Carol Wood

Carol is a retired Assistant Headteacher of Mill Ford Special School and Chair of The Inspire Multi Academy Trust. She has a wealth of experience in school leadership and great teaching and learning. Carol has been the Chair of Governors at Ernesettle Community School for the last ten years and was named the city’s ‘Chair of the Year in 2013’. Carol can be contacted via the school address or the Contact Us page.

Paul Chapman

Paul, owner and Director of Whitesails Associates, is an experienced Management Accountant and is an Associate Member of CIMA. Paul is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and has been the Vice Chair of Governors at Ernesettle Community School for the last eight years.

Aaron Meredith

Aaron, Executive Headteacher of Ernesettle Community School and CEO of The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (South West), was appointed when Ernesettle Community School was deemed to be requiring special measures in May 2010. Within 18 months, the school was graded as ‘Good with Outstanding features’ by Ofsted. In April 2013, Aaron was seconded to part time for two years to open Devon’s first primary free school, Marine Academy Primary; the academy became the south west’s first ‘Outstanding’ free school in June 2015. In February 2018, Aaron was designated as a National Leader in Education (NLE).

Claire Jones

Having worked in Early Education for over twenty years, Claire is currently the Deputy Headteacher at Marine Academy Primary, the South West’s first ‘Outstanding’ free school. Claire has an exceptional passion, motivation and commitment, particularly in the Early Years for improving practice, raising aspirations and the life chances of children. In 2017, she was accredited as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for Early Years and Phonics, having supported schools across Plymouth and Devon. In 2017, Claire successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

Sophia Pettit

Sophia, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives specialising in Wills and Trusts. Sophia’s knowledge in this area of law and her experience in administering and managing Trusts will aid the board in their role. Sophia is also a parent at Ernesettle Community School, wishing to provide a good role model for her daughters, take an active interest in their school and help keep Ernesettle Community School the great success that it is.

Sandi Wood

Sandi, a parent governor, represents and is a valued member of the local community. Sandi brings media and ICT expertise to the trust and has been heavily involved in community and in-school events, she has been a governor at Ernesettle Community School since 2016.

Darren Butcher

Darren, a highly experienced insurance specialist and landlord, is skilled in negotiation, business planning/development and land issues. A former pupil at Estover Community College and local resident in the Tor Bridge Primary area, Darren is an excellent addition to the board providing local context and a wealth of insurance and land expertise.

Laura Stacey

Laura was a Health, Safety and Wellbeing Professional for 22 years prior to retirement from her role with Plymouth City Council in December. She specialised in advising Children’s Services and Education throughout her 15 years with the Council as well as Display Screen Equipment and HSW Training. Until she retired, Laura was a Chartered Member of IOSH, the leading professional Health and Safety body. Laura has been a local Plymouth resident for most of her life and is committed to using her skills and experience to support the Inspire MAT and the schools involved. She is also a grandparent to an Ernesettle Community School pupil.

Angela Treseder

Angela is the Clerk to governors for the Inspire Multi Academy Trust and is the Administrator at Tor Bridge Primary School. Angela joined the Trust in September 2019 and although new to working in Education, she has over 25 years experience in Administration. Angela is enjoying the new opportunities experienced so far and is looking forward to providing commitment to the Trust’s continued development and growth.

Human Resources Manager – Sonia Oates

Sonia, the Trust’s trust’s HR Manager, is a former HR advisor to the local City Council and has been involved with multiple academy conversions and associated TUPE processes. Sonia has been working across multi academy trusts since 2010.

Anita Martin

Anita, Director of Corporate Services at Inspiring Schools Partnership Multi Academy Trust, is an experienced academy accountant. Anita has been the Company Secretary for The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (South West) since 2016.