DAPH Update: Special Edition | Devon Education Forum (DEF) Membership & Named Substitutes 2019/20

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  Special Edition: 5 September 2019  |  Devon Education Forum Membership 2019/20

Special Edition

Devon Education Forum (DEF) Confirmation of
Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Members
plus named Substitutes effective from
1 September 2019

For the attention of:

  • Headteachers/Principals of all LA Maintained Schools within Devon Local Authority
  • The Board of Directors of all Academy Schools within Devon Local Authority (please forward as necessary)

Dear Colleagues

Further to the communication dated 9 July, we are writing to advise that the Primary and Secondary Schools (LA Maintained) and Academy Membership on Devon Education Forum remains unchanged under the existing terms of office (01/09/18 – 31/08/22).

However, following the conclusion of the election process on 19 July 2019, there are some revisions to the Named Substitutes. 

Details of the Membership and Named Substitutes effective from 1st September 2019 are as follows:

Primary Phase

Academy Member:

Paul Walker, CEO - First Federation Trust
Contact: paul.walker@firstfederation.org.uk

Named Primary Academy Substitute:

Rachel Shaw, CEO - Exeter Learning Academy Trust
Contact: rshaw@elatschools.com

(RESIGNED - Nicky Dunford, CEO - Link Academy Trust)

L/A Schools Members:

Jamie Stone, Headteacher - Denbury Primary School
Contact: jstone@denburyprimary.co.uk

Alun Dobson, Headteacher - Marwood Primary School
Contact: adobson@marwood.devon.sch.uk

Martyn Boxall, Executive Headteacher - Exeter Children’s Federation
Contact: mboxall@ecfschools.org.uk

Named  L/A Schools Substitute:

NEW - Colin Butler, Executive Headteacher - Otter Valley Federation
Contact: executivehead@ottervalleyfederation.org

(RESIGNED - David Barnett, former Headteacher - Chudleigh CofE Primary School)


Secondary Phase

Academy Members:

Rob Haring, CEO - Westcountry Schools Trust
Contact: rharing@westst.org.uk

Moira Marder, CEO - The Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust
Contact: moira.marder@tedwraggtrust.co.uk

Aimee Mitchell, Headteacher - Isca Academy, The Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust
Contact: amitchell@iscaexeter.co.uk

Named Secondary Academy Substitute:

Matthew Shanks, Deputy CEO & Executive Principal - Education South West
Contact: matthew.shanks@educationsouthwest.org.uk 

NEW - Lorraine Heath, CEO - Uffculme Academy Trust
Contact: heathl@uffculmetrust.org

L/A Schools Member:

Julie Phelan, Headteacher - Cullompton Community College
Contact: julie.phelan@cullomptoncollege.org

Named L/A Schools Substitute:

Sammy Crook, Headteacher - Tiverton High School
Contact: scrook@tiverton.devon.sch.uk


The ESFA publication Schools Forum - Operational and good practice guide (September 2018) available on GOV.UK provides advice and information on good practice in relation to the operation of schools forums as well as their powers and responsibilities.

Schools forum members will need the skills and competencies to manage Forum business taking a strategic view across the whole education estate whilst acting as representative of the group that has elected them.  Furthermore, they should be easily contactable and pro-active in raising the profile of issues and communicating decisions, and the reasons behind them, effectively. 

Further information on Devon Education Forum to include the Constitution, details of full membership and minutes of meetings etc. is available on the Devon County Council website.

The date of the next DEF meeting is 20 November 2019.

Yours sincerely
Clare Coates
Business Manager  |  Devon Association of Primary Headteachers
(sent on behalf of the DAPH & DASH Executive Committees)