Meet the Governing Board

Rosie Harriet Phillips - Co-opted Governor – current term until  April 2019

I am joint Portfolio lead governor for Collaboration. I moved to Exeter from Cornwall in December 2014 for a new role as a  Associate Legal Executive at Michelmores LLP. I specialise in Education Law and have therefore become a Governor because I want to experience the practical side of how a School is governed. I also felt that I would be a great asset to the Governing Body in terms of what I have to offer coming from a legal background and the support that I am hoping to give to Countess Wear Community School.

 Di Hatchett - Co-opted Governor – current term until October 2022

I am Portfolio Lead governor for Teaching and Learning, Curriculum standards, attainment and progress.  In each of these roles I aim to keep the interests of all children at Countess Wear at the front of my mind; to help achieve effective governance of the school and to bring support as well as challenge to senior school leaders in their ongoing dedication to ensuring that every child ‘can be everything that they can be’.  As a former primary school head teacher and government adviser on primary education and someone who has spent over 40 years working in the interests of children, I feel privileged to serve as a governor at Countess Wear and to work with our great team of governors.

Karen Hadley - Executive Headteacher
 Hannah Reeves - Staff Governor -   term of office commenced in January 2018
Kelly Hayward - Associate Governor
Re-elected   September 2017
Governors who have served in the past 12 months:
Kate Twelves - Staff Governor - left the school  in  July 2017
Julie Gilbert - Associate Governor -  left the school in July 2017 (temporary)
Carl Haggerty - Co-opted Governor 

Louise Taylor - Parent Governor – current term until July 2022

I am on the portfolio lead governor for Inclusion,SEND,Health & Wellbeing and Chair of Pay and Performance Committee.  I became a parent governor at Countess Wear Community School when my twin boys were in year 1 as I initially saw this as an opportunity to become involved and give something back in return for the education and support my children received.  Being part of the governing body at Countess Wear is both rewarding and challenging at times but it is clear that the school is focussed on ensuring every child can be everything that they can be.

Nerys Thomas - Parent Governor – term until September 2022

 I am Portfolio Lead Governor for Financial planning, Resources management and Sustainability. I have a daughter in Year 2, and became a Governor as I wanted to support the school, which is very much at the heart of our community, and to help it build further upon the excellent work it does to support and help all our children reach their full potential. I am so proud to be part of a school which has such talented and committed staff, and a fully inclusive approach.

Sue Keatt - Local Authority Governor – current term until July 2022

I am Chair of governors and Portfolio Lead governor for Safeguarding and Health and Safety. As Chair I work hard to lead effective governance in the school, build and develop a strong team of governors, have a good working relationship with the Head teacher and ensure that school improvement is the focus of all policy and strategy. I originally became a parent governor at the school when my son was in year 1 as I was interested in finding out more about the running of the school and his education. I stayed on  as a governor when he went up to St Peter's High School as I am passionate about supporting CWCS and want to continue to help with its development in being one of the best schools in Exeter.