The Full Governing Board has 10 governors:

  • Headteacher
  • 2 x Parent Governors
  • 1 x Local Authority Governor
  • 1 x Staff Governor
  • 2 x Foundation Governors (inc. 1 x Ex-Officio)
  • 3 x Co-opted Governors


Chair – Joanne Tisdall

Standards & Curriculum Committee Chair – Lucy Woollett

Finance & Personnel and Premises Committee Chair – Mike King

Meet our Governors

Joanne Tisdall

Chair of Governors, Finance & Personnel Lead and ICT Lead

I am passionately committed to a fully inclusive education that gives all children access to a great learning experience in their mainstream local school. I have two sons, who went to KEVICC and have always attended their local community schools. I was a parent governor and vice chair of governors of their primary school for four years. I am also chair of a Community Land trust in Harberton. I worked in the creative industries for more than 20 years as a journalist and television director/producer, producing science programmes. I now work part-time as an investment manager specialising in funding start-up digital, media and creative businesses.


Clerk to Governors

Geoff Breckin

Health & Safety Lead

I have been a governor of Dartington C of E Primary School since 2015. I am a retired chartered civil engineer with over 40 years experience in the delivery of major projects. I have 2 adult daughters and am married to a retired Key Stage 2 teacher. I regard my experience as managing resources, both materials and people, to achieve results and that this can be applied to situations that occur outside engineering.

Lucy Woollett

Chair of Standards & Curriculum Committee, Pupil Premium & SEND Lead and Safeguarding Lead

As the first member of my family to attend university I believe access to a stimulating and rigorous education essential to improving social mobility and ensuring that our young people have the widest range of life choices available to them. After gaining a BSc in Applied Biology I went on to complete a PhD (also biology based) at Lancaster University. A (very) brief stint in industry followed before I trained as a secondary science teacher in 2003. In 2011 I became a parent, and my son joined our school community.

Mike King

Chair of Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee, PE Lead and Parental Engagement Lead

Mike King has a background in education working as a primary school Head Teacher, before changing career to work with Sport England as a Lottery Fund Manager for the South West region. In the last phase of his working life he worked for the Sedgemoor Learning Alliance (a Community Learning Partnership of 30 schools) in Bridgwater, Somerset where he set up the Somerset Children’s University and raised more than £1,000,000 for disadvantaged children in his area allowing them to partake in a variety of positive extra-curricular and educational opportunities that would not normally have been available to them. Mike is passionate about the benefits of a creative education, extra-curricular activity and outdoor learning. He believes strongly that this type of learning is significant in helping to raise aspirations and self-esteem, improve well-being and leads to higher levels of educational attainment for children from all walks of life. Now retired, his voluntary work includes working as a guide at Dartington Hall involvement with environmental conservation projects, local heritage and gardening at the Sharpham Trust. Mike is married with two grown up children and lives in Totnes.

Donna Hamlet

Parental Engagement Lead, Maths Lead and Safeguarding Lead

As a mum of five children, three of which currently attend Dartington I am very keen to ensure that not only my children, but all children receive the greatest education our school is able to deliver. I have a keen interest in child development and a passion for mental health in both children and adults and feel this will be helpful along the way as a parent school governor.

You may have seen me around school, I am a level 3 Teaching Assistant and have had the privilege of working as a 1:1 and general Teaching Assistant across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. I also work in the school office, I feel working across the school will help me as a governor.

I am committed to assisting the teachers and parents in helping our children become lifelong learners and making a positive difference to their lives.

Amina Abdellaoui

Early Years Lead

I am currently in my second year of teaching and feel very privileged to say that my place of work is Dartington. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a staff governor and am very much excited about the year ahead! I have interests within the fields of science, modern foreign languages and learning outside the classroom.

Derek Smith

Associate Member

I am an Associate Member of Dartington Primary, having previously served for some years as a Devon Local Authority Governor on the same Governing Body. During that time my involvement has been as a member of the School Improvement Committee, previously known as the Curriculum Committee, with a particular interest in special educational needs. I work as an educational psychologist in private practice, both in London, as well as in Totnes, having previously been employed by both Devon County and Torbay in this capacity. In the latter I was Principal Educational Psychologist, with responsibilities for managing multi-disciplinary teams that included pre-school specialists, learning and behaviour specialists, advisory teachers for pupils with hearing-impairments, and students at various stages in their professional training. I am a qualified teacher and have two grown-up children, both of whom were pupils at Dartington Primary. My wife has in the past served as Clerk to the Governing Body.

Rev’d Debbie Parsons

Associate Member

I am an Associate Member and an Anglican priest. I am Team Vicar of Totnes serving the parishes of Totnes, Dartington, Berry Pomeroy, Marldon, Ashprington, Cornworthy and Stoke Gabriel. I have lived and worked in Devon since 2007. For twenty years, I taught English at Epsom College, a large co-educational boarding school for 13-18 year olds and was appointed as their first Housemistress introducing co-education at 13+ before being appointed to the Senior Leadership Team as Senior Housemistress. My remit is to uphold the Christian ethos of the school and to promote an environment in which every person can flourish.