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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.


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


I am currently Chair of Governors.


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 15 years ago and live in the local community.  One of my children are at the school and I am a parent governor.


Ben Manning

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.


Caroline Chapman

I am a Community and Families worker based at Plymstock United Church and I serve the local community of Plymstock. I have a strong attachment to Oreston Community Academy and attended the school as a pupil many years ago and was fortunate enough to have my first teaching post at Oreston - becoming a governor feels like I have returned home! I have 14 years’ experience in education and am passionate about building strong links in the local community. I am fully committed to the continued progression and success of all at Oreston and am excited to be part of the team.


Gemma Quin

I am a Physiotherapist and end of life care educator at St Luke’s Hospice. My career has been varied both clinically in the NHS and lecturing in Universities, giving me an insight into education, safeguarding, governance and health and safety.  


I have one son in the school and one who I hope will join when he is older. As a service family we have moved around the country, but we have been drawn back to Oreston and have found our home here. I understand the unique challenges that service families face and look forward to working with Oreston Community Academy and the local service community as a parent governor. 


Sam Hewitt

I have worked in Senior Leadership roles for over 22 years, dealing with escalated complaints, working with business customers and more recently to a HR focused role working with the Chief Executive. Prior to this, I worked within the Civil Service for the Benefits Agency.


I have one child in Key Stage 2 and joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor to contribute my skills to an all-round learning environment and success for the children at Oreston.


Tanya Shepherd

I have been a Social Worker and Practice Educator in Children’s Services for 13 years working in Devon and Plymouth. I am committed to improving access to education for disadvantaged and looked after children in the city.

I moved to Plymouth in 2006 after years of travel and living abroad.  I have two children. My eldest is now in secondary school at a city grammar and my youngest is in Key Stage 2.