The structure and responsibilities of our governing body.

A local governing body within Reach South Academy Trust consists of:

4 Trust appointed members
2 Elected parent members
2 Elected staff members
Executive Headteacher

Additionally, there can be up to 3 Co-opted members.

Millbay Academy transitioned from a Joint Improvement Board with High Street Primary Academy to a Millbay Academy and High Street Primary Academy Joint Local Governing Body from 1st September 2022 which brings capacity to both schools.

Nick Buckland OBE Chair of Governors and Trust Appointed Governor Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Leadership and Management and SEND and Inclusion Attendance 2023/24: 1/1

Registered Interests: Joint owner of Ditchen Farm ( 1989), Chair of Parnall Group (2019), Trelonk Ltd (2020), Parnall Aircraft Company (2020), Riverford Organic Trust (2018), Plymouth Waterfront Partnership (2018), St Petroc’s School Trust (2017), SA Certification (2016), HRC College (2021), Shebbear College (2010) and Director of TWSW Ltd. Trustee of PML (2016), Karst (2014) and Future First (2023). Chair of Governors of UTC Plymouth (2016), Millbay Academy & High Street Primary LGB (2022), Stoke Damerel Primary School LGB (2018) and Thomas hall (2023). Fellow of IMA, RSA, IET, BCS and CMI. Member of IoD and RI

Eur Ing Nick Buckland OBE is a very experienced Governor and is currently the Chair of the Local Governing Bodies for Millbay & High Street, UTC Plymouth and Stoke Damerel Primary and the Chair of the Improvement Board for Thomas Hall School. In these roles he provides leadership, expertise, challenge, mentoring of new Governor colleagues, and a wealth of Governor knowledge.

Originally a mathematician, he spent many years in the IT industry working on high performance computers, the early years of virtual reality and the internet. From the mid 1990’s he has had a portfolio career as a Chair and Director of organisations in private, public and voluntary sectors. Nick has been a strong advocate of STEM and its importance for the UK economy and is passionate about ensuring young people are given the opportunities to gain a good education that will ensure they can take up exciting, well paid jobs and careers. He was appointed OBE for services to Innovation and Technology in the 2009 New Year Honours List and is a Chartered Engineer, Information Technology Practitioner and Manager. He is also a Fellow of a number of professional bodies.

Cali Aubert BA (hons) Parent Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: SEND and Inclusion Attendance 2023/24: 1/1

Registered Interests: Freelance content creator for TV

Cassandra Bisco Staff Governor

Elected by staff

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Staff Governor Attendance 2023/24: 1/1

Registered Interests: TBC

Arezoo Farahzad Trust Appointed Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor, Equalities and EYFS Attendance 2023/24: 0/1

Registered Interests: Director of Filmingland Productions (Jun 2020) Chair of Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’is of Plymouth (Apr 1990), Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity (Sept 2001) and BASED-UK (Nov 2015)

Arezoo Farahzad is a Producer / Director having overseen projects, over the last 30 years, for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and digital clients, with expertise on popular food, travel and cultural programmes. Educated and trained in Plymouth, she began life as a radio producer for BBC Radio Devon with whom she continues close links. In her spare time, she acts as Chair of Trustees for UK charity BASED-UK and Plymouth-based Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity – two educational charities very close to her heart. She is also a member of Plymouth Council of Faiths on behalf of the Bahá’i Community. Her passion is meeting new people, promoting diversity and contributing towards Plymouth becoming a truly welcoming city to all who choose to call it home.

Charlotte Francis Staff Governor

Elected by staff

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Staff Governor Attendance 2023/24: 0/1

Registered Interests: None

I currently work within the English Faculty in the secondary section of Millbay Academy. Over the past 15 years I have worked within both a college and primary schools, making the move to secondary September 2021. It has been a joy for me working within Millbay Academy. Therefore, becoming a staff governor was important to me as I wish to support both the school and our young people to move forward, with our shared vision. As a mum of two teenagers currently moving through their secondary education I understand the unique challenges and joys that face our young people as they begin their journey to adulthood.

Tom Kirk Trust Appointed Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Vice- Chair, Finance and Behaviour and Attitudes Attendance 2023/24: 1/1

Registered Interests: Director of ND (Plymouth) Ltd (Nov) 20 and Tom Kirk Consultancy (Dec 16)

Tom is an Accountant and has extensive expertise from working as a trusted advisor to clients in healthcare, e-commerce, manufacturing, recruitment and education sectors from turnarounds through to drawing up and executing strategic expansion plans. Tom has previously worked for Reach South Academy Trust as the Interim Director of Finance and therefore has a very good understanding of the values and ethos of the Trust.

Lucian Nechifor Parent Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Quality of Education Attendance 2023/24: 1/1

Registered Interests: Child at Millbay Academy

I wanted to become a Parent Governor of Millbay Academy to be able to actively participate to the improvement journey the Academy is already on it. I think that my experience in managing people and a solid conflict management skill is a valuable skill I bring to the Governing Body to support the levels achieved by the Academy to date. I believe that my experience of a different learning/teaching system background could be an asset to the school and added as a ‘brick’ on building this wonderful project, Millbay Academy.

Jo Ware Executive Headteacher

Governor by virtue of office as Executive Headteacher 

Term: 13.03.23 Responsibility: Whole schools Attendance 2023/24: 1/1

Registered Interests: Child attends a Trust school

Dr. Hannah Wood Trust Appointed Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Personal Development and Quality of Education Attendance 2023/24: 0/1

Registered Interests: Founder and Creative Director of Story Juice (2012) and Member or Plymouth Cultural Partnership (Jan 2022)

Dr Hannah Wood is Creative Director of Story Juice, an interactive storytelling and game development studio making playful experiences for everyone from individuals to audiences of 200,000. The studio brings untold stories to life in imaginative, new artistic forms and puts the audience at the heart of its experiences, inviting them to embody moments and perspectives that can inspire empathy, delight and empower social change. Collaborators and clients have included the Natural History Museum, Almeida Theatre, Roald Dahl Estate, Eden Project and BBC. The studio is a pledge partner of UKIE's #RaiseTheGame initiative to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the games industry, and a Story Juice game has won a Global Women In Games Award 2022. Hannah is also a lecturer and researcher based at University of Plymouth where she teaches across creative forms, including creative writing, design, theatre, games, immersive experiences, audio and film. She is a passionate advocate of culture in Plymouth and a member of the Plymouth Cultural Partnership. Her career started in journalism for local and national press before she moved into the arts.

Previous Governors of the past 12 months (Improvement Board):

Previous Governors of the past 12 months
Olivia Frings 06.09.22 - 01.01.23

Jason Trevathen 01.09.22 - 13.03.23

Beccy Warner 01.01.23 - 31.08.23

Contact:

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors you can do so either via the school office or by contacting the Clerk to the Board, Lindsey Johnson: lindsey.johnson@reachsouth.org

To find out more about Reach South Academy governance click on the following link- www.reachsouth.org/governance

To find out more about Reach South Academy financial statements click on the following link- https://www.reachsouth.org/financial-statements