Meet the Governors

  • Mrs Linden Best

    Parent Governor - Chair

    Linden moved to Whimple in 2008, although she grew up in Devon. She has a daughter at Whimple School. Linden has been teaching for 15 years and is now an Education Mentor for excluded children across East Devon. As a teacher, Linden took the lead on all things relating to computing and internet safety. Linden enjoys being a governor and supporting the school.

  • Mrs Maria Wallis

    Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair

    Maria has lived in Whimple since 2003, becoming a School governor in 2007. She is Vice Chair of the Governing Body having been Chair for seven years from 2011. Maria is a member of the Finance and Resources sub-committee and has links to the village Victory Hall and the History Society.

    As Vice Chair of the Devon Association of Governance and the Chair of the Devon Education Forum, these are useful links to the County. As a Co-opted Community representative Maria is very proud of the school, the staff and the children, including their contribution to Whimple.

  • Mr James Terrett

    Parent Governor - Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

    James graduated from university in 1985, and has been involved in education ever since. At the moment he works in Somerset running a Forest School operation in a large primary school. In previous incarnations he has taught English in secondary schools and FE colleges in Africa, the Middle East and Europe as well as the UK. James has one child still at Whimple Primary School, and two who have been through the school, one of whom is now at Clyst Vale Community College, and the eldest now at university. James is the chair of the Teaching and Learning committee and is proud to have been a parent governor since 2007.

  • Mrs Helena Hastie

    Co-opted Governor - Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

    Helena is a mum of 4 children, 3 of whom are at Whimple School. Helena and her family have lived in Devon since 2012 and love being part of community life. Helena holds 2 Master of Science degrees and is a qualified bookkeeper. She brings her accounting experience to the Finance & Resources sub-committee.

  • Mrs Carole Shilston

    Staff Governor - Headteacher

    After gaining a science degree Carole worked in the enzyme industry in Wales where she then re-trained to become a teacher. Before taking up a position at Whimple in January 1999, she taught at many local schools including All Saints Infants in Sidmouth, The Beacon in Exmouth and Ottery St Mary on short-term contracts and many others on a supply basis.

    Since starting at Whimple, Carole has mainly taught Reception and Year 1. She completed an NPQH in 2009 and a Masters in Mathematics in 2011.
    In her spare time she enjoys walking, swimming and going along to support the Exeter Chiefs.

  • Mrs Gail Martin-Davies

    Co-opted Governor

    Gail's own happy experience of a village school contributed to her wish to be a governor at Whimple. She lives in Whimple and thinks that the energy and enthusiasm coming from the school crosses generations and interests, and benefits the whole community.

    Throughout Gail's adult life she has worked with children and families. For many years she was a local authority social worker, in child protection and with children in care. She now works with adopted children and their families and is particularly interested in the provisions for children with special needs.

  • Mrs Kate Needs

    Parent Governor

  • Mr Matt Brown

    Staff Governor

    Matt joined Whimple Primary School in 2012 following completion of his PGCE at Plymouth University. Since then, he taught for two years in Year Three and Four and more recently, in Years Five and Six.

    Matt completed his undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics at the University of the West of England, Bristol and during this time was lucky enough to spend two summers coaching football across the North Eastern states of America. Here his passion for working with primary aged children really became apparent and it was this which inspired him to take on a career in teaching.

    Matt's ethos in the classroom is to provide an environment where children are encouraged to take risks, achieve their potential and enjoy their time at school to maximise their learning.

  • Mrs Caroline Ward Reece

    Co-opted Governor

    Caroline was brought up in Whimple and attended Whimple school for a short while. Her son also attended the school for the early part of his education and Caroline became Chair of the PTFA.

    Prior to returning to Whimple, Caroline was living in London where she worked as an International Banker based in the West End mainly dealing with offshore accounts. She later helped her husband run his building business and started her own property company as well as recruiting for market research.

    Whimple is a wonderful village and Caroline would very much like to be able to contribute to a school that continues to excel in teaching future generations.

  • Mrs Julia Green

    LEA Governor

    Julia moved to Whimple in 1999 with her husband Richard, a former Governor at Whimple School.

    She loves living in such an amazing village and contributing to Village Life - previously leading Orchard Harmony (ladies singing group) for 14 years.

    Julia is a trained secondary school teacher, having worked in large comprehensive schools in Taunton, Exmouth and Exeter before retiring from teaching in 2012. Since retiring Julia has taught singing, led three local community choirs, and is currently volunteering for Hospital Radio at The R.D.and E. which she loves.

    She is passionate about state education and providing the best possible learning experiences for all children.

    In her spare time she enjoys cycling, singing and travelling.

  • Mrs Cathy Culshaw

    Clerk to the Governors

    Cathy moved to Whimple with her husband and children in 2014. She started working for the school as the Clerk to the Governing body in January 2016. As the Clerk it is Cathy's job to ensure accurate minutes are taken at all meetings and that the Governing Body meets its legal requirements. Her boys both attend Whimple School and love it!

Governor Information
Name Governor Category Sub-Committee Term Started Term Expires Appointed By
Mrs Helena Hastie Co-opted F&R 11.02.20 10.02.23 Governing Body
Mrs Maria Wallis Co-opted F&R 23.05.18 22.05.21 Governing Body
Mrs Caroline Ward-Reece Co-opted F&R 19.09.17 18.09.20 Governing Body
Mrs Gail Martin-Davies Co-opted T&L 15.09.18 14.09.21 Governing Body
Mrs Julia Green LEA T&L 17.09.19 16.09.23
Local Authority
Mrs Kate Needs Parent T&L  0.02.19  9.12.22 Governing Body
Mr James Terrett Parent T&L 23.09.18 22.09.21 Governing Body
Mrs Linden Best Parent T&L/F&R 11.02.20 11.02.23 Governing Body
Mr Matthew Borwn Staff T&L 18.07.17 17.07.19 Governing Body
Mrs Carole Shilston
Headteacher T&L/F&R 01.09.16  
The Documents below shows the governors attendance at meetings: