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Hele's School

Hele's School A great place to learn. A great place to grow.

Meet The Governors

Who We Are

 

Name

Term

Appointed by

Responsibilities

Register of Interests

Attendance Sep 2019 - July 2020

Carl Atkinson

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Co-opted, appointed by governors

Disadvantaged Pupils, Data

Director – Millfield (SW), WEST Academy Trust.

Daughter – Teacher at Old Priory.

4/4 meetings, 100%

Justine Mason

 

Appointed by Governors

 

Partner – Employee of WEST

4/4 meetings, 100%

Jon Goulder

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Parent Governor, elected by parents

SEND/Supportive Education, PE, IT, Computing & Technology

Children at Heles School.

1/4 meetings, 25%

Caroline King

6/3/2020 - 5/3/2024

 

Staff Governor, elected by Staff members

 

None declared

1/1, 100%

Lewis Garforth

6/3/2020 - 5/3/2024

Staff Governor, elected by staff members

 

None declared

1/1 meetings, 100%

Nick Evans

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Co-opted, appointed by governors

Safeguarding

Governor at St Mary’s Priory Schools

4/4 meetings, 100%

Ian Brokenshire

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Co-opted, appointed by governors

Lead finance governor

Partner - KPMG

3/4 meetings, 100%

Prof. Steven Hill 

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Co-opted, appointed by governors

Science, geography

None Declared.

4/4 meetings, 100%

Julie Widdecombe -

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Parent Governor, elected by parents

Science

None Declared.

3/4 meetings, 75%

Lisa Agnew

25/04/2019 – 24/04/2023

Co-opted, appointed by governors

 

Employee – Boringdon Primary, Co. Sec – future First Financial Solutions Ltd. Trustee – Plym Academy Trust.

3/4 meetings, 75%

Raegan Leather

 25/06/2019 – 24/06/2023

Co-opted, appointed by governors

 

Employee – Woolcombe Yonge Solicitors.

3/4 meetings, 75%

Rod Else

1/9/2017 – 31/8/2021

Parent Governor, elected by parents

Post 16

None declared

2/4 meetings, 50%

 

Former Governors

Michelle Ryder 30/08/2017 - 31/12/2019 Support Staff Governor, Elected by Staff Members None declared 1/3 meetings, 33%
Phil Jenkins 1/9/2017 - 31/01/2019 Staff governor, elected by staff members None declared 1/3 meetings, 33%

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, or by sending correspondence to Hele's school as per the contact details found here, F.A.O Carl Atkinson.

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.

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.

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

I am a married father of three children. My two sons have successfully passed through Hele's, to university & beyond, whilst my daughter is currently attending Hele's.  I have worked in Banking since leaving school & have been a Mortgage Advisor for over 20 years.  I have been a Governor since 2005, initially at two local Primary schools, as well as Hele's. I am currently Chair of Friends of Hele's. I am passionate about our children's education and wellbeing. This means trying to ensure the best outcome for their individual needs & circumstances.  I also believe we need to look after our amazing staff, who strive to help our children become the very best they can be.

Lisa Agnew

 I have lived locally in Plympton for over 20 years.  I am married with 3 sons, one of whom is in year 9 at Hele’s.  I have been a Co-opted Governor of Heles since April 2019.  I am the School Business Manager for Boringdon Primary School and I am a Qualified Chartered Management Accountant. I am also on the Local Governing Body of Boringdon Primary

Raegan Leather

 

I became a governor at Hele’s School in June 2019. As a former student of Hele’s, I have a close tie to the school and was keen to get involved behind the scenes. 

I attended Hele’s throughout years 7 to 10, and chose to continue to A-Level stage within their Sixth Form. I then went on to study law at Plymouth University and qualified as a Solicitor in 2016.

I currently work within the Wills, Trusts & Probate team at Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors in Plymouth, dealing with estate administration following the death of a loved one, managing affairs of those lacking in mental capacity and putting Wills in place, amongst other things.

In my view, you cannot underestimate the importance of education in terms of achievement in later life. I believe the experience of attending school should be both an enjoyable and educational one. A lot of my positive experiences at Hele’s stemmed from the teachers I was fortunate enough to have as they really brought the subject to life and made it fun. I was pleased to hear that a number of them are still teaching at the school today.

I hope to be able to contribute to the continuing development and success achieved by the current governing board, and that my experience as a former student will be a valuable tool. 

In my spare time, I do a lot of running and am currently training to complete my first marathon. I am also a leader in my local running club in Plympton

Lewis Garforth

 

My name is Lewis Garforth. Having grown up in Plympton and attended Hele’s School as a student between 2005 and 2012 I returned as a Cover Supervisor in 2016. A year later, I started my teacher training programme with my main placement being at Hele’s. Upon qualifying, I spent a year as an NQT at a school in Torquay, where my practice developed further. I was then delighted to be asked to return to Hele’s as a full-time PE Teacher, which I was delighted to accept. I was then thrilled to become Staff Governor in March 2020.

I have always had a passion for sport, playing football and cricket as a teenager, and more recently enjoy running and cycling. This led me to complete a Sports Science (BSc) degree at Brunel University London. Upon graduation, I worked for a football performance analysis company in London. However, here I realised that I was in the wrong profession and wanted to work with young people. I continue to share my enthusiasm for sport and exercise with students to ensure they live a healthy and active lifestyle, and have a lifelong interest. I believe teaching should be fun, engaging and adaptable to meet each individual’s needs and fulfil their potential.

I am fully committed to playing my part in the journey that Team Hele’s are on in providing the best possible provision for the young people at our school. I thoroughly believe that the community spirit that staff, students and parents bring to Hele’s School is truly unique and difficult to find elsewhere

Caroline King

 

I have 30 years of experience in Education, 23 years as a School business manager on the Leadership team with responsibility at strategic level for: Finance  and Budget Management, grounds and building management at a multi-site school  , HR and Payroll, Policy and procedure , Health and Safety: Fire safety, accident and incident reporting, Risk Assessments. Management of non-teaching staff, appraisals, training and development. School Meals and Community Lettings. 

I then joined adult Education in the lifelong learning sector as I had always wanted to become a trainer and to support and advise adults and help them enhance their qualifications and skills for every day working life.   I also worked at Plymouth City Council in the Human resources department in Health and Safety and as a Training Specialist.

I believe you can never stop learning, here are a few of my qualifications: Nebosh, Level 6 Management, Award in Education and Training, Health and Safety supervisor and compliance Trainer. Coaching and mentoring, Customer Service Award, safeguarding qualification and I am also a Home Office Prevent Trainer