The Governors are a volunteer body who bring to the governance of the College their experience in the fields of education, commerce, the professions and public life and provide constructive challenge and support to the Senior Leadership Team. As a group we are committed to comprehensive education and serving the community.

Governors are elected for four years and are drawn from parents/carers, teaching staff and non-teaching staff who work within the College, as well as the wider community.

Responsibility for the day to day management of the College rests with the Principal and his senior leadership team.

We have Full Governors meetings at least once a term and we operate through two main sub-committees which usually meet twice each term and which report back to the Full Governors meeting.

Governors are primarily responsible for:

  •           strategic oversight of the College
  •           policy making
  •           the budget/finance
  •           the appointment of key staff

If you wish to contact the Governing Body please email or phone the College

01392 461407


Mr Greg Evans

Member Appointed Governor

Member of Trust

Co-Chair of Board


Mrs Gina Stroud

 Co-opted Governor

Co-Chair of Board

Member of Trust

I have been a Governor since June 2011 and in addition to Co-Chairing the Board I am the link Governor for Safeguarding and SEN, working with Paul Sutton, Deputy Principal. I was co-opted to the Governing Board in order to bring additional business management and marketing skills to support Clyst Vale in the transition to an independent academy. My focus is financial management and I am the link Governor to the finance team. My career began in advertising as a trainee for the leading US based agency Ted Bates and after 10 years I made the switch to the film industry. Film has been my passion since early childhood and after working with several major studios I settled at MGM where I became Executive Vice President of MGM Studios and Chairman of MGM Productions. I met my husband through work and our two children have followed us into the media and entertainment industry, our daughter working for a global advertising agency and our son training to be a digital effects artist. When moving to Devon several years ago it was with the specific goal of creating more time to become involved in the community in which I live and my work with Clyst Vale contributes greatly to this ambition.


Dr Kevin Bawn



Member Of Trust

Originally from Dorset, I completed a BA and a PHD in History at Reading University, before gaining my PGCE at Oxford.  Eight schools later, including a Deputy Headship at Exmouth and a Headship in Leicestershire, I became Principal at Clyst Vale in 2001 so in total this is my 17th Year of being a Governor! All three of my children are at university, two completing Masters Degrees, the third is studying for her first degree.  All three attended Devon comprehensive schools.  I remain passionate about education and the potential of young people, and continue to teach.  Out of College, my interests include History (still), reading, walking (Dartmoor) and sport in general.

Clyst Vale is a fantastic College with a boundless ‘human’ ethos.  We have had our challenges since 2001, but have maintained that ethos throughout, while striving to achieve the best outcomes possible for our students.


Mr Simon Sanger-Anderson

Member Appointed Governor

Member of Trust

Proud father of two teenagers who are genuinely enjoying their time at the College.

Committed to ensuring that the governing body gives the support and encouragement to the Principal and senior leadership team so that in their turn they are best able to help our students achieve their full potential both academically and in extra curricula activities such as sport and the arts, so that they can leave us and enter the world of work with confidence and every chance of success.



Mr Crawford Winlove


Member Appointed Governor


 Dr Crawford Winlove is a Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Exeter Medical School, where he leads the Neuroscience pathway. He also co-ordinates the Medical School’s outreach activities, and has a long-standing role in the admissions process.

He delivers hands-on science sessions at schools around the country, and has taken a proactive role in helping Clyst Vale to build better links to the University. With his support, Clyst Vale students have been involved in several high-profile activities with the University in recent years. Most recently, work with the science department has helped to establish a programme of regular visits by Medical School students to support the learning of A level students.

His research uses neuroimaging to understand human behaviour, with particular interests in imagination, addiction and child mental health.


Mrs Dorf Ruscoe

Member Appointed Governor

My initial involvement with the College began 5 years ago helping in a backstage capacity, with the performing arts events. It was during this time I gained insight into the how the College functioned, but most significantly, I became aware of the overall culture and ethos of the College. I observed a truly caring community. Care, provided not just by staff to students, but most noticeably from students to students.

My professional career has been mainly focused on Primary Care Nursing and Higher Education, working strategically both internationally and nationally. Prior to my retirement in 2012 I led the General Practice Unit at Plymouth University where I still retain an Honorary Associate Professorship. I also continue in my role as an accreditation assessor of educational programmes for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

I have had the privilege of being a member appointed of the Governing Board for the past year and this has been an enjoyable but quite steep learning experience. My husband and I have lived in East Devon for the past 30 years and I am very committed to helping the College in any way I can during these very challenging and changing times for education.


Tina White


Parent Governor  

Originally from Southampton I moved to the south west in 2003, in 2011 my husband secured a teaching post at Saint Andrews International High School in Malawi. During these years I worked as the E-learning manager for the high school and I developed and managed the website for the primary school. In 2014 we returned to the UK and moved to Henley-on-Thames.

In 2011 as a mature student I gained a BSc in Management and Management systems. I currently work for Exeter College where I assess Digital Marketing Apprenticeships. Previously I worked for CIM (Chartered institute of Marketing) within CIMAcademy, where I developed the new online e-learning platform.   In my previous career I worked within the Travel Industry working for companies such as TUI, Thomas cook and P&O Princess Cruises.

I have one son at CVCC in year 7 and my other son is in year 5 at Whipton Barton.  I believe parents should support the school and its staff to help to provide the best education, as well as extracurricular activities.  I believe that both an academic and vocational education should be available to all children as well as sports and performing arts.  I truly believe technology is extremely important in providing children the skills they need for the future.

As well as a keen interest in technology and design I have been an enthusiastic participant of amateur dramatics.  My dying scene as queen Rat in Dick Whittington is renowned in Henley-on-Thames.

Parent Governor Vacancy


 Parent Governor Vacancy

Ms Ceri Johnson

 Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Board

I became a Parent Governor In January 2016 because I believe it’s vitally important that parents support schools to provide the best education for all our children. I have two sons at CVCC, in Years 7 and 9.

I read History at Jesus College, Oxford, and then studied for an MA in Curatorship at Leicester University. I spent ten years working as a curator, eight of which were with the National Trust in Devon. I then joined the national arts development agency, Arts Council England, and have been a visual arts specialist for their South West region since 2000. My present job involves monitoring financial and managerial performance for a group of organisations in receipt of public funding, attending Board meetings, and making recommendations about governance and programme issues. In addition, I assess and make recommendations about applications for public funding, and provide advice for artists and arts organisations about their development.

In addition to the visual arts, I am passionate about music, literature and the arts in general.



Mr Ben Brook



Parent Governor

Since my daughter joined the College I have been impressed by the consistently positive and nurturing environment created for students. I am proud to play a small part in helping to ensure the College flourishes in my role as a Parent Governor.

I have experience of managing finance, human resources, health and safety, marketing and property functions gained within both the education and private sectors. I am currently a member of the leadership team of another successful secondary school where I manage the non-teaching operations of the Academy. I also have commercial experience, most recently as a regional manager for a department store group in the South West. The experience I gained in my time as a co-opted Governor for another outstanding secondary school in West Devon has also helped me to understand the part that Governors play in supporting a school’s leadership team.

The role of Governor was described to me as being like a ‘critical friend’ and I am committed to providing the constructive challenge and support that is vital for the health of any organisation.


Parent Governor


Mrs Melanie Prance

 Staff Governor I have been teaching Mathematics at Clyst Vale since 2006 and am currently KS3 Maths coordinator, with  responsibility for Gifted and Talented maths provision.  I came to teaching following a career break to raise my family.   Prior to that I worked in the city as a currency and bond analyst, working in London and New York with a two year stint in Tokyo training local analysts.  Teaching maths is a passion and I thoroughly enjoy working with secondary age students as each day is different and each day I learn something new.  I became a staff governor in the academic year 2012/13 in order to broaden my understanding of the mechanics of how a whole school actually works and to represent staff on the governing body.  Outside of school I take a keen interest in art and enjoy working on my own artistic projects.  I have a 20 year old daughter currently studying English at Kings, London.


 Staff  Vacancy




 Staff  Vacancy




Dr Lévon Stephan




Member of Trust

I was born in London in 1967 and am of Armenian descent. I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1991 from Edinburgh University and also have an BSc Honours degree in Neuroscience. After spending 10 years in a farm and specialist poultry practice in Exeter, I became a Government Veterinary Surgeon and have worked  for the Meat Hygiene Service, Food Standards Agency and then the Animal & Plant Health Agency (DEFRA) as a Veterinary Officer in the South West. My current job is as a National Veterinary Advisor to the Government in Exotic Notifiable Diseases, and so regrettably I have to spend several days a week in Westminster.

My main interests include playing Table Tennis, skiing, cooking and walking my very active Cocker Spaniel. I am also a parish Councillor for Rewe Parish Council and regularly play the harmonica at St. Andrew’s Church in Cullumpton. My greatest attribute is being enthusiastic about everything.

My son Anton attended Clyst Vale Community College and left in 2014 with excellent grades to read Biology at Southampton University where he has just graduated from with a First class degree. He really had an amazing time at Clyst Vale and I can honestly say that he loved every minute of his time here. We chose Clyst Vale after visiting on open day in Year 6 where we immediately felt the genuine care of all the teachers and saw the happiness of the students. It was that initial experience that made me really want to become more involved with the College so I joined the Governing Board in 2007. I have since been involved in the thrill of Academy conversion, motivated by the enthusiasm of its committed staff and have felt really proud when celebrating the excellent performance achieved by our students in all areas, academic and otherwise.

After my son left, I became a co-opted Governor and a Board Member of the Academy Trust, as I truly want to continue being part of CVCC’s success story.

mdaviesMr Michael Davies  

Co-Opted Governor

I am a Solicitor and Partner in one of the South West’s leading law firms.  I specialise in dispute resolution and help clients solve problems relating to land and property, both in and out of court.

My close attention to detail and problem solving skill set enable me to assist and support the governing body, the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team so that they make the best decisions for the college and its students.

At home, I keep busy with my two young daughters and live for the outdoors. I can often be found cycling around the Devon countryside and walking the dog.
I am also a trustee and member of Exeter Round Table.


Ms Deborah Custance-Baker

With effect from 1st September 2017

Clerk to Governors  


Please use this link to Register of Interests 16-17

The Board of Trustees formally met 4 times during the year 2015/16. Attendance during the year at meetings of the Board of Trustees and Committees was as follows:

Trustee  Meetings attended Out of a possible
K Bawn (Principal & Accounting Officer) 13 14
Ben Brook 08 09
P Colin (Staff Trustee) 10 11
S Collins (Resigned) 06 06
G Evans (Co-Chair) 05 08
T Grieve 08 10
C Johnson 06 07
M Prance (Staff Trustee) 06 08
D Ruscoe 07 08
G Stroud (Co-Chair) 09 10
S Sanger Anderson 08 09
L Stephan 10 10
S Watt (Resigned) 03 03
C Winlove 02 08
Trustee  Meetings attended Out of a possible
K Bawn (Principal & Accounting Officer) 14 15
Ben Brook 10 11
P Colin (Staff Trustee) 09 10
M Davies 07 10
G Evans (Co-Chair) 11 11
T Grieve 05 05
C Johnson 11 11
M Prance (Staff Trustee) 05 07
D Ruscoe 09 10
G Stroud (Co-Chair) 10 11
S Sanger Anderson 10 12
L Stephan 08 11
T White 02 05
C Winlove 10 10
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