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Meet the Governors

Stoke Damerel's Governing Body includes representatives from 5 different areas of the school community:


Parent Governors: 3 members

Staff Governors: 3 members (including the Headteacher)

Local Authority Governor: 1 member

Foundation/Trust Governor: 2 members - this role is linked to our partnership in the 'Education Through Enterprise' Trust

Co-opted Governors: 6 members - these are members who the Governing Body feel have particular skills that will contribute to effective governance and success of the school. They could include parents, staff or members of the local community


Total membership of the Governing Body is 15.

  • David Gill (Foundation /Trust Governor) -  Chair of Governors


My name is David Gill and I am a parent governor. I have two daughters at the school and a three year old son who I hope will attend Stoke Damerel when the time comes. I have been a governor for four years and am currently the Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee. I also have responsibility for Health and Safety and Numeracy. I work as an Engineer for Network Rail and in the little spare time I get, I enjoy camping, sport and cycling.

As a governor my main focus is on continuing to raise the standards within the school whilst maintaining the friendly and supportive environment that the school offers. I am also excited about the development of the curriculum to ensure both academic and social skills continue to flourish. 


  • Peter Storey (Parent Governor Vice Chair)
  • (Awaiting photo and pen portrait)
  • Kate Roberts (Parent Governor)
  • My name is Kate Roberts and I became a school governor in 2016.  My son is in year one and has had a wonderful introduction formal learning and education at Stoke Damerel Primary School.  I have worked for the Wrigley Company Limited for the past seven years as a Senior Leadership Development Consultant.  I am passionate about learning and developing in particular supporting children and adults to reach their potential.  We all have strengths and talents and schools as well as parents have a role in unlocking these to help children be the best they can be.  As a family we love camping and being outdoors on the moors, in the countryside or on the beach.  I enjoy yoga and running and have completed the London and Paris marathons. 
  • Hayley Easterbrook (Co-opted Governor)


I have two children, one now in key stage 2 at Stoke Damerel Primary School, and my eldest has now moved to secondary school; after a fun and fully supported education at SDPS.


Over the past seven years as part of the school family I have been involved with many aspects of school life. Now as a parent governor I will be linked to numeracy. I am also involved with enterprise and the craft club in school which is inspiring children to be creative and ‘learn to earn’.


I have been involved in education for sixteen years as a lecturer at City College Plymouth. I have a strong belief in education and each child’s right to be able to feel safe, valued and encouraged to learn; and a desire to make a difference.


  • Richard Marsh (Headteacher)


I am part of the Governing Body to make sure that all governors know about what is going well in school and what needs improving. The Governing Body is my direct boss and I am accountable to it. I have to ensure the safety and well being of all people in the school and make sure that children receive a high quality education. If the Governing Body decides that something needs improving the governors tell me ... and I make sure that it does improve!
Headteachers do not have to be a member of the Governing Body. I decided to be one to show my commitment to moving our school on further.  


  • Nicky Whitby (Staff Governor)

My name is Nicola Whitby and I presently teach in Year 5.

Prior to teaching, I worked in the media industry in Plymouth and London. However a desire to work with children, led me to train as a teacher. I have been at Stoke Damerel for several years and have taught across all the age groups. As well as being a Year 5 teacher, I am responsible for curriculum development across the school.



  • Kelly Renshaw (Parent Governor)

I have two children , one who currently attends Stoke Damerel Primary School and one who will hopefully be joining in September 2016.  I joined the governing body as I have limited knowledge on how a school is run and felt there was so much I could learn about the education process its self.  I have been involved within the childcare and child protection sector  within my work life for many years and feel passionate that a child's education setting should be safe, happy, healthy and a secure place  for them to flourish to the best of their abilities.  I feel confident in supporting and challenging decisions within the formal process and hope to ensure that the parents voice is heard within this.


(Awaiting photo)


  • David Nichols  (Co-opted Governor) 

    I am grammar school educated and worked as an accountant for many years before a long period in Sales and Marketing where I became UK Sales Director of a large PLC. In 1999 my wife Judy and I sold up in UK and relocated to Tanzania and became safari guides in Selous Game Reserve, a wilderness area the size of Denmark. Two years in Zanzibar followed and another seven years in Dar es Salaam where I was Director of Finance for the local airline. It was here that we adopted Sarah  at the age of eleven months. When she was nearly five we returned to UK and she is now a pupil at SDPS.

     My main interest is wildlife and I have visited 91 countries and regions of the world including Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, Borneo, India etc. all in pursuit of wildlife, wilderness and culture.

     I have been a Parent Governor at two other schools and have seen my older children through school and university. My granddaughter has just become a qualified teacher. My interest as a governor is to ensure that all children progress to their full ability in particular in English and Maths. I helped children with their reading in two other schools and have just started to do so here. I also am very keen to develop parent input into school work. 

  • Annie Blackie (Co-opted Governor)


I am in my third year at Stoke Damerel Primary as Deputy Head and this will be my third year sat on the Governing Body. I have enjoyed meeting new parents, getting to know the children in the school and working with all the staff.  We are in very new and exciting times, with our new building work started and new members of staff.  


I am passionate about teaching and enjoy working and talking with the children in our school.  My main aim is to support the school with moving forward as we venture towards new assessment systems and new curriculum to ensure our children enjoy rich and enjoyable experiences, for future life.


On a personal note I have 4 children ranging from 4-15 (2 boys and 2 girls) and a husband!  I am enjoying sharing my time between school and home - it is busy but exciting!  I am also a parent governor at one of our trust schools: Stuart Road Primary.




My daughter has attended S.D.P.S. since 2012, and her education is of the utmost importance to me. What she learns here will be the starting point for the rest of her education, career, and life.
Therefore, as a Governor, I want to ensure that the standards of the school, and the environment in which all our children learn is maintained, and where possible improved.

Day to day, my wife and I own and run Monty's Cafe on the Barbican. In my spare time I enjoy the Devon coast and countryside, and whenever I can I try to play a bit of tennis.




I am a parent governor with 1 child in SDPS. I was keen to join the governing board to take an active role in supporting and helping to develop the school.


For the past 20 years I have worked with children and young people and have a background in training adults. I am now pursuing a career in teaching Yoga to adults, children and young people. In my spare time I greatly enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family and friends.


I am committed to supporting SDPS to continue to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their potential within a safe and happy learning environment.



Stoke Damerel Primary School, Collingwood Road, Stoke, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5PA, 01752 567686