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Meet the Governors

As a multi academy trust, our governance structure has three main levels. We have members at the top who hold overall responsibility for the trust, we then have a board of trustees and finally our local governing body at school level.

The role of the trustees is to set the strategic direction for the trust; to hold school leaders to account for improving performance and to make sure that money is well spent.

The local governing body is responsible for monitoring standards and school improvement within their school. They hold school leaders to account and report back to the trustees.
At Roselands Primary School, our Local Governing body meets regularly throughout the school year and governors will often spend time in the school to monitor school improvement and standards at a local level.
"Governing bodies are the key strategic decision makers in every school and a key part of the overall system of school accountability. They have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring every child receives the best possible education."


See for more details on the role of governors.

Minutes of all trustees and governors' meetings are kept and are available to view on request.




Mel Simmonds (Chair of Governors) Co-opted

Responsibilities: Pupil Premium, English

Term of Office: 30/01/2020 - 29/01/2024

Pecuniary Interests: None   |   Meetings attended: 2/3



It gives me an enormous sense of pride and privilege to serve as Chair of Governors at Roselands Primary School.


I feel passionately that schools have an important role to play alongside parents in ensuring our young people reach their true potential and become kind, confident, happy and self-assured members of society.


My own daughter was a pupil of Roselands Primary School until 2017 when she then moved to Grammar School. She flourished at Roselands and maximised her true potential not only because of the passion and commitment demonstrated by her teachers but also the fantastic student community and peer groups that existed around her and that she integrated with. As a governor, I now have an opportunity to give something back.


I have undertaken several very pleasurable visits to the school since becoming a governor and have enjoyed the assemblies I have attended and the lessons I have observed. On every visit the students have made me feel a welcome member of their community and I have seen first hand how well embedded the values are that see students at Roselands develop into independent, collaborative and reflective learners.


Professionally I am a serving police officer working as a Chief Inspector in the Call Management and Communications Unit. Throughout my career I have worked with many different communities and have developed skills and expertise around leadership, safeguarding, and identifying and responding to vulnerability. I believe this will aid me in working with the young people at Roselands as well as their parents, teachers and my fellow governors.



Danny Brown - Head of School

Responsibilities: Leadership & Management 

Term of Office: 01/09.2020 - Ongoing

Pecuniary Interests: Trust Employee, Head of School at Roselands Primary School     |   Meetings attended: 



Vicky McCaig - Staff Governor 

Responsibilities: Curriculum

Term of Office: 17/04/2017 - 16/04/2021

Pecuniary Interests: Trust employee   |   Meetings attended: 3/3


As a staff governor, I am extremely proud and privileged to be able to work alongside an enthusiastic, hard working, dynamic and talented group of staff at Roselands to ensure the school continues to provide an outstanding education for all. We have a superb and highly committed team of governors who all share a common vision and set of goals for the school's future. Our desire is that every child who attends our school should reach their potential and do so in a community where relationships are at the core. I have been a staff governor for many years now and feel I am in a good position to represent all staff members and  communicate their views in matters which may affect them.  My role as governor also involves strategic direction and being accountable for decision making at different levels.


Cheryl Harlock - Staff Governor 

Responsibilities: SEND

Term of Office: 12/06/2019 - 19/06/2023

Pecuniary Interests: Trust employee; Brownies Leader   |   Meetings attended: 2/3


As a staff governor, I feel passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of the children at Roselands and in the local community. I have a strong affiliation with Roselands as both my children were taught at the school and also working here. My main role as a governor is around SEND ensuring all our children receive a high quality education and reach their full potential. 


Jane Smythe - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Term of Office: 03/10/2019 - 02/10/2023

Pecuniary Interests: Spouse is a Trust Member   |   Meetings attended: 3/3


I have 35 years’ experience in education, much of it spent as a primary teacher, deputy head and head.  Although I have now retired, I still feel passionately about making a positive difference to the lives of local children. I feel I have relevant skills and knowledge to offer the pupils, staff and parents of Roselands as a governor. My particular responsibility is around safeguarding, a vitally important part of ensuring the safety and security of our children.



Ian Weller - Parent Governor

Responsibilities:  SEND & Pupil Premium

Term of Office:  8/2/18 - 8/2/22

Pecuniary Interests: None   |   Meetings attended: 3/3 


I became a parent governor shortly after my eldest son started at Roselands. I have a professional background in Speech & Language Therapy and am now employed as the manager of a large multi-disciplinary specialist NHS team. Alongside being a parent, much of my free time is also spent volunteering as a member of the local Coastguard rescue team
I am passionate about upholding the values of the school to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.
I share with the governors board my experience in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), safeguarding, communication and leadership.


David Reid - (Vice-Chair) Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: Health and Safety

Term of Office: 13/7/17 - 7/12/21

Pecuniary Interests: Spouse is Trust Finance Director   |   Meetings attended: 3/3


I joined the governing body at the end of the academic year in July last year. In my short time a governor, I have had the pleasure of spending a morning with the children of Roselands. This was an amazing experience and gave me an insight into the culture of Roselands and the focus and passion that the teaching staff demonstrated was outstanding. The children who I met and interacted with were wonderful and showed a real desire to learn, and share their learning experiences.


I have an 11 year old daughter who this year started secondary school, after spending 7 years at Oldway primary school, which is part of the Multi Academy Trust, with Roselands Primary.


I am a store manager for a national retailer in Torquay. I have 30 years of management experience working with people in a variety of locations and business. This has given me a range of skills and knowledge which well help me support the governing body, to deliver a high quality education for the children of Roselands Primary school.


Peter Watkins - Parent Governor


Term of Office: 03/10/2019 - 02/10/2023

Pecuniary Interests:    |   Meetings attended: 



Adam Harmer - Co-opted Governor


Term of Office: 20/12/2019 - 19/12/2023

Pecuniary Interests: Procurement Officer for Torbay Council and spouse is a teacher with the Medical Tuition Service in Torbay   |  

Meetings attended: 



Faye Steele - Clerk to the Governors


Term of Office: 13/3/2017

Pecuniary Interests: Employed by Riviera Education Trust    |   Meetings attended: n/a




Information about the Local Governing Body at Roselands can now be accessed via our new website for the Riviera Education Trust.  


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