About the Governors


The Governing Board at Chudleigh CE Community Primary School consists of a total of 12 governors made up of the Headteacher, one staff governor, four parent governors, three foundation governors, two co-opted governors and one local authority governor, with most governors having a four-year term of office.  You can read more about our Headteacher, David Barnett, here http://www.chudleigh.devon.sch.uk/about-us/school-staff-details, and can find out about the other members of the Governing Board below.


Cliff Barnes

I served as a parent governor from 2004 to 2008 and was re-appointed in 2013 as a foundation governor. I trained as a quantity surveyor and have a background in business and am currently an operations director with an international plc in the property sector. I was also formerly self-employed as a partner in a medium sized property consultancy business. My main responsibility as a governor given my background is for the finances, working with the school business manager and our external finance advisor. I also input into the premises investment plan, ensuring our school buildings will remain fit for purpose. I thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to serve the school and local community.


Seonaid Beasley

I have been a governor since 2005, initially as a parent governor, and since 2008 I have been a community or co-opted governor. I currently have responsibility for managing the Personnel aspect of the governing board’s work, as well as supporting the continuous improvement processes that take place.

My background includes nursing, and training and development. I am self employed and run a small training consultancy, specialising in staff development within health and social care settings. I find there are many parallels between my paid work, and the work of a governor, the management aspect of my work being the most valuable in supporting the school and governing board.


Helen Day

After gaining a Music degree, I qualified as a teacher from Leeds University in 2003.  Since moving to Devon in 2006, I have worked in a large primary school and continued my studies to gain a Masters degree in Education.  I am currently a senior teacher with responsibilities for leading English. During this time, I have gained experience as a teacher governor which I hope will provide a useful insight into my role at Chudleigh.

I am delighted to have been elected as a parent governor at Chudleigh Primary School. I have two children who currently attend the school and I am hoping that my new role will allow me the opportunity to support the ongoing development of the school. My specific area of responsibility is safeguarding although I am interested in all aspects of school governance.

As a family, we love living in Devon and being part of such a lovely and busy community in Chudleigh.


Jo Huxtable

As a newly elected Parent Governor in March 2017, my time in office has only just begun. Having recently worked for a large retail company for the last 20 years as a Leadership Academy Trainer, my career path has now changed and I now work for South West Wildlife Fundraising Ltd.

I am looking forward to the challenges of being a Parent Governor and being able to contribute to the decisions which support the continued development and success of the school. This is a great opportunity for me to give something back to the school after my eldest son attended Chudleigh some years ago and is now at University, whilst my youngest son is in Foundation Stage.


Hayley Jones

I was first appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2009 so am now in my third term of office and currently serving as Chair of the Governing Board. I work part-time in marketing communications and also undertake self-employed work on behalf of Babcock LDP as a governance associate. Many of my business skills have been useful in my work as a school governor and I have also learnt lots of new skills along the way! During my time as a governor I have been involved in various aspects of the work of the Governing Board and as Chair I work closely with the Headteacher to keep abreast of the work going on in school and to consider the priorities for the Governing Board. I thoroughly enjoy my work as a school governor and find it rewarding to be able to have an impact on the school experience of both my children and all the children in our school. 



Sarah Lea-Weston

I was elected as a Parent Governor in early 2017 and have taken on responsibility for Standards and Attainment.  My two children attend the school and are benefitting from the strengths of the school values and ethos.

I am excited about learning more about the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Board and playing an active part in working with my governor colleagues alongside the staff and leadership team in developing the school for the benefit of all pupils.


Laura Millman

Originally from Canada, I was a professional ice skater before moving to England to study for a Master’s degree.  I am now a practising solicitor and in my spare time endeavour to keep fit and enjoy spending time with family and friends. My husband and I have enjoyed living in Chudleigh since 2008 and we have a daughter who is in Miss Gill’s Year 1 class.

I was elected Patent Governor in June 2016.  My area of responsibility is premises and I very much look forward to contributing to the governance of the school.


Julie Potter

I have worked as a teacher at Chudleigh CE Community Primary School in various capacities for the last eight years. I am currently working in the SEND team as an Assistant SENDco.  Both my children have enjoyed being pupils at the school before moving to Teign School.  I have been teaching since 1992 and I have worked in a number of West Midlands’ schools before relocating to Chudleigh in 2007.   As the elected Staff Governor, I enjoy being part of the challenge of governance, contributing to the decisions that are made by the governing board and building the links between the governing board and staff of the school. It is both useful and interesting to see the school from a different perspective and to help shape the very best educational experience possible for all of our pupils.


Pat Smethurst

I was appointed as Co-opted Governor in February 2015. I am very pleased to be able to serve the school community in this role. I am currently serving as Chair of the Children’s Committee and Vice-Chair of Governors. My grandson is a pupil in Key Stage 2 and I have enjoyed being involved with Chudleigh School through him. I have been a teacher all of my professional life and have worked in both Primary and Secondary phases. I was a Headteacher of a large Key Stage 2 school until my retirement and, as an experienced Headteacher, worked alongside leadership teams in other schools in a supportive role. I was also a member of the Healthy Schools Team which accredited schools for the Health Schools Award. My Governor responsibility is for Curriculum and I thoroughly enjoy supporting the work of the school through its Governing Board.


Paul Wimsett

I have been the Vicar of Chudleigh, Chudleigh Knighton & Trusham since 1999. I have been involved in Church Schools, which I strongly support, for almost 30 years. Unsurprisingly, I have a particular role in developing the Christian Ethos of the school. 

I am also a Director of the First Federation Trust of primary schools across South Devon (including Chudleigh Knighton). Quite a long time ago I gained a B.Sc (Econ) in Economics and Politics as well as an MA in Theology. 

Both my daughters have been pupils at Chudleigh School. Outside the world of church and schools I follow from a distance a non-league football team and like many vicars have a great fascination for railways. You may also see me taking a Golden Retriever on walks around Chudleigh, which is my nod in the direction of keeping physically fit!