Governors

The following page provides further information on the structure and responsibilities of the governing body.



A local governing body within a Reach South Academy Trust consists of:
4 Trust appointed members
2 Elected parent members
2 Elected staff members
Executive Headteacher

Additionally there can be up to 3 Co-opted members.

Currently Millbay Academy has created an emergency Intervention Board as the school had been placed in Special measures by Ofsted before going onto the Trust. The previous governing body was identified as a weakness by Ofsted.
This will be reviewed in the summer term 2021 and depending if the school has made significant progress will either remain or will be replaced by an LGB.

The current Intervention Board for Millbay Academy consists of:



Nick Buckland, OBE  – Chair of Millbay Academy Intervention Board
Nick has chaired more than 15 regional and national boards, and is currently chair of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and KARST, chair of South West Water’s Water Futures Customer Panel, advisory board member of Devon and Cornwall Business Council, and is a trustee of both Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Peninsula Medical Foundation. He is also the chair of governors at UTC Plymouth. Previously Mr Buckland was chair of governors and Pro Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, and has chaired Plymouth Science Park. He was also the deputy chair of the South West Regional Development Agency and a board member of The Plymouth Development Company, and governor of the Technology Strategy Board, now called Innovate UK. 



Dr. Stephen Felmingham
Stephen is Head of School, Critical + Cultural Studies at Plymouth College of Art , continues as a member of our school board to ensure our continued close working relationship with PCA.



Dean Ashton, CEO Reach South Academy Trust
Dean was part of the small team that established REAch2 Academy Trust along with its founder, Sir Steve Lancashire in 2012. Dean also established the business model for the launch of Reach4 Academy in 2015. Dean began his career as a secondary science teacher before taking roles in school management and leadership. He then moved into Local Education Authority leadership as Deputy Director of Education before becoming a Corporate Director of Children’s Services. Dean has held several Trusteeships and Directorships including: Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Youth Justice Board; Chair of the South West Grid for Learning; Chair of the Cornwall Children and Young People’s Partnership; and Chair of the Cornwall Local Safeguarding Children Board. Dean has also led an educational consultancy. Dean has been the Director of Operations for REAch2 and Reach4 Academy Trusts.



Sue Inglish
Sue was Head of Political Programmes at the BBC and a Member of the BBC News Board. An award winning national journalist, Sue chaired the negotiations between the broadcasters and political parties which resulted in the first Prime Ministerial election debates. Sue is also chair of the International News Safety Institute.  



Mark Papworth
Mark is currently Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of PrOXisense, an Oxford University technology spinout company. He is an experienced executive who has worked as a CEO on both PLC and Private boards operating in the Energy Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Aerospace and Defence markets. During his career he has worked for a number of companies including Rolls-Royce, Wood Group, Alstom and Chemring.



Olivia Frings, Safeguarding governor
Olivia is MCIPD qualified Human Resources and Business Professional with 20+ years’ experience and a strategic and comprehensive understanding of Human Resource Management, business and technical issues and organisational change. She is currently Director of HR for RSAT



Mike Peters
Michael is currently a Director of Camber Consulting and a successful former Director of Education and Head of Children’s Services with 30 years’ experience working within both public and private sectors. With a background in education, Michael has managed public sector organisations with over 800 staff and budgets in excess of £300m. He has successfully worked on establishing new unitary authorities and has led organisations to successful inspection outcomes and achievement of major contracts. He has successful experience in leading and supporting change and implementation of performance and commercialisation of education and children’s services. Currently he is also Director of  Development for RSAT.



Ian Golding
Ian is currently Head at Parkfield School an all through school in Bournemouth and is also Director of Secondary at RSAT. Ian has worked for Oasis Multi-Academy Trust and brings with him 25 years’ experience in education. He was involved in successfully merging two Southampton schools to form Lord’s Hill Academy and led the school to a good Ofsted judgement in March 2016.



Malcolm Willis, is acting as an Advisor to the IB.

Sophie Turner
, is an Observer from the office of the RSC.