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
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.


Mr Paul Colin


Staff Governor

I was born and raised in Wiltshire, studied for my degree in Cardiff and spent 5 years in a cancer research laboratory before training to teach. My main interests are sailing and spending time on or near the sea, and as a biologist I have a keen interest in the natural world.

I joined Clyst Vale in 1990 as Second in Science from my previous post in Hertfordshire, and subsequently became Head of Science and timetabler. In 2005 I joined the Senior Leadership Team to lead the Specialist School programme. I have attended Governors’ meetings for many years as part of my various roles and I welcome the opportunity to represent the staff as a Governor.



 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 have also gained an Honours degree in Neuroscience. After spending 10 years in a purely 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 latterly for  Animal & Plant Health Agency (DEFRA) as Veterinary Officer in the South West. My day job is primarily involved  in Farm Animal Welfare and dealing with Notifiable Disease.

My main interests include playing league Table Tennis, skiing, Rewe Parish Council, playing the harmonica at St. Andrew’s Church and being enthusiastic about everything…especially if food is involved!

My son attended the College and left in 2014 with excellent grades for Southampton University. 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 7 where we immediately felt the genuine warmth of the teachers and 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 excited by 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. I decided to stay on as a Governor after my son left because I truly want to continue being part of this success story.

I am currently chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and look forward to continue seeing our students, of all abilities, make outstanding progress beyond their expectations in a happy and outstandingly caring environment.

mdaviesMr Michael Davies  

Co-Opted Governor


Mrs Jill Collins

Clerk to Governors I took up the position of Clerk to Governors and Company Secretary here at Clyst Vale Academy Trust in November 2012 after taking early retirement from full time work.  Previously I worked at a senior level in Higher Education Administration at a prestigious high ranking University and now I am enjoying the work/life balance this role allows. It is a pleasure to support the work of the dedicated Governors at Clyst Vale.


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
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