Meet our Board

Claire Baillie

National Leader in Education & Executive Head of School for Ventrus Multi-Academy Trust

Claire was appointed as Headteacher of The Duchy School, Bradninch in 2007. She had previously taught Modern Foreign Languages in a large Comprehensive School in Nottinghamshire, before moving to Devon and transferring into the Primary Sector.

Under her leadership the standards attained by pupils at the end of KS2 have risen considerably and in 2010 the school was placed 17th out of all schools nationally for improvement over a three year period. Standards in the school remain high across all subjects. The quality of her leadership in setting clear direction leading to improvement and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ at the last OFSTED inspection in 2009.

Claire has worked with the National Strategies team as part of the Maximising Pupil Progress Initiative and was invited to be guest speaker at the National Conference. Claire and her team regularly support other schools. They are currently supporting two ‘Outstanding’ primary schools with curriculum development.

Lynne Hyland

Head of Finance for Ventrus Multi-Academy Trust

Jos Sumner

Partner HEI - University of Exeter

Jos was appointed as Partnership Director at the University of Exeter in 2004. Previously she had taught RE and Geography, and held senior management roles, in various secondary schools in Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Devon.
Her current role involves working with primary and secondary schools across the South West mainly regarding Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and she has played an active part in ensuring that the University of Exeter maintains its Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ judgement for ITE across all of its programmes, and that it continues to be rated as one of the top ITE providers nationally. Ofsted reported the quality of the partnership as a key strength both in the 2010 and 2017 inspection reports.
Supported by the ITE Partnership Office Team and working alongside academic colleagues within the University’s Graduate School of Education, Jos supports over 200 schools in ITE and ensures high quality training for over 400 trainee teachers each year. She supports ‘lead schools’ who work with the University on School Direct programmes and sits on a number of Teaching School Alliance strategy boards.

Janet Limberg

Partner Organisation - Somerset SCITT

Anne Hawkins

Head Teaching at Willand Primary School