Governor Profiles

 Name The FORT Federation – GOVERNING BODY 
Elaine Anningelainesmall I’m a Co-opted Governor. I originally started as a parent Governor at Awliscombe and became a Co-opted Governor when we federated with Payhembury. I currently have 2 children at Awliscombe primary. I became a Governor when my eldest had started school and a vacancy on the board had arisen. I applied as I hoped to be involved with the school in a productive way and felt I had skills that would be useful. I enjoy it and have learnt a lot so far, with still more to learn! At home I enjoy cooking, running and many kind of craft activities.
Emily Meekemilymeeksmall I was invited to become a Foundation Governor in September 2013 initially for Awliscombe Primary School where my two children attend school, and since September 2015 for the Fort Federation. I am very proud to have been voted in as Chair of Governors in September 2016 by my fellow Governors. I have previously served as the Designated Governor for Special Educational Needs and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.
I have worked as a School Nurse in the wider local area since 2010 and have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. My main remit within work is to improve the overall health outcomes of all children from 5-19 years of age. I am very passionate in my role as a School Nurse and I have a special interest in the emotional health and wellbeing of all children. I have a good working knowledge of Safeguarding processes and procedures, this is a skill I have utilised within my role as Designated Safeguarding Governor for the Fort Federation.
Penny Hammettpennygovs  
Pat Fowlerpfowler I was invited to become a governor of Payhembury CofE Primary School when I retired from my position as headteacher of a small village CofE Primary school very similar to Payhembury. I was thrilled to become a Foundation Governor of the recently formed FORT Federation. I have been in education as a teacher and headteacher for many years and becoming a governor has enabled me to share my knowledge and experience as well as supporting two wonderful local schools.
I am currently Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee and Governor for SEND and Inclusion and a regular visitor in school hearing readers and supporting small groups of children.
Joanne Stuartjostuart  I became a governor for Payhembury Primary when my boys were at the school in 2001, I was initially a Parent Governor and then the Community Governor before being appointed as the Local Authority Governor. Being the Local Authority Governor means that I am appointed by Devon County Council as a volunteer to represent the local authority interest in the school, I have the same role and responsibility as my fellow governors. I was re-appointed by Devon County Council in 2015 when Payhembury and Awliscombe Primary Schools federated to become the Fort Federation.
My profession is as an HR Adviser and I have numerous years experience in this field across a number of organisations. I currently work in the Education sector and therefore my skills, knowledge and experience are put to good use as a Governor.
I am the elected Chair of the Resources Committee who meets once a term to discuss matters in relation to Finance, Personnel, Buildings and Health and Safety, relating to the Federation. As you can imagine we have quite a full agenda for all of these meetings.
As a Federation we are very fortunate to have two rural schools with the potential for growth and development, this enables us to retain great staff that encourage the children to learn and reach their potential, we have a vast range of experience on the Governing Body whom since Federation have moved very swiftly to embrace both schools, we have a great future ahead of us a Rural School Federation and this is something of which we can all be very proud.
Nick Bladonnickbladdonsmall  I have been teaching for 17 years. I spent 10 years teaching in the Midlands and was an assistant head of a large primary, before moving to Devon in 2011. I have taught a range of year groups in that time, though I have spent the last 6 years at Payhembury as a year 5/6 teacher. I have been the nominated staff governor for the past four years and in that time it has helped me to prepare for senior leadership, specifically my new role of Head of school; it has helped me to understanding the strategic direction of the school/federation. I am now the representative for both schools on the governing body.
I have a responsibility to represent the broad views and opinions of the staff at meetings and I report back to staff the key points from full governors
Tony Treen
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I came to Payhembury in 1991 from Pembrokeshire. All three of my daughters passed through Payhembury Primary, and I now have two grandchildren there, with a third starting later this year. I was Community Governor for Payhembury from 2013, and have been a Foundation Governor since Federation. I serve on the Resources and Pay Committee, and am lead Governor for Health and Safety.
My professional career has been in tropical and sub-tropical agricultural pest management. As such, my whole working life has been spent overseas on long-term development aid projects in a range of countries in Southern and East Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. These projects were funded by different donor governments, either directly or through consulting companies. Work has included pest management research, and extension and training of farmers and public and private sector staff. More recently, work involved advising governments on pest management and extension policy and strategy, and on pesticide legislation. These activities have involved working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds, at different levels from small-scale farmers to government ministers, and with national and international pesticide industry associations. I retired back to the UK in 2012 after completing two years in Afghanistan.

Relaxation largely revolves around a small gaff cutter on a swinging mooring on the Exe River. Either sailing in the summer, or maintenance in the winter! The boat is a trailer-sailerwith a strong, if small, owner association. The association has a rally every year in different part of the country, where we get together to explore the area, and to exchange stories and boaty tips. Other relaxation (if one calls it that) is grandpa duties for my five grandchildren.

Sue Tucker

 
Dan Wilkinson  
Nick Thwaitesnickthwaitessmall Foundation governor, Teaching & Learning Committee
I became a governor when our twin daughters were in Year one at Awliscombe Primary. They’ve now moved on, but I continue to enjoy the importance and variety of governor work, and working with an able and committed team of fellow governors and staff. I spent three years as chair of governors, but have now happily returned to being a ‘back-bencher’ on the T&L committee, where I have lead responsibility for Curriculum matters.
I spent many years working as a solicitor but now design and make furniture to commission. We live in Awliscombe.
Paul Cann Paul is a foundation governor for the FORT Federation having joined the governors of Payhembury School as a parent governor in 2012. Paul also sits on the finance and resources committee where he is able to use some of his professional expertise gained through his career in the investment management industry. Paul was attracted to join the governors from discussions with other parent governors at the time as he was keen to contribute to the running of the school as it has such an important part in the local community. Paul’s 2 younger children Freddie and Isobel are pupils at Payhembury and although a busy working life limits his regular involvement in the day to day activities of the schools, he is always keen to try and attend or help at school events.
Stuart Coombe