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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 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.


Emma Hermon-Wright

My background is in education. I have been a teacher, deputy head and most recently head teacher, in Plymouth for 17 years. I have recently completely changed my career and now work in the fitness industry. I teach body pump across the city and am setting myself up as a personal trainer in the city too. I am loving a whole new way of living. 


I have one child at Oreston in Year 4 and my eldest has moved on to secondary after many happy years at Oreston Community Academy. 


I am looking forward to being able to commit the time now to supporting the team at Oreston to continue to strive for excellence in all areas. I have strength in  and will focus on the areas of ; standards (attainment and progress) including of specific groups and in the area of safeguarding.  


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.


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.


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.


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. 


Sarah Lee

I am an Architect working for a national commercial practice with an office here in Plymouth. I have 20 years experience in the industry and we undertake many school projects across the SW, including here in Plymouth. I have connections with the local construction industry and City Council, with much experience of dealing with all the various departments within it regarding planning and development.


I have a son in KS2 at Oreston and have assisted the PFOA since he started at school. I saw this opportunity to become a Governor for Site and Premises as a way to assist the school more positively by specifically using my skill sets, knowledge and experience in the construction industry. There are always challenges to resolve at school sites as they develop and evolve!


I am also passionate about sustainability and most specifically how we need to achieve 'net zero carbon' by 2030 in response to the Climate Emergency declaration by our Government and Local Authority in 2019, we don't have long to do this! Believing that we have a need to break this down into comprehendible 'chunks' of information I have set up a fortnightly webinar series concentrating on how we can do this, in the Built Environment in particular, in collaboration with the University and the Council:


Shelley White

I have worked with the police for the past 15 years and this has predominantly been within a safeguarding role, a role which I continue today.


I have one child currently in Year 1 and another in Nursery who will hopefully be joining Reception in September.


I look forward to approaching the challenges the role of parent governor will bring and I hope my background and knowledge will help to contribute towards a safe school environment. I relish the opportunity to be able to help support at Oreston.