Our Governors

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust schools. However, the ultimate responsibility for the school lies with the Board of Directors with much of the work delegated to the Local Governing Body (LGB).

In trusts, the purpose of local governance is to provide:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Accountability and assurance
  • Strategic engagement

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the targets/policies for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing body and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers.

We are currently looking to recruit new volunteers for our LGB; please click here for more information.

The minutes of LGB meetings are available upon request by contacting the clerk to governors:

When we decided to move to Exeter from London, I viewed a lot of schools. As soon as I walked into St Sidwells, I knew it was where I wanted my children to go. I loved the atmosphere, the strong feeling of care and community, and most especially the diversity of the school. 

In my day job, I work for the University of St Andrews in Scotland raising money for medical research and science which is helping us transition to a more sustainable future. In London, I spent 18 years raising money for the very best of theatre, culture and the arts in London. I am as passionate about the importance of the arts and creative industries in our life, as I am about curing disease and saving our planet!

However the job I am most proud of, is my role at St Sidwells. It is so rewarding to be part of the team of governors, staff and parents who together make our school a school to be proud of. As governors we are all here to do our best for the children and to promote the highest standards at the school. If you have any ideas or want to get involved - please do get in touch.

I have worked in Primary schools, as a teacher and a head teacher, for most of my working life. Whilst I was training for ordination, I worked for the University of the West of England and had various opportunities of doing some work abroad in Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. I was ordained 17 years ago and, as part of my parish duties I was a governor and a volunteer at a Nursery and Children’s centre. I am pleased to be part of the team of governors at St. Sidwell's working with children, staff and parents to provide the very best for the children at the school.

I had a long career in a large college of Further & Higher Education in the West Midlands where I was responsible for support for all students including those with additional needs. I had lead responsibility for safeguarding and equality in what was a very diverse college. There was great focus on the community of the college and what that meant and on learner voice. On retiring from that role, I worked as an education consultant delivering safeguarding and equality training and supervising safeguarding leads in schools and colleges, supporting them to improve practice. It was during this time that I also a governor at a Pupil Referral Unit for students who had been excluded from school. This work was very rewarding so becoming a governor again was something I wanted to do. Seeing children and young people happy in their learning and achieving their full potential is something I am passionate about. I hope to be able to use some of what I have learnt over the years to support the staff and the pupils of St Sidwell’s.

My special interests are safeguarding and equality and diversity.

I previously I worked alongside my husband in a busy, multi-cultural parish in Coventry, where I was also a School Governor. In that role I was particularly interested in developing links between the school, the community and the church. Throughout my career I have been involved in supporting families in a variety of ways, so that they can make the best of their situations . I enjoy the company of children and my 4 little granddaughters keep me up to date on current trends.  By training I am a pastoral counsellor and have lived in India and worked for short spells in Africa. I really enjoy being outdoors, bird-watching and gardening and we have an allotment beside St James Park Station.

A graduate in Computer Science with a Master’s Degree in Education, Chloe worked for Intel and Accenture, working on projects which took her to California, Russia and China.

Chloe works in secondary education and trained on the school-centred route in London before moving back to her beloved Devon.  Working within the Ted Wragg Trust, Chloe has many roles within the school leadership and sits as an associated member of the West Exe School senior leadership team. With a passion for 'Pedagogy and Practice'  Chloe has the pleasure of running South West Teacher Training as their Deputy Lead, with 80 trainees across the region. Chloe has a wealth of experience in parent engagement, student voice, IT systems and balances this with her love of sport and two small children, who love being at St. Sidwell's.

William has previously served as a school governor on two occasions and works in an educational setting at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter.

In terms of governance, William has special interests in celebrating the diversity at St Sidwell's as well as staff well-being and recruitment.

Having always worked in the education sector as a Teacher, Headteacher, Ofsted Inspector and Educational Consultant I am passionate that every child is given the opportunity to reach their maximum individual potential whatever that maybe. Schools are instrumental in providing an important platform to initiating this and I am pleased to be part of a team that hopefully facilitates this for all the children. My three grandsons have all attended the school so I have connections over many years and hope to support the school on its latest journey. 

I work at the University of Exeter as a Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing and, as a former St Sidwells parent, am really pleased to be able to give back to the school as it embarks on the next stage of its journey as part of St Christopher’s MAT.  I have served as a school governor before and am particularly interested in literacy, reading and increasing access to a wide range of books and stories in primary settings.

I have been a primary school teacher at St Sidwell’s since my NQT year, which began in September 2015. Since then, I have been passionate about providing the best education for the pupils in our school. I am enthusiastic, committed and motivated to take on the role as staff governor to make a positive difference to the school and its pupils. I believe I am someone who teaches children values and skills that enable them to become life-long learners and responsible, global citizens. I have always endeavoured to make a difference to the children, school and community that I teach in. Through my role as staff governor, I am looking forward to supporting and creating opportunities and outcomes for children to succeed and have a flourishing education at St Sidwell’s.

I joined St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust in 2022 and now clerk for three local schools, providing administrative support to their Local Governing Bodies. Previously, I have taught IB and A Level German, and worked as a junior school Teaching Assistant, as well as in translation proofreading.

I find the clerking role interesting, rewarding and enjoyable, particularly because it is varied and draws on my organisational and written communication skills, and gives me opportunities for continuous professional development and for building relationships with others.

I always come away from Local Governing Body meetings feeling inspired by how deeply our governors and school leaders care about securing the best possible outcomes for our children. I feel privileged to serve our school community in my role as clerk.

To contact Vikki or the Governors please email sid.clerk@stcmat.org

Summary of Governor Information


Governor Type and Role

Appointing Body

Date Appointed

Term End

Registered Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Meeting Attendance 2022-23

Hilary Baird

Foundation Governor 

Safeguarding, Attendance & Behaviour 

Disadvantaged Pupils

Trust Board 28/02/2024 27/02/2028

Partner/proprietor and director of H Baird Consultancy – in the process of closing

Daughter, Rachel Hingston, works for the Trust


Mel Cleveland

Foundation Governor 

Safeguarding, Attendance & Behaviour

Trust Board





Chloe Fox

Parent Governor 



Parent Body



Employment: West Exe School, South West Teacher Training and Ted Wragg Trust


William Gallois

Foundation Governor

Science, History & Geography

Trust Board



Employment: University of Exeter


Hilary Green

Co-Opted Governor

Disadvantaged Pupils






Daisy Hay

Foundation Governor


Trust Board 08/02/2024 07/02/2028 Employment: University of Exeter N/A

Veronica Lee

Foundation Governor

 Vice Chair

EYFS, Early Reading & Phonics

Ethos & Christian Distinctiveness

Trust Board



Employment: PTO for Exeter Diocese

Charity Trusteeship: Member of SOGG

Charity Trusteeship: Member of EDEN

Governor: Pinhoe C of E Primary School


Katarina Pennington

Staff Governor




Employment: St Sidwell's CofE Primary & Nursery School


Clare Rice Associate Member LGB 30/04/2024 29/04/2028 Employment: Deputy Headteacher at St Sidwell's CofE Primary & Nursery School N/A

Angie Rowe

Head Teacher




Employment: Headteacher at St Sidwell's CofE Primary & Nursery School


Tania Stapleton

Parent Governor



Parent Body



Employment: University of St Andrews



Governors who have left within the last 6 months:



Governor Role & Type

Appointing Body

Date Appointed

Term End

Registered Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Meeting Attendance 2022-23

Keith McLeod Staff Governor Staff 15/06/2021 20/11/23

Employment: Teacher at St Sidwell's C of E Primary & Nursery School

Employment: Private Tutor

Proprietor of Business: Landlord


Diversity Data

The board believes that it is important that we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people. We collect data on the diversity of the board, including age, ethnicity, and gender, and we use this data to inform our recruitment and training needs, ensuring there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. We do not publish diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.