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Stoke Damerel Community College

MEET THE GOVERNORS

The Local Governing Board for Stoke Damerel College has been replaced by a joint Governing Board for the Plymouth Secondary Schools of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.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

Chair

Trust Governor
Link Role:
HR/Staffing 
Overview of HR and PMR matters

C/O Stoke Damerel Community College
Somerset Place
Plymouth
PL3 4BD

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

About Jan:

Background

  • 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 Notschool.net 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 

Principal

SDCC

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

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 

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

 

Mary Utton 

Vice Chair
Trust Governor

Link Role: Standards
Overview of educational standards

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

About Mary:

  • Spent 10 years as Headteacher of Plymouth High School for Girls
  • Trustee of Charles Causley Trust
  • Chair of Liskeard Arts Society
  • Retired headteacher

 

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

 

Helen Green 

Parent Governor

Link Role: SEND
Overview of welfare and
outcomes for SEND students

Term of Office : 11/1/21 - 10/01/25
Date of appointment : 11/1/21
Appointed by : Election of parents

 

Liane Cvetanovic 

Parent Governor

Link Role: SEND
Overview of welfare and
outcomes for SEND students

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

About Liane:

  • Parent Governor for 14 years, first at College Road Primary School and now at SDCC. 
  • Experience of owning a local business and working in retail
  • Parent of three teenage sons, all educated here at SDCC, which has encouraged me to look at Further Education, University and life after school. 
  • I am now the Sixth form link Governor sharing what I have learnt with the students and listening to their concerns and questions, making sure that SDCC is offering them the transitional education that they need

 

Richard Blackmore 

Community Governor

Link Role: Careers 16-19

Term of Office : 1/7/20 - 30/6/24
Date of appointment : 1/7/20
​​​​​​​Appointed by : Governing Body

 

Jemima Laing 

Community Governor

Link Role: Safeguarding Overview of Safeguarding and child protection

Term of Office : 16/01/20 - 15/01/24
Date of appointment : 16/01/20
​​​​​​​Appointed by : Governing Body

 

Mark Rowles 

Community Governor

Link Role: Finance & Site/Premises Overview of budget and resource matters. H&S

Term of Office : 15/10/18 – 14/10/22
Date of appointment : 15/10/18
​​​​​​​Appointed by : Governing Body
DBS Current

About Mark:

  • Professional background in youth work, health and wellbeing and community development
  • Currently run a business that includes supporting the development of community health initiatives
  • Working with Argyle in the Community Trust on a variety of programmes including the Mayflower 400 programme
  • Adrenalin Devon Junior Minor Football League Secretary
  • Interested in assisting the school in its exciting developments and to support their health and well-being programmes for students and the local community

 

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 Cousins 

Staff Governor

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

About Rachel:

  • I have been a teacher of Maths for 10 years, teaching from Year 7 to Year 13 and as a tutor. I previously worked at Stoke Damerel Community College.
  • I am passionate about improving outcomes, developing well-rounded, inquisitive and confident members of our community. I am interested in research-based practice, including cognitive science and effective assessment.

 

The scheduled board meetings

  • 27th January 5pm
  • 17th March 5pm
  • 12th May 5pm
  • 23rd June 5pm

To contact the governors please email: info@sdcc.net  with Clerk to Governors in the subject line

Department for Education: Governance