Meet Our Governors


Our governors are responsible for monitoring the school performance and setting the strategic direction of the school. We have a governing body of 13 governors. This is made up of: 2 parent governors, 2 staff governors, 6 co-opted governors, 1 Local Authority governor and 2 church (Foundation) governors.

Our Chair of Governors is Mr Jon Halton.

You can find out more about governance in the section entitled, ‘The Role of the Governor.’

All governors can be contacted via the school by email or leave a message with our office staff.


Jon Halton

Chair of the Full Governing Body

Co-opted Governor

Finance and Premises

Term of Office Started: 15.10.19
Term of Office Ends: 14.10.23

I was elected as a parent governor in 2011, and became a co-opted governor in July 2015. I became Chair of Governors over last summer and took up the post formally at the start of the 2018 Autumn term. I was previously chair of the Finance and Premises committee – a sub committee of the full board of governors.

I have two older children who both thrived through their time at Compton and are now well into secondary education. My youngest son has just moved into year 4 and enjoys the teaching and especially some of the after school clubs on offer.

Since 2011, I have found the experience of being a Governor at Compton both challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Tasks range from being involved in the financial planning for the year to deciding on term dates.

I feel very privileged to be working with a very strong group of parents, staff and governors who strive to provide the best possible outcomes for all the children at Compton C of E Primary.

I am amazed at the academic, sporting and artistic achievements by the children and will work towards and support the school in furthering those achievements.

I currently work at Devonport Naval Base as a Senior Design Engineer looking after the Ships and Submarines base ported in Plymouth along with visiting foreign vessels.

If anyone from the school community wishes to speak with me I would love to hear from you and can be contacted through the school office.


Mark Oakshott

Headteacher – Staff Governor

Term of Office Ends: The headteacher is a permanent member of the governors until they leave the school.

I have been teaching since 1996 and prior to Compton was both a headteacher and executive headteacher in South Devon.

I am very proud to lead this wonderful school and hope to build on its wonderful reputation within the community and beyond. I am child centred and am very keen to ensure that all our children have a big say in how their school develops. Compton has a very creative and friendly ethos which is underpinned by very high standards.

Over the years, school governance has changed dramatically and people who give up their time freely have become more and more accountable. I am very fortunate to work alongside a group of strong governors who are passionate about their school and its continued success. I am delighted that this was recognised in our Ofsted inspection in June 2016.


Lee Edwards–Smith

Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body

Parent Governor

Finance and Premises

Term of Office Started: 26.11.19
Term of Office Ends: 25.11.23

My role is one of the Parent Governors and I have also recently taken the position of vice chair along with my role as the current Health & Safety Governor. As a Design Manager for a large building contractor, who has built various educational facilities locally in the past 10 years, I hope my knowledge and experience can add some value to this governing body over the coming few years. Both my children love coming to school here and as a family we all enjoy the wider Compton School community and the numerous organised events.

Any spare time I can find is spent either out running or walking on a moor somewhere, enjoying a bit of peace and quiet!


Karl Freeman

Foundation Governor – as a voluntary controlled school there is always a place reserved on the governors for the rector of our linked church.

Pastoral and Curriculum

Term of Office Started: 04.03.13
Term of Office Ends: N/A

I have been Rector at Emmanuel for the past fifteen years during which time I have always been associated with Compton as our VC primary school and latterly as a governor. Before being ordained by the Church of England I was a school teacher for eight years.

Emmanuel church values its strong connection with Compton. We enjoy taking assemblies most weeks, running an after school club and hosting the school for such occasions as annual carol and leavers services in our church building.

We’re always happy to be called upon to help in other ways. We value specific invitations to contribute to or deliver the school curriculum – whether through personal meetings, governorship, the classroom or larger gatherings and occasions.


Juliet Morgan

Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body

Co-opted Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum

Safeguarding Governor

Term of Office Started: 31.03.18
Term of Office Ends: 31.03.22

I have been a parent governor (I have two children at Compton) and am now a co-opted governor. I am vice chair and also have responsibility for safeguarding. I am a part-time history teacher at a secondary school in the city and have recently finished studying for a masters degree in psychology. I decided to become a governor because I think Compton’s family ethos and child-centred approach helps make it a very successful school and I was very keen to be a part of a school with such strong values. I really enjoy supporting such a vibrant school community and my visits, whether for class assemblies, listening to children read, helping with clubs or on official governor business, always leave me smiling!


Jackie Price

Staff Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum

Term of Office Started: 19.9.17
Term of Office Ends: 18.09.21

I have been a member of staff at Compton C of E Primary since 2000, and a staff governor since 2006. Since starting here I have taught pupils from Year 2 to Year 6.

Having lived in the local area for over 20 years, and with my own three children having enjoyed their primary education here, I feel very strongly about the importance of our school at the heart of the local community. I am committed to supporting the delivery of quality learning opportunities for our children, to promoting our ‘High Five’ Values, and to ensuring that our school will continue to thrive in the years ahead.


Matt Sheather

Parent Governor

Finance and Premises

Term of Office Started: 26.11.19
Term of Office Ends: 25.11.23

I am a Solicitor and Partner at GA Solicitors and a former Trustee at Devon Air Ambulance.

I became a parent governor in November 2015 as I had two girls at Compton at that time, and with this vested interest, I felt able to offer my own skill set to the school and assist in continuing to enhance all the children’s educational journey.

I have seen the children thrive in a supportive and encouraging environment that enables them to develop and grow as individuals.

With my legal and board management background, I help support the school in the best way that I can to enable it to continue running at such a high standard.


Di Werker

Co-opted Governor

Pastoral and Curriculum

Term of Office Started: 07.07.20
Term of Office Ends: 06.07.24

I have been a governor at Compton since 2006, the first eight years as a parent governor and now as a Community governor with responsibility for Equality.

I have a particular interest in S.E.N.

It is a privilege to be part of a wonderful school which helps children to realise their full potential whatever their ability may be.


Liz Butcher

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Started: 03.11.17
Term of Office Ends: 02.11.21

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Compton C of E Primary school since 2009 and was elected support staff governor in 2017. I am now a Co-opted governor.

I lived in the local area for many years and my daughter attended Compton and has very fond memories of her time here. The family ethos of Compton plays a big part in Compton school life and values and I feel proud to be a part of the Compton community. I am committed to helping to ensure it continues to thrive.


Cllr Andrea Johnson

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office Started: 06.07.18
Term of Office Ends: 05.07.22

As a Plymouth City Councillor for Compton, I am the Local Authority governor for the school.

My background is in further and higher education leadership, latterly at the University of Plymouth, where I was Head of Student Admissions until 2013. More recently I have returned to freelance marketing, and supporting residents in my public service role.

Living in Mutley, I worship locally, and I am a member of Mutley Baptist Church. Community is a value that is very dear to me, and I wish to play a part in connecting Compton Primary with its wider community, and helping pupils to achieve individual success.

I am the link governor for the pupil premium funding, which involves reviewing and monitoring spend, use and impact of this pupil support fund.


Jonathan Gregory

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Started: 1.07.19
Term of Office Ends: 30.06.23

I am recently retired from secondary school teaching after a long career. Originally, I taught at a maintained school in Wiltshire but for the last thirty-two years I was at Plymouth College where I became both Head of Year Eleven and Head of the Economics & Business Studies Department, in addition to coaching several sports teams in years seven and eight. I maintain a more limited role in secondary education as an Examiner for Edexcel at both GCSE and A level.

I worship at Compton’s linked church, Emmanuel, and am delighted to witness the strong relationship between both establishments. Both of my daughters progressed through Compton School and thrived from being taken into its warm, friendly, creative and lively community. I wish to play a part in ensuring that Compton’s ‘High Five’ values continue to define this wonderful school.


Robin Loveridge

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office Started: 26.11.19
Term of Office Ends: 25.11.23

I am police officer in the Devon & Cornwall police force, with nearly 19 years service, I am currently a neighbourhood inspector.

I have strong family values and my 5 year old son is currently in year 1 at Compton.

I have been incredibly impressed with all I have seen at the school, their drive and commitment to the children, creating fun and exciting learning environments.

With this vested interest combined with the skills and knowledge I have gained in my police career, I hope that I can contribute to making the school the best it can be.


Jane Vatcher

Clerk to Governors

I have been working in the school reception since 2013 and am currently the Office Manager.

I did live locally and all three of my children flourished at Compton and they especially enjoyed all the extra curricular activities offered by the staff.

Being Clerk to Governors is an enjoyable role and has given me a clearer understanding of the governing body and the dedication they give to the continuous improvement of the school for the children.


Jean Bell

School Business Manager

Non-voting attendee at all governor meetings.

Non-voting attendees are people that the governors invite to meetings who have specific knowledge and insight that can inform and aid the governors in decision making.

Mrs Bell is invited in her capacity as our School Business Manager and is able to share her knowledge of budget, finance, building and health and safety matters.


Giles Phillips

Deputy Headteacher

Non-voting attendee at all governor meetings.

Non-voting attendees are people that the governors invite to meetings who have specific knowledge and insight that can inform and aid the governors in decision making.

Mr Phillips is invited as he has an extensive and deep knowledge of our school and can share leadership and whole school management issues.