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 firstname.lastname@example.org and this will be passed onto the appropriate governor.
Governing Body Minutes are available from the school office.
The Federation Governors are:
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
I joined the Governing Body at Clyst St Mary in 2015. I currently sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee of the newly formed Federation. I have 3 boys and I work full time for South Gloucestershire Council’s education department as the Strategic Lead for School Place Planning and Capital Investment. I develop policy and practice in the delivery of key statutory functions of the Local Authority including school admissions and school organisation and I lead in the commissioning of new schools. I am also an Independent School Admission Appeal Panel Member and School Exclusions Review Panel Member for Devon County Council and I work with other governing bodies to model good governance. I look forward to providing effective support and challenge to both Clyst St Mary and Stoke Canon Primary Schools as part of the Three Rivers Federation.
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
I was a co-opted governor at Clyst St Mary Primary School for several years - my son is a pupil at the school so I have a vested interest in supporting the school and being involved in its governance. I am now a co-opted governor of the Three Rivers Foundation and I am involved in the Resources Committee as my background is in finance. I am a chartered accountant and for many years worked at EY where I was an audit director.
Catherine Platt - Associate
Clare Werry - Co-opted
I was a parent governor at Clyst St Mary Primary School from 2015 and, when Clyst St Mary and Stoke Canon primary schools federated, I was co-opted as a governor of the Three Rivers Federation. I am Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and I’m particularly involved with school performance data and school improvement. My children were at Clyst St Mary Primary School and I was previously chair of Clyst Valley Pre-school. I enjoy playing an active role in school life, and am keen to give support and challenge as a governor to help ensure that all children across the Federation have a high-quality education. I’m a solicitor in private practice.
Ellie Wilkinson - Associate
Deputy Head Clyst St Mary School