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Kate Wilson
Chair of Governors

Meet our Governors

Kate Wilson - Chair and Co-opted Governor  - Maths & Computing Faculty Link and SEND Governor 

My children have all been educated at KEVICC and my youngest son is in his final year here. I am a self-employed botanical artist, and Parish Council Clerk and have been a governor since 2008 - the Chair since 2014. I still feel very privileged to be involved in the work of our College.

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.

Nigel Clark - Parent Governor - Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Faculty Link 

My family returned to Totnes after living and working in Madrid for over 18 years, where my wife Sarah was Head of Music at International College Spain. We have renewed links that stretch over three generations – grandparents were both teachers at Dartington, and parents have lived in Totnes for over 25 years. Our youngest son, now in Year 9, moved to KEVICC in Year 7 and has thrived in a challenging environment.  

 Over 15 years, I have actively supported activities at the school attended by our three children as part of the Parents' Association, and mentored Year 11 students in the school's International Business Project. At Alcobendas Rugby Club, Madrid, I coached a squad of 7-11 year-old boys and girls to compete at the national championships in Valladolid, for four successive years.

I am committed to support teachers in realising students' potential and improving their prospects. In an globally-connected world, experience of different countries and cultures may provide a context for students looking to establishing links or pursue projects outside the UK.

Wendy Ormsby - Co-opted Governor - Humanities Faculty Link 

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!



Dr Michael Young - Foundation Governor - Visual Arts Faculty Link 

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 - Performing Arts Faculty Link 

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.

Julian Carnell - Parent Governor - English & Media Faculty Link 

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.

Alessandra Ruocco - Parent Governor - P.E. Faculty Link & Safeguarding Governor 

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Karen Sewell - Co-opted Governor

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. 

Jim Lodge - Local Authority Governor - Science & Technology Faculty Link 

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.

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.

Julie Watson - Co-opted Governor - Maths & Computing Faculty Link

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