The St Nicholas Local Governing Board currently comprises of 10 members - 6 Foundation Governors  1 Parent Governor, 2 Community Governors and 1 Staff Governor.

The Local Governing Board meets once per term and convenes working groups to look at items such as Standards, Admissions, Curriculum and the Catholic Life of the School.

We are supported as a Local Governing Board by our MAT Central Team at Plymouth CAST who provide advice and support for Governors as well as additional training and updates on legislation, Ofsted and other education areas.

The aim of the Local Governing Board of St Nicholas is to support the Senior Leadership Team in the strategic direction of the school and meet regularly with Teachers and Support Staff to offer support and guidance. Governors interact with Students and Staff to obtain a clear picture of the workings within school and help to ensure the progression of the school in accordance with the Mission Statement.


Governor's Strategic Vision

To be recognised as the School of Choice for children, parents and staff by:
  • providing outstanding learning for all children
  • celebrating the Catholic ethos of the School
  • providing innovative and diverse learning opportunities
  • enabling staff to help children reach their full potential
The Clerk to the Governors is Ali Brocksom  aho can be contacted on 

Who are the Local Governing Board?

  • Mr Luke Robinson

    Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor

    Elected governor from 21/10/15. Expiry of term of office on 20/06/2023. I joined the governing body in 2015 and have been Chair of Governors since October 2018. I have previously chaired the Resources Committee and am interested in all aspects of school life. I have 3 children at the school. I am a CIMA-qualified accountant and have worked in NHS finance for nearly 17 years. I speak French which was my degree subject at Exeter University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and watching local sport.

  • Mr Alex Hill

    Vice Chair of Governors / Community Governor

    Elected from 25th May 2017 for a 4 year term which expires on 24th May 2021.

    I am a community governor and vice chair with responsibility for HR. I have 2 children at the school. I have worked in retail management for the John Lewis Partnership for over 20 years. In my spare time I enjoy running and cooking.

  • Dr Frankie Phillips

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Expiry of 4 year term of office on 21/05/21.

    Dr Frankie Phillips has been a Foundation Governor since Summer 2013 and was vice-chair of Governors between 2016 - 2018. Frankie has four children and two are current pupils at St Nicholas school. Frankie is lead governor for the Catholic Life of the School and is actively involved in the' Drop in , Drop off' group welcoming parents and carers on Friday mornings. Frankie is a self-employed HCPC registered dietitian with expertise in child and public health nutrition and often comments on print and broadcast media stories related to nutrition.

  • Mrs Rachel Sparks

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Governor from 23/10/12. Expiry of current term of office on 22/10/20. I am a Foundation Governor. I have 1 son in year 5 and 2 other sons that are now at St Peters. I have worked in Insurance all my working life for an Insurance Broker, 7 years ago I left the company I had worked for for over 25 years and I now sell insurance at Age UK Exeter. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family walking, cycling, caravaning and watching the Exeter Chiefs.

  • Mrs Angela Bosley

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Governor from 20/07/15. Expiry of term of office on 19/07/23.

    I am a Foundation governor with a daughter in Year 5. I am a named governor for Teaching and Learning. I work as a pharmacist for the NHS in care homes and in my spare time enjoy gardening, cooking and playing guitar.

  • Mrs Frances Dennehy

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor. Term of office expires 5/12/2020.

    I’m a foundation governor and have a son at the school currently in year 2. I’m a named governor for safeguarding and the Catholic life of the school. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Counselling having spent over a decade working in the NHS in the Fertility Clinic in Exeter.

  • Mr James Cookson

    Plymouth CAST Foundation Governor

    I have been a Foundation Governor since Spring 2019 to support the staff and pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School. I work for the NHS at Kernow CCG and enjoy exploring the Devon countryside.

  • Mrs Suzanne Pollard

    Parent Governor

    Parent Governor for a term of 4 years ending 30/10/2021 with one child in the school. I have 12 years experience of working in finance for the NHS. In my spare time I like to play rugby and read eclectically.

  • Mrs Lucy Wills

    Community Governor

    Elected from 25th May 2017 for a 4 year term which expires on 24th May 2021. I am a community governor with the responsibility of being the named governor for safeguarding, inclusion and special educational needs. I have a daughter in Year 5. I have nearly twenty years experience working as a Children's Physiotherapist, with the last ten years working at Vranch House in Exeter. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, walking, pilates and yoga.

  • Mrs Denise Sparkes

    Staff Governor

    Elected from 05/11/18. I have worked at St Nicholas for nearly 10 years and have enjoyed working in various roles with all ages. This led to my appointment as Assistant SENCO in September 2018. As a Thrive Practitioner I work with children with Special Educational Needs and Social and Emotional needs. It is very rewarding to support children reach their full potential. I’m excited to start my time as a Governor.

  • Mrs Angela Folland


    Ex-officio member of Governing Body.

  • Fr Harry Doyle

    Ex - Foundation Governor

    Left 31/08/2018

  • Mrs Patricia Venn-Rees

    Ex Governor. Left December 2018

  • Mrs Jane Wardle

    Ex Governor

    Left Governing Body July 2018

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