Governors

SMCC Governing BodyName   
HeadteacherMr David Lewis
Clerk to Governors Ms Elsbeth BeardI currently read English Literature BA at the University of Exeter and intend to study Global Literatures and Cultures MA thereafter. As a former SMCC pupil, who has worked part-time at the school as an MFL Teaching Assistant, I feel very lucky to be able to work with, and give back to, a school that has given me so many opportunities. I have a varied range in work experience, including time spent as a swimming instructor, and some volunteer work at a local publishing house. After my MA I would like to study a PhD and become a University lecturer. email: clerk@smcc.devon.sch.uk
Co Chair Foundation Mr Andrew RedpathI have lived in Devon for twenty years and joined the governing body in November 2015 after a varied career in education. I have taught in secondary and special schools, and was a headteacher for 13 years before becoming one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of schools (HMI). I have been involved in several major educational surveys, including the special educational needs review, behaviour in schools and the teaching of reading. Since retiring in 2015 I have worked part-time as an educational consultant, supporting schools and local authorities.
Co Chair FoundationMr Arthur SymonsArthur SymonsI have lived in Devon for most of my life and in South Molton for over 40 years. After graduating in Botany, followed by a Cert Ed, I worked at a state school in Cambridge before teaching science here since 1972, later as Head of Science until retirement. Since 2003 I have been a school governor, a job that is very rewarding. I am a member of the school’s Cooperative Trust. At present, I chair the personnel sub-committee and am a Co Vice Chair. After 45 years, I am still committed to the ongoing development of our school. I value and enjoy meeting staff, students and ex-pupils. I am also involved with several organisations in the town.
Co Vice Chair
Co-Opted
Mr Philip GovierPhilip GovierFormer pupil of SMCC, a local farmer and married with 3 sons the youngest having left the college this summer. I joined the governing body in 2009 as a parent governor more recently became a co-opted governor. I have been Chair of the resources committee for a number of years and lead governor for finance.
Parent GovernorMr Bill BowenI'm a Parent Governor with two girls currently at the school and a further girl due to join in September 2020.

We live locally and amongst other things, run a static holiday caravan business on our farm.

I've got an electronics engineering and business management background in high tech, from running fast jet flight trials of speech recognition back in the '80s, through operational research, and civil and military air command and control and missile defence. During my career, I've been a management consultant advising small to medium sized companies, and have an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Co-OptedMrs Pauline BromellI am North Devon born and bred, married to a farmer, and mother to two grown up daughters of whom I am immensely proud as they build their own careers. Whilst raising them, with my husband’s support I have been able to pursue my own career as a Director of an Italian owned parent company, responsible for UK sales, based out of a Barnstaple office, building a team of ten.
Having recently retired I am keen to use some of my free time to give something back. I feel strongly that young people educated in my home area should have the best possible prospects to allow them to fulfil their ambitions, and this underpins my wish to join the team of Governors at SMCC.
Mr Richard Carder
Co-OptedMr Marc CorneliusMark CorneliusBefore my retirement I spent over thirty years working for BT’s international division, travelling abroad extensively. I now live in South Molton, where my wife was born and brought up. In addition to being a governor, I am also a South Molton town councillor.
My formal qualifications are a BSc in Maths, a Diploma in Management and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and my experience means I'm used to managing large budgets.
In the local community I'm particularly interested in education, planning, and health services and am also concerned with preserving the attractive and historic nature of our town.
My interests, education and experience combine to give me a unique perspective as governor of SMCC.
Mr Graham Fairlie
Ms Sue Madgwick
Co-Opted Miss Julie SnellJulie SnellJulie Snell lives on a busy farm and has two children, one who attended SMCC and the other who is currently a student. Julie takes a great interest in SEN issues in connection with her Governor role. She is a Registered Homeopath and Asyra Health Screening Practitioner covering the North Devon area.
Co-OptedMr Tony StricklandTony StricklandI've only been a governor for a short time. I have worked in the school for 15 years, 3 as a Teaching Assistant and, for the past 12 years in the PE department. I have been involved with 'Ten Tors' and am presently looking to qualify as an expedition assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. I am also a level 2 rugby coach and enjoy all sport. Prior to working in school I worked for 32 years in Lloyds Bank.
StaffMrs Helen Twyble
Co-OptedMrs Ellen VernonEllen VernonEllen Vernon grew up in North Devon and attended South Molton School between 1983 and 1988, before completing A Levels and a degree in geography. Ellen worked in the advertising industry for 10 years, developing ad campaigns for household names including Ginsters, Bulmers, and Lloyds TSB. After starting a family Ellen moved into local government, and is currently employed by North Devon Council to lead the council's Economic Development and Regeneration service. To support this role Ellen has just completed an MSc in Urban Planning. Ellen joined the governing body in September 2014, and is Lead Governor for IAG (Information Advice and Guidance regarding careers). Ellen has a daughter at the school, in year 9, and a son at primary school.

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