St. Joseph's Governors

Hello and a warm welcome to St Joseph’s from your school governors, we are referred to as the ‘LCB’ (Local CAST Board).

Our whole school community is about putting the children at the centre of everything we do. Their needs and wellbeing are paramount. As governors we do this by promoting Plymouth CAST’s Vision and Values and acting as a ‘wisdom group’ for our school. We also seek to champion our school in the local community and reinforce links with our parish church. Although governors do not have any statutory responsibility, we do have key functions which are outlined in the Scheme of Delegation between Plymouth CAST and each academy in the trust and the Plymouth CAST Schedule of Accountability. Each governor is linked to a specific area of school life.  These are Religious Education and Catholic Life; Curriculum and Standards; Special Educational Needs and Disability, Inclusion and Equality; Safeguarding and Child Protection; Health and Safety; The Impact of Statutory Grants and Parents and the Community. We also each have individual classes and subjects to which we are linked.

The LCB for this academic year consists of six Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Bishop, a Community Governor, and two Parent Governors, who are elected by parents and carers of St. Joseph’s. Mrs Taylor-Bashford as headteacher is also member of the LCB and we meet regularly to discuss all aspects of school life and provide support and solutions. We visit school regularly to meet with the children and staff and attend school assemblies and activities.

All governors undertake annual training in Safeguarding and attend training and briefing events offered by Plymouth CAST and the Diocesan Education Service. Each governor brings their own specific expertise and experience which helps provide a balanced and diverse group, but all have the same aim – to support our school community in the very best way we can.

Please see our governor profiles below for more information about the current LCB. The summaries of LCB meeting minutes and further information can also be found on the website. If you have any questions about any aspects of the governor role, please address these in the first instance to Mrs Iris Reiss-Golumbeck, Clerk to the Governors at

Lynn Cook (Chair of Governors)

22 September 2022

  • Mrs Lynn Cook

    Foundation Governor / Chair of Governors / Safeguarding & Child Protection Deputy / Impact of Statutory Grants Lead

    I joined the LCB as a Foundation Governor in March 2018. I was delighted to be asked to join the team of existing governors, especially as my two grown up children had been pupils at St. Joseph's. I was elected Chair of Governors in September 2021 and re-elected chair for the year 2022-23. I was re-appointed for a 2nd term on the LCB in March 2022. I am Deputy Safeguarding Governor and my link subject is Art, my link class is FSU. I am a retired Civil Servant. I have coached children in sports as a volunteer and have organised and facilitated wellbeing events for former colleagues. I enjoy coming into school to meet with the children and see their work. Since retiring I have completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training to help me with my role in school. I am proud of our school and to be a governor and will always act in the best interest of all the children and staff at St. Joseph's.

  • Mrs Nicola Dustan

    Foundation Governor / Vice-Chair of Governors / Safeguarding & Child Protection Lead / Admissions Committee Member

    I joined the local governing body in January 2017 as Foundation Governor. I was a civil servant for 37 years and now have retired. I am Vice Chair of the local governing body and Safeguarding Governor Lead. My two children went to the school many years ago.

  • Mr Ian Fraser-Roe

    Foundation Governor

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    I joined the Local Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in March 2022 and have been part of the local parish community for approximately 35 years. I am married to Maria and together we have three grown up children (all of whom attended the school).
    I have recently retired from a career in public service, which involved me working in a variety of organisations including: The Royal Marines, The Police Service, Adult Education, The British Red Cross, The Royal British Legion and latterly the Care Quality Commission.
    I am a Fellow Member of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and have a Post Graduate Certificate (PgCert) in Integrated Emergency Management from Leeds University Business School as well as a Certificate of Education (CertEd) from the University of Plymouth.
    I enjoy fishing, motorcycling, travel and all things arts and crafts.

  • Mrs Karen Garraway

    Parent Governor / RE & Catholic Life Lead / Pupil Chaplaincy Support / Admissions Committee Member

    I was thrilled to become a Parent Governor in the summer term 2019. I am a member of the Admissions Committee and governor lead for Catholic Life and Religious Education together with another governor.
    St Joseph's is a wonderful school and I am proud to represent it. Along with my two sons, I also attended St Joseph's as did my mum! As a family we are involved in the Parish Church too and fully support the link between the school and the church.

  • Mrs Saskia Hallett

    Parent Governor / Curriculum & Standards Lead

    I joined as a Parent Governor in the Summer Term 2019. Following my degree in South East Asian Studies with Indonesian language at Hull University I qualified as an Early Years Teacher at Exeter University in 2005 and I have primarily taught in Foundation, Year 1 and 2 as well as leadership and management in a large International school in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Apart from being a governor I also work in St. Joseph's school as Learning Support Assistant. I have spent a large part of my life in South East Asia, as have my two boys, and I have a passion for learning about world cultures, religions, diversity and nature. I’m in my element at the forest school sessions! I aim to be a bridge between the playground and the classroom, and to help you and your children feel happy and succeed in the school environment.

  • Mrs Rebecca Lloyd

    Foundation Governor / Special Educational Needs, Inclusion & Equality Lead

    I joined the local governing body as Foundation Governor in April 2019. I teach Spanish and French at Exmouth Community College and coordinate the KS4 and KS5 Modern Languages curriculum. I have two sons at St. Joseph’s. We have a strong family connection with the school and our family have been attending the school for the past 55 years. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family exploring the outdoors.

  • Mr William (Bill) Morrell

    Foundation Governor / Parents and Community Deputy / Pupil Chaplaincy Support

    My wife Mary and I have two children and five grandchildren. We settled in Exmouth in 2019 and I became a Foundation Governor in March 2022. My professional career was in policing in London and Manchester, as well as the Solomon Islands and several other conflict and post conflict countries. As a Governor I am interested in building community between the School and Christian Churches in Exmouth and helping the children, staff and parents know the joy and love of Walking with Jesus.

  • Mr Clive Pearcey

    Community Governor / Health & Safety Lead / School Council

    I was appointed to the Local Governing Body in February 2010 as a Local Education Authority Governor, now as a Community Governor. I find it highly rewarding seeing the school going from strength to strength. I am lead governor for Health & Safety and Premises. My main duties also include liaising with year 6 and the School Council. I started my working life in the Army, twelve years before going into Electrical contracting and then working for one of the large Utility companies for twenty years. My interests are varied, an allotment, ballroom dancing and stained glass to name a few.
    By far the greatest enjoyment I have as a Governor is going into school and working with the children and seeing how they develop as young people especially academically and spiritually.

  • Mrs Kate Sillars

    Foundation Governor / Parents & Community Lead / RE & Catholic Life Deputy

    I joined the Governing Body in November 2020. I am a retired teacher and spent the whole of my teaching career in Catholic Primary Schools. I am Lead Governor for Parents & Community and Deputy Lead Governor for RE and Catholic Life and my link class is year 4. I have four children and three grandchildren who live all over the world and we enjoy visiting them. I enjoy walking, cooking, sewing and Pilates classes. I love working with children and helping them grow into responsible and spiritual young adults.

  • Mrs Iris Reiss-Golumbeck

    Clerk to Governors

    I was employed by Plymouth CAST as clerk of governors in July 2015. My role includes providing professional advice to the Local CAST Board (LCB) on governance, constitutional and procedural matters and effective administrative support to the LCB and its committees including minute taking and convening meetings. Also, it includes ensuring the LCB is properly constituted and managing all governing body information effectively in accordance with legal requirements as well as supporting the LCB in order to meet all of its statutory duties.

Headteacher: Mrs Nicola Taylor-Bashford

Elected Parent Governors: Karen Garraway and Saskia Hallett 

Staff Governor: vacant  

Associate Members: Rebecca Dyball (senior administrator)

Admissions Committee - Nicola Dustan, Karen Garraway, Rebecca Dyball