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Meet the Governors

Maggie Carter - Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

Maggie is currently the Chair of Orchard Manor School Governing Board.

She started her career as a special school teacher and then worked as an educational psychologist for 20 years, before moving into education management, becoming assistant director of Children’s Services in Plymouth in 2005.

Since retirement from that role in 2013, she has maintained her passion for special education, and is a governor at Mill Water School in East Budleigh as well as at Orchard Manor.

She also works part time for Scomis, part of Devon County Council that supports schools with their ICT needs.

She enjoys singing in a choir, and singing holidays, Pilates (exercise lying down!) and cooking for family and friends .

Charles Wilson - Parent Governor (Premises/Health & Safety)

Charles has worked as a consultant for the Royal family in Abu Dhabi for over 20 years.  He was the founder and director for Abu Dubai’s Premier Children’s Nursery from 2000 to 2010 with over 180 children enrolled.

Additionally he was the founder and managing director of Acorn Independence in Somerset from 2016 to date.  Acorne Independence provide residential care and support for young people between 16 and 18 years of age.

Charles has had 11 years’ experience of Autism within his own personal life and he has an extensive experience in business concept planning, strategy and development as well as project planning and management.  His key skills are in leadership and people management.

His hobbies include golf and gardening.

Joe Belso - Parent Governor (Finance)

Joe is the newest member of the school governor team, having joined at the end of 2018.

Professionally, Joe has worked for HM Prison Service for 27 years and has served at several prisons across the country as a Prison Officer before gaining promotion through the ranks, progressing to Prison Governor in 2010. He is currently based at HMP Exeter.

Within his professional role, Joe has experience in managing major incidents, oversight of public sector budgets, as well as meeting performance targets and staff management, skills which he hopes will transfer well to his school governor position. Joe has strength in working across partnerships and this has been recognised nationally with a Butler Trust commendation - one of the highest awards in the criminal justice sector.

Joe has a vested interest in the success of Orchard Manor, as his son attends as a pupil.

Joe is currently enjoying the early stages of his role and has already spotted a number of areas in which he believes he can provide support to help drive forward progress at the school. He has a strong understanding of the need to provide value for money to the public purse which he hopes will help within his assigned role.

Away from work, Joe is a keen supporter of Exeter City FC and volunteers for the club on matchdays - helped by his son. He also enjoys travel, playing golf (badly) and horse racing when time allows!

Rachel Manifield - Co-opted Governor (Personnel and Staff Wellbeing)

After graduating from university with a degree in Languages, Economics and Politics, I worked and travelled across France and Australia before returning to the UK to join the police service. Twenty-three years later, I am still a serving officer, now at the rank of Inspector and retain a passionate commitment to public service. I have had a varied police career including response, command and control, and training. One of my proudest moments was receiving a Commendation for saving a life in custody.

I now specialise in Custody and Criminal Justice. This challenging role finds me both influencing on local and national issues as well as advising on day to day tactics for our custody units.

I firmly believe in contributing to the communities we are part of and this new role of Governor will hopefully be a good use of the skills I have developed as a Police Officer as well as offering me a new perspective and challenge.

I am married to Paul, who also works for Devon and Cornwall Police, have a young son who has just started attending Orchard Manor, and two, rather elderly, black Labradors.

Laurie Fentimen - Co-opted Governor (Safeguarding)

Laurie has lived in Exeter since the start of 2014, having previously lived in Cambridgeshire for many years.  He grew up in Berkshire, then read English at Oxford University, before moving to the north east, which is where he trained as a social worker.  A career in Cambridgeshire Social Services and then the NHS followed, with a focus on children’s services, older people and mental health.  For the last eight years of his career, Laurie worked for the Audit Commission as a performance specialist.  This involved working with local authorities and NHS bodies on governance, performance and value for money.

Laurie was a parent school governor at his village primary school in the 1980s, and on the Parish Council from 2012 until moving to Exeter.  Laurie has been a governor at Southbrook School for four years where he is the safeguarding lead. 

Laurie's interests include walking, swimming, photography and local history.

 

Vacancy - LA Governor 

We are looking for a new Governor to fill this vacancy.

If you are interested please contact : 

Clerk to Governors - 01626 862363  

email:  clerk@orchardmanor.devon.sch.uk 

Vacancy - Foundation Governor

We are looking for a new Governor to fill this vacancy.

If you are interested please contact : 

Clerk to Governors - 01626 862363  

email:  clerk@orchardmanor.devon.sch.uk 

Vacancy - Co-opted Governor 

We are looking for a new Governor to fill this vacancy.

If you are interested please contact : 

Clerk to Governors - 01626 862363  

email:  clerk@orchardmanor.devon.sch.uk 

Vacancy - Co-opted Governor 

We are looking for a new Governor to fill this vacancy.

If you are interested please contact : 

Clerk to Governors - 01626 862363 

 email:  clerk@orchardmanor.devon.sch.uk 

Vacancy - Staff Governor 

We are looking for a new Governor to fill this vacancy.

If you are interested please contact : 

Clerk to Governors - 01626 862363  

email:  clerk@orchardmanor.devon.sch.uk