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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 two children at Oreston. One is currently in year 3 and my eldest has just 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.  Both 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.


William Higginson


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.


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.