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Local Governing Body


Dr Mark McCarthy

Chair of Governors

Mark is a research scientist at the Met Office with a background in Physics and Maths and an interest in outreach and education of STEM subjects. He has children at Teignmouth Community School in both the primary and secondary schools and joined the Governance board in May 2019 to contribute to and support the school in achieving its strategic aims.


Karine Davies

Vice Chair of Governors

Karine is an International Trade Adviser with the Department of International Trade and is a French national with an interest in Modern Foreign Languages and a Certificate in Education.  She has a child at Teignmouth Community School (Exeter Road).

Karine joined the Governance board in May 2019 to contribute to and support the school in achieving its strategic aims.  Karine is Chair of the Educational Outcome and Curriculum Committee.


James O’Connell

Principal, Exeter Road

James has a degree in Philosophy and Religion from Leeds University and served as an infantry officer for seven years before going into teaching. He has worked in schools in London, Plymouth, Tavistock, Liskeard and now Teignmouth.

Married with two children, he lives in Plymouth where he enjoys literature, music, the arts, running, cycling, trying to surf and living life to the full.


Polly Cox

Co-opted Governor

Polly was appointed as a co-opted governor of TCS in December 2020. She is an Audit Associate at Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants with experience in academy accounts. She is an ex-student of Teignmouth Community School and has a degree in Business and Management from the University of Exeter.


Jim Prior

Co-opted Governor

Jim was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor in January 2021.  He served in the Royal Engineers before going into the construction equipment industry. He has an MBA and is the Operations Director and owner of his own business.  Jim is married with 3 grown up children, all of whom studied at TCS.

Jim’s interests are rugby and classic cars.  He is actively involved with careers advice at TCS and hopes to further this input whilst serving as a Governor.


Simon Shadbolt, MBE

Co-opted Governor

Simon was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor of Teignmouth Community School in January 2021.  

His career began in the Royal Marines and spanned over 30 years with his last few appointments as a Brigadier (Director level) in Whitehall. Simon has extensive operational experience; taught at the Military Staff College; and worked across government and international organisations in his MOD roles. After leaving the Royal Marines he has had 12 years’ experience at Director/CEO/MD level in industry, in the UK and the Middle East, for HP, British Aerospace, Airbus and General Dynamics.  He was awarded an MBE in 1994.

Simon lives in Exeter; is a Director of a local veteran’s charity; works as a government consultant; and wishes to give more to the local community in his role as a school governor.


Louise Dowler

Parent Elected Governor, TCS Exeter Road

Louise was elected as a Parent Governor by the parents of Teignmouth Community School, Exeter Road and appointed to the Governing Body in January 2021.  She is a teacher of Modern Languages and a GCSE examiner for Spanish so is incredibly passionate about education and the importance of the school community; and brings with her expertise in curriculum and assessment, together with a parent viewpoint.

Louise lives in Teignmouth and has two children – one currently at the school and the other due to start in September 2021.


Gaby Willis


Gaby has been the TCS Clerk since October 2012 and was also a member of the admin team at TCS Exeter Road until September 2020 when she was appointed Trust Governance Officer for Osprey Learning Trust.


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