Directors Information


Nick Tallamy, Chair of Directors

Nick has lived in Dawlish for over 25 with his wife and son, who attended Cockwood Primary School, which is part of the Osprey Learning Trust. His background is in online safety and child protection having worked for Devon & Cornwall Police for nearly 15 years.

Nick has been a local governor at Cockwood School for number of years, with the last 5 of those as Chair.

He can often be spotted running up and down the seafront, training for numerous running events.

Nick was appointed to the role of Chair of the Osprey Learning Trust in March 2020.


Katy Quinn, Chief Executive Officer

Appointed 13th June 2019

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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Chantelle Mashiter - Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Appointed 13th June 2019

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’.


Vic Millard- Chair of Teignmouth Community School, Local Governing Body

Appointed 13th June 2019

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.


Jan Caig, Chair of Kenn and Kenton Local Governing Body

Appointed 22nd July 2019

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

Appointed 30th September 2019

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

Appointed 13th June 2019

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

Appointed 30th September 2019

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.


Paul Lilley

Appointed 10th February 2020

Paul is now semi-retired and living in Torbay. He has been married for 39 years with two grown up daughters and three grandchildren.

Paul worked for a large international bank, where he worked for 34 years. During his time at the bank he worked in many UK locations, mainly as a corporate manager looking after both PLCs and SMEs.

Paul likes to keep fit and attend regular Spin classes in Torquay to keep him both physically and mentally fit.