years ago and live in the local community. Both my Children are at the school and I am a parent governor.
I became an elected Governor in 2011. I retired from Business Development/Marketing Management positions for national and regional construction companies in 2016. I have chaired the South West, National Skills Academy for Construction run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
I have one grandson at Oreston Academy in KS2.
I currently Chair the Safeguarding & Premises committee and am a member of the Pay & Performance Committee. I also represent Oreston Academy on the Westcountry Schools Trust Estates Committee.
I am head of Learning at the Real Ideas Organisation, an international social enterprise based in Plymouth. I am passionate about community, social enterprise and culture. As a new resident to Oreston I am really excited by the heritage, natural resources and community feel of the area and look forward to supporting the school to continue to develop and build exciting partnerships with local business and other organisations.
I am Vice Chair of the Safeguarding & Premises Committee, a member of the Finance & Personnel Committee and I also sit on the Appraisal/Performance Management Committee.
I am a Barrister undertaking work in family proceedings operating from Chambers in the South West. I have been at the Bar for almost 20 years. I am the head of a group of over 25 barristers undertaking work in this area. My work involves many issues concerning child protection and safe guarding.
Over the years I have also volunteered for the Citizenship Foundation to enable young people to take part in the annual Bar National Mock Trial Competition.
Outside of work I enjoy travel with my family. I have two children who attend the school.
I am Vice Principal at a local Further Education College and have an unwavering commitment and passion for improving outcomes for all learners. Having taught and led within the sector for over 15 years I have an interest in continually enhancing learning experiences through innovative and responsive curriculum opportunities and aspirational teaching and learning strategies.
I am a mum of two and self-employed HE Development Consultant living in the local community; having previously been Director and Head of Faculty of Higher Education within the further education sector. I have spent the majority of my career in education and am extremely passionate about learning and working in partnership to ensure learners are facilitated to achieve their full potential for life long success (socially and economically). As a parent governor, I am enthusiastic about working with colleagues to support and continually improve the experiences and outcomes of all children who attend the school.