Our Governors

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust schools however, the ultimate responsibility for the school lies with the Board of Directors with much of the work delegated to the Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB has three core functions:

· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

· Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the targets/policies for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board, the schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers.

Governors have specific areas of responsibility:

Chair of Governors:           Kirsty Sidgreaves

Vice-Chair of Governors:   Andrew Thomas

Safeguarding Lead:           Maddy Carr

Clerk to the LGB                Sam Brown   

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please email the clerk.

Kirsty Sidgreaves (Chair)

Ks photoI was born up in the bonnie Highlands of Scotland.  We left Scotland when I was quite young and moved from country to county.  The longest stays included America, Germany and Austria.  We returned to the UK when I was a teenager and I later graduated in European Business Studies with German and Spanish.  I followed my dad’s footsteps into the world of business. I spent all my career in the corporate world working my way up the career ladder.  Working in industry gave me the great opportunity to travel the world mainly across Europe and included time in Chicago and China.  During this time, I also graduated from Exeter University with a Masters in Business.  After 25 years I decided to follow one of my life time’s ambitions to create and build my own business.  I am now the Founder and Owner of a children’s lifestyle brand Sid and Tumble.    

In other parts of my life, I am married to Martin and we have a pony, tractor loving son Alex who attends Meavy School.  We love travelling, eating out and spending time with our friends and family.  

Andrew Thomas (Vice Chair)

At photoI was brought up and schooled in Surrey. Following a career as a nurse in paediatric cardio thoracic medicine, I attended theological college at Westcott Houe, Cambridge. Ordained in 2010 I served my curacy at Cookham, Berkshire, which included being the governor of 2 church schools. Following my curacy I took up a post as a Royal Naval Chaplain, attending basic officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. In 2014, I became the Rector of five rural parishes on Exmoor in Somerset, where I built a ministry team, and served as a governor of the local church primary school. I came to be the Rector of the West Dartmoor Mission Community at the beginning of the Pandemic in 2020, and as well as being the parish priest for our communities, I’m delighted to be a governor and take an active part in the life of our schools.   

If all this didn’t keep me busy enough, I am also a retained Firefighter with the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service based at Yelverton. My partner Mark and I, share the custody of a naughty Dachshund called Monty.   

Philippa Bellows

Pb photoI am currently the assistant curate at West Dartmoor Mission Community. Before ordination I worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a theological educator and university lecturer in teacher education. My doctorate focusses on practical theology from an educational perspective. My academic research centres on education outside the formal environment and theology. 

I was born and brought up in Devon and have spent most of my adult life in the Dartmoor area. I’m the mother of three, now adult, children and grandmother of one teenager, one tweenager and a toddler. I have a passion for rural ministry, rural schools and the environment.  I am interested in facilitating cohesion between church schools and local communities for the flourishing of children and families. 

Maddy Carr

Maddy Carr picMy two children, Henry and Rufus, are at Meavy School, and I have been a governor for WDF since July 2022. I moved to Yelverton from Manchester as a child and went to school in Tavistock and Plymouth before studying Medieval and Modern Languages (French) at Oxford University. Upon graduation I thought I’d give teaching a whirl through the Teach First programme, and immediately caught the bug when I started at my first school in London. Four years later I moved to Hong Kong to teach at an international school, where I met my husband Ed and remained for eight years, completing a Masters in Education at Hong Kong University and giving birth to my eldest son along the way. We returned to Devon, thirsty for the fresh air and space of Dartmoor, in 2015. I am currently Assistant Head for Safeguarding and DSL at Mount Kelly School, where I have taught MFL and PSHEE since 2017. I am passionate about education and its power to transform communities and the lives of children, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a governor.  

Phil Gasche

Pg photoI have been a governor for the West Dartmoor Federation since December 2019. Before retiring, I worked in the IT industry and business within the public and private sectors. I was fortunate that during my career I had the opportunity of working overseas before moving to Devon in 1991.  

My three children attended Meavy school where my late wife was clerk to the governors for many years. Meavy provided all my children with such a well rounded start both in education and in life that I wanted to play a small part in ensuring that today’s young people have a similar experience at Lady Modiford’s and Meavy schools.   

I enjoy playing tennis, cycling, walking and skiing .

Alison Rogers

Ar photoHi, I'm Alison, a parent governor at Lady Modiford's and Meavy schools.  My son, George, joined Lady Modifords in Reception in September 2021, the day after we moved to Devon from Kent! 

I became a parent governor here in January 2022. 

I am enjoying getting to know the schools and the beautiful Dartmoor scenery. I love walking on the moors with my husband, Ian, and George. Since moving here, I have joined a local Morris dancing side which is great fun. This has taken me to lots of local villages to perform as well as Widecombe Fair, Buckland Abbey and The Royal Cornwall Show. 

Statutory Governor Information 2022-23 

N.B: Use the slider bar to view meeting attendance figures

Name 

Type of Governor 

Appointing Body 

Role 

Term Start 

Term End 

Registered Interests 

Attendance at meetings 22/23

Phillippa Bellows

Foundation

Trust

Ethos

16/11/21

15/11/25

Minister of religion: Assistant curate West Dartmoor Mission Community

5 of 6 

Maddy Carr

Parent

Parents/carers

Safeguarding

01/07/22

30/06/26

Teacher at a local school

6 of 6

Suzy Dyter

Ex-officio 

Trust 

Headteacher 

01/09/23

n/a 

None

n/a

Phillip Gasche

Foundation

Trust

Operations

English

16/12/19

15/12/23

None

6 of 6 

Sarah Reid 

Staff

Staff

 

03/10/23

02/10/27

None

n/a

Alison Rogers Parent Parents/carers Wider Curriculum 27/01/22 26/01/26 None 5 of 6
Kirsty Sidgreaves Foundation Trust

CHAIR of Governors

Maths

10/12/22 09/12/26 Sid and Tumble business owner 4 of 6
Andrew Thomas Ex-Officio Diocese

Vice Chair

Wider Curriculum

n/a n/a None 4 of 6

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

Name 

Type of Governor 

Appointing Body 

Start date 

End date 

Registered Interests 

Attendance 2022/23 

Shirley Herod Foundation Trust 08/02/21 10/02/24 None 5 of 6
Sarah Milne Foundation Trust 02/03/23 27/11/23 Self employed court and parliamentary reporter; Adventus transcription Ltd, Councillor @ Burrator Parish; 1 of 3

Nuala McDermott

Staff

Staff

10/11/22

11/05/23

None

2 of 3

Louise Scott

Headteacher

Trust 

01/09/21

Mar 2023

None

1 of 4

Board's Diversity

The board believes that it is important that we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people. We collect data on the diversity of the board, including age, ethnicity, and gender and we use this data to inform our recruitment and training needs, ensuring there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. We do not publish diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.