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 has now 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: SEND Attendance: 2022/23: 1/1

Registered Interests: Joint owner of Ditchen Farm, Chair of Parnall Group Trelonk Ltd / Parnall Aircraft Company / Riverford Organic Trust / Plymouth Waterfront Partnership / St Petroc’s School Trust / SA Certification, Director of Talklight Ltd / TWSW Ltd, Trustee of Theatre Royal Plymouth / PML / PMF, Chair of Governors of UTC Plymouth / Stoke Damerel Primary Academy, Fellow of IMA, RSA, IET, BCS, CMI and Member of IoD / RI. Spouse is a Quality Manager for Cornwall Adult Education.

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. 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 and Information Technology Practitioner/Manager. He is also a Fellow of a number of professional bodies.

Cali Aubert Parent Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: TBC Attendance: 2022/23: 0/1

Registered Interests: TBC

Cassandra Bisco Staff Governor

Elected by staff

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Staff Governor Attendance: 2022/23: 1/1

Registered Interests: TBC

Arezoo Farahzad Trust Appointed Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: TBC Attendance: 2022/23: 0/1

Registered Interests: TBC

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: 2022/23: 1/1

Registered Interests: None

I currently work within the English Faculty in the secondary section of Millbay Academy. Over the past 14 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.

Olivia Frings Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Local Governing Body

Term: 06.09.22 – 05.09.26 Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor Attendance: 2022/23: 0/1

Registered Interests: Daughter is a Trust Payroll Co-ordinator and Son is an Administrator at Drake Primary

Olivia is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel Development as well as a trained Mediator and Coach. She has two Postgraduate Diplomas in HR and Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She has 27 years’ experience working in HR and Business across the public sector of which 17 years has been in senior leadership roles which have involved the establishment of several organisations.

Tom Kirk Trust Appointed Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: TBC Attendance: 2022/23: 1/1

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

Lucian Nechifor Parent Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: TBC Attendance: 2022/23: 1/1

Registered Interests: TBC

Jason Trevarthen Executive Headteacher

Governor by virtue of office as Executive Headteacher 

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: Whole schools Attendance: 2022/23: 1/1

Registered Interests: TBC

Dr. Hannah Wood Trust Appointed Governor

Appointed by Trust Board

Term: 01.09.22 – 31.08.26 Responsibility: TBC Attendance: 2022/23: 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):

Improvement Board

Stephen Felmingham 25.01.21 – 20.10.21

Lorraine Hill 08.07.21 – 11.05.22

Mike Peters 25.01.21 – 31.08.22

Sue Inglish 25.01.21 – 31.08.22

Mark Papworth 25.01.21 – 31.08.22

Dean Ashton 25.01.21 – 31.08.22

Nick Buckland 25.01.21 – 31.08.22

Local Governing Body

James Gentile 01.09.22 - 05.09.22

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

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