Wyvern Academy Members: Gemma Keeble (12/02/2020-present), Stephen Francis-Clark (17/12/2019-present), James Girdler (11/12/2021-present), Simon Brimacombe (12/01/2022-present), Cris Cadby (15/04/2022- present), Charlotte Tuckett (04/12/2019-28/08/2021), Bruce Douglas (20/09/2016-24/02/2020)
Meet the Trustees
I joined Wyvern Academy’s board of trustees in 2019, initially as a parent trustee, when my son attended Wyvern, and soon after took on the role as safeguarding trustee and vice chair. I was elected chair of the board in March 2021.
I’m also a trustee with Action CP, a national charity that advocates for policy change and greater public, professional and political awareness of issues relating to children with cerebral palsy and their families. My campaign work for them has included lobbying MPs in Westminster and addressing members of both houses of Parliament for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for cerebral palsy.
As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand what hopes parents have for their children’s education when they start school, and my role as chair of the trustee board is to ensure that Wyvern Academy is continually striving to offer the very best to its pupils.
Having grown up in north Dorset, after I qualified as a doctor from St George’s, I returned to the county and settled in Weymouth. I feel very lucky to live on the Jurassic coast; the perfect place to bring up my son. In my spare time I enjoy a number of hobbies – writing children’s stories, folk and acoustic music, and yoga.
I joined the Board in March 2020 after a career in the Further Education sector and was elected Vice Chair in June 2021. I have taught Life Sciences, English and Maths (amongst many other subjects!) before moving into management. I have been fortunate to hold a variety of middle and senior leadership positions, including Head of Teacher Training and Independent Living Skills. I moved to Dorset to take up a post as Deputy Principal (Curriculum and Quality) at Kingston Maurward College. I have been a governor in both the primary and secondary sectors and am now enjoying getting to know special education. As a trustee, my aim is to support the staff and children to the best of my ability and for the school to be the best it can be. I enjoy travel and exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside, as well as looking after our garden, bees and hens. Family time is also very important, particularly spending time with my 4 young grandchildren.
I am a retired commercial solicitor, having spent most of my career in the financial services industry. I was a governor of my sons’ secondary school for 13 years, including 3 years as chair of governors. My wife and I live in Weymouth, my wife’s family coming from Portland.
I enjoy watching football and tennis, walking, reading, theatre and cinema.
I joined the Wyvern trustee board as a parent trustee just over a year now. I live on Portland and have done since the age of 2 , I wouldn’t live anywhere else- I love living by the sea and love exposing my family to the wonders of living here . We love to explore the many woodlands, coastlines and the heritage it has to offer.
From the age of 19 I joined the prison service for a total of 15 yrs, 10 of which I served as a prison officer, where I gained a lot of life experience. I left the service in 2016 and stared a job as a carer/support worker for adults with disabilities and then 3yrs ago I started working for Dorset council on school transport, I work on the transport for Wyvern which I find has been my most rewarding job so far. In my spare time I love to walk my dogs around Portland, spend time with my friends and family making memories, swimming and paddleboard, baking and if I have any spare minutes yoga.
I joined Wyvern in January 2020 as the Clerk to Trustees after 6 years working in the safeguarding team at Dorset Council. I have three children and we love living in Dorset with all it has to offer.
I have really enjoyed getting to know this fantastic school, especially the pupils and seeing how happy and fulfilled they are here.
I feel lucky to be part of the trustee team whose role is to work strategically, to meet the vison and aims of the school, and ultimately strive for the very best outcome for all of the students.
Wyvern Academy Trustees as of September 2021, including start dates
|Type||Number of Trustees||Name|
|Principal||1||Bruce Douglas (1/9/15- 31/08/21)|
Katherine Seymour (01/09/21)
|Staff||2||Richard Holt (30/11/16), Sue Marshall (26/9/18-31/12/21)|
|Parents||3||Emma Moyse (11/03/20) |
2 x vacancy
|Community||6||Gemma Keeble (27/9/17 – 25/09/2021)|
James Girdler (10/01/2018-10/09/2020)
Helen Hunt (02/05/19)
Cris Cadby 16/4/18-15/04/2022)
Christine Robertson (07/04/20)
Sean Clark (26/04/2022)
Kevin Floyd (07/04/20)
Steve Offord (11/05/2022)
1 x vacancy
|Schools’ Cooperative Society||1|
1 x vacancy
|Forum||1||1 x vacancy|
|Wyvern Academy Committees 2021.22|
|Committee||Chair||Vice Chair||Other Members|
|Full Trustee Board||Helen Hunt|| Christine |
|Katherine Seymour, Kevin Floyd, Emma Moyse, Richard Holt|
|Finance and Resources||Helen Hunt||Kevin Floyd||Katherine Seymour, Helen Hunt, Christine Robertson,|
|Teaching and Learning||Christine Robertson||Emma Moyse||Katherine Seymour, Richard Holt, Helen Hunt, Kevin Floyd|
|Health & Safety||Kevin Floyd||Helen Hunt||Katherine Seymour, Richard Holt, Emma Moyse|
|Standing||Kevin Floyd||Helen Hunt, Emma Moyse|
|Staff Discipliniary||Joint||Christine Robertson, Kevin Floyd|
|Appeals (if needed)||Joint||Helen Hunt, Sean Clark|
|All Trustees are welcome at all meetings||Clerk: K Schofield|
|Advisors to the Trustees:|
|Christine Bellchambers||Finance & Business Manager|
|Other members of staff and professionals may be invited to contribute where appropriate|
|TOTAL ATTENDANCE 20/21|
|Bruce Douglas||5 of 5||5 of 5||3 of 3||2 of 3||3 of 3|
|Gemma Keeble||5 of 5||5 of 5||3 of 3||na||1 of 3|
|Richard Holt||4 of 5||2 of 2||3 of 3||2 of 3||3 of 3|
|Sue Marshall||5 of 5||5 of 5||na||3 of 3||3 of 3|
|Cris Cadby||5 of 5||4 of 5||na||na||na|
|Helen Hunt||5 of 5||4 of 5||3 of 3||2 of 3||2 of 3|
|Emma Moyse||1 of 2||1 of 2||na||3 of 3||3 of 3|
|Christine Robertson||5 of 5||5 of 5||3 of 3||na||na|
|Kevin Floyd||5 of 5||2 of 2||3 of 3||3 of 3||na|
|Wyvern Academy Members and Trustees Register of|
Business and Pecuniary Interests 2020/21
|Name||Category||Business Interests||Financial Interests|
|Stephen Francis-Clark||Member||Father of a pupil at Wyvern and Senior Manager of HMP The Verne||Nil|
|Bruce Douglas||Staff||Trustee of Friends of Wyvern||Nil|
|Cris Cadby||Member||Director of Computeam Group Ltd||Nil|
|Gemma Keeble||Member &|
|Mum to a pupil at Wyvern, Chair of Friends of Wyvern & Fundraiser for Wyvern Academy (self employed)||Nil|
Trustee Meeting Dates 2021/22
All meetings are held at 10.00am at Wyvern Academy/Virtually (unless indicated otherwise)
|AUTUMN TERM||AUTUMN TERM|
|Trustee AGM until 12.30pm||Wednesday 22nd September 2021|
|H&S||Wednesday 6th October 2021|
|F&R||Wednesday 13th October 2021|
|HALF TERM||HALF TERM|
|T&L||Wednesday 3rd November 2021|
|F&R/FTB Single Agenda; Albert Goodman||Wednesday 10th November 2021|
|F&R||Wednesday 24th November 2021|
|FTB||Wednesday 1st December 2021|
|SPRING TERM||SPRING TERM|
|H&S||Wednesday 19th January 2022|
|HALF TERM||HALF TERM|
|T&L||Tuesday 22nd March 2022|
|F&R||Thursday 24th March 2022|
|FTB||Wednesday 30th March 2022|
|SUMMER TERM||SUMMER TERM|
|H&S||Wednesday 27th April 2022|
|HALF TERM||HALF TERM|
|T&L||Tuesday 5th July 2022|
|F&R/FTB Single Agenda; Budget 20/21||Thursday 7th July 2022|
|FTB and Company info until 12.30||Wednesday 13th July 2022|
Terms of Reference:
Chair of Trustees:
Dr Helen Hunt
c/o Wyvern Academy, Wey Valley Campus, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT3 5AL
Copies of Trustee minutes are held in the Clerk to the Trustees Office and are available on request.
Paper copies of the Trustee information above are available on request.