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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.

John Taylor

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.

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.

John Taylor - Chair of Directors

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.

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.

John Harrison

Sarah Bevan

Governance Appointments and Declarations of Interest

Members

Name

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Date of Resignation

Appointed By

Individuals Interest

Related Parties Interest

Date Signed

Members Meetings 2017/18

Members Meeting 2018/19

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

John Taylor 12.12.18     Members Director and 50% shareholder of Otter HR Ltd. Wife - 50% shareholder of Otter HR Ltd. 13.09.18   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 the last 12 months

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed By Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed Members Meetings 2017/18 Members Meetings 2018/19
Val Dixon 01.07.11   31.08.18 Members None None 27.09.18

06.12.17 

30.04.18 

09.07.18

 

Directors

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed By Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed Board Meeting Attendance 2017/18 Board Meeting Attendance 2018/19
Sarah Bevan 12.12.18 4 Years   Members (Elected parent) None None 07.02.19   18.03.19
John Harrison 12.12.18 4 Years   Members (Elected parent) None Wife - Teaching Assistant at Cockington Primary 07.01.19    
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

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

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
Louise Smith 09.01.19 4 Years   Members (Elected Parent) None None 03.02.19   18.03.19
Tim Stephens 01.04.16 4 Years   Members

None

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

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

13.09.18

19.11.18

18.03.19

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 2017/18 Board Meeting Attendance 2018/19
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 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

 

 ACT

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed by Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed
Sarah Bevan   4 Years   Parents 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

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date of Resignation Appointed by Individuals Interest Related Parties Interest Date Signed
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 4 Years 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 18.04.19 4 Years 31.08.18 Parents Owner of 'Anchor Admin' None 11.12.18