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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.

Val Dixon

I am a retired Primary Head Teacher with over thirty years of experience in teaching and leadership roles in primary schools in Bedfordhsire.  In both Bedfordshire and Devon I have had extensive experience in primary school governance and have been through the Ofsted Inspection procedure both as a Head Teacher and Governor on six occasions

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.

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.

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.

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 Cartwright-Lomax

I am married with a daughter at Cockington Primary School.  My professional career currently  involves managing residential accommodation within Higher Education.  This includes responsibilities for facilities management, property lifecyle, compliance, budgeting and HR management.  I have three other children and enjoy, cycling, cooking and playing snooker.

Ken Kies - Executive Head of Eden Park/Preston Primary and CEO of Coast Academies

Ken has been a primary school Headteacher for fifteen years with a track record of driving change impacting on successful school improvement.

In Essex, Ken dramatically improved pupil outcomes and Ofsted judgements in two schools before leading an amalgamation in Devon, moving an intensive support school to Good.  He has recently led significant improvements at a school in a "Requires Improvement" category resulting in improved outcomes, a strong staff team and a positive outlook for the imminent Ofsted inspection.  Ken is the founder member of Coast Academies and has driven the formation supported by strong leadership and forward thinking governance

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.

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.

John Taylor (Vice Chair)

I have been an HR professional for the last 30 years having worked for some of the UKs largest companies. In 2008 I started my own company providing HR support to small and medium sizes businesses.  I have particular interest in change and business reorganisation. I am married with two grown up children and have lived in Torbay for the last 6 years.

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.

 

 

Register of Business Interests

 

Individuals Interest

Related Parties Interest

Date Signed

Meetings Attended
Academic Year 2016

Cockington LGB

 

 

 

 

John Harrison Chair (Co-opted)

 

Wife employed at Cockington Primary

31.03.16

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Dave Cartwright-Lomax (Vice Chair) – Co-opted

None

Child at Cockington Primary

 

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Rik Meek (Head Teacher)

None

None

 

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Brett Harington (Staff Gov)

None

None

 

12.10.16

Resigned 29.06.16

Kirstie Foord (Staff Gov)

None

None

 

Resigned 12.10.16

Simon Niles (Parent Gov)

 

Wife employed at Cockington Primary

 

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Maxine Collett (Parent Gov)

None

None

 

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Ian Wookey (Co-opted)

None

None

 

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Kim Smith (Co-opted)

None

None

11.04.16

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

Tim Stephens (Assoc)

Resigned as a member

Director – Torquay Recreation Ground Ltd.

Director – Torquay Athletic RFC Ltd

Director – Cockington Primary School Academy Trust

Wife – Proprietor Acorns Pre-School, tenant at Cockington Primary.

13.09.16

12.10.16

22.02.17

07.06.17

03.07.17

Preston and Eden Park LGB

 

 

Colin Corkerton

None

None

16.01.16

18.04.16
12.10.16

20.10.16

23.02.17

08.06.17

Caroline Hitchcott

None

None

09.11.15

 

Sam Knapman

None

Husband – Owner/Director R J Knapman & Son Ltd

19.11.15

18.04.16
12.10.16

20.10.16

23.02.17

08.06.17

Andrew Pollard

Resigned 18.05.17

None

None

09.11.15

12.10.16

 

Carrianne Toms

Governor of Torbay Virtual School

Brixham Royal British Legion Committee member

None

12.09.16

18.04.16
12.10.16

20.10.16

23.02.17

08.06.17

Marie Kowalski (Clerk)

None

None

18.11.15

18.04.16
12.10.16

 

 

 

 

 

SLT

 

 

 

 

Adele Clayton

None

None

23.03.16

 

Ken Kies

See below

 

 

 

Emma King

None

None

10.11.15

08.06.17

Deb Mawbey

None

None

02.11.15

 

Ian Morgan

None

None

02.11.15

18.04.16

08.06.17

Scott Ord

None

None

02.11.15

12.10.16

23.02.17

Senior Finance

 

 

Julie Drew

None

None

04.11.15

 

Bridget Silman

None

None

03.11.15

 

Members and Directors Governance Appointments and Declarations of Interest 2017-2018

 

Date of Appointment

Term of office

Date of Resignation

Appointed by

Individuals Interest

Related Parties Interest

Date Signed

Board Meeting Attendance 2017-2018

Members

Val Dixon

01.07.11

 

 

Members

None

None

27.09.18

06.12.17 

30.04.18 

09.07.18

Sam Knapman 09.07.18     Members Owner of 'Thriving Together' Husband - owner/director of RJ Knapman (general builder) 25.09.18 09.07.18

Paul Tape

07.03.16

 

 

Members

None

None

29.09.18

30.04.18 

09.07.18

Lindsay Williams

18.05.15

 

 

Members

None

None

14.09.17

06.12.17 

30.04.18 

09.07.18

Members that have resigned in the last 12 months

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed By Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed
               

Directors

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed By Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed Board Meeting Attendance 2017-2018
David Cartwright-Lomax 01.04.16 4 Years   Members UPP Residential Services – General Manager None 19.09.18

02.10.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18

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

David Lockyer 26.07.17  4 Years   Members None None 13.09.18

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18

Gary Nichols 26.07.17 4 Years   Members None None 07.08.17

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18

Tim Stephens 01.04.16 4 Years   Members

None

Wife - Proprietor Acorns Pre-School, tenant at Cockington Primary 13.09.18

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

21.03.18 

02.07.18

John Taylor 26.07.17 4 Years   Members Director and 50% Shareholder of Otter HR Ltd. Wife – 50% Shareholder of Otter HR Ltd. 13.09.18

02.10.17 

27.11.17 

02.07.18

Directors that have resigned in the past 12 months

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed By Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed Board Meeting Attendance 2016-2017
Val Dixon

01.07.11 

01.07.15

4 Years 31.08.18 Members Directors None None 02.10.17

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 of WAYWF Ltd.

Director and 50% shareholder of Thirty Four Projects Ltd.

Wife - Director and 50% shareholder of Kenneth and Edwards Ltd. 

Director and 50% shareholder of WAYWF Ltd.

Director and 50% shareholder of Thirty Four Projects Ltd.

06.11.17 02.07.18