I am honoured to be Vice -Chair of United Schools Federation Governing Board, having served as Chair for seven years. I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by Exeter Diocese via St. Michael’s Parochial Church Council and St. Michael’s School’s Link Governor. My specific concern as a USF Governor is for Special Needs and Disabilities’ provision across all USF schools.
I have lived in Kingsteignton for fifty years and my four children attended local schools up to the age of 18. Prior to its closure, I worked for 18 years at a specialist College for deaf young people, run by a national charity. I then gained a degree in Human Resources and Personnel Management, and worked for local authorities until retirement eight years ago.
During past years, I served on both secondary and primary schools’ Governing Bodies and acted as a Trustee for local organisations. I was involved in the founding of Kingsteignton School and subsequently appointed as a Member, to support the work of that School’s Trustees. Although my main interest is in the work of the USF and its endeavours to give children the best possible primary school experience, I enjoy being involved with other local organisations - including our local library, tennis club and twinning organisation - that provide facilities for all to enjoy in Kingsteignton.
I am passionate about children having the greatest opportunity to develop their potential in a safe and secure environment, and am committed to staff receiving appropriate and effective support as they serve the children and their families. As well as experience and appropriate skills to enhance my role as a Governor, I bring a commitment, enthusiasm and a positive approach to this privilege, and am honoured to be part of the United Schools’ Federation team.
My background is in research and evidence informed practice. As part of this I have led and managed teams within Education, Health, Children’s Services and the Voluntary and Community Sector to help shape and design effective services and interventions for children and families. I have experience of working with both local and national organisations around service design.
I currently work within the research and evidence field within the area of Early Years where I work to ensure that services for children and families are based on robust science and evidence. My interests as part of my work include a focus on children's wellbeing, and how best to ensure that services and interventions reduce inequalities in children’s outcomes and life chances wherever possible.
As a parent of a child attending Stokeinteignhead School, I am keen to contribute and support the work of the Governing Body to enable the children attending the Federation’s schools to access good quality learning experiences and to achieve their full potential.
Fr Nick Debney
I am Fr Nick Debney and I have been the Priest in Charge of St John the Evangelist in Bovey Tracey since April 2019. I am married to Sally and have a thirteen year old Son, Adam. I was ordained in 2013 and served my curacy (training) in Dartmouth. I moved to become Vicar of St Luke’s Milber and a member of a team of three priests in Newton Abbot in 2017. Prior to being ordained, I worked at Torbay Hospital for over twenty years, latterly as a senior manager in surgical specialties. I have a passion for working with children and young people and am really enjoying leading collective worship each week and being a familiar face in our Church School, St Catherine’s, Heathfield as we seek to reconnect the parish church with the life of our school. My hobbies are cooking, socialising, walking our dog and playing the mandolin, guitar and a bit of church organ. I am really looking forward to being a member of the governing body and helping to support our teachers and leadership teams to give the best opportunities to our young people.
Mr Charles Siegle
Mr Christopher Solway
Rev Mark Smith
Mr Jonathan Couch
Mr Ken Singleton
Mr Paul Sampson
Rev Trevor Filtness
Mrs Natasha Alsop
Mr Julian Saunders
Mr Mark Richards
Originally from Plymouth I studied at the University of Plymouth and achieved an FdSc in Software Development in 2013.
I started working for the USF in 2016 as an IT Technician and have since progressed to Network Manager. I oversee all of the IT provision and implementation across the federation, as well as providing support to all staff, pupils, parents and Governors across all 6 schools.
I am passionate about all aspects of technology, and really revel in being able to implement solutions into our schools to assist the learning of pupils and the teaching of staff.
I was extremely proud to be appointed Staff Governor in 2019 and this also coincided with my relocation from Plymouth to Newton Abbot, and then to Torquay in 2021.
In my spare time I love to play football and squash and have more recently taken up running.
I have been a Headteacher for twenty years, first at Moretonhampsted School and then at St Michael’s School in Kingsteignton. In 2011 a partnership called the United Schools Federation was formed between St Michael’s and St Catherine’s and I become the Executive Headteacher. The Federation has grown to include Brixton St Mary’s School near Plymouth, Marldon School, Ipplepen School, Saplings Pre School and most recently Stokeinteignhead School. I fully support partnership working and the very positive impact it has on the opportunities it provides for children. In addition to the Federation, our schools also work in partnership with Doddiscombsleigh School which is also a member of the United Schools Learning Partnership, a Cooperative partnership of 13 schools.
During my time as a Headteacher, I have also had the opportunity to work with and support other schools as an Executive Headteacher, but also as a School Improvement Partner, National Leader of Education and most recently an Education Advisor working on behalf of the Local Authority.
In 2010, I was awarded the Headteacher of the Year Award for the South West. In 2014, in partnership with a number of senior colleagues within the Federation, we successfully bid for and opened a new school, Kingsteignton School.
I live in Newton Abbot and am proud to say that both my children attended St Michael’s School where they had a wonderful time and flourished as young people. I like the outdoor environment and in my spare time I enjoy climbing and walking in the mountains.