Who We Are

Photo Governor Name Appointed By Committees Positions Of Responsibility Attendance At Meetings 2016-17 Register of Interests
Carl Atkinson
Community Governor
Mar 15 – Mar 19
Governing Body Local Governing Body Chair of Governing Body.  Raising Standards Governor. Pupil Premium Governor. 10/12 Director – Millfield (SW) Financial Planning.
Jon Goulder
Parent Governor
Oct 14 – Oct 18
Parent Election Local Governing Body Vice-Chair of Governing Body. SEN Governor. Literacy Governor. PE Link Governor. Computing and Technology Governor. 8/12
Justine Mason
Principal
Sep 15
Governing Body Local Governing Body 12/12
Matt Bloomfield
Community Governor
Sep 16 – Sep 20
Governing Body Local Governing Body 6/8 Owner of iMattination
Ian Brokenshire
Community Governor
Jan 15 – Jan 19
Governing Body Local Governing Body 6/12 Partner at KPMG LLP Accountancy
Rod Else
Parent Governor
Jan 15 – Jan 19
Parent Election Local Governing Body Post 16 Governor. 7/9
Nick Evans
Community Governor
May 15 – May 19
Governing Body Local Governing Body  Post 16 Governor. 12/12 Foundation Governor – Plympton St Mary’s CE Infant School.
Steve Hill
Community Governor
May 15 – May 19
Governing Body Local Governing Body Science Governor. Geography Governor. 10/12
Tina Hunt
Parent Governor
Jan 15 -  Jan 19
 Parent Election Local Governing Body  3/9
Phil Jenkins
Staff Governor
Dec 14 – Dec 18
Governing Body Local Governing Body Literacy Governor 7/9
Martin Pollard
Community Governor
May 15 – May 19
Governing Body School Improvement. Health and Safety Governor. 4/12 Partner/Spouse employed by the school.
Michelle Ryder
Staff Governor
Oct 17 – Oct 21
Governing Body Local Governing Body TBC N/A
Julie Widdicombe
Parent Governor
Dec 16 – De  20
Parent Election Local Governing Body Science Governor. 7/9
Nick Rich
Clerk to Governing Body
Sep 16

Retired Governors Who Have Served In The Last 12 Months

Carolyn Giles
Community Governor
Mar 15 – Sep 17
Retired
Trudi Skinner
Staff Governor
Oct 15 – Oct 19
Retired

 

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please do so by emailing the clerk to the Governing Body, Nick Rich, on nickrichclerking@virginmedia.com.

Governors Pen Pictures:

Carl Atkinson

I have been a Governor at Hele’s School for in excess of 16 years, initially Chairing the Finance Committee before being invited to Chair the Full Governing Body.  I have fulfilled this role over the last 9 years overseeing the retirement of two Principal’s and welcoming the current Principal into her role. In my working capacity, I have been Director of my own Limited Company since 2006 operating within the Financial Services sector, a sector in which I have committed some 30 years of my lifetime, primarily in management roles! My two children were both educated at Hele’s School and thanks to the wonderful learning environment coupled together with the excellence in education that they both received, my wife and are delighted to see both forging strongly forwards in their respective lives in their different career pathways.

When my children completed their time at Hele’s School, I became passionate around trying to ensure that all children who attended the school, whatever ability, were best prepared for their life ahead by the school in the same manner as I believed that my children were and in Chairing the Governing Body my drive is to align the Governing Body to the Management, staff and students of the school in delivering this outcome collectively resulting in an outstanding educational experience for all in the ever changing face of the Education Sector.

In my leisure time I am a keen golfer and a Plymouth Argyle 125 Founder Member and Season Ticket holder.

Jon Goulder

I have been Parent Governor at Hele’s School, Plympton since October 2014 and am Vice-Chair of Governors since September 2015.  I became an executive member of Plymouth Association of Governors in December 2015.  I became involved in Governance after leaving the Royal Navy in 2015.  I have always been keen to contribute to my community and leaving the RN meant I was able to fully commit to doing this instead of being on the fringes.  I am passionate about ensuring schools provide the best possible experience for all pupils and staff, whatever their background, needs and aspirations.  Being actively involved in Governance gives me a real opportunity to support and influence this.  My long career in the services has given me the leadership, management and communication skills to be able to identify solutions to the strategic needs of the school as well as being able to understand how strategic decisions made as a Governor influence the day to day running of the school and ultimately benefit pupils outcomes.

Outside of Governance I regularly support the RN section of Hele’s Combined Cadet Force and am a member of the Royal Naval Reserves. Additionally I am an active member of Plympton Cricket Club as manager for the U15 team, scorer, umpire, committee member as well as making the occasional appearance for the third and Sunday teams.

Justine Mason

I have been a part of Hele’s School since January 2003, when I moved back to the southwest from ‘up north’ to take up the role of Deputy Principal at Hele’s School.  Prior to that I had experience in two large community secondary schools in Manchester and Stockport in a variety of roles, including Head of Geography, Head of Humanities, Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal.

As much as I love Manchester (and particularly the blue side of the city, given I am an avid Manchester City FC fan) the pull of the westcountry was just too great after 9 years ‘in exile’; being Plymouth born and bred, and with extensive family ties still in the City, it was always my intention to return back to the place that I’ve always considered to be my home. I can honestly say I have never once regretted that decision!

The greatest moment of my career to date was when I was appointed as the first ever female Principal of Hele’s School in September 2015; a role I take very seriously and am incredibly proud of.  My philosophy is simple; dream big, aim high, work hard.  A strong team ethic and a shared commitment to work together so we may offer our young people and the community we serve the very best educational opportunities drives all that I do.  I am deeply committed to school improvement and have an ambition, indeed an expectation, that everyone associated with Hele’s should aspire to be the very best that we can be.  It’s a tough job at times, but I genuinely love my job and come to work each day with a smile on my face and an excitement about working with such wonderful young people and staff.

Matt Bloomfield

Matt Bloomfield is Managing Director of Imattination and CEO to the Imatt family of companies.

He began his education at Yealmpstone Farm Primary School and progressed to Hele’s School where he completed his GCSEs and A-Levels.  In 2010 he was presented with the Young Achiever Award by the Young Enterprise after the group’s company “Style-It” made a successful profit in a single year.

Away from business Matt was lucky enough, in 2007, to fly around the world to Shang Hai and Jai Xing in China as part of a small delegation representing Plymouth City Council in their bid to build a City Partnership.

In 2009 he moved to London for 3 months supporting and working as a technician and part of the stage crew in West End shows.  His time there finished with him designing the visual setup and operation of the ambitious National Youth Theatre Project SWARM.

In 2012 he founded the small self-employed business Imattination Design and Events covering the Plymouth area with all design and events support needs.  After spreading across the South West and specialising in the Education Market the business swiftly expanded, resulting in it becoming a Limited Company in 2014.  Since then it has developed further to include over 8 additional services. The Company is proud to work with high profile clients including the National Association of Headteachers, Plymouth Association of Primary Heads, Plymouth Learning Trust and Cornwall Association of Primary Headteachers.

Away from business Matt has a huge interest in supporting schools and young people through Governance Roles, Board Directorships and Enterprise Focused worked. As well as a Governor at Hele’s School, he is currently Chairman of the Board at St Barnabas Multi Academy Trust, Director for The Inspire Multi Academy Trust and Local Governor to Devonport High School for Girls and Ernesettle Community Primary School.

Matt has had the pleasure of being a keynote speaker at multiple Enterprise South West conferences in partnership with Cornwall College as well as the National Citizenship Service awards at The Hall for Cornwall.

Matt enjoys a challenge and has a relentless work ethic.  His motto is ‘Strive to achieve, be prepared to fail and never regret – unless you try you will never know if you could have succeeded!’

Ian Brokenshire

  • Ian is Senior Partner of KPMG in the South West.
  • Ian has 28 years of experience at KPMG, successfully advising clients achieve their strategic ambitions.
  • Ian has previously been a governor at City College Plymouth and advisor to Plymouth University.
  • He has sat on the South West leadership team of Business in the Community and is a Board member of Plymouth Area Business Council.
  • Ian was Vice Chair of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

Rod Else

My name is Rod Else, I have lived in Plympton St Maurice with my wife Linda and son James for the last 6 years.

James joined Hele’s in 2012, and I was immediately impressed with the profound sense of community in the school, which I believe balances provision of a challenging, progressive education with traditional values, which I hold very dear.

In summer 2015 I was delighted to be elected as parent governor for the school, offering up my experience in contract management and data quality evaluation as skills that may be valuable to the wider governance team.
I have found the role hugely enjoyable, challenging and ceaselessly developmental.

Away from governance I have worked for Land Registry for over 25 years; initially as a technician in Stevenage, before joining the central survey and mapping section in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London where I worked for nearly 10 years.
I arrived in Plymouth in 2010 and have recently taken up a new post, managing all aspects of data quality for the organisation  – I am extremely grateful for Land Registry’s on going support and encouragement in my role as a governor.

In my leisure time I am a huge lover of rugby union. After reluctantly ‘hanging up’ my boots after 30 uninterrupted seasons, I now enjoy regular visits to Plymouth Albion and will grab every opportunity to watch ‘the big boys’ at Exeter, Cardiff or Twickenham.

Steve Hill

I have been a Governor at Heles School since 2004. I am employed at the University of Plymouth and hold the posts of Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Over the years. I have held numerous management positions including Head of Department, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, and Academic Director of the University Diving and Marine Centre. I am also currently the Director of the Doctoral Training Centre for Earth and Environmental Sciences. I am passionate about education and providing appropriate opportunities for all learners – regardless of age and background. My research and teaching activities have varied over the years, but at presently focus mainly on environmental issues, often with an international dimension.

Phil Jenkins

My name is Phil Jenkins; I have lived and worked in Plympton for nineteen years.  I started teaching in 1992 and have taught in Hastings, Basingstoke and Winchester, before moving to Plympton and Hele’s school where I have taught Technology since January 1998.

I have been a Staff governor at Hele’s School since November 2014.  After nineteen years at the school I feel that I have a very good understanding of the school, its pupils and teaching staff and the local and wider community it serves.

I have always believed that education should be fun, exciting and relevant with every day presenting a new challenge.  Only then as teachers can we truly develop the young people we have in our care, and allow them to achieve their full potential during their education and then in adult life.

I have always had a passion for making and drawing things, I have a degree in Industrial Design and it was while working for an educational company on work experience that I found a passion for education and passing on my knowledge and experience to younger people.  I firmly believe that we never stop learning ‘every days a school day’, three years ago I was asked if I would like to learn to teach Maths and jumped at the chance, I then spent one afternoon every other week and many many evenings and weekends putting myself through a Maths teaching qualification which I am happy to say I passed with distinction.  It was during this time that I realised the amount of honest support that was available to me right across the school with encouragement from colleagues and help and advice from the Maths department.  I am now trying to teach myself a number of programming languages as I see that this is one aspect of Technology that as a nation we have ignored and personally I would like to share this knowledge with pupils through robotics.

I believe in Hele’s School, both of my children attend, they were given the choice of going to one of the cities Grammar schools but both declined and elected to stay in Plympton, my daughter in particular has blossomed at Hele’s as it has the right sort of nurturing environment.  My wife teaches music at Woodford so as a family we feel strongly bound to the education and progression of pupils in Plympton from year 1 right through to year 13.

Martin Pollard

I have lived in Plympton for over 10 years and both of our children studied at Hele’s School. I have been a school governor for almost 20 years, 10 of those being at Hele’s. I fulfilled the role of Chair of Premises and Health & Safety.

I am an engineer and commercial project director by profession. I currently work for Local Partnerships, owned jointly by the Treasury and the Local Government Association, where I am a Project Director supporting public sector organisations on infrastructure projects and contracts. I previously worked for local government in Devon and helped deliver major infrastructure projects including the Plymouth Schools PFI and the Energy from Waste PFI.

Away from work I enjoy travelling. We have a small touring caravan which we use to explore our neighbouring counties.  I enjoy coastal walks with my family including our West Highland Terrier.

Julie Widdicombe

I’ve had the privilege of being a Governor for 4 years and really enjoy the challenges of the role. I was previously a Science teacher (with some of that time at Hele’s) and have always held the school in high regard, not only for its academic rigour but because Hele’s students are happy and well rounded individuals. My eldest daughter has very recently left Hele’s and my second daughter is in year 8. No doubt my youngest will also become one of the future alumni!

I left teaching after 16 years and went back to University to study Operating Department Practice. I am a big advocate of lifelong learning and feel that Hele’s gives students the growth mindset necessary to succeed. I work in a local hospital as an Anaesthetic ODP and although my job and my Governor roles seem very different there are some important similarities. I have to speak up, ask questions and manage change in a sometimes challenging environment!

Outside of work I am also involved in AFC Plympton. Both my youngest daughters play for their teams and I’m also on the Social Committee. When not standing on the sidelines or working I enjoy swimming, reading and Pilates.

Nick Evans – Awaiting Pen Picture

Tina Hunt – Awaiting Pen Picture

Michelle Ryder – Awaiting Pen Picture

 

 

 

 

 

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