The Governing Body

The Maynard School is very fortunate in having a dedicated team of Governors providing an invaluable pool of expertise and experience that helps the Headmistress to run, develop and ensure the long-term future of the School. Unusually for many independent schools, the majority of Maynard Governors live locally and take an active personal interest in the school and its pupils. Some Governors are appointed by outside agencies: the St John’s Hospital Educational Foundation, Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and the University of Exeter.

We also have co-opted Governors, Parent and Staff Governors. Governors also attend a great many school functions and run very successful annual development days for both Governors and senior staff. The Governors are appointed as trustees of The Maynard School and have responsibility to the Charity Commission to ensure it is run efficiently and complies with all legal and health and safety requirements.



Lady Jan StanhopeLady Jan Stanhope, Chair of Governors
Appointed by the Governing Body of St John’s Hospital

Jan read physics at Somerville College, Oxford University and gained her degree in 1974. She qualified as an accountant in 1978 and worked in the public sector for over 20years. She was Director of Finance and Resources for Devon County Council until 2004. On retirement she spent 3 years in the USA with her husband and returned to Exeter in 2007, joining Maynard as a Governor in 2008 and taking up the chairmanship of the Finance sub-committee in 2009. She is Senior Advisor to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and a non-executive Director and Trustee of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Jan’s daughter Phillippa attended Maynard.



peter_bowdenCMr Peter N Bowden
Appointed by Devon County Council

Peter was born in Axminster and brought up in Dorset. Educated at Hardye’s, the Dorchester Grammar School for Boys, Peter ran away to sea as a cadet at 16 with Shell International Marine. His career spanned 40 years. Peter spent some time ashore with Shell and was seconded to the OCIMF and IMO as a technical adviser (Marine Pollution Monitoring and Port Safety). He retired as Master in 1997 and after 4 years working as a consultant with the gentlemen of P&O he finally unpacked his case for the last time and came ashore in 2002. Peter then entered public life and is an elected member of both EDDC and DCC. Peter is married to Ann and has two daughters and three grandchildren – all in West Australia (don’t ask). Peter’s interests include Rugby, Campanology, Rural Skills and Politics.



nick-bruceMr Nick Bruce-Jones
Co-opted by the Governors

Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and Newcastle University (Physiology), Nick has been a Royal Marines Officer since 1984 serving on operations in Northern Ireland, the Adriatic, West Africa and Afghanistan and leading Royal Marines at troop, company and unit levels. He has been closely involved in training and education throughout his career, including being an instructor on the Joint Services Advanced Command and Staff Course where he gained a MA in Defence Studies. Nick has recently changed careers and now works for the Met Office as a business manager.

Resident in Devon for over 20 years, he is married to Anna, an Old Maynardian and teacher at St Peter’s School, Lympstone, and has one daughter who has been at Maynard from the age of seven. His leisure interests include sub-aqua diving (BSAC and PADI instructor and Chairman of the Navy Association), karate (Second Dan instructor and referee) and rugby (regrettably now mostly confined to spectating). He is also a member of the Devon County Agricultural Association and Steward for the Devon County Show.



simon_gregoryMr Simon Gregory
Appointed by the Governing Body of St John’s Hospital

Simon Gregory is a Partner and Chairman of solicitors Foot Anstey and has a daughter, Kate, who attended Maynard.



luceMr Henry Luce
Appointed by the Governing Body of St John’s Hospital

Henry Luce is Managing Director of Stormpress and the founder and director of Mandy Bowden Ltd, a greetings card publishing business. He is also an executive member of Disaster Action, a small charity which advises agencies how to manage disaster, and a member of the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers & Shearmen.



paul_morrishMr Paul Morrish
Co-opted by the Governors

Paul is a partner at the Succession Group and also owner and principal director of PKC (UK) Ltd, which operate as business and management consultancy providers across the financial services and local business sectors respectively. Paul is also the non-executive director of various businesses across the South West, advising on business strategy, finance, development, merger and acquisition, and exits.

Paul grew up and was educated in Exeter and returned in 2005 after a career with Barclays where he became a Retail Bank Board member as UK Commercial & Marketing Director. He also holds past and present responsibilities as an international Conference and Business School speaker, University Associate Director, UK Industry and Sports advisor, Director of Exeter City Football Club, Commercial Proposal Reviewer for the UK Government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and Advisory Board member of the Devon Education Business Partnership, and he undertakes Trustee and Executive leadership roles with local and national charity bodies. He holds the Football Association coaching badge, and acts as a business and personal mentor worldwide.

Paul’s youngest daughter, Robyn, attends The Maynard School, and his eldest daughter is an Old Maynardian who is now at University.



Ms Mandy Pearse
Co-opted by the Governors

Mandy Pearse has worked in communications and marketing for over twenty years and is the Director of Seashell Communications. She is also a member of the CIPR Council and a board member of the charitable trust, Pavilions Teignmouth arts centre. Mandy has a commitment to girl’s education and ensuring equality of opportunity.



lynn-turnerMrs Lynn Turner
Co-opted by the Governors

Lynn has two daughters both of whom attended The Maynard School. After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge, Lynn took up the post of House Physician in the Small Animal Practice Teaching Unit at the University of Edinburgh. She moved to Devon to join her husband, and combined working in small animal practice and lecturing student veterinary nurses until 2007. She is a former President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. Lynn is a partner with her husband in a large farm and equine Practice, is a director of a saddlery company, an RCVS Practice Inspector, and co-editor of the core textbook for veterinary nurses. She enjoys all things equine and has kept horses and other animals at home for many years.



Ms Sarah Witheridge
Appointed by the Governing Body of St John’s Hospital

Sarah is a partner in WBW, a leading South West law firm, and specialises in property work and heads the Property Team there. She has previously been a governor of a private school, a voluntary aided Church school and of an academy and brings a wide experience of differing educational bodies to the Maynard Governors. Sarah has lived and worked in Exeter for some years and has three young children currently in primary education.



Jane Chanot
Parent Governor

is a Director with The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot, a specialist family law firm based in Exeter and Plymouth. She specialises in divorce, finance and children matters including international child abduction cases. Jane moved from Surrey to Devon with her husband in 1997. Their daughter has attended the Maynard since 2011. Jane enjoys being involved and supporting the community which she has done through previously acting as a governor for a local primary, as a trustee for the Exeter Refuge, involves herself with fundraising for FORCE and also runs a business networking group for ladies.



Alan Gibbons
Parent Governor

Alan is a Chemistry graduate but joined British Airways as a Graduate Trainee before moving into business consulting, where he has spent most of his subsequent career. Alan is the Managing Director of The Reward Practice Ltd, an International Human Capital Consulting firm with partners in London, Luxembourg, Zurich and Dublin. The Reward Practice helps organisations to attract, retain and motivate talented employees by creating effective Reward, Performance Management and Incentive Strategies, particularly for senior executives. Alan has been an Equity Partner with both PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) and KPMG, and has worked extensively across most business sectors. In the Public Sector, he has designed pay and reward strategies for over 200 NHS Trusts, over 100 Universities and Colleges, the Judiciary, the police and The Prison Service. He was responsible for producing the Government’s Handbook of Performance Management for Teachers. Alan lives near Exeter and has two daughters currently studying at The Maynard. He is an active member of the Teaching Faculty at Worldatwork, the leading global training and certification body for practitioners in the field of Reward and Talent Management.



Mr James Dart
Co-opted by the Governors

One of the owners and directors of the family run business of Darts Farm, Topsham. Educated at King’s College, Taunton and studied Agricultural Business Management at Newcastle University. I am passionate about supporting local small independent businesses, which in turn supports the local economy. I am a “Devon Ambassador” which is part of a Devon County Council initiative and sit on the Heart of Devon Tourism Board. I enjoy good food and watching the Exeter Chiefs. I presently have 2 daughters at The Maynard.



Wendy Dersley
Staff Governor

I joined the Maynard in April 2011 when my family settled in the South West having lived in Sydney Australia for 5 years. Following a degree in Electronics, I became an aeronautical engineer for a Flight Simulator Manufacturing Company. I have a daughter at The Maynard in L5 and two sons. I am pleased to be serving as a Staff Governor from May 2016. As a teacher of Mathematics I have a slight bias towards the STEM subjects and enthusiastically encourage girls to explore these areas. I am involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at school and volunteer with the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust writing problems, organising and marking all those Challenges the girls complete. My introduction of the team competitions, world maths day and more recently the The Primary Maths Challenge for local primary schools stems from this. As a family we enjoy the outdoors, wild camping on Dartmoor and kayaking the canals in the area. It is a privilege to be working in an outstanding school with an innovative and dedicated team, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners and supportive parents. I absolutely love my job!



Dr Caroline Pascoe Bsc (HONS), Msc, Edd is the Headmistress of Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
Co-opted by the Governors

Dr Caroline Pascoe graduated with a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Bristol and was subsequently awarded a doctorate from the University of Exeter. She gained extensive teaching experience, initially as a physics teacher and subsequently as Head of Science and Head of Year, before progressing to Headship. She has worked in both the maintained and independent sectors, day and boarding, and in both co-educational and girls’ schools.

A member of the GB Women’s Rowing Squad at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and an Officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve, Dr Pascoe also worked for a while in the Himalayas and continues to lead high-altitude trekking expeditions for schools and other organisations to that region.



Miss Wendy Manfield
Appointed by the Governing Body of St John’s Hospital

Whilst I was born in Exeter, a large part of my childhood was in Scotland which remains my spiritual home. On returning to Devon having completed my education, I joined Barclays as a junior working my way up from making the tea to a Relationship Director role looking after larger businesses. A role I loved and continued with when I moved to NatWest. In September 2012 I joined Stephens Scown as their commercial director with responsibility for finance, risk and compliance. Another great opportunity to live and work in the Westcountry as this role takes me down to Cornwall as well. When not at work I love living on Dartmoor and being out doors, be that on the coast, the moor or in my garden. I am thrilled to be part of The Maynard having admired the school’s achievements for several years.



normanMr Norman Shiel
Co-opted by the Governors

Norman Shiel taught classics at Exeter School for thirty years and currently teaches for the Open University. He has worked for several of the school examination boards mostly as chief examiner. In 1988 he became a magistrate and in 1992 a city councillor. He is was the Lord Mayor of Exeter in 2006 – 07 and is currently councillor for St Leonards. He is an authority on numismatics and football history and has published books and articles on both.



Mrs Sian Fanous
Staff Governor
Sian teaches in the Food, Nutrition and Textiles Department and is also an elected Staff Governor

The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Exeter

Peter Hammond
Bursar and Clerk to the Governors

Contacting the Governing body

Please address correspondence to:

Lady Jan Stanhope
Chair of Governors
The Maynard School
Denmark Road