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Directors and Members

The Trust is governed by its Directors, who are also Trustees, and their work is overseen by the Members.

Our Chair of Directors is an ex officio Member, and another director, Keith Greenwood, is an appointed Member. The Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance (another member), is represented by a third director, David Worden. Dr Miya Bond and Simon Phillips are the two remaining Members, and they are independent of the Board of Directors.

Our Directors/Trustees are:

Executive Headteacher - Michael Johnson

 Michael Johnson Executive Headteacher Member

I am the Executive Headteacher.  We are all proud of Chulmleigh Academy Trust and our family of schools.  We are here to work with you so that we, together, promote ambition and inspire all the children in our care.

Chair of Directors - Steve Baber

Steve Baber

Chair of Directors

I joined the Board of Chulmleigh Academy Trust in November 2011 and became Chair of the Board in September 2012. I am now retired from a career in Education and Children Services. While I have not previously been a member of a school Governing Body my career offered me the opportunity to work with school governing bodies on a range of topics.

I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee and my specific responsibilities are for SEN and Health and Safety. My link school for monitoring student performance is Chulmleigh Community College.

I aim to bring a positive approach to my contribution to the work of the Trust and I consider embracing change is fundamental to ensuring our schools continue to meet the needs of pupils both in the current context of their lives and prepare them for future challenges and opportunities.

Foundation Director - David Worden

David Worden

Foundation Director
Member (Representative of the Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance) 

As many of our existing parents will be aware I taught at Chulmleigh Community College for over thirty years until 2008. During part of that time I was the staff representative on the governing body and it wasn’t long after my retirement that I returned as a governor for the Chulmleigh Federation. 

When Chulmleigh Academy Trust was formed I was appointed as a Foundation Director by the diocese, so I have been involved for several years as a governor or director. Apart from my experience as a teacher I am a senior examiner for AQA with particular responsibility for Religious Studies.

I am a member of the Resources Committee with the specific responsibility for Facilities, a responsibility which includes monitoring the progress of the new build at the Community College. 

One of my aims continues to be the provision of suitable facilities for students to have the opportunity to excel and be encouraged to make a positive contribution to society.  As a representative of the Church it is important to me that the Trust continues to maintain a good and caring ethos.

Parent Director - Tim Newman

Tim Newman
Parent Director

I joined the Trust in November 2012, and I am currently the chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and I am the lead director for Academy Improvement.  

I was a teacher of English as a foreign language before going on to manage a network of 47 language schools, and I have been a governor of Kings Nympton Primary School. 

Outside of education I am Managing Director of a large call centre in Exeter where we provide public transport information for the UK (Traveline), and employ over 50 people. 

I aim to encourage and support the delivery of an outstanding education across the Trust.

Vice Chair - Paul Osborne

Paul Osborne

Vice Chair
Foundation Director

I joined the Board as a Foundation Director in March 2014.

I was a primary school teacher for 8 years with specialisms in Maths, ICT, DT, Science and Music. Since leaving teaching I have been involved with international teacher training and have run a successful ICT/Education company.

I am Chair of the Resources Committee.

Director - Keith Greenwood

Keith Greenwood


I joined the board of directors in December 2012. My son attends Chulmleigh community college and I have always been a firm believer in if you are interested in your children's education you should be in a position to have a say.

Previously I was a governor of my son’s primary school for eight years, and chair of that Governing Body for four of them. My link school is East Worlington School and I believe that with the staff we have we can continue the excellent work in providing an all round education in all of our schools.

I work for a large supermarket so I feel I can contribute a great deal to the HR and financial side of the academy.

Staff Director - Lisa Eadie

Lisa Eadie
Staff Director

I am the Senior Teacher at Chulmleigh Primary School, in addition to being one of the Year 6 teachers in the Year 6 Academy and have worked at the school for the last 3 ½ years.  I am the staff representative on the Board of the Directors.    

I joined the Board in September 2015 and view this as a great opportunity to represent the views of the primary staff and gain a valuable insight into the strategic direction of the Academy. 

I am also a member of the Resources Committee.

Paul Winter 

Paul Winter

Information to follow

Mike Twyble 

Mike Twyble

Information to follow

Dr Martin White 

Dr Martin White

Information to follow

Company Secretary - Adrian Wade

 Adrian Wade
Company Secretary

I've been with the Trust since a few months after it was formed, with my role being divided between supporting the Board of Directors, and supporting the Senior Leadership Team of the Trust.

My background is in law - I am a solicitor, which is useful when it comes to advising the Directors on their duties, responsibilities and procedures in a constantly changing legal environment. Education doesn't stand still for long!

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions for the directors, or would like to know more about our governance arrangements.