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Jim Lodge
Chair of Governors

Meet our Governors

Jim Lodge - Chair of FGB and Local Authority Governor - Safeguarding Governor 

I joined the KEVICC Governing Board in July 2018.  

I am a science teacher at a school in Exeter. I draw upon a wide variety of experience, including  

  • A management consultancy in the City of London, specialising in Finance; 

  • The British Council in London and Tanzania; 

  • Teaching in Devon, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia; 

  • A previous term as a Parent Governor at the school my 3 children attended.  

I also serve as a magistrate, sitting in Plymouth and Newton Abbot.

Alan Salt - Principal - Principal of King Edward VI Community College 

I joined KEVICC in September 2014, having moved to Totnes in 2012. Previously, I worked in schools in Bristol and Oxford. I come from an educational family.  My dad was a secondary head teacher my mum was a SENCO (and latterly President of NASEN) and my brother is a deputy head teacher. I trained in history, but I have taught Geography, RE, English, Leisure & Tourism, Project Based Learning and, briefly, French.

I think we have a wonderful opportunity at KEVICC to create something really special - a comprehensive, inclusive and cooperative college with exceptional standards that is rooted in its local community.

Dr Michael Young - Foundation Governor - Chair of Operations Committee 

Having obtained a doctorate studying chemistry, I re-directed my career toward finance, qualifying as a chartered accountant.  My initial roles were in the professional sector culminating in an equity partnership in Grant Thornton.  From there I joined a publicly-listed industrial minerals company to become their Group Finance Director.  Following take-over of that company, I joined Westminster School, to develop the new role of Finance Bursar, from which I retired.

Throughout, I have held a passion for the potency of education and its benefits to the individual and society and I am keen to employ my skills in support, most recently at KEVICC.  I was for some time on the Council of Plymouth Marjon University and am currently a member of the Institute of Cancer Research (University of London), serving on their Audit Committee.

I am an Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Directors, having served two terms on the Institute Council.

My other interests include art, music and period homes as well as the great outdoors, which finds me gardening or walking to appreciate the beauty of South Devon where I have made my home.

Laura Hetherington - Parent Governor 

I have two daughters at KEVICC, one in Year 11 who joined in Year 9 and one in Year 8 who joined in September 2017.  

As a parent  I am keen to contribute to and support the school. I am a Heritage, Arts and Learning Consultant and have been involved in Learning and Education, both formally and informally, and at grass-roots and strategic levels, throughout my career.  

I am a qualified teacher with a specialism in secondary drama. I worked for the National Trust for 16 years latterly as Head of Learning when I led on the charity’s Vision for Learning as well as representing the Trust on the Campaign for Real World Learning which resulted in the Government’s white paper on Learning Outside the Classroom.  

More recently my work has included consultancy for Heritage Lottery Fund on learning and participation; an assessor for VisitEngland; developing InService training around creativity and learning in and from the natural environment; practitioner, production and project management roles for the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Creative Learning department; mentoring and facilitation roles for Heritage, Arts and Learning organisations and working through drama with adults and children with different abilities.  

Previous volunteer roles have included; Parish Councillor; Free School lead proposer; Chair of PTA amongst others. 

 I am passionate about the roles of creativity, community and collaboration in learning and finding ways to support individuals to discover their own and others' potential.

James Hartridge - Staff Governor 

I have been a teacher at Kevicc for the past four years, having previously taught for 19 years at other secondary schools in south Devon and Plymouth.  Prior to that I worked in public sector IT in Winchester and Bristol followed by two years in Pakistan with VSO.

We have lived in Totnes for the over 22 years and our three boys all attended the local schools, first The Grove, then Kevicc.  While the children were at The Grove I was a parent governor.  I am a passionate supporter of comprehensive, non-selective education and am really pleased to be finally working in my local community school.

Outside of teaching I enjoy running with Torbay Athletics Club, playing cricket for Dartington and Totnes and walking on Dartmoor or along the Dart with my wife Rachel, who works as an Advisory Teacher of the Deaf in south Devon.  I am originally from Sussex, support Brighton & Hove Albion, although currently spend quite a bit of time watching Exeter City.

Julian Carnell - Parent Governor - Chair of Site Development Committee 

I was born and grew up locally before training as a teacher and working in various Devon schools including KEVICC, I then spent two years working in Pakistan with Voluntary Service Overseas which led on to a career in the charitable sector focusing on education, environmental conservation and fundraising. I am currently Director of The Sharpham Trust, which owns and cares for the 450 acre Sharpham Estate located near to Totnes at Ashprington. I have a son at the College and I am focused on helping the college maintain a broad curriculum, improving the school facilities and caring for the mental health of staff and students.

Wendy Ormsby - Co-opted Governor 

My family and I moved to Totnes 3 years ago from Portugal where we had spent the previous 8 years. In Portugal I established a small cheese import and distribution business, taught English as a Second Language and ran a weight loss support group!
Back in the UK I have reverted to my previous profession in town planning and currently work at a senior level in Development Management in Local Government; previously I worked as a town planner for a variety of authorities around the country and also worked for a large international property consultancy in London.
My two daughters currently attend KEVICC and I have a keen interest in helping to improve the outcomes of pupils attending the college.
I enjoy a variety of sports and love walking in the beautiful Devon countryside when I have the time!

Karen Sewell - Co-opted Governor - SEND & Children in Care Governor and Chair of Standards Committee 

After graduating I spent 10 years in a commercial environment as a Human Resources Manager for a retail company. A career change brought me into education. I am a qualified secondary school teacher of Social Science and Mathematics with experience of middle and senior management. Most recently I worked as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at Kingsbridge Community College where I was also staff governor.

I retired from full-time employment in August 2017 and have returned to school governance as SEND governor for Kingsbridge Community College and KEVICC.

I now work on a consultancy basis undertaking an assortment of tasks in the SEND field as a Senior Leader of Education for the South West Teaching School Alliance. 

Helen Beetham - Parent Governor

I moved to Totnes when my daughter was born and I’m delighted she is now a student at the College. KEVICC’s cooperative values and comprehensive ethos are important to our town as well as to the thriving of our young people. I hope to support the senior team to address some of the funding challenges we face, and to help staff in their ambition to provide the richest possible curriculum. I have worked in higher education for 25 years as a lecturer, researcher, developer, consultant and adviser. I work with student representatives to ensure they have a voice in their education. Successful projects of mine have been funded by the EU, the Commonwealth of Learning, and UK Government agencies. I currently advise a number of global universities on digital literacy and curriculum innovation. In my time I have taught English language and literature, education and creative writing, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Gillian Healey - Co-opted Governor - Deputy Safeguarding Governor

We moved to Totnes over 13 years ago, and I'm proud to have my daughter attend KEVICC. The school is a fantastic and valued asset to the area, and I hope to get the opportunity to get message out to the community that KEVICC is the 'go-to' school for ALL children in the area.

I have over 30 years of experience of self-employment/directorship in the design industry in a variety of places, including Sydney, Perth, London, Bath & Bristol. I was also the Licensee and Organiser of TEDxTotnes 2017 in which KEVICC supported the event by screening the day in the Ariel Centre and engaging the students with the talks. I also support other local events and initiatives, including Party In The Town.

I've been lucky to travel the world for a number of years and work on various projects including taking a (semi) wild puma for a walk through the Amazon.

I have a passion for nature and photography. Most days, I can be found on Dartmoor or Walking the South West Coast Path, (I've almost completed the 630 miles).

Louise Darvid - Parent Governor 

I am so pleased to be welcomed into the family of Kevicc as a governor. I am very proud of the co-operative approach and the focus on educating the whole child, which is one of the reasons my children chose to call this school their home from home.

I have spent my life in the UK and abroad working within Music Education in one form or another and am thrilled to be able to bring some of that experience and passion to this dedicated team.

In addition to music teaching in local primary schools, I deliver training for the Torbay Teaching School Alliance and I am a firm believer in the power of education to transform lives.

Andrew Waterman - Co-opted Governor 

Andrew Waterman is an experienced Human Resources professional who has worked in multi-national organisations throughout Europe and the Middle East.  He is passionate about enabling young people to achieve their potential and has worked as a Governor in an inner London comprehensive prior to moving to Devon in 2018.  He enjoys many outdoor pursuits but mainly walking his dog  on Dartmoor and the surrounding Devon countryside.

Jo Cooke - Co-opted Governor 

Totnes is where I call home and probably always have! Having been fortunate enough to grow up in this area and then having the opportunity to travel extensively, settling in a few different places along the way, it felt right to move back to the area about 15 years ago. My career has involved managing a number of businesses with a focus on environmental solutions, leadership development with young people and adults, and more recently in tourism. I’m passionate about good engagement and bringing people together to build better communities. I believe schools and those that inhabit them should be right in there at the heart of all that we do. I am committed to working together to provide a vibrant school platform that supports young people to be the best they can be, in the world of their choice. 

I have a fab, patient husband and two awesome children who keep me on my toes! I love sports, am a member of Dart Hockey Club and am always up for new adventures! 

Jon Rae - Parent Governor 

Jon is an educational consultant and commissioning editor for Chelsea Green Publishers with a variety of interests in a number of non-profit and charitable organisations. Between 2011 and 2018 he headed up Schumacher College with overlapping responsibility for sustainability at Dartington between 2007 and 2016. He has a doctorate in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Stirling, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Desert Studies from Ben-Gurion University in Israel and a BSc in Business (minor in Economics) from George Mason University in the US.

Jon has held senior fellowships with the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research and the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (member of the Consultative Group for Agricultural Research). Whilst holding a variety of roles with the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (United Nations) he was se-conded to co-facilitate the Environment Arm of the Clinton Middle East Peace Process. Jon has facilitated and launched a range of co-operative enterprises in local produce, skills train-ing and education. His research and applied interests are collective responses to sustainability and common property issues, social enterprise and local economies. Jon has published on a range of issues in professional journals and books.