Members & Directors

Uffculme Academy Trust is governed by Members and Directors. Each must declare any pecuniary interests they have in relation to the work of the Trust and in relation to the business on each meeting’s agenda. A register of interests is maintained and is accessible to the public. Each year Members and Directors must agree to our Code of Conduct, which encompasses the Nolan Principles of public life. Members and Directors are required to make an annual declaration of their eligibility to be part of the Trust and a safeguarding declaration.

Members

Members oversee the work of the Trust and are responsible for overarching decisions, such as changing the Trust’s Articles of Association, and the appointment of Directors and Governors.  Our Members subscribed to the formation of the Trust and meet the obligations set out in our Articles of Association.

Members may hold Directors and the Board to account, and in this way ensure that the Trust is working to best effect. In our Trust Members are also Directors and participate in Board meetings, enabling them to keep in close touch with our work and contribute knowledge and expertise to the Board’s work.

Our Members are:

  • Jeremy Batchelor
  • Sue Brewer
  • Emma Fielding.

Directors

Between nine and eleven Directors are appointed by our Members to take responsibility for the strategic direction of the Trust, working in the way that a Board oversees a company or charity.

Members and Directors are expected to attend meetings regularly and to submit apologies for any meetings they cannot attend A record of attendance at Trust meetings is maintained, and is available to the public. A review of attendance can lead to action to remove Members or Directors from their role.

Directors responsibilities are set out in our Terms of Reference and include:

  • ensuring the Trust is being run effectively
  • controlling its management and administration
  • ensuring the Trust maintains its vision and values and delivers the outcomes which it has defined for pupils and the Trust.

Our Directors include the Trust’s Executive Headteacher.

The Trust's Business Manager is not a Director of the Trust but informs Trust meetings as required.

Information on each Member and Director is given below and in our Annual Report, which also sets out for each person their term of office and, for the year in question, their attendance record at our meetings.  

 

Julia Adamson

Julia is Education Manager at South West Grid for Learning Trust

She has 20 years education experience, previously as a teacher and subject leader.  Julia is particularly interested in the use of mobile technology and collaborative learning tools to enhance student and parental engagement, and from her own experience understands how technology can impact positively on progress, particularly for children with additional needs.   

Julia has 3 children, 2 at Uffculme School and one at Kentisbeare, and has served as a parent governor at various schools for many years.

Jeremy Batchelor

Born in Wellington and attended Wellington School, Jeremy is married to Simone and lives in Hemyock.

He has two children, now at university, who both benefited from their secondary education at Uffculme School, during which period he became a governor of the school.

Jeremy runs an accountancy practice from offices in Cullompton, employing eight staff and serving a variety of private, self-employed and small corporate clients.

Sue Brewer (Chair)

Sue is Headteacher of a Primary School in Somerset. She has worked within education for many years across different phases. Prior to her current Headship, Sue was Headteacher of a Primary School in Devon for 10 years. Sue has been on the governing body of Uffculme School for 12 years, and has been a school governor in other schools previously; her involvement with school governing bodies has spanned the last 25 years. Sue has represented Headteachers both in Devon and Somerset on a variety of Local Authority Boards and currently sits on the Somerset Schools Forum.

James Brooks

James is a qualified architect with 30 years’ experience working in both London and the Southwest. He is a local business leader who has been a Director of the Exeter based practice Grainge Architects since 1996. He has previously acted as a school, college and university mentor and was on the committee and then Chair of the local Royal Institute of British Architects. He has experience on various local boards at governor, director and trustee level.

James has considerable educational design experience having delivered numerous projects from primary through to higher education throughout the South West. He is also very familiar with the Uffculme school site.

He is married with two children who are both at secondary school.

Max Graesser

Max worked for 30 years at ITV. Starting as a programme maker, he went on to manage the production business for Granada TV before being appointed Managing Director, Operations for ITV News Group in 2004, and Operations Director for ITV plc in 2006.

On leaving ITV in 2009 he was appointed a trustee of the ITV Pension Scheme and in January 2013 was elected Chair of Trustees. He was subsequently appointed independent Chair of Trustees for three schemes within the Babcock International Group as well as UK scheme of Ricoh Europe.

 

Lorraine Heath

Lorraine has been the Headteacher of Uffculme School since 2008.   Prior to this she worked in a number of secondary schools in Somerset. Lorraine started her career at Ladymead in Taunton (now The Taunton Academy) before moving to Huish Episcopi and then taking up the post of Head of English at Court Fields. Following a year working as an English consultant for the National Strategies, Lorraine returned to Ladymead as Assistant Head then subsequently Deputy from where she moved to Uffculme. In 2013 Lorraine was elected onto the regional Headteacher Board where she works with Outstanding South West Heads, with Sir David Carter on the Academies programme for the region. She has also recently joined the Board of Richard Huish College Trust. Lorraine is married with two children and a step-son. Molly has just finished her first year at UCL where she is reading Philosophy and Joseph is completing his GCSEs at The Castle School in Taunton.

Emma Fielding

Emma is Assistant Principal at Exeter College. She has worked as an educational researcher at the University of Cambridge. After training as a secondary teacher, Emma worked at Varndean College in Brighton, teaching History and Sociology and also spent a year teaching in primary and secondary schools in New Zealand. In 2009 she convened the History PGCE at Sussex University before returning to Varndean to become Head of School for Business & Humanities.  Since joining Exeter College Emma has become a member of the national AQA Curriculum and Assessment Quality Committee, sits on the Core Maths Advisory Board and has contributed to a range of best practice Ofsted materials for the Post-16 sector. Emma is passionate about the importance of providing high quality comprehensive education for all of our young people.

Natalie Keeling

Natalie is Head of Human Resources for British Ceramic Tile in Heathfield, Newton Abbot. Natalie has 10 over years HR experience across several commercial sectors including Retail, Catering and Manufacturing. Natalie has worked at a variety of levels and specialises in Talent Management, Engagement, Learning & Development and Employment Law.

Natalie has a passion for Learning & Development and the role Education plays in preparing young people for the world of work and personal development.
Natalie attended both Uffculme Primary and Secondary School herself.

Jill Larcombe

Chair of the Uffculme Primary School and Uffculme School Local Governing Body.

After 27 years as a dairy and sheep farmer Jill made a career change and moved into local council administration. She is now a self-employed bookkeeper, parish council clerk and clerk to a primary school governing body and is employed by Devon County Council working with the Federation of Tiverton Schools.

Jill has been a school governors for 17 years, 15 of which have been at Uffculme. In her capacity as a member of the board of Devon Association of Governors she represents secondary governors on the Schools Finance Group of DCC.