Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

Our Governors

Our Governing Body comprises of 9 members, representing the Local Authority, local community, parents and staff.

The Board of Governors is made up as follows:


  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 2 staff governors
  • 4 co-opted governors

Vivienne Thorn (Chair of Governors)


I live in Maidencombe and am a retired General Practitioner. In the last three years of my working life, I was the Medical Director for Torbay & Southern Devon NHS Trust, responsible for community services and community hospitals within South Devon. I am a Beekeeper and the Education Co-Ordinator for Newton Abbot Beekeepers. I currently have four hives in my garden and six chickens. I love walking the coastal path with my dog, Oakley and playing golf badly with my husband John. We have two married daughters in Torquay and two grandsons and another daughter with two children in Brisbane, Australia. I was previously a school governor at Torquay Girls Grammar School and Churston Grammar School when my daughters attended these schools.


Chris Nicholls (Vice Chair of Governors)











I have been working in education for twenty years as a teacher, coordinator and member of middle leadership. I have a degree in History from the University of Liverpool and completed my PGCE teaching qualification at the University of the West of England in Bristol and have taught in schools and colleges in London and Cheltenham. At EF Academy I hold the position of Enrichment Coordinator where I oversee, with a small team, the schools extracurricular provision including sport, trips, clubs and academic enrichment weeks. I manage a large budget and am responsible for the creation and monitoring of the schools policies as the chair of the Health and Safety committee. I moved into the village in the summer, 2016, with my wife Claire and daughter Amelie and have been on the board since November 2016 and I am assisting the school its budget management. I am really enjoying the experience of helping this great school.




Nigel Spencer-Small


I am Semi Retired, working part time as a Quantity Surveyor and Construction Claims Consultant. I have been a Parish Councillor and Governor at Stokeinteignhead School for the past ten years. I am experienced in Health, Safety and Premises Management and am the lead governor for this area. I have considerable experience in financial management, having managed the finances on very large construction projects. 


Julian Andrew Saunders



Born Newton Abbot, parents and brother both farm in Stokeinteignhead. Lived in Stokeinteignhead area since 1990. Now live in Haccombe with wife Louise and 2 boys Joseph and Jude who I hope will become students of Stokeinteignhead in time. Looking after the 2 kids, dog Benson and gardening seems to take up most of my time nowadays. Am a Regional Director of Santander Bank specialising in funding of equipment and vehicles for small and medium sized business in the South West.


Lynette Chapman

My background is in research and data. As part of this I have led teams within Education, Health, and Children's services to help shape and understand the impact of services and interventions for children and families. My experience also includes working as an Early Years Specialist with the National Children's Bureau assessing the quality and impact of services and interventions for a range of organisations across England.

I currently work as a Research and Evaluation Manager within Devon County Council. Aside from ensuring that evidence underpins service design, my interests also include how to ensure that services and interventions reduce inequalities in children's outcomes and life chances wherever possible.

As a parent of a child attending Stokeinteignhead School, I am keen to contribute and support the work of the Governing body as a Parent Governor, and enable the school to do the very best for every child that attends.


Steve Epps

I have a first degree in Plant Sciences and a masters in Computer Science. I worked in the software industry in a variety of roles including looking after the oil industry for an American software company covering Europe the Middle East and Africa. In more recent years I have run a small design and build business and a couple of holiday businesses. I have 4 boys, of which 1 is still at the school and 2 others are past pupils, and have been a parent at the school for the last 11 years. The school has been a good experience for my boys and I am happy to serve on the governing body.

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Academic Year 2018-19

Governor Minutes