Governor Profiles

A Summary of Governor Information with Register of Business Interests

Gill McMenemy

Roles: SEN and safeguarding, Literacy

Category of Governor:  Local Authority

Appointed by:  Devon County Council

Term of office:  15/10/14 – 18

I have been involved with All Saints School since early 2009 when I was appointed to be Clerk to the Governors. I also worked in that capacity for Beer School from Spring 2013 until the two schools federated in September of that year. I resigned from the post this summer and was appointed as the Local Authority Governor from October 2014.

However, this is not my first experience of school governance as I was a Parent, and then Foundation, Governor of a local Church Primary school for ten years and was the Chairman there for five years.

I am employed part time in the Library service but have retired from administrative roles in local churches. I am a magistrate on the East and North Devon Bench sitting regularly in the Exeter court. I am also a Citizens Advice Bureau Advisor, although unfortunately I am unable to pursue this at present due to family commitments.

Jean Smith

Roles: Chair of Governors, Teaching & Learning, Early Years governor

Category of Governor:  Foundation/PCC

Appointed by:  PCC

Term of office:  30/9/13 – 18

When the Ark Federation was formed in October 2013 I was privileged and proud to be elected Chair of Governors. Prior to that I had been a Governor at Beer C of E Aided Primary School for four years and Chair for most of that time. I am a Foundation Governor nominated by St Michael’s Beer, but represent the Diocese.

I am now fully retired having had a wonderful career in education, I was a headteacher of two primary Church Aided schools and then undertook freelance work which included, Church School Inspections and managing the tutors working with teachers aspiring to become headteachers through studying for the National Primary Headteacher’s Qualification.
Retirement is busy. I enjoy being active in the community. I am secretary to St Michael’s Beer PCC and a Rotarian. I enjoy my garden, playing golf and am a keen quilter.

I am and have always been passionate about primary school education with all children reaching full potential in effective schools.

Nicky Levan

Roles:  Resources, Literacy

Category of Governor:  Foundation/PCC

Appointed by:  PCC

Term of office:  23/2/15 – 19

I became involved with All Saints school in 2009 when I started working there as a teaching assistant.  I feel that I have gained experience working with staff, children and parents to help the federation move forward in a positive direction.

Rebecca Porter

Roles:  Acting Executive Head

Category of Governor:  Headteacher

Appointed by:  Full Governing Body

Term of office:  1/9/15 – present

Rev’d Jeremy Trew

Role: RE/Worship, Ethos committees

Category of Governor:  Ex Officio

Appointed by:  Governing body

Term of office:

As a local vicar, being on the Governing body of a Church School comes with the job, and it’s a role I’ve come to enjoy over the years.  I have served as a Governor for the Ark Federation, and previously Beer School, since 2007, and have six years experience as a Governor prior to that. Being a Governor is only part of my role with the Federation and, together with others from local churches, I seek to support the schools pastorally and through involvement in collective worship.

I have two children of my own who are now both at Secondary School and, to their relief, no longer have to sit through dad’s assemblies.  Prior to becoming a vicar I worked in scientific research and also did a stint with BBC local radio.

Rick Dormer

Roles: Chair of Resources Committee, Admissions

Category of Governor:  Foundation/DBE

Appointed by:  Diocese

Term of office:  30/9/13 – 17

After I finished my studies, I have worked in the Family Business which is located in Beer.

I volunteered to be a foundation governor of Beer Primary School about 6 years ago, and I was appointed into the Resources committee. I am now chairman of the Resources Committee. I was part of the governing body that was involved with the transition of Beer Church of England Primary School joining the Ark Federation.

I am married with 2 children, and both of my children are currently at Beer School.




All Saints C of E (VA) Primary School
All Saints
EX13 7LX
01297 32761

Beer C of E (VA) Primary School
Mare Lane
EX12 3NB
01297 20077

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