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Board of Directors

Mrs Ruth O'Donovan

Chair of the Board

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Ruth joined the Board in February 2021. She graduated from Bristol Medical School in 1979, worked in Barnstaple, Bristol, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Manchester before returning to Barnstaple in 1986. She passed exams to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and took a substantive post in Anaesthetics at North Devon District Hospital. She developed and chaired a group for senior doctors working in the hospital and the community, supporting their career development and working terms and conditions. She became chair to the committee negotiating application of contracts and policies for all grades of medical staff in NDDH. Ruth trained as an appraiser for medical staff, and continued with this role for the last 15 years of her career. She also took on Educational Supervisor, teaching and mentoring roles for trainee doctors.
Ruth was Chair of Governors of Our Lady's Catholic Primary School for over 12 years until 2005. She is an active member of St Mary’s Catholic Church as safeguarding rep, reader and was chair of the Pastoral Parish Council until the start of the pandemic. She is very happily married to Nick, has four adult children and keeps busy with a walking group, two book groups, piano lessons, exercise classes and cooking for friends.

Mr Andy Nicholls

Vice-Chair of the Board

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Andy joined the CAST Board in March 2017 and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Andy’s career was in the Defence industry, mainly in the Naval Marine sector, initially with MoD then with DML and for the last 8 years of his career with Babcock International Group before retiring in July 2016. Andy held a number of Director level appointments with responsibility for various business operations at different locations including Devonport Royal Dockyard, Bristol and Canada. He has an engineering degree from Liverpool University and an MSC from University College London. Andy was a Foundation Governor at St. Boniface’s College for 14 years up to 2008, including 7 years as Chair of Governors. He is married with 3 grown up children and lives in Plymouth.

Mrs Ann Harris

Director

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Ann joined the CAST Board in September 2018. After graduating from La Sainte Union College of Education, Southampton in 1966, Ann spent her working life in education, following a varied path which included being a teacher, headteacher, an adviser and inspector working for Berkshire Education Authority and running her own Consultancy Company. Finally, returning to the headship of a school in challenging circumstances, in her mid-fifties. Throughout her career Ann worked at both local and national level, including representing primary phase on the National Curriculum working party for Physical Education, being a member of the British Broadcasting Corporation Primary Programmes Committee, contributing to television programmes for schools and writing materials for use by teachers. In 2005, she received an OBE for services to education.
Since retiring, Ann has been Chair of Governors at three schools: Manorside Primary, Bearwood Primary and Nursery and, more recently, St Mary’s RC School in Poole. Recognised as a National Leader of Governance she became the Advocate for Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth in 2016. In this role she became a member of the steering group establishing education provision across the new authority of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
Ann is a practising Catholic and plays an active role in her local Parish of St Catherine’s, Wimborne. In 2012, she joined the Board of the St Vincent de Paul Society as National Vice President. Returning for a second term in 2017, as Board lead on membership training.
Ann is married with three adult children and eight grandchildren.
In her spare time she enjoys painting, gardening, walking and taking holidays with her husband Paul.

Mr Sandy Anderson

Director

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Sandy has been on the CAST Board since December 2013 and was appointed Chair of the Trust in November 2016 , a position he held until July 2018. Sandy’s career was in the management of electronic power supply companies having been MD of Coutant Electronics Ilfracombe, MD of Weir Electronics in Bognor Regis, President of the Lambda Group for Europe, Main board member for Lambda a major manufacturer of Power Supplies around the globe and his responsibilities included operations as far afield as New Zealand, China, Japan, USA, Mexico and Europe. He has a Masters degree in metallurgy and management. He retired but was then asked to recover a company from bankruptcy in Belgium where he spent three years. He is now retired (again) is married and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Mr Graham Briscoe

Director

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Graham is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Certified Management Consultant; a Fellow of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and the Institute of Administrative Management; and a medallist of the World Productivity Congress. He has worked in many management services roles throughout his thirty-five year career with Royal Sun Alliance in Bristol, London, Horsham and Liverpool, along with positions in the USA, Mexico and South Africa, encompassing many roles – project and change management, information technology, quality and customer service management, HR and Talent Management, facilities management, continuous improvement, transformational change, due diligence and office relocations associated with company mergers and acquisitions. Since retirement he has built up a portfolio of University, Further Education and Awarding Body Governorships along with NED and Trustee roles with Housing Associations, University Student Unions and various Charities. Graham also covers Change Management and Facilities Management pro-bono support to Charity, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations in South-West England and South-East Wales.

Mrs Jacqui Vaughan

Director

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Jacqueline joined the CAST Board in September 2018. Jacqueline has spent her career in both Further and Secondary Education. Her career in Further Education started as Lecturer in Plymouth College and then as Head of a Vocational Training Academy in Devon, which was judged to be outstanding. Jacqueline completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management and the University of Plymouth and in 2010 became an Assistant Head at Westlands School in Torquay where she led curriculum developments, quality and timetabling. In 2012 Jacqueline became Head of Post 16 Education and oversaw the delivery and quality of Post 16 education in the school. During her school career Jacqueline worked at both local and national level including being part of a vocational steering group for the implementation of the 14-19 Diplomas in the South West.
Jacqueline now works for a non profit organisation leading on education programmes and initiatives for Local Authorities, LEPs , schools and colleges across the wider south region. She has served as a Governor for both Primary and Secondary schools and is married with two children. Jacqueline is a practising catholic and is a reader in her local parish. In her spare time she is an Assistant Director for a ladies acapella chorus which is run by her Father, is learning to play the piano and enjoys caravanning with her extended family.

Mr Les Robins

Director

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Les joined the CAST Board in December 2019 . Les' s career, as a qualified management accountant, was spent in a number of manufacturing sectors before moving to the express distribution industry with TNT. He was Finance Director at TNT Express International base in Northampton before moving to Commercial Director for TNT Express UK & Ireland based in Atherstone. He has a degree in Mathematics and Microbiology from London University . He and his wife retired to Torquay in 2017 and they have four children, one grandchild and four great grand children.

Mr Nicholas Johnson

Director

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Deacon Nick joined the Board in December 2021. Nick was ordained for the Permeant Diaconate on the 6th November 2010. Although he has had a career in social care covering children, disabled people and older people in public, private and voluntary organisations, his founding motivation was built on relationships with older neighbours in his street and being in a family of ten children. Nick was a registered Social Worker until the end of 2020, when he retired from paid professional work. His roles have been operational and managerial, where he has learnt to do the ‘science’ of business. Nick continues to consider his perception of service to be simple and humane, focused on the individual he is trying to work with. Nick thinks that is where the ‘art’ of business happens, and the best measure of our service quality is the interaction between the persons we employ and the persons we serve.
Nick is a Governor at St Edwards School in Poole and Chair of the Business and Premises Committee. He is a member of Caritas Plymouth Management Committee, the Chair of Prama Foundation and a Trustee of Keychange Charity, where he is the Chair of the Quality and Safety Working Group
Nick is inspired by new ideas and trying to see round corners to the next big thing (or problem!) but is fundamentally committed to supporting all of the people we meet in the best way possible and ensuring we do what is needed to stay in business and to be outstanding.

Plymouth CAST Members Information 2020-21
 

Full Name

Appointing Body

Date of Appointment

Business Interests

Other Trusteeships

Related Parties

Bishop Mark O’Toole

Plymouth RC Diocese

09/11/2013

None

Trustee of; Plymouth RC Diocese, Venerable English College Rome, Royal English College Valladolid and Catholic Trust for England and Wales

None

Canon John Deeny

Plymouth RC Diocese

21/01/2020

None

Trustee of Plymouth RC Diocese

None

Canon Mark O’Keeffe

Plymouth RC Diocese

26/09/2019

None

Trustee of Plymouth RC Diocese, Governor at The Cathedral School, Plymouth

None

Members who have resigned or retired in the past 12 months

Full Name

Appointing Body

Date of Departure

Business Interests

Other Trusteeships

Related Parties

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth CAST Director Information 2021-22

Full Name Director Type Appointing Body Date of Current Appointment End of Current Term Meeting Attendance 2020-21 Business Interests Other Governorships
Andy Nicholls  Foundation Diocese of Plymouth 15/03/2021 14/03/2025
13 of 13
100%
None None
Sandy Anderson Foundation Diocese of Plymouth 07/11/2020 06/11/2024
10 of 10
100%
None Chair of Our Lady's Primary, Barnstaple
Ann Harris Foundation Trust Board
14/09/2018
Move to Foundation 28/02/2020
13/09/2022
11 of 11
100%
National Lead Governor
Chair of Governors at St Mary's Primary School, Poole
Jacqui Vaughan Foundation Trust Board
14/09/2018
Move to Foundation 28/02/2020
13/09/2022
8 of 10
80%
Employee of Babcock None
Dan Rogerson Foundation Diocese of Plymouth 17/10/2020 16/10/2024
10 of 11
91%
Wessex Water

Water Resources
 
South west
Continal Ltd

Westcountry Schools Trust
 
Wife is an employee in a CAST school
Chair of Governors at St Mary's Primary School, Bodmin
 
Governor at
Launceston College MAT
Ruth O'Donovan (Chair)  Foundation  Diocese of Plymouth  17/02/2021  16/02/2025
 4 of 4
100%
Chair of Trustees for W.O.R.K
 None
Graham Briscoe Co-opted Trust Board 11/03/2022 10/03/2023
10 of 10
100%
None
St Christopher’s MAT

Dartmoor MAT

AECC University College

Bath & Wells Diocesan Education Board

CXK

St Mary Redcliff Parish Charity

Marjon University Students’ Union

Christchurch University Students’ Union
Les Robins Co-opted Trust Board 11/03/2022 10/03/2021
12 of 12
100%
None None
Zoe Batten CEO Diocese of Plymouth 01/09/2020 n/a
n/a
None None

Plymouth CAST Directors who have left the Trust

in the last 12 months

Full Name Governor Type Appointing Body Date of Current Appointment End of Appointment Meeting Attendance Business Interests Other Governorships
Richard Edwards
 
 Foundation Diocese of Plymouth  01/03/2019  21/12/2021
10 of 11
91%
 Wife is a Governor at St Edward's Catholic and CofE School  None
 
 
Patricia Martin
 
 
 Foundation  Diocese of Plymouth  19/06/2021  21/12/2021
 1 of 1
100%
Tutor for University of Plymouth and University of St Mark and St John.
Volunteer for Families in Grief
 None
Terry Stockley Foundation Diocese of Plymouth  14/09/2017  13/09/2021
13 of 13
100%
Haskins Garden Centres Ltd
Witchampton Mill Residents' Association Ltd
 None
Laura Fox  Co-opted  Board  14/09/2018  31/08/2021
5 of 12
42%
Kela S Fox Ltd - provides consultancy to the Trust  None
Lord John Burnett  Foundation  Diocese  01/05/2018  23/10/2020
 3 of 5
60%
Law Firm provides support to Plymouth CAST  None