Ann has over 10 years of experience in regard to school and academy governance, and prior to those 20 years of experience in law, accountancy and insurance in both the private and public sector. Her varied background brings a wealth of skills and experience appropriate to the role.
Ann has declared Business and Pecuniary Interests from her role as Service Manager for SSE – Governance Services providing advice and support on all aspects of governance to Academies, Multi-Academy Trusts and Maintained Schools in the South West.
Jane is the HR Director at Axminster Tools & Machinery, an HR professional with over 25 years’ experience. She has been involved in the education sector for more than 17 years, as a governor at her local primary school as well as a period of time at Axminster Community Primary Academy. Jane has always taken a special interest in secondary education through her work as an HR Director. Her experience includes the mentoring of students through different initiatives at secondary level education. Jane is an employee of Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board, an Enterprise Advisor and is involved in various HR forums.
Martin is the CEO and Executive Principal of the Vector Learning Trust. With extensive and varied experience across a range of educational sectors, Martin brings experience, ambition and a proven track record in school leadership to the Trust. He is a strong advocate of collaboration between schools and uses an approach of doing ‘with’ rather than ‘to’. Martin is recognised nationally for his implementation of successful learning strategies, which have vastly improved the outcomes of students in schools under his leadership. He is a Somerset Education Partner and a National Leader in Educational as well as a strategic partner in the Jurassic Coast Teaching Alliance and the Redstart Teaching School Alliance.
Suzanne is the Executive Principal and CEO of The Redstart Learning Partnership based at The Redstart Primary School. She works with a number of schools in a Multi Academy Trust and sits on the Board of Directors.
Faith has worked as a teacher in secondary education for the last 36 years; the last thirteen as Head of The King's School in Ottery St Mary, Devon. The King's was graded outstanding by Ofsted at its last two inspections. Since September 2016 she has worked as an education consultant working with over twenty secondary schools primarily across Devon, Dorset and Somerset. She has been a governor in a PRU and in a special school.
BRENDA STEEL (CHAIR)
Brenda has 27 years of governance experience. During this time she was manager of Governor Services in North Tyneside and then Senior Adviser/Manager of Governor Services in Somerset. She is now an independent governance consultant and works across the country. She now lives in Devon.