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Trustees

  • Carolyn Bruce-Spencer - Chair of Trust Board, Child Protection Link
    Audit, Risk and Finance Commitee - Appointed Term ends - 01/10/2023 I am a Chartered Manager and professionally I work for Babcock International within the Assurance Team providing advice and support with the Business Management System (BMS) Simplification Programme, enabling the organisation to deliver a rationalised set of arrangements that are simple and efficient to use. I became a Parent Governor in 2007 to gain a better understanding of the educational landscape and to contribute in whatever way I could to the success of the school. I became Chair in 2009 and together with the DHSB Team managed the transition to achieve Academy status as well as an 'Outstanding' Ofsted in 2011. The educational environment continues to experience unprecedented change and enormous challenge, and at DHSB, Staff and Trustees come together as one to meet these challenges and work tirelessly to ensure that every student realises their full potential. I am very proud and honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and committed body of Trustees and an excellent team of Staff who work over and above to support each and every member of the DHSB Community so that ‘Everyone Succeeds.’
  • Lynn Chalinder - SEND link
    Education and Outcomes Commitee - Appointed Term ends 01/10/2023 By profession I am a Dental Hygienist working in and around the city. I have been parenting since 1987 in different parts of the country and have volunteered in many roles over the years such as Sunday School teaching and various other clubs. I have been a parent trustee since January 2015 and am delighted to serve on the Education and Outcomes committee. It is such a privilege to serve in this role which is mainly focused on maintaining the high standards held by DHSB as well as upholding the school ethos. As a SEN parent myself, the life of families impacted by SEN is a journey I have walked for some time. It is vital that we have a robust and caring team to ensure we offer a high standard of bespoke care. It has been my family’s experience that we do indeed have this here at DHSB and so I am both delighted and proud o be identified as the SEN trustee
  • Ffion Coombs - Chair of Education and Outcomes Committee
    Education and Outcomes Committee Reassigned 03/12/2023 I went to Wigan Girls High School, so had experience of a Grammar School education, as did many of us then. I gained a Law degree at University College London (UCL) and then qualified as a solicitor and I hope to bring some practical and analytical experience from this training to my role as Trustee. I practised as a corporate solicitor with Clifford Chance, London, and then the Department of Trade and Industry, Export Credits Guarantee Department. I also lectured on the Legal Practice Course at Exeter University. I wanted to stand as a Trustee to contribute to the school community. My son was here, and I started as a Trustee whilst he was coming to the end of his time in the Sixth Form. Currently Chair of Education and Outcomes Committee, I am particularly interested in the school curriculum, performance and staffing. I enjoy coming to school events, and have not yet missed a Speech Day.
  • Diane Creber - Vice Chair of Education and Outcomes Committee, IAG Link
    Education and Outcomes Committee - Appointed Resigned 04/07/2023 My entire career has been over 40 years in the electricity supply/distribution industry. My qualifications include Institute of Management Diploma in Management and BTEC National Certificate in Business & Finance. I also have certificates for computer keyboard skills/typing speeds and competence in computer literacy and information technology. In recent years, I have been a volunteer with the Tamar Bridge team, both as a welcome assistant in the visitor learning centre and as a bridge ambassador - both focused on supporting the local community. Having two sons who attended DHSB, I became a trustee to give something back to the school in appreciation and support of a grammar school education. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about DHSB. I am Vice Chair of the Education and Outcomes Committee and the IAG link trustee and enjoy being involved in both roles. My trustee responsibility is linked with the strategic oversight of Assessment, Reporting; Recording (ARR) and Learning. I am happy to contribute to the trustee body with my management skills and business administration expertise. I believe that as a trustee it is vital to be relevant, timely and up-to-date with issues regarding the educational landscape.To this end I wholeheartedly support trustee CPD. I feel proud & privileged to be part of an elite team leading and shaping the future of DHSB.
  • Shona Godefroy - Vice Chair of Audit, Risk and Finance Committee
    Audit, Risk and Finance Committee - Appointed 6/09/2023 I am a qualified certified accountant and managing partner of Westcotts Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors; a regional accountancy practice with offices across Devon and Somerset and a team of 300 people. I have detailed knowledge of accounting standards, corporate governance and all aspects of financial reporting, as well as extensive experience in assisting clients with reviews of their financial budgets and strategies, and implementation of financial systems and controls. I am the Vice Chair of our Audit, Risk and Finance Committee as well as being the Chair of the Audit, Risk, Finance and Operations Committee for the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Sophie Marsh - Clerk to Trustees
    Clerk to the Trustees - all committees
  • Richard Greenacre - Vice Chair of Education and Outcomes Committee
    Audit, Risk and Finance Committee - Co-opt Term Ends 06/02/2027 I am an experienced systems and software chartered engineer with a history in the design and integration of large and complex systems. These have included nuclear safety, naval control and navigation systems. I am also a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve with both formal training and practical experience of man management, leadership, task planning and execution. As a NATO subject matter expert on navigation safety I have served on both Royal Navy and international naval staffs. Currently working in Devonport Dockyard I have a strong interest in the promotion of safe working practices at all levels. I have been a Trustee since 2001 and have served on a range of trustee committees, starting with the Engineering Specialism Committee then the Specialisms Steering Group and currently the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. This reflects the changing focus of DHSB as it has taken itself forward during this period. I had a son at the school and becoming a trustee to help the school develop its chosen role as an engineering specialism seemed to be an obvious and rewarding way to support it, particularly with my background. Having two family members involved in local primary education provides me with a wider perspective of education in the area. I have also been involved with the training and development of Royal Naval Reserve personnel at a local and national level for some time; which also supplies a different perspective on education and training
  • Richard Killick
    Education and Outcomes Committee - Co-opt Term Ends - 24/04/2026 (resigned) I originally became a Trustee after leaving the Royal Navy in 2014. Both my sons attended DHSB at the time and I thought it would be good to use my experience and skills gained in the service to give something back. In many of my roles in the RN, I was employed in managing, training and mentoring new entrants at the beginning of their careers, a role which whilst challenging, was extremely rewarding. I also have experience working with young people as a former officer in the Boys Brigade and continue to have those close links through the church I attend. As a treasurer of both service and local charities, I have worked with and have a good appreciation of the mechanisms of the charities commission. The school is represented by a number of service children and as a former service parent, I have an appreciation of the issues this group face and believe I am well placed to offer guidance as required. I have served on both the Enterprise and more latterly the Education and Outcomes committee and have an all-round appreciation of the workings of the governing body and how it links with the Headteacher, leadership group and staff at the school. Now, having just entered my third term as a Trustee, I continue to be fully committed to support all those who make DHSB the outstanding centre of education it is.
  • Phil Marsh
    Education and Outcomes Committee - appointed 6/09/2023 I served for 15 years as a police officer with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, and Essex Police. I left the police as a Detective Inspector working on Major Crime. While in the police I also held roles in emergency response, community policing and as the Staff Officer for the Assistant Chief Constable, advising and influencing on policy and governance across their portfolio which included performance management and Human Resourcing. I have experience working in the Civil Service at a strategic level. I currently work for the Civil Service examining the governance and potential misconduct of Company Directors, prosecuting the Directors if right. Formerly I was the legal officer for a large College of Further Education I have been involved in school governance for several years having held roles, including a governor of a small independent primary school and a school within a large multi academy trust. I was privileged to be elected Chair of that Local Governing Board. In a wider context I have sat on Audit and Risk Committees and chaired various educational committees concerning performance and discipline panels. Given that the school plays such a central role within our children's early formative years, I am a firm believer that educating children is more than just the three ‘R’s. I am a strong advocate of social mobility and believe that every child should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed. I am extremely passionate in improving the education of not only my children but every other pupil and future pupils of DHSB and I hope to bring my skills, experiences and passion to the Trustee Board and help in supporting the school as a whole and being a critical friend to the Senior Leadership Team, ensuring the school remains accountable and upholds their excellent ethos and standards. In my spare time I enjoy watching rugby.
  • Sue Moreton
    Audit, Risk and Finance Committee - Staff Term of office ended 06/10/2022 In my third term as staff trustee, I still find it interesting to be a party to the bigger picture, and to be involved with some of the decision making and strategic planning, and being part of new staff interview panels. Getting to know the other trustees has been invaluable in my school role as Careers & PSHEE lead, helping to make links with local employers and tapping in to local expertise for the benefit of our students. My background as an English teacher means that I enjoy hearing about literacy related initiatives in my trustee capacity, and with my careers hat on, listening to and learning from the viewpoints of local people and parents gives me added local labour market information. I am also very interested in developing wellbeing and good mental health for both staff and students, especially in light of the current pandemic.
  • Tom Orchard - Chair of Audit, Risk and Finance Committee
    Audit, Risk and Finance Committee - Appointed Term Ends - 06/02/2027 I am an accountant (Chartered Management Accountant) and also have a tax qualification. I spent many years in senior accounting roles in industry, the last one being as Chief Account to DML (now Babcock), better known as HM Dockyard! I now run a small private practice. I have a degree in Physics, and a qualification as a teacher (I did teach long ago before changing careers). I am a DHSB Old Boy, and my father, uncle, brother and son all went to DHSB. I was co-opted as a trustee in 1997 when DHSB first opted to become Grant Maintained. This meant being in charge of its own finances, and I was asked to join the finance committee to offer some help. I have been there ever since and am currently Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. For both historical and current reasons, I am a great admirer of the School, its ethos and the work it does - and I am happy to continue to help in any way I can. I am a keen runner and walker.
  • Simon Pentecost - Vice Chair of Enterprise and Health & Safety Link
    Enterprise Commitee - resigned 5/07/2022 My career started in the field of engineering, particularly in manufacturing. It is now focused in the arena of health, safety, environmental and energy. I am able to bring these skills and experience to the table, supporting both the boys and the school leadership group. I joined as a Trustee at the time when DHSB was granted an 'engineering specialism'. My career as an engineer has allowed me to bring my skills and experience to the classroom. I now have two boys at the school, which has added a new dimension to my Trustee role. I am passionate about providing the very best educational environment for all the pupils at the school, and to ensure we secure the future education for all the boys. My interest in manufacturing engineering has allowed me over the years to support the boys in many of their engineering projects. It is always so great to see their attitude and aptitude as they complete their tasks, something that I find very rewarding. I have always enjoyed my time with school and take great pleasure in seeing the many and varied achievements of the boys.
  • Mark Pickersgill - Careers Link
    Parent Trustee Audit, Risk and Finance Committee Term of office started 1.3.22 With my middle son joining DHSB in September 2021 and another working hard to join him, I am looking forward to working with and learning from the strong team of trustees and staff and helping students realise their potential wherever I can. An apprentice trained, Chartered Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from Durham University Business School, I spent 30 years maintaining, operating, and helping corporations acquire, international passenger and freight railways. It is a fact that a good education and hard work can take you anywhere. Born in St Judes, raised in St Budeaux and educated at Victoria Road Primary and Widey Technical High School for Boys, I joined British Railways as an apprentice engineer, and with their support and sponsorship completed my formal engineering education at Kings Road CofE and Plymouth University. This enabled me to work with talented people in different cultures across the world. With spells in Cardiff, East Anglia, London, Melbourne, Glasgow, New York, and the Baltics I came to appreciate the value of collaboration when managing diversity. I now have a property/consultancy business; am a Trustee of a local children’s preschool charity (0 to 5 years); an Advanced Motorcyclist; a rugby fan and am refurbishing a classic mini cooper.
  • Heidi Price
    Audit, Risk and Finance Committee - Appointed Term Ends - 23/03/2027 I am a Primary Head teacher and strategic partner for school improvement working with Plymouth Local Authority and Plymouth Teaching School Alliance. I am a strand lead for developing educational leaders across the city and a Local Leader of Education (LLE) through National College of School Leadership. I initially became a parent trustee when my children were part of DHSB and I wanted to give something back to the school. I am very interested in all aspects of school life, particularly maintaining high standards, supporting students to achieve their full potential and the ethos of DHSB. I have always endeavoured to bring energy and challenge to the role. Being part of the community of DHSB is a privilege and a responsibility. I am committed to offer educational support to the fantastic team who work above and beyond. I am committed to ensuring we strive to be the best we can be for the benefit of all students and staff.
  • Dan Roberts - Headteacher
    Headteacher
  • Carys Sanders - Chair of Education and Outcomes Committee
    Appointed Education and Outcomes Committee Term ends 06/02/2027 My son joined DHSB in 2019 and becoming a parent trustee seemed an excellent opportunity to support and work with the school. As both a former primary school parent governor and clerk to the governing body at Marjon University, I gained experience and appreciation of the important role played by a governing body. A language graduate, with further economics study, I have worked for the European Commission in Brussels, Welsh Development Agency, South West Regional Development Agency and KPMG as an economic development consultant. I am a qualified hockey coach, coaching at Ivybridge Junior Hockey Club.
  • Maurice West
    Education and Outcomes Committee - Appointed Term Ends - 6.12.2024 An old boy of the school, I spent my entire career of over 40 years as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and partner of a private practice based here in Plymouth. I have been fortunate to be engaged upon interesting projects right across the country and ensured our corporate social responsibility was at the fore across the practice. Having retired in early 2018, I now focus on my family and also DHSB and various community based charities and Trusts, with a particular focus on the problems caused by poverty, especially in children and young people. Two of our four children attended the school and are now pursuing their own professional careers. I became a trustee to put something back into this great school where the foundations for my adult life were established.
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