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EMS has a committee structure for governance and uses link governors to scrutinise key aspects of the School’s functions that are considered by each committee.  The following committees meet four times a year and feed into the full governing body meetings, also four times a year:

  • Curriculum and Student Experience Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee

A strategy committee meets twice a year and feeds back to the full governing body.  An appeals committee will convene when required.  In addition, a governance committee consisting of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Headteacher and Clerk meets three times per year.  Two student representatives work closely with the school governors, attending meetings and ensuring we are accountable to the students we serve.

Further information regarding governance can be found on our page: Policies and Practice.

Our Chair of governors is Jim French.  He can be contacted by writing to him at the main school address.


Governor Profiles



Jim French CBE

Chair of Governors

In 2013 Jim retired as Chairman and CEO of Flybe plc, a European Regional Airline.
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Philip Jenkinson DL

Vice Chair of Governors

Philip is a former solicitor who spent many years working in local government. Find out more



Professor Trevor Bailey


Trevor is Professor of Applied and Computational Statistics at the University of Exeter. Find out more

Kerry Burnham


Kerry Burnham is a graduate of Exeter University and an Advanced Skills Mathematics Teacher.
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Liam Cantle

Staff Governor

Liam Cantle is a Mathematics Graduate of Warwick University and completed his PGCE at the University of Exeter.
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John Laramy


John Laramy is Principal of Exeter College, a position he has held since 2016. Find out more



Anne Oxborough OBE


In February 2013, Anne retired following a successful career as a highly regarded, student-centred lecturer, tutor and senior leader.
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Linda Peka


Linda Peka joined the University of Exeter in September 2005. She is Director of College Services and College Registrar for the College of Life & Environmental Sciences
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Dr Tim Paulden


Tim is the Innovation & Development Manager at ATASS Sports in Exeter
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Dave Tarbet


Dave is a qualified accountant with 25 years commercial, finance and business experience across a range of sectors including engineering, business advisory and accounting, air transport and healthcare.
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Joanna Davoile

Parent Governor

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 Professor Pete Vukusic


Pete is Professor of BioPhotonics and is the Associate Dean for Education in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter.
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Neil Williamson

Parent Governor

Following a scientific education (Psychology & Physiology, University of Oxford), Neil trained as a landscape architect, then worked for many years in the public sector.
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Jill Williams

Clerk to Governors

Jill joined EMS in September 2016 as Clerk to Governors.
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