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

Helen Hunt; Chair of 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.

Christine Robertson; Vice Chair

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.

Kevin Floyd; Community Trustee

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.

Sean Clark; Community Trustee

I have spent the past 8 years working with school budget planning software. I find this line of work particularly rewarding, as it combines my passion for technology with my inherited deep value for quality schooling, being the son of two teachers.

I moved to Dorchester a few years ago and I have been relishing the opportunity to contribute my time in the local community. Top of my personal interests are sports, music and making the most of the beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline. 

Steve Offord; Community Trustee

I joined Wyvern in May 2022. I have worked for a variety of commercial and charitable organisations over many years across the world. I am also a trustee at Splitz and Devon Mind and a bereavement support volunteer at Cruse. I started charity work from a young age working with families and children who needed respite, support and enablement. Supporting others is something I have always tried to carry out time allowing.

I believe children and young people face a challenge in this modern world and those with complex disabilities even more so. Therefore, to enable opportunities for education, socialisation and engagement in fun and recreational activities is critical. I am a Trustee to support the school and its staff and children as best I can, so that they continue to develop and prosper sustainably.

I live in west Dorset with my wife and 2 dogs. I have three daughters who have left home now. My time away from work is spent walking the dogs and exploring, pilates, gardening, music, reading and food – and enjoying life

Emma Moyse; Parent Trustee

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

TypeNumber of TrusteesName
Principal1Bruce Douglas (1/9/15- 31/08/21)
Katherine Seymour (01/09/21)
Staff2Richard Holt (30/11/16), Sue Marshall (26/9/18-31/12/21)
Parents3Emma Moyse (11/03/20)
2 x vacancy
Community6Gemma 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)
Beverley Hepting (15/06/22)
1 x vacancy
Schools’ Cooperative Society1
1 x vacancy
Forum11 x vacancy
Wyvern Academy Committees 2021.22
CommitteeChairVice ChairOther Members
Full Trustee BoardHelen Hunt

Katherine Seymour, Kevin Floyd, Emma Moyse, Richard Holt
Finance and ResourcesHelen Hunt Kevin FloydKatherine Seymour, Helen Hunt, Christine Robertson,
Teaching and LearningChristine Robertson Emma Moyse Katherine Seymour, Richard Holt, Helen Hunt, Kevin Floyd
Health & SafetyKevin Floyd Helen HuntKatherine Seymour, Richard Holt, Emma Moyse

When required:
StandingKevin FloydHelen Hunt, Emma Moyse
Staff DiscipliniaryJointChristine Robertson, Kevin Floyd
Appeals (if needed)JointHelen Hunt, Sean Clark
All Trustees are welcome at all meetingsClerk:  K Schofield
Advisors to the Trustees:
Christine BellchambersFinance & Business Manager
Other members of staff and professionals may be invited to contribute where appropriate
Bruce Douglas                        5 of 55 of 53 of 32 of 33 of 3
Gemma Keeble                 5 of 55 of 53 of 3na1 of 3
Richard Holt                             4 of 52 of 23 of 32 of 33 of 3
Sue Marshall                           5 of 55 of 5na3 of 33 of 3
Cris Cadby5 of 54 of 5nanana
Helen Hunt5 of 54 of 53 of 32 of 32 of 3
Emma Moyse1 of 21 of 2na3 of 33 of 3
Christine Robertson5 of 55 of 53 of 3nana
Kevin Floyd5 of 52 of 23 of 33 of 3na

Wyvern Academy Members and Trustees Register of
Business and Pecuniary Interests 2020/21
NameCategoryBusiness InterestsFinancial Interests
Charlotte TuckettMemberNilNil
Stephen Francis-ClarkMemberFather of a pupil at Wyvern and Senior Manager of HMP The VerneNil
Bruce DouglasStaffTrustee of Friends of WyvernNil
Richard HoltStaffNilNil
Sue MarshallStaffNilNil
Helen HuntCommunityNilNil
James GirdlerCommunityNilNil
Emma MoyseParentNilNil
Kevin FloydCommunityNilNil
Christine RobertsonCommunityNilNil
Cris CadbyMember Director of Computeam Group LtdNil
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)

Trustee AGM until 12.30pm Wednesday 22nd September 2021
H&S Wednesday 6th October 2021
F&RWednesday 13th October 2021
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
H&S Wednesday 19th January 2022
T&L Tuesday 22nd March 2022
F&R Thursday 24th March 2022
FTB Wednesday 30th March 2022
H&S Wednesday 27th April 2022
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:

FTB ToR 21.22

F&R ToR 21.22

H&S ToR 21.22

T&L ToR 21.22

Standing Committee ToR 21.22

Staff Disciplinary ToR 21.22

Appeals ToR 21.22

Trustee Responsibility ToR 21.22

Chair of Trustees:

Dr Helen Hunt

c/o Wyvern Academy, Wey Valley Campus, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, DT3 5AL

01305 817917

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.