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, which is part of Ventrus Multi-Academy Trust, 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 Duchy School was rated as ‘outstanding’ across all areas by Ofsted in 2015.

Claire is currently working as a Director of School Improvement for Ventrus, which comprises 14 primary and 1 secondary school. In this role she is responsible for raising and maintaining standards in all of the schools, which includes working with school leaders on identifying their school priorities and supporting them with the creation of effective school improvement plans and self-analysis tools.

In her role as a National Leader of Education, Claire has worked alongside a number of other schools across Devon, supporting them to meet their school improvement priorities.

Claire is the executive strategic lead for Ventrus Teaching School Alliance, ensuring that the highest quality support and training is provided to our current and future trainees.

Lynne Hyland

Head of Finance for Ventrus Multi-Academy Trust

Lynne is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants, qualifying in 2002. Lynne is a strong believer in delivering high quality business partnering to non-finance colleagues for effective financial management, alongside effective supplier contract management to ensure the highest impact when funds are limited, delivering improved outcomes for pupils. Lynne and her team will be working to ensure that Ventrus is a financially sustainable environment to both learn and work.

Lynne has held a number of senior financial roles, including Head of Finance for the Business and Research section of Plymouth University, Finance Director for environmental charity the Westcountry Rivers Trust and finance advisor to the national charity, The Rivers Trust and most recently Interim Finance Director for Delt Shared Services, a spinout company jointly owned by Plymouth City Council and NHS N.E.W. Devon Clinical Commissioning Group where she implemented all the finance systems and procedures for this new start-up company to enable them to trade commercially and facilitation £1m of savings in their first full year of trading.

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

Somerset SCITT is an outstanding school-based teacher training programme based within Somerset Local Authority. Janet Limberg is the programme Manager both for SCITT and under-graduate programmes (Foundation Programme for Teaching and Learning and Foundation degree for Learning and Development from EY to Adolescence). Janet Limberg has had had an extensive career in education, including Headteacher, teacher, local authority adviser, lecturer and education consultant.

Anne Hawkins

Head Teaching at Willand Primary School