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Meet the Governors

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Our school Governors represent parents, school staff, the Local Authority and the local community.  They are all volunteers who bring with them a range of different backgrounds and experience.  They plan an active role in the life of the school and support the Head of School when making key strategic decisions.  The Governing Board consists of two committees - Business Management and Teaching and Learning.  Each Committee meets once every half term, with the Full Governing Body once every half term. 


The Governors may be contacted by emailing the clerk Pete Osborne at  All emails will be treated in strictest confidence.


The Chair of Governors is Vicky Stevens 



Governors sit on the following committees 


Teaching and Learning


Mrs Vicky Stevens  - Chair / LA  Governor

Mr Dan Turner  - Head of School

Mrs Linda Mitchell - Co-opted Governor

Ms Jane Collings - Co-opted Governor

Miss Claire Simpson - Staff Governor

Mrs Gemma Walker - Parent Governor



Business Management


Mr Dan Turner - Head of School

Ms Sarah Hosie - Parent Governor

Mr Alexander McFeat - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Rebecca Sear - Co-opted Governor

Mr Zohan Nash - Co-opted Governor

Mrs Therese Carwithen - Associate Member


Clerk - Mr Peter Osborne





Members of the Governing Body


Vicky Stevens

Vicky came to live in Broadhempston 33 years ago. Both her children attended the school and she was first a member of the PTFA, then became a Governor . During the federation she remained on the Senior Council. She has taught Classics and English at secondary and University level as well as research. Her interests are in the arts and in environmental issues.


Linda Mitchell 

Linda has recently moved to Broadhempston from a small village in Leicestershire to be closer to her family.  She grew up in Cheshire before graduating from university and starting work as an outdoor pursuits instructor in Cambridgeshire.  Before retiring in 2014 she had been a Primary School Headteacher for over 20 years.  Her hobbies include sailing, gardening and crafts. 


Sandy (Alexander) McFeat

Sandy moved to the area three and a half years ago with his family, including grandchildren Alexandra and Lawrence who both attend the school.  For many years he has been an active hands-on volunteer and trustee for two charities, both involved in helping those in need in the community.  He is currently managing Trustee of Ashburton Methodist Church.  Before retiring, Sandy worked in the construction industry as a sales director with an additional role in Health and Safety.  He is proud to be associated with the school and honoured to be part of a team that works tirelessly to help create an environment of positive learning for our children.


Sarah Hosie

Sarah moved to the village four years ago after 10 years of living in Moscow.  The move was prompted by a desire to have her two youngest children educated in a village primary school setting.  Whilst being a Parent Governor she runs a cottage rental business.  Prior to this she worked for Mars Incorporated in marketing, Harrods in Buying and French Connection Ltd as a Sales Director.  Her interests are outdoor pursuits and travel.


Rebecca Sear 

Rebecca has recently moved to Broadhempston with her husband, two young children and lively border terrier.  Having worked and lived in London for 10 years in HR projects, roles for PwC and The Royal Household she was ready for a lifestyle change, enjoying more time with her wider family who live in Devon and Cornwall and creating a portfolio career. 

As well as continuing to be an HR Projects Consultant she has set up her own children's interior design business and is enjoying volunteering with other parents to run the baby and toddler playgroup at the village hall on a Friday.  

Rebecca's interest are in interior design, paddle boarding and yoga (often combined), crafting and running with her dog. 


Jane Collings

Jane and her family have lived in Broadhempston for 25 years.  Currently an Academic Developer at the University of Plymouth, her background is as an educational consultant specialising in leadership, governance and evaluation.  For some 20 years Jane was also a secondary school governor.  Jane is Tennis Secretary for the Broadhempston Village Hall Trust.  Her other interest include gardening, walking, tennis and skiing. 


Gemma Walker 

My family and I moved to Broadhempston in 2017 from Weston-super-Mare.

I have a passion for additional needs and I am a qualified teaching assistant specialising in this area. Through my experience, I have learned to look at things from a different perspective and understand how to take a holistic, yet personalised approach to problem solving.

I enjoy studying with a particular interest in bio-psychology and human biology. My other hobbies include baking and spending long summer days on the beach and paddle boarding in Salcombe.


Zohan Nash 

After growing up in Totnes, I started my career as an Accountant in London, then returned to Devon in 2000.  In 2003 I started my own practice, which now employs 13 staff.  I feel my financial, business and staff management skills enable me to add value as a governor.  

I moved to the village of Broadhempston in 2009 and project managed my own house build here in 2017.  I have two children who both attend the school.  I believe the village primary school offers an excellent environment for education, comparable to some private schools elsewhere, and I am keen to do whatever I can to help maintain and improve the quality of the school. 

I am also the treasurer for the school PTFA.  My interests include motorcycling and learning to play the piano. 










Chair of Governors' Report 2018/19

Governor Meeting Dates 2018 -19

Governor Attendance 2017 - 2018

Governor Attendance 2016 - 2017

Chair of Governors' Report 2017 - 2018

Chair of Governors' Report 2016 -2017