SMCC Governing BodyName   
Co Chair of Governors
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.
Co Chair of Governors
Mrs 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.
Clerk to Governors Mrs Sue SquireSue SquireI have been Clerk to the Governors for 7 years and really enjoy the work which is interesting and varied. I believe training is very important to the role and attend a course at least once a year. I am also Parish Clerk to a number of Parish Councils in the North Devon, Torridge and Mid Devon District Council areas.

Devonshire born and bred, a Christian, married with a Son, my interests are reading, trying new recipes, travelling, solving word-based puzzles and playing the organ / keyboard.
HeadteacherMr Andrew FinneyAndrew FinneyI graduated from Carnegie College (Leeds) with a B.A.(Hons.) and Post Graduate Certificate of Education and also hold a Masters of Education in Professional Studies with merit from The University of Exeter. I completed my National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2011. I have worked in both the state and private education sector during my time in education.
StaffMrs Sheila WyerSheila WyerI have been a staff governor since 2014.
I currently work as the Examinations Officer but, prior to that, I taught mathematics here for almost 16 years.
I have degrees in education and mathematics and have taught in primary and secondary schools in both the private and state sectors.
Parent GovernorDr Wendy RickardWendy RickardWendy has been Parent Governor (2 children currently at SMCC, 1 at Primary School) since 2015. She sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee and is Safeguarding Lead Governor.
Wendy worked in higher education (Universities) for 25 years, as Senior Lecturer, Research Reader and as Associate Director, Centre for General Practice & Public Health. She has also worked for NHS & Social Services. With a back ground in Psychology, she specialised in working with marginalised people. She gained experience useful to the Governing Body in curriculum design, research, policy innovation and community involvement. Wendy currently does small holding, writing, freelance research and gymnastic coaching.
Parent GovernorMrs Diane DimondDiane DimondDiane is a parent Governor and lives locally with her husband and three children.
Diane is the Principal of Petroc, a large College of Further and Higher Education which serves the communities of Northern and Mid Devon.
Diane qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has had senior finance roles in private sector engineering and service companies. She is also a qualified Mathematics teacher and has worked in the education sector since 1997 with experience of teaching on a range of programs including industry focused qualifications such as Accounting Technician, HND/C in Business and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Parent GovernorMrs Georgina Newmangeorgina newmanHi, I am Georgia Newman and I am a parent governor at South Molton Community College. I am interested in teaching and learning at the college and I am currently on that committee. I am a Senco in a large primary school so my experience is around achievement and better outcomes for vulnerable groups of pupils.
Local Education AuthorityCllr Richard EdgellRichard EdgellRichard Edgell is a retired chartered surveyor and lives near South Molton.
He has been the Devon County Councillor for the Chulmleigh and Swimbridge Division since 2009 and is the County Council's appointed member of the Board of Governors and a trustee of the South Molton Community College Co-operative Learning Trust.
He is also the North Devon District Councillor for North Molton Ward since 2003 and has been a member of the Exmoor National Park Authority since 2007.
Foundation (Vice Chair)Mr Andy RedpathFormer headteacher and school inspector.
Foundation (Vice Chair)Mr 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-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.
Co-OptedMiss Sarah RobinsonSarah RobinsonFormer Pupil of SMCC. I am employed at Newport Community School Primary Academy for Free School and MAT Administration (I'm also Clerk to the Governors there). Prior to being a governor here I was a governor at primary school level for about ten years.

I have a foundation degree in Early Years education and am currently undertaking a School Business Manager course. Before working in school I worked as a Manager in the hospitality industry and a Pre-School Leader.
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 Anthony 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.
Co-OptedMrs Linda MitchellIn addition to my involvement in education as a parent, I have worked professionally within the primary sector in various guises; as a higher level teaching assistant, an advanced skills teacher and a school governor. Whilst fulfilling the responsibilities encompassed within these roles I have experienced and implemented, through my own professional development and the mentoring of other people, many different strategies and approaches to enhancing teaching and learning. My most heartfelt passion in life is to enjoy it - whilst having a positive influence and impact on the lives of the people with whom I come into contact.
Co-OptedMrs Lorna CarterI currently work at the school as an Exam Invigilator and have two children at the school.
I have worked at various Primary schools locally as a Teaching Assistant, I also have my Teaching and Learning in schools level 2.
I'm interested in teaching and learning within the schools including being a link Governor for the new build.
I'm also Lead for the Health and Safety Committee.
Before this I have worked locally for myself and within other companies.
Alongside this I was a rugby coach for ten years.

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Governors Meetings Minutes
Full Gov. Body Minutes 22-11-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 19-09-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 05-07-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 21-03-16 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 24-02-16(MAT) ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 23-11-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 21-09-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 22-06-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 23-03-15 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 24-11-14 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 17-03-14 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 23-06-14 ›
Full Gov. Body Minutes 22-09-14 ›

Gov. Resources Minutes 13-06-16 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 27-04-16 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 22-02-16 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 19-10-15 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 18-05-15 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 23-02-15 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 13-10-14 ›
Gov. Resources Minutes 10-03-14 ›

Gov.Resources Minutes 02-06-14 ›

Gov T&L&A Minutes 22-02-17
Gov T&L Minutes 07-06-16 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 22-02-16 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 19-10-15 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 18-05-15 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 23-02-15 ›
Gov. T&L Minutes 13-10-14 ›
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Gov. Finance Minutes 08-02-17 >