Directors Information


Vic Millard - Chair of Directors

Vic led a successful career, with board and strategic responsibility for operations and finance, in multi – site retail and catering. He moved to Devon in 2006 and became involved in the fostering of young people with Fostering Devon.

Vic is a long – standing member of the board of Teignmouth Community School and has developed a wealth of experience of school governance matters.

Vic was appointed to the role of chair in March 2019.


Katy Quinn, Chief Executive Officer

Katy is the CEO of our Trust and the Principal of Teignmouth Community School, Mill Lane.  Prior to her appointment as a Director in October 2016, Katy also served as Company Secretary to the Trust and was part of the team who effected the academisation of the then Teignmouth Community College and Inverteign Primary School in March 2011.  Katy is a longstanding member of the school leadership, having previously held the position of Assistant Principal at Exeter Road.

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Scott Deeming, Chief Operating Officer

Scott is the Company Secretary of the Trust.

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Nick Tallamy, Chair Representative

Nick has lived in Dawlish for 26 years with his wife and son, who attended Cockwood Primary School. His background is in online safety and child protection having worked for Devon & Cornwall Police for 14 years.

Nick has been a governor at Cockwood School for 6 years, with the last 4 as Chair.  He can often be spotted running up and down the seafront, training for numerous running events.


Jan Caig, Chair Representative

Jan has been a governor for The Kenn and Kenton Federation for the past 9 years. More recently she was approved as a Local Leader of Governance with The Teaching School Council South West.

Jan started her career as a secondary school teacher in various locations around the country. Having been forced out by ill health, she joined Citizens Advice and trained as an Adviser in Exeter, where she remained for 9 years, leaving to become a school governor.

Jan has 6 grandchildren, which gives her a very useful and different perspective and insight into schools and their management.


Valerie Jeffery

Valerie has lived in Cockwood for 40 years and has been involved in farming and then tourism all her married life. She has 4 children, all involved in the family business and 14 grandchildren.  Cockwood Primary School has always been of special significance to her, with her children and 10 grandchildren in attendance over the years.

Valerie has strong connections with the local area having been a District Councillor for 8 years and a Town Councillor for 16 years. Now retired, Valerie is also the Chairman of Dawlish Community Transport and a Churchwarden at St Mary’s Cofton.


Pat Henchie

Pat has retired from a career in Primary education starting in two London education authorities and Richmond -Upon-Thames. For the final 20 years, she was headteacher of a small primary school that served a neglected social priority estate surrounded by wealth. This developed her skills and determination that every child will have encouragement to fulfil their potential through excellence in teaching.

She has become a school leadership consultant working with schools requiring improvement.


Sam Trevorrow

Sam graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 with a degree in Law and worked within the legal profession until September 2019, advising schools and academies on the corporate aspects of academy conversions and transfers.

Sam is currently studying the Legal Practice Course, which is the final academic stage required before he can commence his training to become a solicitor.

Sam enjoys playing racket sports (mainly squash and tennis) and watching both football and rugby.


Chantelle Mashiter

Chantelle has a BSc and an MSc in Tourism & Hospitality Management. After having her first child, she decided to go back to University to study for a PGCE and to look towards teaching instead. Chantelle has worked within the Further Education field for over 13 years, teaching learners in school, college and the workplace.

Chantelle has also worked within a Sales & Marketing role within Further Education and has been responsible for making sure that relationships with schools are well developed and everything can be done to improve student recruitment on full-time courses, apprenticeships & university-level qualifications.

After being in Cornwall for 10 years, Chantelle relocated back to Devon 2 years ago. She has two children who both attend school in Newton Abbot and keep her busy in the role of ‘Mum’s taxi’.