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

Co-opted Governors, appointed by the Governing Body based on the skills they can bring to the school

One Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Governing Body 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

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

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

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

I am Sheila Watson, the ex-officio 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

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
I am Lythan Nevard, known to the children at St Martins as RevNev, 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

Marc Kastner

I work for the Local Authority where I am strategic Lead for Inclusion & other services to vulnerable children within education. I have considerable experience of working with disadvantaged and vulnerable children having previously worked in a multi disciplinary team. I studied at Portsmouth & Northumbria Universities.

I am married with two young children and in my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking, travel and spending time with my family. I am delighted to have been appointed as a governor at St Martins and firmly believe in and support the Christian ethos of the school.

Danielle Hamilton

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

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…

Mark Maries

I am a Local Authority Lawyer by profession and deal mainly with criminal prosecutions with a little civil work mixed in. I have prosecuted parents for irregular attendance, and from this I have an gained an interest from a Governor perspective in school attendance and the importance of children being at school and learning.
I have been a Governor for 10 years mainly on another Governing Board, and whilst I no longer sit on that Governing Board, I am hoping that some of that experience can be of benefit during my time at St Martin’s.
I am married with children, one of whom is still at primary school. In my spare time I am an arm chair sportsman having previously played rugby in adult life.  I also try mostly unsuccessfully to get out and see the beautiful countryside we are so fortunate to be surrounded by in the South West.


Declan McGowan

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