Peter Di Giuseppe

A chartered accountant, and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he has been involved in school governance for almost 20 years.

Peter is a non-executive Director of the Trust.


Roger Pope

Roger is the Chief Executive Officer of Education South West MAT.

A recognised National Leader of Education; Roger heads up a Teaching School Alliance and is the holder of a license to deliver National College leadership programmes throughout the South West.

Roger is an elected member of the South West Head Teacher Board, Senior Partner and board member of Challenge Partners - a national consortium of schools working together to raise standards.


Matthew Shanks

Matthew is Executive Principal (Director of Learning) of Education South West.

Matthew is a National Leader of Education and experienced school leader and teacher who has worked in education for 23 years, 14 in senior positions as a Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and CEO. He is an active governor in other educational settings and trained by Ofsted to lead inspections of primary and secondary schools.

Matthew has a BA Hons, PGCE (Cantab), PGCert (Initial Teacher Training), MA(Ed) in Leadership and Management and diploma in Executive Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.  He is married with three children and lives outside Exeter.

Executive Principal (Director of Education) | National Leader of Education

James Clark

James Clark is an experienced management professional in the retail sector. He has worked at a local and regional level and has considerable experience in driving profitable business growth, efficient cost management and delivering a comprehensive Human Resources function.

He has been a Parent Governor for the past five years and is currently Chairman of Governors at Christow Primary School alongside his role as a Director of TAST. At Christow Primary School James has worked closely with the Head of School and Executive Headteacher to improve the learning experience and environment for pupils as well as helping build strong links between the School and the local community.

Jeremy Fothergill

Formerly a Commercial Director with an international Defence and Aerospace Company, in 2004 I retired early, and we moved permanently to a small farm near East Allington, having enjoyed holiday homes in Salcombe and Thurlestone for the previous 25 years.

I have been a Governor at KCC for 10 years, since my daughter was in Year 8, and it provides an intellectual diversion from cutting grass, hedges and repairing fences. I am a founding member of Education South West and am keen to share our successful experience more widely. We have some huge privileges living here in the South Hams but we also face challenges with ensuring our young people have the opportunity to compete on the world stage. I hope my experience of managing businesses around the UK and overseas can contribute to meeting this challenge.

Simon Gotch

Simon Gotch is an experienced Company Director and Chairman with a track record of effective strategic planning, managing growth and maintaining and enhancing profitability.

He has worked extensively in the training, recruitment and more recently renewable energy sectors and is passionate about helping businesses to grow and prosper.

Simon was Junior Chairman of Kingsbridge RFC from 2012 to 2016 and is a Volunteer mentor for young adults.

At Kingsbridge Community College Simon assists with the STAR Academy as well as giving students CV and career guidance.

David Potter

David is the Chair of Teign School local governing body and Director of ESW. He has been involved in secondary education for the last 4 years as a parent governor and was a Director of TAST before the merger. In his day job, David is a Director at EY one of the largest professional services firms in the world where he leads major improvement programmes for government departments. David believes that the academy system should be seen as an opportunity for schools to be more demanding of themselves, their students and the UK government to improve life chances for all of its students.

Barrie Taylor

Barrie has a passion for providing the best possible opportunities for young people.  He is the Development Director at RunAClub - a national online toolkit helping organisations, local authorities and governing bodies to deliver on the ground clubs and services to young people.

Barrie has worked in a range of consultancy environments with a focus on services for young people, as well as being involved in a wide range of other voluntary projects.

Barrie is the Chair of four thriving rural primary schools who share resources, skills and infrastructure to improve teaching excellence across the group.

Steve Tucker

Steve runs a farm in East Prawle and is the sixth generation of a local farming family whose history in the parish dates back to 1720. He was educated at Stokenham Primary school, Kingsbridge Comprehensive and Bicton College.

With five children, three of whom have passed through Kingsbridge Community College and two who are currently attending Steve has been a valued member of the Kingsbridge Community College governing body since 2003.

Steve has deep-rooted interest in the local community and the wellbeing of education in South Devon.

Lindsay Yelland

Lindsay Yelland is Managing director of two catering companies based in South Devon employing 30 people.  He is also a director of a community interest company that runs a funicular railway in Torbay. In addition to being a director of ESW he is Chair of Governors for Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot. He is married with four children and lives in Torquay.

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Education South West

Kingsbridge Community College

Balkwill Road



Tel: 01548 852641