Governor Profiles

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

  • Seven Foundation Governors, who have particular responsibility for upholding the Christian ethos of the school and are appointed by the Diocese of Exeter.
  • Two Staff governors, one elected by staff vote and the other the Headteacher.
  • Two Parent Governors, elected by parental/carer vote.
  • 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 Committee on the basis of the specific skills and experience that they can bring to the role.


 S.Harvey-240x300.jpg       Steph Harvey - Headteacher

I am delighted to be the Headteacher at St Martin’s – a school which believes that emotional resilience is a key quality for success in life and which prioritises children’s wellbeing. I am passionate that children leave our school with a clear sense of their own worth – that they feel valued for the unique individual they are, and that through our nurturing approach children feel able to take risks, challenge themselves, and aim to always ‘be the best they can be’. 


John Clements - Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

I am in the fortunate position of being the Chair of the Governing Board, a huge privilege and a big responsibility.  I have been a governor since my daughter started in Reception in the Autumn Term 2017 and I have been the Chair since the Summer of 2018.  I joined the Governing Board to support my daughter and her school and trust I have done so.  I am semi-retired and although I do not have a background in primary school education I have plenty of experience of working with people and of training adults.  So far my skills and experience appear to have been helpful.  Being a governor is no small commitment but I am lucky to have the support of my wife in being able to spend a lot of time at and helping the school. As a governor I seek to support the school in any way I can whilst having the responsibility to make sure the headteacher and her staff are doing a good job.  It is a fine balance to achieve but so far we have been able to achieve it.  As a governor I have had a fantastic insight into what happens at St Martin’s and have been able to get to know most of the staff.  We will continue to work in the best interests of our children and the staff and do all we can to maintain St Martin’s being the special place that it is.


Gemma Tozer-Howe - Parent Governor

My husband and I moved to Cranbrook in 2013, we have enjoyed watching our town grow from its infancy and love living here. I’ve always been passionate about Education.  Having previously qualified as a Primary Teacher, I have worked at an Ofsted Outstanding FE provision for the last 16 years. I specialised in teaching and managing programmes for students with special educational needs and most recently by delivering GCSE Maths part-time. When visiting schools in the area I was attracted to St Martin’s by the wonderful learning environment and caring holistic approach.  Now that my daughter has started in reception, I feel well placed to support her and the wider community by assisting St Martin’s in their delivery of a high quality and well-rounded education for all pupils.


Liz Kane - Local Authority Governor

My family and I moved to Cranbrook 3 years ago, from Cornwall. We chose Cranbrook largely because of the amazing school, as we were having to move while my eldest was part way through her Reception year. From that first tour of St. Martins, we knew it was fantastic environment to learn and strongly embeds Christian values. I am keen to help the school and community in any way I can. My background is in data and market research, and after feeding back to the school about this topic, they said that they may be able to use my skillset on the Governing Board. The Governing Board are brilliantly helpful, and are wonderfully supportive of the school, its teachers and its staff. I am looking forward to being able to use my professional experience to advise and help the school with anything data related and gathering feedback from parents. In my spare time, I love visiting the nearby countrywide and beaches, camping and a good book.


Russ Green - Staff Governor

I left education for a while after being a headteacher and worked as coordinator for Early Help services for East and Mid Devon for a number of years. Then I came to St Martin’s for a few visits and was offered the chance to return to education. I love my job at St Martin’s. It has been the happiest working environment I have ever been in. Now I am able to contribute further to the development of the school and support the team as a staff governor. I took up this post in October 2020 and hope to be able to contribute to ensure our school is always the very best it can be.


Jennifer Elliott - Foundation Governor

I feel privileged to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor at such a welcoming and friendly school as St Martins. I currently (Oct 2021) have a grandson in Reception and am a Church Steward at Sidwell Street Methodist Church, Exeter.  My background is in Secondary education and more recently horticulture. I have always loved the outdoors where we can learn from and admire God’s creations, reminding us that we are the custodians of our environment. I enjoy walking, swimming and learning from my grandson.  I will try my best to support the school in achieving even more than anyone thought possible.


Parent Governor - Vacancy

Parent Governor elections will be held in Autumn Term 2022


Vacancy - Foundation Governor


Vacancy - Foundation Governor


Vacancy - Foundation Governor


Vacancy - Foundation Governor


Vacancy - Foundation Governor

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