Governors and Trust

While many of the school's original founders are now governors, the governing body has grown substantially and includes representatives from parents, staff, and the local community. This is a committed and dedicated team that works hard behind the scenes to support the Principal and ensure the Academy's vision becomes reality. Please contact us with any of your questions and comments at

Route 39 Academy Trust

The Governing Body are members of the Route 39 Academy Trust. The governors are the strategic decision makers and vision setters. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child. More information on the actions of the Trust can be found here.

Meet the governors.

Richard Bence

Trust Member and Director
Chair of Governors, E-Safety, Maths and new Site
Richard lives in Welcombe and has one son. He has been a parent governor at a local Ofsted 'Outstanding' primary school and is Chair of Welcombe Parish Council. Richard has worked with teachers in secondary schools for over 15 years to deliver maths and science computer teaching solutions. Contact him at

Sophie Poklewski Koziell

Trust Member and Director
Vice Chair of Governors, Literacy, Oracy, and Create
Sophie lives in Launcells and has two sons and one daughter. She is a freelance writer and editor specialising in ecology and sustainability. Sophie has worked as Co-Editor of Resurgence magazine and Environmental Editor at the World Health Organisation.

Anna Ward

Trust Member and Director
Teaching and Learning, English-Humanities, Pupil Premium and New Site
Anna lives in Kilkhampton and has two sons and one daughter. Anna was a Marketing Manager for First Choice Holidays and has a post-graduate diploma in Business Management. She project managed a house build which featured in Self Build Magazine and has played key roles in a range of local charitable organisations.

Lucie Cullen

Parent Governor
Business, CPE and Coaching
Lucie has over 20 years experience in business, accountancy, and budget management, including a £30 million new company build and set up in Plymouth. She has been Chair of Governors of Clawton Primary School, one of North Devon’s 'Outstanding' primary schools. Lucie lives in Chilsworthy with her two children.

Colin Smith

Trust Appointed Governor
Colin is a retired UK Chief Police Officer who has spent 37 years leading, managing and developing police and criminal justice in conflict environments. He has worked in 1970s Belfast, as well as in Baghdad, Palestine, Kosovo, Pakistan, Lebanon and Somaliland. Security Manager at the 2012 London Olympics. He has extensive project management experience involving multi million pound budgets at local, regional, national and international level. He was involved in developing the UK's PREVENT strategy.

Christina Woodroffe

Trust Appointed Governor
New Site
Christina lives in Hartland and describes herself as a 'career educationalist'. She has been a successful Headteacher, an LA School Improvement Adviser, an Ofsted Inspector, NPQH examiner and a DfE Quality Assurance Adviser. She was a National Adviser in the National Remodelling Team and Assistant Director to Dame Collarbone at the NCSL, working on Leadership Strategies. She has a particular interest in students with Individual Needs and her final full-time appointment before her retirement was as Director of Teaching and Learning at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth at Warwick University. Since then she has undertaken some consultancy, working with Outstanding schools in the South West for the Schools of Creativity Project.

Catherine Clawley

Staff Governor
Catherine has a BSc Hon. Biology and Ancient History and a PGCE Secondary Science. She leads Science, Technology and Engineering with Maths at the Academy.

Gareth Smith

Trust Appointed Governor
STEM, Premises & community (new build)
Gareth is an architect with considerable experience of both new build and refurbishment projects in various sectors, including education. Having worked for many years as an architect at Charter Consultant Architects, most recently as Chairman, he is now a Monitor for Site, Supplier and Company Registrations with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Gareth lives near Holsworthy.