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Governor Profiles


Alan Gage

My name is Alan and I have recently become a Governor at Tidcombe. I have recently retired to Tiverton from Gloucester and having had many years working as a teacher in a variety  of educational establishments, I would now like to use my educational experiences to benefit a  local community. Becoming a Governor hopefully will allow me to do this and I’m looking forward to working with the Governing Board to build upon the outstanding reports that I have heard about the  school . I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and the development of curriculum matters and very much look forward  to supporting the school in its development. I have a real love of music and play several instruments and combine my musical skills with amateur photography and film work.


Father Richard Maudsley


Director Appointed

I am Fr Richard, Parish Priest at St Andrew’s church.  Tidcombe, along with Wilcombe and Blundell’s are in the parish.  My background is in education, having served as a headteacher in North London, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire before a job as an Education Officer brought me and my wife to Devon.  I am deeply committed to equal opportunities and family welfare in a difficult and challenging time for staff, pupils and parents.  I really enjoy just being in school, talking to the pupils and taking assemblies and listening to older pupils ask difficult questions about what is happening in the world.

Fr Richard 

Parish Priest 

St Andrews


Mr Simon Green



Simon is headteacher and has been in post since 2010. He has seen the school go from strength to strength in pupils attainment and in pupil numbers. Simon is keen that the school delivers a rich, broad and balanced curiculum and develops pupils into enthusiastic learners. He is also really keen to have a school culture that enables every child to take "risks with their learning" so that it is safe to make mistakes and learn from them. He is also keen to develop a school culture where children learn to develop personal qualities that support them in life; qualities like teamwork and self-regulation of behaviour so that they know right and wrong and act upon it, whether or not there is an adult present.

For those of you interested, Simon's qualifications are BSc, PGCE, NPQH and PQSI.

When Simon's not being head he is busy being Dad to four children, going out mountain biking, or cooking.


Miss Julie Atherton


I am a long serving primary school teacher, currently teaching in Year 1 but also having many years’ experience in EYFS. I have worked across other schools within the Tiverton and Cullompton area, both in post and as a supply teacher so I am lucky to have a wide perspective of a range of practices - whether it’s organisation of break times or management styles.

I am a strong believer in the importance of taking learning outside wherever possible and would always be keen to encourage others to do the same. I currently lead Music as I love this subject and I’m always looking to develop my musical skills; I enjoy singing and although I play no instruments formally, I definitely have a musical soul!

I believe I have a good rapport with our children, staff, parents and the wider community and I am looking forward to my time as a Governor so that I can play my part, representing the staff of our school to benefit your children and our families wherever possible.


Cliff Bailey


Chair of Governors

Cliff taught in a Secondary School for 15 years before becoming a local Church Minister, firstly in the East Midlands and then in North Devon. Now retired, he enjoys playing bass guitar, working on his allotment and being part of Tidcombe Community Church.


Hannah Clarke


Co-Opted Governor

My name is Hannah Clarke and I work as key stage 2 teacher at Whimple Primary School. After working at Tidcombe Primary School a few years ago, it is still great to be part the Governing Body and wider school community in order to provide a well-planned and yet exciting range of educational experiences for all pupils. When I am not busy with all that school life brings, I enjoy reading, travelling to warmer places, attending cultural events and walking in the beautiful Devon countryside.


Mrs Yvonne Land


Clerk to the Governors

Having worked at Tidcombe Primary School for the last 28+ years, our Clerk to Governors has a wealth of experience and skill to bring to the board. She has had various roles within the school over the years, including a Mealtime Assistant and Teaching Assistant before stepping into her current position where she has looked after us for the past 20 years! She was also our Non Teaching Staff Governor for 16 years. Outside of school, Mrs Land is an avid rugby fan and enjoys playing crib for a local team as well as swimming and playing racquet ball as often as she can.


Mr Steve Harding


Parent Governor

My name is Steve and I have recently become a parent Governor at Tidcombe. I have 2 children at the school, my son is in Year 5 and my daughter is in Year 1.

Becoming a Governor has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while so I jumped at the chance when the opportunity arose in the Spring. I’m looking forward to working with the Governing Board to build upon the great reputation the school has. My areas of interest are leadership and the wellness of staff and pupils.

In my spare time I like to watch as much sport as possible either on TV or at Exeter Chiefs, and still try to play cricket for Heathcoat at Knightshayes.


Mrs Esme Willis

My name is Esme and I have a daughter who started in Reception at Tidcombe in 2020. I work as a Purchasing Manager in Tiverton and have done so for the last 13 years and my husband is in the Royal Navy. The military life can be challenging and unpredictable at times, so a stable and positive school environment is important to us as a family. I’m hopeful that I can use both my professional and personal experiences as part of the Governing Board to help Tidcombe be a positive experience for the children, their families and the staff. 


In my spare time I enjoy cooking, watching rugby, walking with our dog and planning various house decor/renovation projects.



Nigel Williams


Appointed in April 2022 as a Co-Opted Governor, following attendance at the 3 previous Tidcombe Primary LGB Governor meetings.

I would like to support the school, at which our daughter will be attending for the next 6 years, with my time, professional commitment and any relevant transferable skills and experience gained from my extensive international career as a Chief Financial Officer.

Throughout my career I have been passionate about self-actualisation for my team and would like to pass this on, in a small way, for every child to receive the best support possible in the start to their educational journey. Primary school is the foundation for this where children first learn how to learn, before acquiring key skills of language and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, communication, and team work.

I also have a Masters of Business Administration (gained from Ashridge with distinction) and a BA (Hons).

An AFOL, I also enjoy gardening, cooking, well-being, and further travel.



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