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The Local Governing Board for Stoke Damerel College has been replaced by a joint Governing Board for the Plymouth Secondary Schools of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

For further information on the Greenshaw Learning Trust - click here

Jan Cole 


Trust Governor
Link Role:
Overview of HR and PMR matters

C/O Stoke Damerel Community College
Somerset Place

Term of Office : 1/1/21 - 31/12/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Board of Trustees
DBS Current

About Jan:


  • Spent 23 years with BT managing the communication solutions for SMEs to large Corporate Businesses.
  • Former Communications Trade Instructor in Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Training Manager for new sales staff within BT
  • Four years' education experience within Further Education sector.
  • Project Manager of Plymouth & Cornwall for eight years, an online learning community, providing alternative education by referral for 14-16 year olds unable to access mainstream education
  • CIPD Associate since 2015
  • Exam Invigilator within Secondary School and Pearson Vue
  • School Governor within Plymouth since 2004, experience includes Primary and Secondary governance.
  • Specific interest in SEN, Inclusion and Safeguarding, former Chair of Pay & Personnel

Anita Frier 


Term of Office : 1/9/17 –
Date of appointment :  1/1/21
DBS Current

Ex-officio - Appointed by the Board of Trustees

About Anita:

  • Secondary teacher since 1992, Senior leader at two schools since 2003
  • Joined the staff of Stoke Damerel Community College in 2004
  • Became vice principal before being appointed executive principal in September 2017
  • NPQH and Masters in Education
  • Vice Chair PLT Inclusion
  • Speaker at conference on Impact of Parental Mental Health
  • Experienced leadership in Assessment, Quality Assurance and Evaluation
  • Passionate about health outcomes and emotional mental health well-being
  • PLP (Plymouth Learning Partnership) Board Director

Sandra Trathen 

Vice Chairman

Trust Governor
Link Role:
Standards and Behaviour and Attendance
Overview of educational standards and behaviour and attendance

Term of Office : 1/1/21 - 31/12/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Board of Trustees
DBS Current

About Sandra:

  • Interest in mental-health, life challenges and the impact on outcomes for young people.
  • Committed to the role of governor in supporting the school progress, being ambitious in outcomes for young people and focus on a positive ethos
  • Director of school-centred teacher training – The Learning Institute South West (retired 2018)
  • Teacher – Advanced Skills (English) - retired
  • Specialist Leader of Education – retired
  • Rock Choir member

Fiona Osmaston 

Trust Governor

Link Role: Standards
Overview of Educational Standards

Term of Office : 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22
Appointed by : Governing Body

Colin Searls 

Trust Governor

Link Role: Safeguarding
Overview of Safeguarding and child protection

Term of Office:  1/1/21 - 31/12/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Board of Trustees
DBS Current

About Colin:

  • Main Skills/experience: Knowledge of Higher Education sector, Art and Design, Education and Teaching/Learning and Assessment.
  • Former Chair of Governors at Stoke Damerel Community College
  • Secondary Governor for more than 10 years
  • Retired University lecturer and former Associate Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Plymouth
  • Part time consultant for Dartington Hall Trust

Sam Beacham 


Trust Governor

Link Role: 

Term of Office: 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22
Appointed by : Board of Trustees

Richard Blackmore 

Community Governor

Link Role: Careers 16-19

Term of Office : 1/1/21 - 30/6/24
Date of appointment : 1/1/21
Appointed by : Governing Body

Lindsay Cooper-Smith 

Parent Governor

Term of Office : 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22

About Lindsey:

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Qualified SENCo
  • Trust Inclusion and Safeguarding Lead
  • Currently working at Discovery MAT providing nurture and outreach support for primary aged children at risk of exclusion.
  • Mum of three boys all currently attending schools in the GST.

Kelly Terry 

Parent Governor

Term of Office : 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22

About Kelly:

  • Currently, employed as a Commercial Manager for an organisation that offers advice, transforming performance to safeguard the commercial interests of clients embarking on investment programmes across real estate, infrastructure and natural resources.
  • Chartered member of Procurement and Supply and offer experience and skills of such
  • Approaching the role of governor with commitment to supporting the school to achieve all of its goals and aspirations for a strong, successful and capable future for young people 
  • Mum of one boy and one girl whom currently attends a school in the GST

Matthew Hussey 

Staff Governor

Term of Office : 25/1/21 - 24/1/25
Date of appointment : 25/1/21
Appointed by : Staff election
DBS Current

About Matthew:

  • Teaching and learning expertise from classroom experience and as manager of Teachmeet for 2 years
  • Staff voice as a leader and representative of the Maths department
  • Forensic understanding and ability to analyse and communicate data
  • Head of Mathematics
  • Responsible for KS4 outcomes in Maths 17/18
  • Joined governing body in 2018

Rachel Miller 

Staff Governor

Term of Office : 23/11/22 - TBC
Date of appointment : 23/11/22
Appointed by : Staff election
DBS Current


The scheduled governing body meetings

  • GB2 Wednesday 23rd November 2022

  • GB3 Wednesday 18th January 2023

  • GB4 Wednesday 8th March 2023

  • GB5 Wednesday 3rd May 2023

  • GB6 Wednesday 5th July 2023

To contact the governors please email: with Clerk to Governors in the subject line

Department for Education: Governance