All Governors are unpaid volunteers, elected for four years, and include: parents/carers, staff and non-staff who work within the school, church foundation governors and individuals drawn from the wider community. One Governor is selected by the Local Education Authority.

Currently we have 13 Governors. An effective Governing Body is typically one which draws on experience from a range of backgrounds including education, commerce and the public sector. Six of our present Governors are either current or retired professionals from education. Three are from the public sector, three from the private sector and one is our local team vicar. Parent Governors are elected by the parent body and teaching staff/non-teaching staff Governors are elected by school staff. Governors are primarily responsible for:

  • strategic oversight of the school
  • policy making
  • the budget/finance
  • the appointment of staff

The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

We meet four times a year as a full Governing Body and operate a portfolio system covering; Curriculum, Personnel, Finance, School Improvement, Vulnerable Groups, Ethos and Buildings & Health and Safety which meet once each term. Minutes for the Full Governing Body meetings are available from the school office.

Our aim as a Governing Body is to seek constantly to improve and enhance the school for the young people of Lympstone and surrounding areas, both now and in the future. We are always keen to hear what parents and others in the community think of our school. All Governors provide a small biography on this website so that you know who we are.

Who We Are

Dr Emily McGrath (Vice Chair)

I am a parent governor, and have been privileged to serve the school in this capacity since 2010. I am part of the finance and personnel committee, buildings committee, am
chair of the head teacher performance management committee, and have been vice chair of governors for the past year.

I have lived in Lympstone for 6 years, and have two children at the school. I work as a hospital consultant in Exeter, and also have a responsibility for teaching and mentoring medical students.

I am a passionate advocate for Lympstone primary school, and have been actively involved in some major changes over the past few years, including planning for the school extension and recruiting a new head teacher. My experience in working with people, resolving conflict, building relationships and making decisions under pressure are relevant to my role as governor.  I am learning through experience with the school and through attending relevant courses, and am looking forward to continuing to develop as an effective governor to support the school in the future.


Mrs Jo Callan

Having taught at Lympstone Primary School since 2004, I have been a Teacher Governor since 2007. I hope I represent the voice of the staff and aspire to uphold the school’s ethos of ‘Inspiring, Believing, Achieving’.

I sit on both the Curriculum Committee and, having been an Architect in my dim and distant past, also on the Buildings Committee. There have been many changes at the school in my time as a Governor, not least as a result of increasing pupil numbers; it is a privilege to be part of such a popular school and to be instrumental in helping to keep that change focused on the well-being of our pupils. Delivery and monitoring of the curriculum and provision of classroom accommodation and outdoor learning environments are key.

With three children of my own, I am a great believer in inclusive education and recognise the shared responsibility of teachers and governors alongside parents to develop well-balanced citizens of tomorrow. Of course it is important for children to progress academically and, alongside that, it is equally important that the school is a diverse and stimulating community in which children are given experiences that will become their memories of tomorrow.  Jo is our Lead governor for Buildings & Health and Safety

Alice Hutchings 

I have been a school governor for around 15 years both in London and Exeter (at my children's schools). I was appointed Foundation Governor at this school in 2014.  I live in Exmouth and work part-time for a law firm in Exeter. I am married to James who is Rector of Lympstone, Holy Trinity Exmouth and Littleham.  Alice is our Lead Personnel governor.

Mrs Marleen Johnson

I have been a governor for 25 years. At first I was a parent governor and then continued as a LA governor. I served on several committees and have been Chair of governors for 4 years.  I have enjoyed helping in class with reading and teaching swimming and tennis on a voluntary basis.  I qualified as a biology teacher in the Netherlands and did some supply work in the Exeter area and I am an Adult Basic Education Tutor for literacy and numeracy in Exmouth.  I have always been very interested in improving education and it has been very gratifying to see Lympstone Primary School improve so much over the years.

Dr Tim Jupp (Chair)

I have been a community governor at Lympstone Church of England Primary School since September 2012.
I grew up in St Andrews in Scotland and was educated in local state sector primary and secondary schools. I read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and after graduating in 1995 I remained in Cambridge to study for a Masters in Mathematics and a PhD in Earth Sciences. Following 3 years as a researcher for the National Environment Research Council (based latterly in Oxforshire), I moved to Devon in 2007 to become a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Exeter.
I have known Lympstone all of my life as all four of my grandparents used to live here, and I now live in my grandparents' former house within sight (and sound!) of Lympstone Primary School. My mother, aunt and uncle were themselves pupils at the Lympstone Primary in the 1950s and 1960s. I care passionately about the School's role within the community and hope to contribute to its continued wellbeing in my role as a governor.


Mrs Fiona Whilding

I was elected to a parent governor position in November 2016 and have two children, the eldest of whom is at the school. I have lived in Lympstone for 14 years and thoroughly enjoy making the most of the beautiful surroundings and being a part of several local clubs. I am passionate about my children attending a vibrant, well performing school which at the heart of this strong community.

I work in the public sector as a project manager, primarily developing and constructing flood defence projects, and believe that some of my experience will enable me to help the governing board in supporting the school.


Mrs Claire Hilton

Claire has worked in education for over ten years and recently became a curriculum governor here at Lympstone primary school. She is a parent governor committed to developing a robust strategy for providing a high quality curriculum for all learners.

In her role as a teacher at the community college, Claire works closely with pupil premium children to improve pupil progress in literacy.

Claire has lived in the village for 5 years with her husband and 2 sons. She is involved in PTFA events, helps edit the Lympstone Herald and teaches yoga classes in the village hall.

Mrs Belinda Mahoney

Belinda is a Teaching Assistant in the school and also a co-opted governor.

Mrs Emily Mellor (Headteacher)

Register of Business Interests

List of governors and portfolios

Full governor meeting attendance

Sept 2017 Nov 2017 Mar 2018 July 2018
Belinda Mahoney Present Present
Chris Kingston Absent - approved Absent - approved
Emily Mellor Present Present
Claire Hilton Present Present
Alice Hutchings Absent - approved Present
Jo Callan Present Present
Emily McGrath Present Absent - approved
Marleen Johnson Present Present
Tim Jupp Present Present
Tor Laney-Hubbard Absent - approved Present
Claire Hilton Present Present
Fiona Whilding Present  Present