Meet the Governors

  • Mrs Linden Best

    Parent Governor - Chair

    Linden is the Chair of the Governing board and is committed to supporting the staff, Governors and pupils at the school. She moved to Whimple in 2008, although she grew up in Devon, and has a daughter at Whimple School. Linden has always been interested in education, having worked as a primary teacher and as an Education Mentor for excluded children across Devon. In her spare time, she enjoys being part of a roller derby team.

  • Mrs Julia Green

    LEA Governor -Vice -Chair/ Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

    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 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.

  • Mr Digory Smith

    Co-opted Governor

    Digory moved to Devon 5 years ago after graduating from the University of Cambridge. Since moving here, he has been working for an education technology company based in Exeter. Whilst he does not live in Whimple, he is passionate about education and supporting the local community. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey for Isca, a local team.

  • 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 Sarah Butler

    Parent Governor

    Sarah is a mother of two young daughters, one who is at Whimple School. She is passionate about education, supporting children to achieve to their potential. She works as a senior physiotherapist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys walking, gardening and cooking.

  • Mrs Carianne Bright

    Parent Governor

    Carianne and her family are new to the area, her Son has recently started in the reception class.
    Carianne is the regional Operations manager of a national care provider, this includes care homes and supported living services. She is particularly interested and passionate about the support available to those with a learning disability and/or autism.

  • Mrs Vivien Craig

    Co-opted Governor

  • Mrs Sue Turner

    Co-opted Governor/ Chair of Finance Committe

  • Mrs Helen Mitchell

    Clerk to the Governors

    Helen started working for the school as the Clerk to the Governing body in September 2020. As the Clerk it is Helen's job to ensure accurate minutes are taken at all meetings and that the Governing Body meets its legal requirements. Helen also works as the Lead Administrator for Whimple Primary and was keen to offer her administrative expertise to the governing body.

  • Mrs Helena Hastie

    Ex Co-opted Governor - Chair of Finance and Resources Committee - April 2022

    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 Caroline Ward Reece

    EX - Co-opted Governor - July 2021

    Caroline retired as Governor in July 2021, she had strong links to the village, with her son having previoulsy attending, and Caroline was a Chair of the PTFA at that time.

    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.

    Caroline provided a great support to the school over her time as governor, and still volunteers from time to time.

  • Mrs Maria Wallis

    Ex Vice Chair (July 2020)

    Maria Wallis was the Vice-Chair to the Governors at Whimple Primary School until her resignation in July 2020. Maria was a Co-opted Governor.
    Maria was appointed as a co-opted Governor by the governing board on 19th May 2018. She was a governor since the reconstitution of the Whimple School Governing Body in May 2015 until her resignation in July 2020. As a co-opted governor the term of role was 3 years.
    Maria's business interests whilst on the governing board were the Devon Association of Governors, Devon Education Forum, Attkinsons Unit.

  • Mr James Terrett

    Ex Parent Governor (July 2020)

    James was a Parent Governor serving on the Governing Body of Whimple Primary School until his resignation in July 2020. James was appointed as a parent governor on 23rd September 2015. His term in that position was 3 years. This was renewed in September 2018 and James stayed on as governor until July 2020 when his child left Whimple Primary.
    James had no Business Interests, but had a material interest in the school as his Wife was a teacher there.

  • Mrs Kate Needs

    Ex Parent Governor (September 2020)

    Mrs Kate Needs served as a Parent Governor on the Governing Body of Whimple Primary School until her resignation in September 2020.

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
Mr Digory Smith Co-opted F&R 17.09.20 16.09.23 Governing Body
Mrs Vivien Craig Co-opted F&R 20.09.21 19.09.24 Governing Body
Mrs Gail Martin-Davies Co-opted T&L 20.09.21 19.09.24 Governing Body
Mrs Julia Green LEA T&L 17.09.19 16.09.22
Local Authority
Mrs Sarah Butler Parent T&L  01.10.20  30.09.24 Governing Body
Mrs Carianne Bright Parent  F & R  01.10.20  30.09.24  Governing Body
Mrs Linden Best Parent T&L/F&R 11.02.20 11.02.24 Governing Body
Mr Matthew Brown Staff T&L 06.07.21 05.07.23 Governing Body
Mrs Sue Turner
Associate Governor   29.09.21 28.09.22
Governing Body
Mrs Carole Shilston
Headteacher T&L/F&R 01.09.16  
The Documents below shows the governors attendance at meetings: