Select Page

Governors

The School Governors of St James carry a responsibility for overseeing school affairs on behalf of the Ted Wragg Trust and the community. The Governors are all volunteers who work with the school and other interested parties to try and help them build an inclusive and exciting learning environment for all children who attend the school.

As a member of the Ted Wragg Trust, St James’ Local Governing Body helps to set the ethos and strategic direction of the school, act as a ‘critical friend,’ engage in self-evaluation work, review data and help plan for the future ensuring high aspirations are maintained.  The Local  Governing Body are responsible to parents, the Ted Wragg Trust, the Department for Education and the wider community, making sure the school provides a good quality education and promotes high standards of educational achievement. Parents are essential in our team and we appreciate those who serve as parent governors.

Governors make an essential, though often unseen, contribution to the life of a school. At St James we keep strong, healthy relationships with all staff and the school’s leaders in particular, effectively ensuring that every student can exceed initial expectations in a safe, purposeful, caring environment.

If you would like to be involved in any way we are always glad to hear from you.  To contact the Governors please email clerktogovernors@stjamesexeter.co.uk

Mr. James Frampton

Chair of Governors

The conduct of St James’ is under the direction of its governing body in accordance with “The Governors Handbook″.

Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust Trustees

Board of Trustees

St James governors

James Frampton

James Frampton

Chair of Governors and Finance Lead

James is a solicitor at Michelmores LLP and specialises in trusts, wills and UK tax advising individuals and families on the protection and devolution of assets. James was appointed as a governor in 2015 and has a particular interest in history and music as a history graduate and amateur musician.

Rebecca Child

Rebecca Child

Ethos & Communication Lead

I am a parent governor and was educated at St Peter’s school and Exeter College. After university I worked in London as a financial services lawyer, and returned to Exeter after my two children were born to be closer to family and enjoy the quality of life that Devon has to offer. I now work in the social housing sector and my role includes visiting housing associations across the country to assess the quality of their boards and overall governance arrangements. I have an interest in languages teaching, and I believe in the value that extra-curricular activities bring to a child’s education. In my spare time I enjoy walking, choral singing and travelling.

Shahar Lashkor

Shahar Lashkor

Premises, Health & Safety Lead & Safeguarding Deputy

I am an old Helian who studied at St Peters. I studied English Law at University but unfortunately did not complete the course. My interests include the progress of children in education and their well-being. I am a restaurant chef. I came 2nd in a chef competition at the Houses of Parliament. My restaurant has been voted the best Indian restaurant in the South West. I have held 3 directorships for local businesses. I am also an amateur actor and have been involved in a number of Shakespeare performances. I also enjoy reading, walking and work.

Kristina Webber

Kristina Webber

Safeguarding Lead

After moving to Exeter at the start of Secondary School, I attended St James and then Exeter College. I then completed a Degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Art at the University of Plymouth.  I now work as a Primary School Teacher.  I am married and have two children. We live in Beacon Heath and our children are at Willowbrook School. I have a particular interest in English Literature and Art.

Jules Hargreaves

Jules Hargreaves

HR Lead

I am the Lead Governor for Personnel/HR. This means I can ask questions and provide advice regarding staffing structures, performance, engagement, employment rights and general workforce matters; on both a micro and macro scale.

I work full time as an Human Resources Advisor and have 16 years’ experience in HR, with 11 of these being in the Education sector; both FE and HE.

Having moved out of home at the age of 16 and then studied at college while also working part time and living alone, I am well aware of challenges facing some young people in terms of socio-economic background and sustaining attendance in education.

Julie Skinner

Julie Skinner

Standards, Careers & Guidance Lead

Julie Skinner runs her own Consulting business specialising in quality improvement in the Education sector. Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the FE sector. As a former Vice Principal of Exeter College she is passionate about providing the very best experience for learners. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and her two dogs.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Behaviour & Equality Lead

I am an former Royal Navy Officer, then a Prison Officer who has worked with young offenders at Feltham YOI for 10 years before moving on promotion to the South West as a Senior Prison officer at HMP Exeter, then head of Safer Custody (self-harm reduction & Suicide Prevention) at HMP Channings Wood. After a total 16 years of working with the Prison Service, I moved into a safeguarding role within education before moving to St James to work in the Behaviour Room. Currently, I work with ex-offenders in a mentoring role to get them ready to get into employment. I am a keen runner, and also engage in adventure motorcycling and paddleboarding. I run two volunteer organisations in the region – Andy’s Man Club and the Women’s Wellbeing Club which have both attracted a large following, and have won local community awards.

Jane Whittle

Jane Whittle

Parent Governor

I have lived in Exeter for 25 years, but was educated at a large comprehensive school in Sheffield. In addition to being a mother of two children, I am a professor of History at Exeter University. I have the greatest respect for secondary school teachers who see our children through some of their most challenging years and have an important impact on their life choices. I bring a range of skills including experience of: helping to run a large department of around 80 staff and over 1000 students; appointing, managing and supporting staff; successfully applying for grant income and managing projects; carrying out gender equality audits; collecting and interpreting numerical data; and teaching and inspiring students.

Debbie Du Preez

Debbie Du Preez

Parent Governor

I live in Exeter having moved here from South Africa four years ago. This was in order to take on a lectureship position in the Economics Department at Exeter University. Apart from my normal teaching commitments, I am an academic lead for the Widening Participation programme, which helps disadvantaged students gain access to Exeter University. I am responsible for helping those who are studying Economics programmes integrate seamlessly into university life. In addition, I am the lead academic tutor in the Economics department where it is my duty to make sure that all students receive excellent academic and pastoral support during their time with us. I have been in Higher Education (HE) for 18 years now and I believe this gives me a unique insight into what is needed at the secondary school level for students who wish to progress to post-secondary school institutions and HE thereafter. With that said, I would like to help maintain St. James’s high academic standards and well-deserved reputation. Last, but certainly not least, I have a son at St James in Year 8 and I therefore have a vested interest in seeing him succeed both academically and personally.

Lindsay Skinner

Lindsay Skinner

Headteacher

Julia Thornton

Julia Thornton

Staff Governor

 I am the staff Governor on the Governing body. I have been at St James for nine years as an English teacher and am second in department. I joined the school as an NQT as prior to teaching I worked in TV and theatre as a Stage Manager. I have been heavily involved in the extra-curricular programme at school such as school productions, Ten Tors and DofE and organising a European Comenius project. I recently qualified as a DofE expedition assessor. I think this is an incredibly important part of school life as I feel education goes far beyond the classroom.

Jason Nofal

Jason Nofal

Staff Governor

I am a staff Governor on the Governing body. I have been at St James for six years as a maths teacher and am an assistant Headteacher – leading mathematics. I joined the school early in my teaching career and as my second teaching job. Prior to this I studied mathematics with education at university. Out of school I am a very active person and enjoy the great outdoors. I am truly excited to be a part of the Governing body and hope to be an effective liaise between and staff and the rest of the Governors.

Statutory Governor information and meeting attendance

 

 

 

ST JAMES SCHOOL – GOVERNING BODY

 

 

Attendance 2020/21

Name

Type of Governor

Appointing Body

Role

Term Start

Term End

Committee(s)

Registered interests

(Number Attended out of Possible)

Lindsay Skinner

Staff/Ex-officio

N/A

Headteacher

01/09/2019

N/A

All

Partner employed by West Exe School

Brother teacher at Honiton Primary

Sister governor at St Luke’s School

Work with Harper Collins

 7 out of 7

James Frampton

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Finance

30/04/2020

29/04/2024

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Employed by Michelmores LLP

 7 out of 7

Shahar Lashkor

Co-opted

Governing Body

Safeguarding Deputy

30/04/2020

29/04/2024

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

None

 5 out of 7

Jules Hargreaves

Co-opted

Governing Body

Personnel

05/10/2018

04/10/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay Group

Child at St James School

 7 out of 7

Julie Skinner

Co-opted

Governing Body

Standards, Careers & Guidance

05/10/2018

04/10/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay Group

None

 7 out of 7

Kristina Webber

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

03/07/2019

02/07/2023

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Employed by Plymouth CAST MAT

Children at Willowbrook School

 5 out of 7

Chris Martin

Co-opted

Governing Body

Behaviour & Equality

04/12/2019

03/12/2023

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

None

 3 out of 7

Julia Thornton

Staff Governor

Staff

 

21/10/2020

20/10/2024

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Staff Member of St James

7 out of 7

Jason Nofal

 

Staff Governor

Staff

 

21/10/2020

20/10/2024

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Staff Member of St James

6 out of 6

Rebecca Child

Parent Governor

Parents

Ethos & Communication

26/06/2018

25/06/2022

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Child at St James School

Child at St Peter’s School

6 out of 7

Jane Whittle

 

Parent Governor

Parents

 

01/01/2021

31/12/2024

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Child at St James School

Works at Exeter University

5 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Mammola

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

03/07/2019

Resigned

15/07/2021

 

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources

Employed by SPARX

4 out of 6

Gavin Wilson

Parent Governor

Parents

Vice Chair

Premises, Health & Safety, Safeguarding

24/11/2016

Resigned

23/07/2021

Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources, Pay Group

Wife employed by St James School

Children at St James School

5 out of 7