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Members & Directors

The Members

The Members

Members appoint the directors and have an overview of the MAT.  They provide an additional level of  accountability.

Lindsay Williams

I am a retired Deputy Headteacher, having taught in Primary Schools in Kent through my working life. I am very familiar with the Ofsted experience and have served on the Governing bodies of two schools. I now work as a volunteer teacher for Christian Aid, taking School Assemblies and class groups.

Paul Tape

I have been a Primary school Governor since 2003 when I moved to Torbay and was the Chair of Governors at Cockington Primary School for the last five years.

I work in the Financial services as a Business Change Project Manager which I feel helped with the amount of evolution that schools continue to go through.

I am a governor for two main reasons, firstly, I believe that every child should be provided with the opportunity to reach their own full potential and the primary stage builds the key foundations to enable this.  Secondly, I personally benefitted from my school education and have the time and energy to give what I can back.

Samantha Knapman

Both Samantha’s children spent the entirety of their primary school years at Preston and she contributed actively to the school community over a period of 12 years.  She was Secretary and Chair of the PTA and was a Governor at Preston where she held the post of Chair of Standards and Vice Chair of Governors.  She became a Joint Governor of Preston and Eden Park primary schools when Preston joined Coast Academies in 2014 and became a highly effective member of the Academy Challenge Team until her resignation from both in 2018.  During her time as one of our Governors, Samantha played a supportive and critical friend role in some challenging times at Preston, including the circumstances around the school’s transition to an Academy, and culminating in the school improving considerably.  Samantha is familiar with holding senior leaders to account across all areas and is passionate about ensuring continuous improvement of the Multi Academy Trust.

Carrianne Toms

I live in Brixham with my husband and 3 children. I run my own small admin company.  I am also on the committee of The Brixham Branch of the Royal British Legion.  

The Directors 

The Directors

A small team of independent professionals who deal with strategic direction, value for money and the overview of standards.  They hold the leadership of the trust to account.

David Lockyer

I am now retired after a 50 year career in footwear retailing. I have worked with the British Heart Foundation as an adviser for the past 15 years and am the President and Chairman of Footwear Friends, a footwear industry charity. I am married and live in the Blackdown Hills in East Devon.

Gary Nichols

I am married with a daughter.  I am joint founder of a South West based consulting firm that specialises in supporting clients to build business value and implementing strategic change. I work with organisations in the public and private sectors in the UK and Europe specialising in business strategy, organisational development and transformation. I also deliver entrepreneurship and enterprise training and development for schools, colleges and teaching staff in the UK and Europe.

Tim Stephens

Married, with 3 grown up children.  I currently work as the Business Manager in a large privately owned Pre-School, after 20 plus years as a manager in the Post Office.

I am also a director in 2 sports related companies.

I have been involved in primary school governance for over 20 years, having joined the governing body at Cockington Primary School in 1994 and until recently also a member of The Virtual School governing body, providing governance around the education of children in the care of the local authority.

I enjoy travel, sport, walking and spending time with the family.  There is no job more rewarding than creating opportunities and the environment within which children can optimise their potential.  We need to provide experiences and support to help them prepare for the next stage of their education and for life in an ever evolving society.

Louise Smith

My name is Louise and my son currently attends Preston Primary School.  I’m the Marketing Manager of Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts and a member of the school’s Academy Challenge Team (ACT).  My strengths lie in marketing, planning and cost savings.

I want to continue to make a positive contribution to our children’s education ensuring that the schools' strategic aims are met and exceeded and the decisions being made are beneficial to all children. I am committed to the ongoing improvement and development of Coast Academies.

Sarah Bevan

Colin Corkerton

I joined the Local Governing Body for Eden Park and Preston Primary in the summer of 2014 and then became a member of the Academy Challenge Team (ACT). Initially I was part of the team looking at Data and Standards and then early in 2017 Finance was added to my responsibilities. Last year I became a member of the Finance and Audit committee. 

I retired from work just over three years ago. For most of my working life I was employed by the Met Office. For approximately twenty years I was in the forecasting part of the organisation.  Initially based in London, I then moved to live and work in East Anglia for a number of years after training to be a forecaster.  I then moved to the Met Office’s HQ, initially in Bracknell, Berkshire before moving to Devon in 2003 when the Met Office relocated to Exeter.

Laura D'Alessandro

I have recently completed the vocational training that is required to qualify as a barrister and was Called to the Bar in November 2019, having completed almost 7 years of study. I have worked in criminal and civil litigation throughout this time and now work as a Family Law Executive at a Torquay firm of solicitors whilst I pursue pupillage at local Chambers. I specialise in Private Family Law matters but do have some overarching knowledge of public law proceedings concerning children.

I chose to return to education in my late thirties after running my own retail business and then working in sales.  Having little confidence as a young child my self-belief was seriously hampered whereby I did not feel ‘bright’ enough to attend university let alone qualify as a barrister (my lifelong dream since the age of ten). Resultantly, I can appreciate first-hand the vital role education and in particular, schools play in moulding and supporting the development of children. I feel passionately about the impact a good school with the right culture can have on the individual.  Having read the MAT’s ethos it completely resonated with me having finally achieved my dream after all these years and I felt compelled to put my weight behind an organisation that has the potential to change the lives of children.

 

Governance Appointments and Declarations of Interest

Name

Date of Appointment 

Term of Office 

Date of Resignation 

Appointed By 

Individuals Interest 

Related Parties Interest 

Date Signed 

Members Meetings 2017/2018 

Members Meeting 2018/2019 

Members 

 

Sam Knapman 

09.07.18 

 

 

Members 

Owner of ‘Thriving Together’ 

Husband - Owner/Director of R J Knapman (General Builder) 

25.09.18 

09.07.18 

12.12.18 

Paul Tape 

07.03.16 

 

 

Members 

None 

None 

29.09.18 

30.04.18 

09.07.18 

12.12.18 

24.04.19 

Carrianne Toms 

01.09.18 

 

 

Members 

Owner of ‘Anchor Admin’ 

None 

11.12.18 

 

 

Lindsay Williams 

18.05.15 

 

 

Members 

None 

None 

12.10.18 

06.12.17 

30.04.18 

09.07.18 

12.12.18 

24.04.19 

Members that have resigned in past 12 months 

 

John Taylor 12.12.18   31.12.19 Members

Director and 50%

Shareholder of Otter HR

Ltd.

Wife - 50% Shareholder of Otter HR Ltd. 13.09.18    

Val Dixon 

01.07.11 

 

31.08.18 

Members 

None 

None 

27.09.18 

06.12.17 

30.04.18 

09.07.18 

 

 

 

 

 


Name

Date of Appointment 

Term of Office 

Date of Resignation 

Appointed By 

Individuals Interest 

Related Parties Interest 

Date Signed 

Board Meeting Attendance 2017/2018 

Board Meeting Attendance  2018/2019 

Board

Meeting Attendance  2019/2020  

Directors

   
Colin Corkerton 17.04.20 4 years   Members Volunteers at Buckland Monachorum & Shared Interest None       17.04.20

Laura D'Alessandro

17.04.20 4 years   Members   None       17.04.20

Sarah Bevan 

12.12.18 

4 years 

 

Members 

(Elected parent) 

None 

None 

07.02.19 

 

18.03.19 

28.06.19 

29.11.19

29.11.19

17.04.20

Ken Kies 

14.12.05 

CEO 

 

 

None 

Wife – Head of School, Kings Ash Academy 

13.09.18 

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18 

13.09.18 

19.11.18 

18.03.19 

28.06.19 

29.11.19

17.04.20

David Lockyer 

26.07.17 

4 Years 

 

Members 

None 

None 

13.09.18 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18 

13.09.18 

19.11.18 

18.03.19 

28.06.19 

29.11.19

29.11.19

17.04.20

Gary Nichols 

26.07.17 

4 Years 

 

Members 

Director of Optimise4 Ltd 

None 

10.10.18 

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18 

19.11.18 

28.06.19

29.11.19

17.04.20

Louise Smith 

09.01.19 

4 Years 

 

Members 

(Elected Parent) 

None 

None 

03.02.19 

 

18.03.19 

28.06.19

29.11.19

17.04.20

Tim Stephens

01.04.16

Reappointed

17.04.20

4 Years   Members Member at Bay Education Trust. Wife - Acorns Pre-school owner. 13.09.18

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18 

13.09.18 

19.11.18 

18.03.19 

28.06.19 

29.11.19

17.04.20

Directors that have resigned in past 12 months 

 

 
John Harrison 12.12.18 4 Years 30.01.20 Members (Elected Parent)   Wife - Teaching Assistant Cockington Primary   07.01.19    
John Taylor 26.07.17

4

Years

31.12.19

Members

Directors

Director and

50%

Shareholder of Otter HR Ltd.

Wife - 50%

Shareholder of Otter HR Ltd

13.09.18

01.10.17

27.11.17

02.07.18

  29.11.19

David Cartwright-Lomax 

01.04.16 

4 Years 

07.11.18 

Members 

UPP Residential Services – General Manager 

None 

 

 

19.09.18 

02.10.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18 

 

 

 

Val Dixon 

01.07.11 

01.07.15 

 

4 Years 

31.08.18 

Members 

Directors 

None 

None 

27.09.18 

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18 

 

 

Patrick O’Connor 

23.06.15 

4 Years 

05.07.18 

Members 

Director and 50% shareholder of Kenneth and Edwards Ltd. 

Director and 50% shareholder WAYWF Ltd. 

Director and 50% shareholder Thirty Four Projects Ltd. 

 

Wife – Director and 50% shareholder of Kenneth and Edwards Ltd. Director and 50% shareholder WAYWF Ltd. 

Director and 50% shareholder Thirty Four Projects Ltd 

 

06.11.17 

02.07.18 

 

 

 

Name

Date of Appointment 

Term of office 

Date of Resignation 

Appointed by 

Individuals Interest 

Related Parties Interest 

Date Signed 

ACT

Sarah Bevan 

 

4 Years 

 

Parent 

None 

None 

07.02.19 

Colin Corkerton 

08.04.16 

4 Years 

 

Directors 

None  

None 

07.06.19 

Louise Smith 

30.07.17 

4 Years 

 

Parents 

None 

None 

03.02.19 

Ian Wookey 

 

 

 

 

None 

None 

07.06.19 

ACT/LGB  Members that have resigned in the past 12 months 

Sam Knapman 

18.04.16 

4 Years 

31.08.18 

Directors 

Owner of ‘Thriving Together’ 

Husband - Owner/Director of R J Knapman (General Builder) 

25.09.18 

Emma King 

08.07.17 

4Years 

01.02.19 

Staff 

 

 

 

Ian Morgan 

 

 

01.02.19 

Head of School Eden Park 

 

 

 

Al Morris 

30.07.17 

4 Years 

24.04.19 

Parent 

None 

None 

22.02.18 

Scott Ord 

 

 

01.02.19 

Head of School Preston Primary 

 

 

 

John Parkes 

 

 

01.02.19 

 

 

 

 

James Powder 

 

 

01.02.19 

 

 

 

 

Carrianne Toms 

18.04.16 

4 Years 

31.08.18 

Parents 

Owner of ‘Anchor Admin’ 

None 

11.12.18