Meet the Governors

Mr Peter Woodward

Community Governor & Chair of Local Advisory Board

Peter Woodward – Community Governor & Chair of Local Advisory Board.
Peter moved to the South West nearly thirty years ago and for the past 15 years has lived with his wife Jane near Rilla Mill. Peter was previously Assistant Principal of a secondary school in Plymouth and now runs Sterts Arts Centre in Upton Cross, which suits him well as he has been a "luvvie" for most of his life (it started when he was on Crackerjack! in 1969). Peter has been a school governor for over 10 years at different schools and is a National Leader of Governance through the National College of School Leadership.
Term of office: 01-02-19 - 31-01-23.
Declaration of business/pecuniary interest: Sterts Theatre, Centre Director; SELT consultant.

Dr Jackie Wray

Community Governor

Jackie Wray -Community Governor - Jackie is the LAB's data lead. 
I am a scientist with a PhD in Chemistry and I completed some postdoctoral research before breaking my career to have my 2 children. After volunteering at my children’s primary school I decided once they started school that I would like a career as a primary teacher. I was a primary teacher for 20 years, teaching Y2 to Y6 in mixed age classes of 2 or 3 year groups at Upton Cross. I have been a governor and deputy headteacher for over 20 years. I completed the Headteacher qualification NPQH and and completed a short stint as an acting Headteacher so I have a very good understanding of all aspects of life in a small school and the community at Upton Cross. I have administered SATs gone through many Ofsted inspections and been responsible for a range of curriculum areas Science, Art, PE, Outdoor Ed and Environmental Education. I had responsibility for DATA across the school and sat on Finance committees and interview panels. I led many projects at the school including working nationally with WWF to produce Learning for Sustainability support materials which were used by government agencies. I led Global education at the school and made links and completed exchange visits with schools from Mumbai India and Tororo Uganda. I successfully applied for many grants to support outdoor learning, learning for sustainability and Global education and was responsible for gaining 100% funding for the solar panels and windturbine at School. I am a keen sports woman and gardener and both these passions I loved to share with my pupils along with the importance of sustainable living for the future of our planet. I played both county hockey and squash and have coaching qualifications in hockey, squash, tennis, football and swimming. My leisure time is now taken up with gardening and tennis.
Term of office: 08-06-16 - 07-06-20
Declaration of business/pecuniary interest: NIL

Miss Emily Goodey

Headteacher Upton Cross Academy

Emily Goodey - Headteacher
As a child I always wanted to be a teacher, as well as an Olympic swimmer!!! (the latter is on hold!). However, I then went on to study at Falmouth Art School and then to Nottingham Trent University. I graduated with a Graphic Design degree and even though I had such a passion for art, medical issues took me on a different path and made me rethink my life choices. I then followed a dream of teaching English abroad. I studied for my TESOL certificate in Tunbridge Wells and then packed the car and headed off to Spain looking for a job! After 4 weeks of cold calling, I landed myself a job in an English school in Vitoria. After a year, I came home and studied at the College of St Mark and St John for my teaching qualification. I have now taught for 18 years across all the primary age groups, covering mixed year groups and a wide range of SEND. During this time, I have a family of my own, whom are extremely supportive of my role at school, which is very fortunate as it does seem to take over at times.
I am now a teaching Headteacher and love it!
Term of office: 16-11-16 to 15-11-20.
Declaration of business/pecuniary interest: NIL

Miss Hannah Davies

Year 5/6 Teacher

Hannah Davies - Staff Governor
I am extremely grateful to have taken on the role of staff governor at Upton Cross Academy. After finishing school I completed my degree in Business Management at Southampton Solent University , however teaching was always what I had wanted to do. I finished my degree and became a teaching assistant. This experience gave me a good head start to completing my teaching degree at the University of St Mark and St John. Although I have only been teaching for 3 years I am passionate about ensuring we provide the best education we can for the children in our school. I am currently working with Years 5 and 6.
Term of office: 08-07-17 - 07-07-21
Declaration of business/pecuniary interest: NIL

Mr Richard Squires

Parent Governor

Having Qualified in Law at Southampton Solent University and following that the Post Graduate Legal Practice course at the University of Glamorgan, I worked briefly in a Law firm in London before taking a different direction starting a small business in Berkshire supplying beauty products to large retailers throughout the UK. Very quickly the business grew a global trading company suppling products further afield throughout Europe, Asia, America, South Africa and Australasia. In 2014, I sold the business to start a new life with my family on our small holding in Cornwall where we keep a menagerie of animals including alpacas, sheep, ducks and Chickens. I retrained in 2017, undertaking the Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Plymouth University and working as a lecturer in technical and commercial Photography at Cornwall College, as well as working with the level three art students connecting them with local artist across Cornwall where they gained experience working in the arts, readying themselves for their life after education. It has been a huge change for us as a family, a massive learning curve and something I would not change for the world having enjoyed every minute.

Tanya Whipps

Parent Governor

Having qualified with an honours degree in marine biology from Bangor university I worked for a few years within the aquaria and zoology industries. I worked to improve care of captive marine and freshwater species, educate visitors on ocean conservation and maintained all exhibits. My particular areas of interest and involvement included seahorse conservation and breeding, shark and turtle husbandry and enrichment of the centres Asian short claw otters.

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of animal care and as such subsequently decided to train as a veterinary nurse. I have worked for many years now as a registered veterinary nurse within practice nursing both small, large and exotic animals. I am also passionate about training new vet nurses and have been qualified in and involved in training new student nurses in practice.

After having my son I returned to nursing within a telemedicine company providing telephone nursing triage care to clients around the U.K. and abroad within the pet insurance sector as well as charities and veterinary clinics. I take calls from as far afield as Australia, Canada, the Middle East and throughout North America. I am now a Head nurse in charge of a team of nurses within the company involved in all aspects of the daily business including active work talking to new and prospective clients.

My husband and I moved to Cornwall in 2012 to be closer to family and have never looked back. My family and I live just outside Upton cross and enjoy walking in the Countryside together and visiting and enjoying the wonderful coastline.

Declaration of business/pecuniary interest: NIL

Thanks go to these members of the Governing Board who have resigned in last 12 months: 

Rachel Murray - December 2020 - Rachel was a Community Governor of the Local Advisory Board

Andrea Chapman - January 2020 - Andrea was a Parent Governor of the Local Advisory Board

Carly Ellicott - July 2019 - Carly was a Parent Governor of the Local Advisory Board.