Steve Mellor

Steve Mellor

Executive Head
I have been a teacher since 1995 and a Headteacher since 2005. I started my teaching career in Plymouth and then moved to a teaching and management position in a school in Exeter. I became a Governor at that school as well as serving as a Governor for 8 years at my children's school in Exmouth. I moved to Executive Headship when Filleigh and Chittlehampton Schools federated in 2010 and completed the National College for School Leadership Executive Heads pilot training programme. I became the Executive Head of The Devon Moors Federation in May 2014. I have always enjoyed the challenge of school governance and being able to make a positive difference in shaping children's lives.

Jayne Hooper

Jayne Hooper

Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor
Term of Office May 2014 -
I spent all my working life as a Primary School teacher. I have been headteacher of two schools near London, one with 210 pupils and one with 350. Retiring back to North Devon, where I was born, I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body of Chittlehampton School and as it has grown to become the Devon Moors Federation. My experience in education has meant that I can support and scrutinise the work of the Federation helping to ensure the best outcomes for the pupils.

Elizabeth Orme

Elizabeth Orme

Vice Chair
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office May 2014 -
I have been a school governor for almost 10 years, starting at Spreyton School and undertaking different roles in the governing body as the Federation has formed and developed. I currently specialise in monitoring safeguarding and SEND areas.

My passions are ensuring a secure future for small primary schools in Devon and working with school leadership to preserve and enhance the unique nature of our 4 schools, achieving the very best experience and learning for all our children.

I work as a Service Delivery Manager for Guide Dogs, responsible for the provision of guide dogs and other mobility services to children and adults across the South West. I am fortunate that this work has allowed me to gain a wide range of experience and skills that support my work as a governor.

I have one son who attended Spreyton School before moving on to secondary school this September.

Carol Newman

Carol Newman

LA Governor
Term of Office May 2014 -
I am the Local Authority appointed Governor. I am currently employed by Rothamsted Research as their Head of Operations at their North Wyke site near Okehampton. My role includes finance and estates management and I have overseen a number of publicly-funded capital projects. I had been keen to become a governor for a while before The Devon Moors Federation gave me the opportunity to join them. Since joining, I have specialised in monitoring the financial aspects relating to the Federation. I am married with two children and live near South Tawton

Stefanie Hastie

Stefanie Hastie

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office September 2016 -
My name is Stefanie Hastie and I am the Business Manager and a Governor for the Devon Moors Federation.

I started working at Filleigh School in September 2006 as the Administrator and over the years I have developed my role to support all four schools in the Devon Moors Federation. During this time I have completed the Certificate of School Business Management and the Diploma of School Business Management. Both my children attended Filleigh School.

As the Business Manager I am part of the Senior Leadership Team for the Federation and am responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Personnel, Premises and Health & Safety. I work closely with the Executive Head and Heads of School.

As a Governor I bring the knowledge and expertise of my role to the Governing Board. I am also the Pre-School governor representative and work closely with the Pre-School Leaders to maintain the excellent provision on site at Copplestone School. I am committed to working with the Governing Body to ensure that we continually develop our schools and provide an environment in which all pupils can thrive.

Colette Kiff

Colette Kiff

Parent Governor
Term of Office May 2014 -


I am a veterinary nurse working at a local practice for the past 7 years. I am currently studying towards completing my qualifications with RCVS attending college weekly and examinations, coursework and evidencing competency throughout.

I have two children currently at Filleigh Community Primary School and have been actively involved each year with supporting the PTA to raise valuable funds for the school.

I became a governor to help ensure the ethos and overall aims of the school and federation are upheld. I will challenge and question decisions if I have doubts or concerns and will support them throughout to the best of my ability.

Angela Urquhart

Angela Urquhart

Staff Governor
Head of Copplestone School
Term of Office September 2016 -
I have been a teacher since 2002 and joined Copplestone School as Head of School in 2014. During my teaching career I have been very fortunate to work in a variety of schools, including a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties and Autism. Before becoming staff governor at Devon Moors Federation, I had been a Governor at a previous school. I enjoy working as part of the governing body and am passionate about helping to positively shape the education for all the children in our Federation.

Alvin Scott

Alvin Scott

Clerk.
I fulfill the role of Clerk to the Governors. This involves providing administrative support to the governing board, including organising meetings and taking accurate minutes. I also advise on the board's statutory obligations and assist with the preparation of policies, as well as with the recruitment of new governors, co-ordinating the induction process and and helping arrange governor training.

David Coleman

David Coleman

Ex - Offico Governor
Governor Profile – Revd David Coleman
I was appointed to the post of Team Vicar in the South Molton Mission Community, in November 2016, and so my wife Lesley and I have been living in the Chittlehampton vicarage since then. We moved from Horrabridge in South Devon, where I served as a part-time minister in a number of churches, whilst working full-time as a software engineer. While I worked for BAE Systems in Plymouth, I used to support the local junior school by helping with numeracy, and have also taught computer programming in a grammar school, as well as taking an RE class. As the Vicar in Chittlehampton, I am also a foundation governor for the federation, supporting the Christian ethos of the Chittlehampton school, where I also help with some collective worship.
I therefore have a strong desire to see Christian principles lived and taught, but also have a passion for science and maths, from my years of putting these into practical use.

Laura Knapman

Laura Knapman

My name is Laura Knapman and I am a Governor for the Devon Moors Federation.
I currently have two children who attend Filleigh School and I have been a parent at the school for about 6 years. I volunteer on a regular basis in school and I am currently Chair of the PTA.
As a Governor I will support the school leadership where I am confident, however I also see it as my role to question and challenge if I have doubts. I am genuinely interested in helping to achieve the best possible education for all the children across the four schools in the Federation.

Sherrin Neenan

Sherrin Neenan

I took up the role of Children and Families Worker at Copplestone Methodist Church in January 2017 and my husband, son and I are really enjoying the country life having come from London. I spend every afternoon at Copplestone Primary leading All Stars after school club which is run by the church. In this role and also being in school to lead collective worship I have already got to know many children and parents. I love my job because I enjoy getting to know children and their families and I am passionate about developing things within the community that will benefit children and their families. I see being a Governor as a really good way to do this by ensuring that what happens within school is for the benefit of everyone. I know the role will be challenging but I am committed to working with the other Governors to keep our group of schools developing and improving.