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.

Chris Barnett

Teaching School Lead

With over eighteen years teaching experience, Chris has worked across all year groups in the Primary phase, gaining most of her experience in Year 6.
Chris has been a part of the Senior Leadership team at Wilcombe Primary School for over 10 years, leading both Key Stage Two and Maths during this time.

Chris has created and delivered CPD as well as supporting the head teacher to monitor teaching, learning and assessment. She has lead staff appraisals, supporting their professional development alongside school improvement.
Whilst developing colleagues, Chris has also been a student and NQT mentor for several years, ensuring bespoke training and experiences according to their individual need. Through obtaining her NPQSL, Chris has further developed her coaching and mentoring skills.

Chris is an SLE in maths and this is where her passion lies. She has worked collaboratively across the Trust, supporting CPD, school improvement and colleagues new to the role of maths lead within a range of schools. She understands the importance of keeping up to date with current research and prides herself in actively carrying out her own reading, research and pedagogy as well as attending training that she can then use to develop others.

Within her new role, Chris is excited to lead the teaching school, continuing to develop existing staff whilst supporting and leading those new to the professional to reach their full potential.

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