Our Governors

Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust schools, however the ultimate responsibility for the school lies with the Board of Directors with much of the work delegated to the Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the targets/policies for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. 

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers. 

If you are interested in hearing more about becoming a governor please contact;

Type of Governor
Appointing Body
Term Start/End
Registered Interests
Attendance 2022/23
Kelly Earnshaw Ex-officio Trust Headteacher 1/9/2018 Post related St George's C of E Primary Academy 6 out of 6
Anne Newall Foundation Trust Co-Chair of LGB 01/09/23 - 31/08/27 None 5 out of 6
Mike O'Sullivan Foundation Trust Co-Chair of LGB 01/09/23 - 31/08/27 None 5 out of 6
Paul Ottewell Foundation Trust Vice Chair of LGB 16/11/21 - 15/11/25 Chief Operating Officer, Optimus OD Ltd; wife is headteacher of St Mary’s Infants and Old Priory Junior Academy within the Trust 3 out of 6
Leon Sim Foundation Ex-officio Trust   09/11/22 Post related None 3 out of 5
Kayleigh Vickery Parent Parents  

01/05/22 - 30/04/26

Child attends St George’s; UHP Derriford – Patient Safety Facilitator  5 out of 6
Sophie Daykin Staff Staff  

01/09/23 - 31/08/27

St Christopher’s MAT; husband works for Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership 3 out of 6
Colin Mackenzie-Blackman Parent Parents   22/01/24 - 21/01/28 The King's Foundation; trustee for registered charity SNAP - Special Needs Action Project n/a
Ruth Cadoux   Trust Clerk

09/10/23 Post related

St Christopher's MAT; Clerk to St Matthew's LGB; Clerk to Cann Bridge Governors

Ruth Peck Parents Parents   Resigned July 2023   5 out of 6
Siw Wysome   Trust Clerk Resigned Aug 2023   5 out of 6

Name of Governor

Monitoring Responsibilities

Anne Newall Safeguarding, Attendance and Behaviour; Disadvantaged Pupils; Early Reading and Phonics; English
Mike O'Sullivan Maths; History; Geography; MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) and PE (Physical Education)
Paul Ottewell EYFS
Leon Sim Ethos & Christian Distinctiveness
Kayleigh Vickery Operations (Health & Safety, Risk and Wellbeing)


Kelly Earnshaw

As head teacher at St George's, Kelly is also part of the Local Governing Body. They work together to make strategic decisions and ensure that the children at St George's receive the best education.  

She has been head teacher here since September 2018 and has led the school through the Covid pandemic and, more recently, a successful OfSTED inspection. She has been a teacher for 23 years and is also a qualified SENCo. She sees her job as a real privilege - she works with an amazing team of children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community. No two days are the same and that's part of what makes the job so rewarding. 

On a personal level, she is married and has a little boy who is currently in year 3 at another school within St Christopher's Trust. In her spare time (not that there's much!) she enjoys reading, baking and visiting the beach. As a family they love to travel around the world and have been lucky enough to visit places such as Costa Rica, Morocco, The Seychelles and the Middle East.

Anne Newall

Co-Chair to the Governors

Anne was born in Scotland and spent the first 18 years of her life travelling the world with her parents, due to her father’s work with HM Forces. After leaving school, she worked in London, moving to Plymouth in 1975 with her husband. They have 3 adult daughters, who live in Spain, Plymouth and Cornwall respectively, and two grandchildren aged 7 and 10. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming, cycling and learning Spanish. 

Anne has been a governor at St George’s for several years, having previously been a governor at St Matthew’s. She is the lead governor for Safeguarding, SEND, and all aspects of English – phonics, reading and writing. 

Anne trained as a teacher in Plymouth, and taught at several Plymouth schools before becoming Deputy Headteacher of Salisbury Road Junior School in 1992, and Headteacher at Glen Park Primary from 1998 until 2012. She trained as an Ofsted Inspector in 2006, and was involved in inspections as a team member. Following retirement from Glen Park in 2012, she worked as a lead inspector until 2015. 

Anne’s motivation for being a governor at St George’s is to support the staff in providing the best educational opportunities for the children and to witness their success in all that they do.

Mike O'Sullivan (B.Ed. Hons)

Co-Chair to the Governors

Mike was born and educated in Exeter and trained as a teacher in Worcester. He is married to Zeta and has 2 children (Emma and Andrew) who live in London and Stockholm respectively, and 5 grandchildren ranging from 5 to 16 years. Zeta and Mike attend St Peter’s RC Church in Crownhill. 

Mike began his teaching career in Luton moving on to Bridport, then Cardiff. He moved to Plymouth in 1980 where he was Head Teacher of 3 different primary schools in Plymouth (St. Pauls RC, Hyde Park Junior and Widey Court) before retiring in 2005 to work part time with the LEA until 2010. 

He is now in his ninth year as a school governor, having spent 4 years as a governor when the school had a joint governing body with St Matthew’s. Now, solely a governor at St. George’s for the last four and a half years, he has enjoyed getting to know the school, the children and staff better and to be part of a team working with a newly appointed Headteacher. While he is the named governor for ‘Teaching and Learning’ with particular responsibility for Mathematics, PE and Modern Foreign Languages, he is interested in all aspects of school life and the celebration of the achievements and successes of the whole school community. 

He has always enjoyed travelling, and has a lifelong interest in sport. He played his twilight years of rugby at Plymouth Albion and is still a regular supporter on the terraces. He played league cricket for Roborough and now plays golf at Elfordleigh. He also enjoys gardening, walking, reading and going to the theatre.

Paul Ottewell

Vice-Chair to the Governors

Leon Sim

As vicar of St. Paul's Church round the corner, he has been co-opted as governor of St. George's. He is excited about the link between the school and the local church, and has loved having St. George's at St. Paul's Church for various Christian festivals, as well as leading collective worship with a team. As governor, he is particularly responsible for the Christian aspect of the school's values and life. 

Kayleigh Vickery

Kayleigh has been a parent governor since May 2021 and she works for the NHS as a Patient Safety Facilitator. Outside of work, she is mum to William and their favourite thing to do is jump on a train to a new city and explore! As a family they all love St George's - the family feeling the school gives is why they picked this one over so many. Be Safe, Be Kind, we feel, are two of the most important things you need to be in life!

Colin Mackenzie-Blackman

Colin was elected in January 2024 as a parent governor.

Sophie Daykin

Sophie has been a staff governor for St George’s for over 5 years. She trained to be a teacher here in Plymouth and, after teaching in Ivybridge, she joined St George’s over 17 years ago. During that time she has taught all ages from EYFS through to Year 6 and is currently teaching Year 3 and 4. The children at St George’s ‘build on firm foundations’ and she is fortunate to be part of their journey.

As well as being the senior teacher, she also leads maths, history, geography, music, PSHE and RE, (including Christian Distinctiveness and Collective Worship). She is the Subject Champion for RE for St Christopher’s Trust so she is able to share her passion for this subject with others. She finds it a privilege to be a mentor for student teachers and ECTs as they embark on their teaching careers.

When she is not busy at St George’s she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, either baking or exploring the wonderful world we have on our doorstep.

Diversity Data

The board believes that it is important that we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people. We collect data on the diversity of the board, including age, ethnicity, and gender and we use this data to inform our recruitment and training needs, ensuring there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. We do not publish diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.