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Who are our Governors?

Meet the Governors


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.


Paul Cox

I am Chair of Governors here at the academy.  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.


Anne Newall

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  years ago and from inspecting in July 2015, so now have time to offer my experience to support Oreston.


I am currently Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sit on the Finance & Personnel Committee as well as the Appraisal/Performance Management Committee.


Keith Batchelor

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.


Sue Howing-Nicholls

I am semi-retired and now work part-time. My previous working background is in small business and administration.  I am always keen to contribute to all aspects of school life.  


I am chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee and a member of the Safeguarding & Premise Committee.


Iain Anderson

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 10 years ago and live in the local community. 

I am Vice Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee and sit on the appraisal/Performance Management Committee.  I also offer my support as the SEND governor link.

Jonathan Clitheroe

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.