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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our new, Federation Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. We became part of the Three Rivers Federation, with Stoke Canon Church of England Primary School, on 23rd April 2019.


Our other governors come from all walks of life and include volunteers from our community. We have excellent parent representatives on our governing body and we value all the contributions that our governors make to school life.


The governing body meets each term as a group. Many of the responsibilities of the governing body are delegated to committees that meet before the main governing body eg Resources and Teaching and Learning.


Our governors have various legal responsibilities and duties: they are responsible for the effective management of the school, for the school budget and for Health & Safety. They help to set, and monitor the school ethos and policies. Governors support the Headteacher and staff in the running of the school.


To contact any of our governors please send your enquiry to the clerk to Governors, Mrs Lyn Flack, by emailing and this will be passed onto the appropriate governor.


Governing Body Minutes are available from the school office.


The Federation Governors are:

Picture 1 Mrs Louise - Herbert Headteacher

Chair of Governors  Geri Holman - Co-opted

Mrs Geri Holman has a background in finance and has served as a governor at Clyst St Mary Primary School for many years. She lives in Exeter and has a grown up family.


Vice Chair Tanya Smith - Local Authority Governor


David Santillo Co-opted

David has been part of the Governing Body at Stoke Canon Primary School since 2003, and before that (since 1994) had been a Local Authority governor at Exwick Middle School, with responsibility for Sites & Buildings. During his time as a governor at Stoke Canon, David has chaired the former Curriculum Committee, the Extended Schools Committee (formed to establish and oversee the pre-school, breakfast club and after-school club) and pre-school management meetings, as well as formerly being a member of Finance & Personnel Committee and of the school's Safeguarding Working Group. David works full time as a research scientist with a global NGO, at laboratories based in the University of Exeter, and has helped to run Stoke Canon's fortnightly after-school STEM Club since 2011


Jos Greenhow - Co-opted

I have been with Devon and Cornwall police since 2008 and I am currently a police sergeant at HQ. Prior to moving to Devon and joining the police I was a barrister in self employed practice in London in Middle Temple for 6 years. I worked mainly in Criminal and Family law so am used to dealing with difficult subjects and people in perilous personal circumstances with tact and empathy.

I am a Co-Opted Governor and involved on the Resources Committee, 2nd Committee, Data Protection and lead governor for the federation's GDPR.


Sarah Tweedie - Foundation

I currently work as a Learning Support Officer at Exeter College.  I have two children at Stoke Canon Primary School in years two and four.  I am a Foundation Governor and am involved in the Pre-School Management Committee, 1st Committee, EYFS, Foundation and Safeguarding Governor.


Peter Grierson - Co-opted

I am Deputy Head at Stoke Canon Primary School and involved in the Teaching & Learning Committee.


Tom Scott-Clarke - Co-opted

I am a senior manager with a wide range of experience managing staff, budgets, H&S matters and turning strategy in to tactical delivery.

Since moving to the village my wife and I have taken an active interest in our community, wishing to become a part of it. She is now a Parish Councillor and I am now one of the three flood Community co-ordinators and a Governor.

I have a son within the school, a daughter in the pre school and a second daughter who is 1 so I have a ‘growing' personal interest in the school.

I have been a Co-opted governor at Stoke Canon School since January 2018 and am involved in Resources Committee, 1st Committee and Health & Safety Governor.


Lucy McCance - Parent Governor

I spent 16 years working as a leader in Schools, for the last 6 years I was one of only 2 Advanced Skills English Teachers in Devon, deployed into Schools to address underperformance or support staff.  I have also worked in the role of SENCO, and have a child with significant additional needs.  I am now a journalist and business owner, but would like to use my background in education to support staff and school.

I have been a parent governor since May 2018.


Lucy Topliss - Parent Governor

I have served as a parent governor and chair of the PTFA at Clyst St Mary Primary School for 3 years.  I would like to continue in this role in the new Three Rivers Federation.

I have two children at Clyst St Mary School and am passionate about representing the views of fellow parents.  I will endeavour to continue to put forward the voice of all parents should I be elected to the new governing body.

I hope you all see me as an approachable member of the school community who ensures comprehensive challenge of school leadership.


Mandie Rose - Associate

Associate Member on the Teaching and Learning Committee.  I have been involved with Clyst St Mary Primary School since 1998; as a parent, a volunteer, class teacher and over 8 years as a governor.

I hope that my skills and experience will be useful in supporting the staff and the Three Rivers Federation governing body, in maintaining a supportive learning environment, continuing the high standards of education, and the well-being of all of the children in Clyst St Mary Primary School and Stoke Canon Church of England Primary School. 


Lesley Hockin - Staff Governor

I have worked at Clyst St Mary Primary School, in a variety of roles, since 1998 and served on the governing body for many years but my first contact with the school was when my children were pupils here. My background in medical research has provided me with a keen interest in the teaching of  science and my self driven interest and determination to conquer computers enabled me to help the school move forward in its IT provision and teaching.  My current role is that of administrator and singing co-ordinator.  


Linda Beattie - Foundation 


Penny Jerrard - Associate 


Briony Kempton - Co-opted


Catherine Platt - Associate


Clare Werry - Co-opted


Ellie Wilkinson - Associate

Deputy Head Clyst St Mary School

Picture 1 Mrs Mandie Rose - Associate Governor
Picture 2 Mrs Clare Werry - Co-opted
Picture 3 Mrs Lesley Hockin - Staff & Safeguarding Governor