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The Governing Body’s primary role is strategic, focussing on raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning, so that students fulfill their potential. The Governing Body’s prime accountability is to ensure that the College has effective safeguarding (child protection) policies in place that are in accordance with guidance issued by the Secretary of State, the LA and any locally agreed inter-agency procedures.

To contact the Chair of Governors or individual Governors please mark for their attention and write care of the College or email office@tavistockcollege.org who will forward it on. See Contact Us for further College contact details.

Dartmoor MAT Code of Conduct for Governors

Our Governors

Dr Tim Alexander

Chair, Member Resources Committee - Co-opted Governor

My children have had a great experience at Tavistock College. I hope to support the College in being an enjoyable and nurturing environment for staff and pupils, helping the College to continue to improve academically while still supporting the breadth of experience beyond the curriculum that the College offers.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Caroline Jordan

Joint Vice Chair, Joint Chair School Improvement Committee - Co-opted Governor

I am a new governor with a lot to learn. I am a social worker in Tavistock, have children going into years 7 and 13 and am committed to working towards the further improvement of the school.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Sean Sweeney

Joint Vice Chair, Member School Improvement Committee - Co-opted Governor

School improvement is a thrill and I want to be part of celebrating Tavistock’s continuing success.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Philip Sanders

Chair Resources Committee - Co-opted Governor

I want to ensure our young people get the best possible start in life by getting a broad based education.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

James Barrett

Vice Chair Resources Committee - Co-opted Governor

Stuart Ridley

Joint Chair School Improvement, Safeguarding Lead - Co-opted Governor

I believe my experience as a school governor, together with professional expertise as a teacher and in leading SEN and Safeguarding, will enable me to support the staff at Tavistock and help the students to achieve to the very best of their ability.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Susan Miller

Chair Ethos Committee - Parent Governor

I have a long standing history with Tavistock College, from my uncle that was in the very first intake when the doors were opened, to being a student, to now being a parent, I have watched as the college has changed, advanced, and taken great leaps, and this is what has drawn me to becoming a parent governor to ensure a great future for the college and its students.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Tim Randell

Member Resources Committee - Parent Governor

I feel I can offer the school my 35 years experience in senior management, commercial sales & marketing, PR and publishing. It is in the nature of the magazines that I publish locally that I am very focused on all aspects of the community of West Devon that the school serves. In addition I have a daughter at the school which makes me particularly keen to see that the school is successful and achieves the very highest education standards.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

John Bright

Member Resources Committee - Co-opted Governor

It seems like I’ve spent my entire working life serving others; seven years as a bank official, ten years as a police officer and twenty three years as a teacher. Interspersed within that I’ve been a game keeper for two years and lived in Peru for a year as a part of an archaeology / anthropology expedition. Through all of my working life I have been a committed trades unionist, dedicated to helping and supporting colleagues. My career decisions have largely been made because I want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Although I understand the importance of rules and regulations - teaching and policing are full of them - I confess that I don’t like red tape! If something needs doing then I really enjoy finding a way to get it done. I've been very successful at that over the years.
Having retired from paid public service, becoming a school Governor seems to me to be a very logical next step. I want to make a positive contribution to my community, to be able to help, guide and support others and help influence decisions which can change our community for the better. What better way to do that than to try and make a difference in the way our young people prepare for their own futures?

School Governors are trying to do a difficult job nowadays, in an environment which brings little thanks and a lot of criticism, and I’d like to help.

Term of office expires: 17/04/2022

Julie Stevens

Member School Improvement Committee - Co-opted Governor

High quality education for young people is vital if they are to become responsible, independent and happy adults and it is why I am a governor.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Jo Solman

Member School Improvement Committee - Staff Governor

I was a student and am the third generation of my family to attend this school. I have an invested interest in how we operate within this community and the positive impact we have now and for the future.

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Dee Benzie

Member School Improvement Committee - Co-opted Governor

I was involved in education throughout my working life, latterly as Head of Maths at Tavistock College until 2012. Earlier in life I spent some time working in a residential special school. I learned much about special needs and providing the most effective educational support.

I’ve seen many changes but through all the years, I remain passionate about the power of education to change lives. I offer my experience, skills and continued passion to provide the opportunities for all youngsters to achieve success in an ever changing educational landscape

Term of office expires: 18/09/2022

Matthew Buckett

Member School Improvement Committee - Co-opted Governor

As an artist and designer I use my creativity on a daily basis and I believe there is creativity in all of us. It is important to me that every child has the opportunity to allow their individual creativity to flourish while they are at school so they can fully realise their potential. I am keen to work with the school in continuing to build on the excellent creative arts programme and see the school flourish in all areas

Adam Reid

Member Ethos Committee - Co-opted Governor

I am particularly engaged in forging closer links between the two schools, and as the Governor with oversight for marginalised and hard-to-reach families hope that I can support the college in the excellent work that they are already doing in this respect

Term of office expires: 31/12/2022

Ralph Crook

Associate Governor

I believe all students should have equal opportunities and a safe and fun learning environment to succeed, this is why I am a governor.

Term of office expires: 18/09/2029

Safeguarding (Child Protection)
Stuart Ridley

Clerk to the Governing Body
Jay Hooper