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Meet Our

Governors

The Board of Governors is made up of people from the community who have business, management or education experience, alongside staff and parents.

Responsibilities


The main responsibilities of the UTC Board of Governors are:

1. To act within the formal powers and rules as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

2. To determine the educational character and mission of the UTC and to exercise oversight of its activities.

3. To approve the quality improvement strategy for the institution.

4. To ensure the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the UTC and to safeguard its assets.

5. To act in the best interests of the UTC.

6. To be fully informed about the operation of the UTC.

7. To ensure decisions are always taken for the benefit of the UTC, its students, staff and other users and with a view of safeguarding public funds.

8. To act as individuals and not bound by mandates from other bodies.

9. To attend UTC events, such as student awards presentations and open days, in order to gain an appreciation of and support the work of the UTC.


The Board of Governors meets regularly to review the work of the UTC and discuss any future developments in line with the above powers and responsibilities.

UTC Plymouth Governor Training Record 2021 onwards

UTC Governor Meeting Attendance Record 2021-22

UTC Plymouth Governor Records 2021-22

UTC Management Plan 2021-22

UTC Plymouth LGB Meeting Dates 2022-23

Governance Handbook

Meet Our Governors


Tony Bent - Employer Sponsor - Appointed by the Trust Board: Quality of 6th Form Provision


Term: 21.09.20 - 20.09.24

Responsibility: Quality of 6th Form Provision

Attendance 2022-23: 0/1

Registered Interests: None

Tony has an Engineering background and was Principle Mechanical Engineer for Toshiba Consumer products in Plymouth, where he worked for 17 years before joining Rittal CSM Ltd. as Senior Supply Chain Engineer and later Supply Chain Engineering Manager. He has worked for Rittal for 20 years now and is currently Supply Chain Director and one of the members of the Senior Management team at the Roborough based factory. During his time there, he has taken on wider responsibilities in the Supply Chain Department including: Sourcing and Procurement, Supplier Quality, Logistics and Warehousing. Tony started his working life with an Engineering Apprenticeship, which was a great launch pad for a successful career in manufacturing. He is therefore really keen to support the success of Plymouth UTC, in providing similar foundations and opportunities for STEM stars of the future.


Nick Buckland OBE – Chair - Co-opted governor - Appointed by the Local Governing Body : Leadership and Management


Term: 01.10.18 - 01.10.26 (2nd Term)

Responsibility : Leadership and Management

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered Interests:

Joint owner of Ditchen Farm, Chair of Parnall Group, Trelonk Ltd, Parnall Aircraft Company, Riverford Organic Trust, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, St Petroc’s School Trust, SA Certification, HRC College and Shebbear College and Director of Talklight Ltd and TWSW Ltd. Trustee of Theatre Royal Plymouth, PML, PMF and Karst. Chair of Governors of UTC Plymouth, Millbay Academy & High Street Primary and Stoke Damerel Primary School. Fellow of IMA, RSA, IET, BCS and CMI. Member of IoD and RI. Spouse is a Quality Manager for Cornwall Adult Education


Eur Ing Nick Buckland OBE has been the Chair of Governors at UTC Plymouth since 2016. Originally a mathematician he spent many years in the IT industry working on high performance computers, the early years of virtual reality and the internet. From the mid 1990’s he has had a portfolio career as a Chair and director of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has been a strong advocate of STEM and its importance for the UK economy and is passionate about ensuring young people are given the opportunities to gain a good education that will ensure they can take up exciting and well paid jobs and careers. He was appointed OBE for services to Innovation and Technology in the 2009 New Year Honours List and is a Chartered Engineer, Information Technology Practitioner and Manager. He is a Fellow of a number of professional bodies.

Ian Crews - Vice Chair - Employer Sponsor - Appointed by the Trust Board: Quality of Education and Personal Development


Term: 09.11.20 - 08.11.24

Responsibility : Quality of Education and Personal Development

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered Interests: Training Programme Manager for Babcock

Ian Crews is Training Programme Manager for Shore Support Engineering for Babcock International at Devonport Royal Dockyard. He has also worked at BAE Systems in Portsmouth as a Lead Training Solutions Engineer. Across these two roles his predominant responsibilities have been focussed around the scoping for and designing of training for the engineers who repair the complex systems used on the surface and sub-surface fleet in the Royal Navy.

Prior to joining BAE Systems Ian was the inaugural Principal of South Devon UTC. He took this from the build phase into its first 3 years. As a former Principal Ian brings a real understanding of the UTC movement and the importance of employer engagement to UTC Plymouth. Ian has also been a governor of UTC Portsmouth while he worked for BAE Systems. Prior to his career in education Ian served in the Royal Navy as an aircraft technician and engineer.

Gavin Douglas – University Sponsor – Appointed by the Trust Board: Quality of 6th Form Provision


Term: 16.02.22 – 15.02.26

Responsibility: Quality of 6th Form Provision

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered Interests : None

I’m a graduate of Durham University (German) and the Open University (MBA). I’ve worked in education for most of my career, initially as a teacher overseas and in the UK, then in management in further education, and for the last 20 years in higher education leadership including senior roles at Robert Gordon University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Edinburgh.

At the start of January 2022 I moved to take up the role of University Registrar and Secretary at the University of Plymouth. I am responsible as Registrar for a wide range of professional services within the University, and as Secretary for the effective operation of the University’s governance structures, including the Board of Governors.

My professional interests and experiences include leadership, change management, student services and support, and marketing and communications.

I am married with one (grown-up) daughter. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, playing the piano and trying (with varying degrees of success) to stay fit.

Lt Col (Retd) Craig Hampton-Stone MA CMgr MCMI – Co-opted governor - Appointed by Local Governing Body: Behaviour and Attitudes


Term: 11.11.19 - 10.11.23

Responsibility : Behaviour and Attitudes

Attendance 2022-23: 0/1

Registered Interests: Trustee of Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue

Craig Hampton-Stone commissioned into the British Army in April 1996. He has enjoyed a variety of positions at Regimental Duty in the Royal Logistic Corps including serving in Close and General Support Regiments, culminating with Command of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment based in Plymouth. These positions, along with time on the staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters, have resulted in Craig deploying on operations to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Mali and Kenya. His other staff jobs have included being the Head of Recruiting for the Royal Logistics Corps, Strategic Programme Manager in Defence Support and teacher on the Major’s course at the Defence Academy.

Craig has also trained in bomb disposal as an Ammunition Technical Officer, which incorporated 72 exams in 18 months and resulted in him being awarded a Graduateship with the City & Guilds Institute in Military Technology. His academic credentials were further honed when whilst attending the Advanced Command and Staff Course, he read for a Masters in Defence Studies with King’s College London gaining a distinction.

Craig left the Army in Jul 2021 after nearly 27 years’ service and has taken up an appointment with Mace Construction as Associate Director for Organisational Development.

Craig is married to Joanna and they have settled into the ‘thankful village’ of Herodsfoot in Cornwall, where they enjoy a serene life in a 200 year old miner’s cottage. As well as being a governor at UTC Plymouth, Craig is a trustee at Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue, a member of the Duchy College Advisory Board, team member of East Cornwall Search and Rescue Team and Vice-president of the Royal British Legion in Cornwall. The majority of his spare time is spent walking his hounds through Deerpark Forrest and trying hard to improve his averages at Boconnoc Cricket Club.

Janice Jenner - Parent Governor - SEND Support


Term: 14.02.22 – 13.02.26

Responsibility: SEND Support

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered Interests: Director of Hunrosa (2009)

Esther Knight – Staff Governor – Elected by Staff


Responsibility: Staff Governor

Attendance 2022-23: 0/0

Registered Interests: None

Working at the UTC has given me great pleasure and sense of achievement. It's wonderful to still feel like this after twenty years working in education across various Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK alongside some incredible opportunities working abroad. I am now a busy working mum and can very much relate to the importance of sending my son off to his school trusting that they will give him a good education and keep him safe. This has been the biggest gratification of working at the UTC knowing that the staff work hard to achieve this for our students every day. I like to keep fit by going to the gym, it's been an important part of my life for a long time alongside yoga and trying new healthy foods. I like to travel and I'm planning that with the pandemic being more under control that I will be able to visit new countries again. I hope that my experiences to date will benefit the Governing Body and support shaping the UTC further in this very exciting time of rapid expansion.



Hendrik Koornhof - Employer Sponsor Appointed by the Trust: Leadership and Management


Term: 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Responsibility : Leadership and Management

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered Interests: None

Hendrik is the Business Improvement Director at Babcock’s Devonport facility, the biggest dockyard in Western Europe. He joined Babcock in 2018 as HR Director after a varied career spanning director level HR and Operations roles across the world, with extensive experience in South Africa, the UK, Europe, India, China and the US, mostly in high hazard industries. The UK is experiencing a skills crisis which is set to deepen further. Engineering skills coupled with Nuclear capabilities are required to successfully deliver long term Naval programmes which are critical to national and international security. Hendrik is one of the governors representing the industry and the STEM agenda required to address the skills gap. His business experience adds to the governance and management rigour of the board.

Warren O'Riley – Staff Governor – Elected by Staff


Responsibility: Staff Governor

Attendance 2022-23: 0/0

Registered Interests: None


A teacher of mathematics who has made a positive impact on both the school and its pupils. I am currently taking a lead in understanding dyscalculia, how the UTC maths department can improve their teaching of these pupils, how other departments are affected by this condition, and to help develop a whole school strategy for teaching dyscalculic pupils.

I have extensive experience in school governance including 6 years as a parent governor of Prince Rock Primary where I was Chair of Finance, lead on mathematics, and pupil premium governor. I was also a founding director and trustee of The Learning Academy Trust where, during my 3-year tenure, I helped the trust grow from 1 primary school to 8. I have previous experience in leadership, management, and strategic planning, having gone through the S&N Plc management programme and then managed many businesses in the licensed leisure industry.

Currently studying for a masters degree in Educational Leadership where I am focussing on barriers and perceptions that prevent teachers from moving into leadership positions.

I see being a governor as the perfect opportunity to make a real contribution to the running and management of the school whilst always acting in the best interests of UTC, its staff, and most importantly the children. In particular, I am keen to ensure that all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are given every opportunity to succeed.'



Rachel Summers - Co-opted Governor - Safeguarding and SEN


Term 01.08.22 – 31.07.26

Responsibility: Safeguarding and SEN

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered interests: TBC

I was born in London in 1970, and moved to Plymouth in 1974, where my father was in the navy, based at Manadon Engineering College. I moved between Plymouth and Portsmouth several times during my childhood, but my secondary schooling was in Plymouth.

I qualified as a primary teacher back in 1995, and have been a class teacher in several schools across Plymouth. In my 27 year teaching career, I have taught all primary age groups, from Reception to Year 6. In 1999, I became a Lead Maths teacher for the local education authority and coached other teachers across Plymouth. In 2001, I was seconded to Plymouth Education Action Zone, and was their Maths teacher, supporting teachers and teaching assistants in the PEAZ schools, both in primary and secondary.

I joined Marlborough Primary Academy, Devonport, in April 2006, as the Deputy Headteacher. In 2014, I became the Headteacher. I have been privileged to have been in this position, wanting the very best for all the children, their families and the local community. I have recently left Marlborough as head teacher (July 2022), to take up a new role as Individual Needs & Inclusion Lead across all the Reach South Primaries, starting in September 2022, which I am very much looking forward to.

I am delighted to have been accepted onto UTC Plymouth's Local Governing Body as Governor for Safeguarding, SEND and Inclusion. In my role as Headteacher, I have many years of experience of Safeguarding in the Designated Safeguarding Lead role. I have recently qualified as a STORM training facilitator and see this role as vital to ensure all school are equipped to support all vulnerable pupils.

I have 3 children of my own, 2 boys in Year 9 and 1 girl in Year 11 at secondary, so have a busy life in and out of school.

Jo Ware - Ex-Officio by virtue of position as headteacher


Term - 01.05.21

Attendance 2022-23: 0/0

Registered interests: None

Peter Towell OBE MA MBA CEng FIMarEST – Employer Sponsor – Appointed by the Trust Board: Quality of Education and Finance


Term: 07.07.22 – 06.07.26

Responsibility: Quality of Education and Personal Finance

Attendance 2022-23: 1/1

Registered Interests:

Parochial Church Council Member - Parish of St Mary’s and St John’s Plymstock and Hooe and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Peter is a marine engineer who served in the Royal Navy for 36 years. Having initially served a Navy engineering apprenticeship he enjoyed a richly varied career, in the front line at sea and ashore in engineering and support, in many UK and worldwide locations. He also worked in several training roles and in strategic HR managing the engineering branch of the Royal Navy. He attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course and also Cranfield University Business School, and in his penultimate role was the Navy’s Chief Engineer in Portsmouth Dockyard. His final appointment was the Commanding Officer of HMS SULTAN, the Royal Navy’s School of Air and Marine Engineering which was part of the Royal Navy’s outstanding OFSTED apprenticeship accreditation.

After leaving the Royal Navy he joined the Civil Service to continue his work in defence, taking a role within HM Naval Base Devonport as the Head of Estates where he is responsible for the Naval Base infrastructure. Peter is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and lives in Plymouth.

Governors of the previous 12 months


Emma Hill - 29.09.20 – 13.12.21

Sam Smith - Co-opted Governor 01.07.19 - 31.07.22

Neil Bond – Parent Governor 29.09.20 – 26.07.22


How to contact the Board of Governors

To find out more about Reach South Academy Trust governance, click on the following link:

https://www.reachsouth.org/gov...

If you wish to contact any member of the Board of Governors you will need to do so via the Clerk to the Board:

Lindsey Johnson
Clerk to the UTC Board of Governors

lindsey.johnson@reachsouth.org
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