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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.


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

Governance Professional

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.



Maggie York

Co-opted Governor

Maggie was appointed as a Co-opted Governor of TCS in May 2020 and is the governor responsible for SEND, and the Chair of the Mill Lane Committee.

Maggie began her career as a secondary teacher of Business Studies and Administration and IT, and after a number of years teaching was promoted to Head of House where, in addition to her teaching duties, she was responsible for the tracking of attainment, attendance, behaviour and support for pupils in her House.  Whilst in this post, with colleagues, Maggie created a whole school PSHE programme which was successfully embedded into the timetable.

Having an interest in behaviour, Maggie trained as a Behaviour Coordinator where she supported teachers with their classroom behaviour management. Further to this she undertook an intensive training course for a whole school Behaviour Management System and, based on this, with a colleague created a new Behaviour Policy.

Maggie was promoted to Deputy Head for Support at an all-through school (Early Years through to Sixth Form) with responsibility for whole school SEND and the pastoral teams.


Luke Marchant

Staff Governor, TCS Mill Lane

Luke was appointed to the local governing body of TCS in December 2021 following a staff election process at Mill Lane.  He is the Deputy Headteacher at Mill Lane and also the lead for Behaviour, the Curriculum, Mathematics and Data. Prior to joining TCS, Luke has had many years’ experience working in leadership roles in primary schools in Devon.


Kamel Benchouiha

Staff Governor, TCS Exeter Road

Kamel was appointed to the local governing body of TCS in December 2021 following a staff election process at Exeter Road.  Kamel is a longstanding member of the Exeter Road team and has previous experience as a school governor.

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