Daryll Chapman was appointed CEO in January 2018, having held the positions of Vice Principal, Principal and Executive Principal within Okehampton College and the Dartmoor Federation since 2001. Daryll is a National Leader of Education and has supported a number of schools in recent years.
Hazel Fox | Vice Chief Executive Officer VICE CEO
Hazel Fox was appointed Vice CEO in January 2018. Hazel has 12 years experience of being Head Teacher of both large and small primary schools in both Devon and Birmingham. Hazel has worked for the Local Authority as a School Improvement Partner and supported a number of schools over the years on their journeys to rapid improvement.
Susanne Kiff | Chief Finance Officer CFO
As a finance professional Susanne has over 20 years’ experience. She was previously Federation Business Manager for a group of schools that have now formed part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust. Susanne is an AAT accountant (MAAT) and has completed the DSBM School Business Leaders qualification.
Sarah Jones | Principal Tavistock College
I was appointed as Principal of Tavistock College in March 2015 following 12 years as Vice Principal in an inner-city academy Plymouth. I started my career in education in 1989 in Penzance and since that time have worked in a range of secondary school settings in Devon and Cornwall. I have held leadership positions since 1993 and senior leadership positions since 2003, for the last 9 years in co-operative schools.
I am a University Approved Tutor for the University of St Mark and St John (3004 to current) and I am a founding member of the Schools Co-operative Society.
Phil Whittley | Primary Executive Head teacher for the Dartmoor Federation Cluster
I am the Primary Executive Head teacher for the Dartmoor Federation and have been in position since February 2017. I am currently responsible for the leadership of six primary schools in the Dartmoor Federation cluster and work very closely with the Primary Lead for the Holsworthy Primaries and the leadership of their three primary schools. In 2016 I was head hunted by the Local Authority to I assisted a struggling school due to my track record of rapid school improvement in a previous role as Acting Head Teacher. Before that, I was Deputy Head teacher for a period of seven years. I also deliver leadership programmes for DTSA, as I enjoy building leadership capacity in aspiring leaders.
Liz Wiseman | Head Teacher Chagford C of E Primary
Liz has been the Head teacher of Chagford Church of England since 2014 and Executive Head teacher overseeing Chagford C E and South Tawton Primary Schools since September 2017. An Early Years trained teacher, Liz has a passion for the Foundation Stage and upon joining Chagford in 2012 started the journey to integrate the existing Pre School into the excellent Foundation Stage Unit that it is today. Liz has a close connection to the local learning community and its families; living within the catchment area and with both her children successfully educated in their local Primary School and Okehampton College.
Lisa Paton | Primary Lead for the Holsworthy Cluster
Lisa has taught in Devon Schools since 2000 and held different leadership positions before joining The Dartmoor Federation as a Head of School in 2015. She was then seconded to The Holsworthy Federation in 2017 to take up the role of Primary Lead. Lisa feels very privileged to been working in small, rural schools with close knit communities and a ‘family feel’.
Sam Williams | Head of School Holsworthy Community College
Sam studied English Literature and Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury and took her PGCE in English at the University of Exeter. Teaching since 1998, Sam has worked at HCC since 2003 holding many different responsibilities. Sam is proud to be a published educational writer as well as a qualified SENCo. Sam has been part of HCC's leadership since 2007 and has a passion for supporting all of our vulnerable students. The shared vision at HCC is that we can educate our future by inspiring us to be the best that we can be!
Sarah Godbeer | Head of School Okehampton Primary
Sarah Godbeer was appointed Head of School at Okehampton Primary School in January 2018. Previously she has been Deputy head teacher at this large three form entry primary school for three years. Sarah has always taught in Devon, starting her career in Tavistock and has been based at Okehampton since 2006 – having taught through both KS1 & 2 and held a range of leadership roles. Sarah is passionate about the entire Okehampton Primary School community and ensuring all its pupils reach their full potential.
Derrick Brett | Principal of Okehampton College
Derrick Brett is Principal of Okehampton College. Derrick joined the College as Vice Principal in September 2006 and became Head Teacher in 2016. He has worked in Education since 1990, in Kent, Hertfordshire and Devon and has held senior positions since 2000. Derrick has a BSc Hons degree from Durham and an MEd from Cambridge. Prior to teaching he worked as a conservation Zoologist in Indonesia.
Nick Alford | Headteacher School North Tawton
Nick grew up in west Devon and attended Okehampton College as a pupil. Qualifying at Loughborough University, he spent over 20 years working at a number of schools culminating in an 11 year headship at Glebe Primary School in west London. In the summer of 2017 Nick and his family made the decision to move to Devon and take up the headship post at North Tawton.
Jane Lake | Director of Safeguarding
I started work as the Director of Safeguarding at the beginning of the summer term having previously been the Education Safeguarding Officer for Babcock LDP working with Devon County Council. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and my role is to ensure that we are all effectively safeguarding our children and our staff to the best of our ability.