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


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 Governor Meeting Attendance Record 2020-21

Governor details 2021-22

UTC Plymouth Governor Records 20-21

UTC Management Plan 2021-22

UTC Plymouth LGB Meeting Dates 2021-22

Governance Handbook

UTC Plymouth Governors Self Evaluation 2019-20

Meet Our Governors

Tony Bent - Employer Sponsor - Appointed by the Trust Board: Personal Development

Term: 21.09.20 - 20.09.24

Responsibility: Personal Development

Attendance 2020-21: 3/5

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.

Neil Bond: Parent Governor - Health & Safety

Term 29.09.20 - 28.09.24

Responsibility: Health & Safety

Attendance 2020-21:4/4

Registered Interests: None

Neil is 55 years old and has worked in an engineering background all his life. He is currently

employed with Fibre Glass Systems formerly Pipex, as a team leader and is responsible for

the quality of work and ensuring jobs which are undertaken are completed on time and on


Neil’s son attends UTC Plymouth and is currently in the 6th form.

Neil works often with young apprentices to help them achieve their goals and qualifications

within an engineering background. He hopes to help pupils gain knowledge and understanding

so they can further their career in engineering.

Pete Bragg: Staff governor - Elected by staff

Term: 19.12.18 - 18.12.22

Responsibility : Staff Governor

Attendance 2020-21: 4/5

Registered Interests: None

Pete has been with the UTC since its inception in 2013 under his role as Art & Design lead,

moving into Head of Sixth form. He will now be looking towards cementing his position within

the school as Careers & Employer Engagement. Part of Pete's role is developing careers for

the whole school programme and supporting local employers to engage effectively with

education in STEAM.

Nick Buckland OBE – Co-opted governor - Appointed by the Local Governing Body : Leadership and Management and Interim Personal Development link

Term: 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Responsibility : Leadership and Management and Interim Personal Development link

Attendance 2020-21: 5/5

Registered Interests: Chair of Governors at Stoke Damerel, Chair of Governors at Millbay &

High Street Academy, PWP, Soil Association Certification, CSW Group, Theatre Royal

Plymouth, EDT, KARST, Riverford Organic, Parnall Group and St Petroc’s School. Trustee of

PMF, PML, TWSW and MIST. Governor of Shebbear College. Member Goram Homes Board,

GWR Advisory Board, SWW WaterShare+ Panel. Co-owner & Director of PACentral. Coowner Ditchen Farm. Fellow IMA, BCS, RSA, IET and CMI, Member IoD and RI. Chartered -

CITP, CEng CMgr, Eur Ing.

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.

Professor Julian Chaudhuri - University Sponsor - Appointed by The Trust Board

Term: 19.02.21 - 18.02.25

Responsibility : TBC

Attendance 2020-21:2/2

Registered Interests: TBC

Ian Crews- Employer Sponsor - Appointed by the Trust Board: Quality of Education

Term: 09.11.20 - 08.11.24

Responsibility : Quality of Education

Attendance 2020-21: 2/4

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


Lt. Col Craig Hampton-Stone – Co-opted governor - Appointed by Local Governing Body: Behaviour and Attitudes

Term: 11.11.19 - 10.11.23

Responsibility : Behaviour and Attitudes

Attendance 2020-21: 2/4

Registered Interests: Chairman of the Livewell Foundation

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Hampton-Stone is a project manager in the Ministry of Defence and

was previously the Commanding Officer of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, which is

based in Plymouth and is one of the largest reserve Regiments in the Army. Having recently

settled in the area, Craig is very keen to contribute to the successful running of UTC Plymouth,

where he has been truly inspired by the attitude and dedication of the pupils. As a school

governor, Craig hopes to use his experiences from 25 years’ service as an army officer,

including many years on operations around the globe, to develop the leadership, values and

standards of the pupils at UTC Plymouth.

Hendrik Koornhof - Employer Sponsor Appointed by the Trust: Quality of 6th Form Provision

Term: 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Responsibility : Quality of 6th Form Provision

Attendance 2020-21: 3/5

Registered Interests: None

Hendrik is the HR Director at Babcock’s Devonport facility, the biggest dockyard in Western

Europe. He joined Babcock in 2018 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.

Emma Hill: Parent Governor - Quality of 6th Form provision

Term 29.09.20 - 28.09.24

Responsibility: Quality of 6th Form Provision

Attendance 2020-21: 3/5

Registered Interests: None

Emma was delighted to become a parent governor at UTC. She has a son who is in the Sixth

Form, and is looking forward to watching him develop at UTC and fulfil his career aspirations.

Emma has worked in social care for twenty years, and recognises the importance of good

quality education that is committed to developing young people to reach their potential. By

being a parent governor, Emma wants to be able to use her skills, experience and knowledge

as a social worker to assist the school to reach the goals it has. The hope is, that in her own

way, Emma can make a positive contribution to the school so that it can continue to remain

highly successful and go from strength to strength. Outside of work and her family, Emma

loves to read, bake and try anything crafty whenever there is time to actually sit down!

Polly Lovell - Ex-Officio by virtue of position as Executive Principal

Term: 01.10.18 - 30.09.22

Responsibility : Executive Principal

Attendance 2020-21: 3/5

Registered Interests: Secondary Head of Millbay Academy

Polly Lovell is Executive Principal at UTC Plymouth, a local 11 - 19 engineering college as

well as the Head of Secondary at Millbay Academy. She also leads on STEAM and vocational

education for Reach South Trust. Polly is an experienced governor having been a parent

governor at her children’s secondary school, a staff governor at Lampton School, Hounslow,

a governor at Stoke Damerel Primary Academy and recently deputy chair at Stoke Damerel

Community College. Polly also brings experience to the board as a trained SENDCo,

Designated Safeguarding lead and STORM Mental health lead. Polly has led the UTC

PLYMOUTH through a journey of improvement as is well versed in school restructures and

developing data led instruction.

Sam Smith-Co-opted governor - Appointed by the Local Governing Body: SEND /Pupil Premium /Safeguarding / Equality Link Governor

Term: 01.07.19 - 30.06.23

Responsibility : SEND /Pupil Premium /Safeguarding / Equality Link Governor

Attendance 2020-21: 5/5

Registered Interests: Head at Stoke Damerel Primary

Sam is delighted to be joining UTC Governing Board. She has been in the Education

profession for 23 years, and has experience both in the UK and internationally. Her first

experience of working in primary education was as a consultant for an NGO in Calcutta, India.

From this point, Sam made a decision to develop her knowledge, skills and understanding of

education so that she would be able to effectively support the provision of high-quality

education for all. As Head Teacher of an inner London primary school for the past 10 years,

Sam’s clear vision for ensuring the best possible education for every child, along with strong

leadership and management skills, has delivered improved outcomes for all children

regardless of their starting points. Sam has been the Head Teacher of Stoke Damerel Primary

Academy since April 2019 and is looking forward to helping lead the school forward towards

becoming the very best school it can be.

How to contact the Board of Governors

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

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