Governor Profiles

The Governing Board of St. Martin’s consists of the following:

Foundation Governors, who have particular responsibility for upholding the Christian ethos of the school and are appointed by the Diocese of Exeter.

Staff governors, one elected by staff vote and the other the Headteacher

Parent Governors, elected by parental/carer vote

One Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Governing Board but approved for holding office by members of the Local Authority.

The Governing Board is also able to appoint Associate Members to join Committees on the basis of the specific skills and experience that they can bring to the role.

Tania Beard – Headteacher

My name is Tania Beard and I am the head teacher of St Martin’s.  I first became a staff governor when in my first teaching post and really enjoyed seeing the school I worked in from a different perspective.  The Governing Board at St Martin’s is very strong and they work well together to support and challenge me in my role as head teacher.  When I am not at school I enjoy walking with my husband and our two little Jack Russell dogs who are called Pirate and Hector.  I also make time to knit, read and am a member of a running group who meet every Saturday morning for a gentle run along the River Otter followed by coffee and chat.

Sheena Wright – Foundation Governor

Having been involved with the initial development of the Nursery in my Local Authority role as Lead Early Year’s Advisor, I was delighted to have been asked to become a Governor at St Martin’s. I have lived, taught and been involved in school improvement in Devon since moving here in 1997 and am enjoying this new perspective on school life. In my spare time I love anything to do with food and relax by browsing through my array of cookery books – which inevitably ends with some baking. Luckily I am proud Mum to three sons who appreciate those efforts!

Caren Flicker – Staff Governor

I have been employed at St Martin’s as Family Advocate since 2015 and I am a staff governor.  This is my first taste of being a governor but I was always involved with my children’s PTA and school. I want to see all children reach their full potential and enjoy school.
I have a background in child protection and working with families.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, playing hockey, tennis and walking my dog.


Sheila Watson – Foundation Governor

I was a governor at Clyst Honiton Village School when Cranbrook was still a ploughed field. Planning the new school and seeing it grow from drawings to this fantastic building was quite an experience, surpassed only by seeing the school community grow from the original 30 children to what it is now.

I have worked in education all my life and when I retired I became churchwarden at Clyst Honiton church. I was asked if I would be a governor at the village school, it being a church school, and I said yes, and I am still here. When the school transferred to Cranbrook with the pupils, teachers and other staff, the governors came too.

In my spare time I enjoy all kinds of craft work, I am involved with Trefoil Guild, the adult section of Girl Guiding, I run a weekly coffee morning in the church, and help with the fund raising activities, but what I enjoy most of all is volunteering in school and being among the children.

Mel Turl – Foundation Governor

I joined St. Martins in April 2014, excited by its ever-changing situation and warm and caring environment. Having been a Governor in my previous school I was keen to join a Governing Body again, working with a different group of people who have a vested interest in the school ‘being the best that it can be’. I am currently teaching Year One and have a keen interest in maths across the school. At home I love spending time with my 3 young girls, going for long walks by the sea and catching up with a good book!

 Rev. Lythan Nevard – Foundation Governor & Ex-officio
 I am Lythan Nevard, known to the children at St Martins as Rev Nev, the Minister for Cranbrook. I am a foundation governor and have been a Minister in the United Reformed Church for 24 years. In Cranbrook  I work for the URC, Church of England and Methodist Churches as the three denominations seek to support the whole community and provide a Church that fits the profile and needs of Cranbrook. Cornerstone Church usually meets at St Martin’s on a Sunday but pops up doing things all over the place. It is a very different and very exciting type of work for me.

I live here in Cranbrook with my husband, also a Minister and usually some of our three adult children though I think we will be empty nesters in the next few years. I fill my time off with crafty pursuits like cardmaking, scrapooking and crochet and also love to sing and act and play the piano

Danielle Hamilton – Parent Governor

We moved to Cranbrook in January 2017, and our two boys found a home and settled in at St Martin’s in no time! The dedication and care of all of the staff at the school has encouraged me to get involved and volunteer my time as a parent governor. My background is in hospitality and event management, but for the last seven years I have been a stay-at-home mum. I’m passionate about helping every child make the most of school, and have the best possible future. As a family we enjoy camping and outdoor activities, as well as a bit of baking and being creative.

John Clements – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, appointed in October 2017, and delighted to be connected with a school that has such an exciting future.  My daughter started in reception in September 2017 and keen as I am to support her and the school being a governor appears to me an ideal way of contributing.  I live close to the school and intend to be as involved as I reasonably can.  I seek to put across the perspective of parents and make sure our voices continue to be an active part of school life.

I am on a steep learning curve but eager to listen and learn.

I have a background in safeguarding children with most of my current work being in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  I also have an adult teaching qualification and regularly provide training inputs in connection with protecting vulnerable people. I have a strong commitment in supporting those who need help in our communities.

My relaxation comes from exercising, walking, reading, watching rugby and trying to keep my daughter occupied, not necessarily in that order…

Andrew Wood – Foundation Governor

I am a foundation governor, appointed in December 2017. I am a town planner by background and have a long standing association with Cranbrook (I was present at the turf cutting ceremony on June 29th 2011). My day job involves helping to support the development of Cranbrook and the nearby major projects.   I am based at the Younghayes Centre and it has been fascinating for me to witness the growth of the town and to be reminded of the critical role that schools play at the heart of a community. As part of the governor team I am fully committed to supporting the work of the school and to ensuring that the children get the best possible start in life. Whilst my own children are not at the school I am keen to understand the perspective of parents and I am the representative of the Governing Board on the Parent Voice group. In my spare time I help to coach a junior rugby team and have recently taken on the refereeing responsibilities – probably the least relaxing hour of my week!

Rick Walker – Local Authority Governor

I am a Local Authority Governor, appointed in March 2018. In my day job, I am a programme manager at the University of Exeter looking after strategic projects and have a keen interest in education from early years upwards. I am keen to support St. Martin’s to achieve its aims, overcome its challenges and be an inclusive school for all.

My background includes work in management consultancy, technology, construction and energy efficiency. When I’m not working I am a keen Chiefs fan, play squash, travel and walk the dog.

Vicky Keating – Foundation Governor

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