Governors

Please view the PDFs below relating to the Brook Green Governors:

Karen Powell 2017 to present

Status: Co-opted
Position Held: Chair
Committees/Responsibilities: Safeguarding & LAC
Company Director, Related to a Company Director, Partner or Owner of any Business?
Company Director of Effective School Governance
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors. Vice Chair of Knowle Primary School
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1
Profile:
I have worked in education for over 20 years and always admired the work of Brook Green Centre for Learning. I was therefore delighted to be asked to join the governing body in July 2017 as a co-opted governor and even happier to become chair in September. It is a real privilege to be a governor and work with the leadership team to ensure we offer an outstanding provision. I also enjoy meeting with our young people and seeing them achieve and thrive, whilst working with and learning from our excellent team of staff. We are also fortunate to have such supportive parents. It is the team of students, staff, governors and parents that ensures we remain outstanding!

Mike Thomas 2003 to Present

Status: Co-opted
Position Held: Governor
Committees/Responsibilities: STEM & Numeracy

Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Elected by the Board of Governors. CASS, Hamoaze House,
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1
Profile:
I am a retired community college headteacher and have been a governor of six very different schools for over 30 years. I have been a governor of Brook Green for 15 years and have seen the school make superb progress in this time. I am also a trustee of the Community Advice and Support Service and Hamoaze House.

Sara Jordan 2013 to Present

Status: Headteacher
Position Held: Headteacher
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by Board of Governors.
Attendance 2019/20: 0/1
Profile:
I have been Head at Brook Green since September 2013. Prior to that I spent over 25 years working in mainstream 11 - 18 community colleges starting out my career as a Geography teacher! The last 11 years of that was spent teaching in Plymouth which has become my adopted home with my family.
My passion lies in ensuring that our amazing students have the best possible outcomes preparing them for adulthood supported by a diverse and dynamic team in a unique learning environment.

Sarah Holt 2013 to Present

Status: Co-opted
Position Held: Deputy Headteacher
Company Director, Related to a Company Director, Partner or Owner of any Business?
GP Practice Partner Pathfields Practice
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors.
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1

Profile:

My name is Sarah Holt and I am Deputy Headteacher here at Brook Green. I have been in post since 2013. Prior to this I worked in a variety of educational settings as an English teacher, Head of English, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I then made the leap to Special Education and thoroughly enjoy this and my role at Brook Green. I am the school’s named SENCO

 David Baylis OBE 2018 to present

Status: Co-opted
Committees/Responsibilities: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by Board of Governors.YMCA (Discovery College), Sir John Hunt CSC, Whitleigh Primary
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1
Profile:
David has recently retired having spent 30 years in the Army and 15 years in the education profession as a Bursar/Business Manager of 3 schools in the Independent sector. He is married, lives in Plymouth, and he and his wife have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.


David’s military career started at Sandhurst and included tours of duty across the world including Northern Ireland, Falklands. Germany, Norway, India, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and Italy. Along the way he also graduated from Leeds University (BA Hons), Madras University (MA) and Cranfield Business school (MSc). He was awarded the OBE in 1999. He left the Army to take up a second career in education administration where he has successfully managed all the non-academic business of 3 different schools encompassing disciplines such as Finance, HR, Payroll, Legal, Catering, H&S, Utilities, Maintenance, Marketing, Contracts, Recruiting and Security.


His retirement has given him the opportunity to establish a personal portfolio of voluntary and charitable work. It also allows him to continue being of value in an area he feels very passionate about – the education of Young People. He is a Governor at Sir John Hunt CSC and Whitleigh Primary School and is currently the Chair of Finance in both schools. He is also a Trustee on the Board of the YMCA in Plymouth, sits on their Finance Committee and special responsibility to their Discovery College.


He hopes that this background will enable him to contribute to Brook Green, and he has no doubt at all that he will learn and personally benefit from being part of such a unique community.

Gerry Smale 2018 to present

Status: Co-opted
Committees/Responsibilities: Careers and work place learning

Company Director, Related to a Company Director, Partner or Owner of any Business?

Al's Catering Ltd

Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by Board of Governors
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1
Profile:
My son attended Brook Green Centre for Learning which is the reason I became a Parent Governor at the school. I have been a Governor since 2009. I have 3 children, 2 of which attended Mainstream Schools. I have the experience from their years in education to bring to Brook Green, to challenge the school on all aspects and to robustly ask questions so Brook Green can remain an Outstanding School. My son has since left Brook Green and I am continuing as a Co-opted Governor.

Shelly Horrell 

Status: Parent
Committees/Responsibilities: Literacy
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1

Profile:

My name is Shelly Horrell and I am a parent governor here at Brook Green Centre for Learning. My focus this year is going to be on Literacy, something that I haven’t focused on before but I’m looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it. I bring to the role evidence with children that have Autism and additional needs as my two younger children have both these conditions as well as others. I’ve done different types of training and I hope to put it to good use within my role.

Jan Cooper

Status: Co-opted
Committees/Responsibilities: Learning in the Natural Environment
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Attendance 2019/20: 0/1

Profile:

I have been a co-opted governor at Brook Green since December 2011. I was asked to be a Governor by the previous Headteacher as I covered the Whitleigh area as part of my Policing Role as the local Police Community Support Officer for Devon and Cornwall Police to where I still work.  My past working experience to this was working in the Local Government Sector for 20 years, and this brings many transferable skills that I can contribute to the Governing body at Brook Green Centre for Learning.

I am married, and have two adult children one who has Autism and ADHD, and I was raised by blind parents.  I have many hobbies including being a RNR Officer in the Sea Cadets, where I manage 6 Sea Cadet Units in Cornwall, and I teach cadets Catering & Stewarding and Adventure Training. In my spare time I also enjoy swimming and Skiing.  

In my police role  I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the pupils as individuals, learning about their needs and thinking creatively about how I can best help them to learn about life, and succeed as they move through Brook Green and onto other things, and it's very rewarding to see them develop.  I am dedicated to ensuring that all children within Brook Green reach their own potential whilst enjoying a happy and fulfilling education in a safe and caring environment. I am passionate about increasing the understating of special needs with children in my working environment dealing with families for the best outcomes for their child and families. I am a friendly person and like meeting people so please feel free to come and chat to me.

Alexandra Wallace 2017 to present

 

Status: LA
Committees/Responsibilities: Safeguarding & LAC

Company Director, Related to a Company Director, Partner or Owner of any Business?

Related to a  director and owner of an architects practice. 
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by Board of Governors
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1
Profile:
I became a Governor at Brook Green in November 2017 as I wanted to become part of an innovative and forward-thinking school. I currently work at Plymouth City Council within the Virtual School for Children in Care. I am an Education Caseworker for Post 16 Looked after Children and enjoy working with young people on a daily basis. Prior to this I worked at a secondary school in East Devon and also have experience in the emergency services as a training co-ordinator at Devon and Cornwall Police and 999 call handler in the ambulance service. 
I have learnt so much about the Brook Green community and look forward to supporting the school throughout my time as Governor.

Claire Wenmoth September 2018 to present

Status: Staff
Position Held: Staff Governor
Committees/Responsibilities: KS4
Company Director, Related to a Company Director, Partner or Owner of any Business?
B. J & A Wenmoth and B & G Haulage - Agricultural Contracting & Haulage
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Elected by Staff, appointed by the board of Governors.
Attendance 2019/20: 1/1

Profile:

I have been at Brook Green for 9 years and was originally appointed as 2:1 support for a student following a period of supply teaching. I then took  the post of Food Technology Lead and co - coordinator of RE planning across the school. Prior to coming into teaching I was working in the catering trade.

One of my real passions is ensuring that our students leave us fully equipped to cook independently and budget so that they can move onto adulthood prepared for the challenges ahead.

VACANCY

Status: Co-opted
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Attendance: 0/1

Julie Williams 2011 - 2018, Hayleigh Eglinton 2013 - 2018, Shelly Horrell 2016-2018, Ken Bates 2016 - 2018, Kath Roberts 2018-2019

Status: Co-opted
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors.
Profile:
Julie Williams and Hayleigh Eglinton have held a Governors position in the last 12 months.

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Devon
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