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Governors

As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We regularly collect diversity information from our governors and, depending on current data, can use this to:

  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity

  • develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation

  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas

  • address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks

 

However, we are unable to publish this information as it would mean that individual members of our governing body are identifiable.

 

Karen Powell
March 2017 to 2025


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 2023/24: 0/6

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!

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Wendy Cavell
September 2023 to August 2027


Status: Co-opted
Position Held: Governor
Committees/Responsibilities: 

Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?

Attendance 2023/24: 0/6

Profile:

 

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Sara Jordan

September 2013 to 2025

Status: Headteacher
Position Held: Headteacher

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

CaterEd.Board. 
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by Board of Governors.
Attendance 2023/24: 0/6

 

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.

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Sarah Holt

November 2013 to 2025

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 2023/24: 0/6

 

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

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 Benji Shoker

November 2023 to 2026

Status: Co-opted
Committees/Responsibilities:
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by Board of Govern
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Attendance 2023/23: 0/6


Profile:

I have a lifelong commitment and passion in challenging discrimination, injustice and inequality. 

I grew up in Southall, west London and moved to the south west in late 1970’s. I became very aware of diversity issues and the many forms of discrimination impacting upon communities and young people, particularly as a young person myself growing up in London. This informed my decision to become a Youth & Community Worker and having secured a place at university at 18, a gap year soon turned into 10 years, which included extensive travel and working in the far east with communities experiencing inequalities, the treatment of girls and women, hate crimes, poverty, discrimination especially in the work place and Human Rights issues.  

Having formalised my studies thereafter, I worked both in a paid/unpaid capacity in the voluntary and statutory sector in Devon and Cornwall. Roles have included Head of Youth Offending Service in Plymouth, Director of Devon Racial Equality Council, Anti-Racism Task Force Manager, Youth & Community Development Manager, Equalities & Diversity Officer, Deputy Community Education Tutor, Senior Policy Officer. I was also one of the founder members of the Plymouth Racial Equality Council, Devon Racial Equality Council and Refugee First. 

I have served as a Board member on a number of strategic partnerships including Local Criminal Justice Board and Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board and have taken the lead for Domestic Violence & Abuse, Children’s Sexual Exploitation, Cyber Bullying, Drugs & Alcohol link to Mental Health and Public Protection.  

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David Fildes

May 2022 to 2026

Status: Co-opted

Committees/Responsibilities:

Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities? Appointed by the Board of Governors

Attendance 2023/24: 0/6

Profile:

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Linzie Lake

September 2021 to 2025

Status: Parent
Committees/Responsibilities: 
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Attendance 2023/24: 0/6

Profile:

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Jan Cooper

December 2011 to 2023

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 2023/24: 0/6

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.

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Alexandra Wallace

December 2017 to 2025

 

Status: LA
Committees/Responsibilities: Safeguarding & LAC, Careers, Work Place Learning and Curriculum

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 2023/24: 0/6


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.

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Claire Wenmoth

September 2017 to 2025

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 2023/24: 0/6

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.

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Vacancy

Status: Co-opted

Position Held: 
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Attendance 2022/23

Profile:

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Vacancy

Status: Parent

Position Held: 
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Attendance 2022/23

Profile:

Julie Williams 2011 - 2018, Hayleigh Eglinton 2013 - 2018, 2022-2023, Shelly Horrell 2016-2019, Ken Bates 2016 - 2018, Kath Roberts 2018-2019, Gerry Smale 2018 - 2021, Fiona MacLachlan-Morris 2022-2022,            David Baylis OBE 2018 - 2022. Mike Thomas 2003 - 2023.

Status: Co-opted
Trusteeships and Governorships including other Schools and charities?
Appointed by the Board of Governors.
Profile:

 

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