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Governors' Information

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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing Board is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.





NameType of GovernorAppointing BodyOfficeTermCommitteeArea of  Responsibility

Registered Interests

Mr Alan MongerHeadteacherEx officio 23.04.19 - present


Teaching and Learning

 Wife is TA at HCPS 
Mrs Debbie OrbellAssociate Member (without voting rights)Governing Board 

6.2.19 -


Teaching and Learning 

Employed by the school

Daughter teaches at HCPS

Miss Hannah KamesterStaffStaff 



Teaching and Learning None 

Mr Adam Hill

Chair of the Governing Board


ParentParentsChair11/12/19 - 10/12/23Teaching and LearningSafeguarding Lead

Parent of pupils at school

Wife works at school as HLTA/TA

Teacher at school is Godparent to child

Employed by Dartmoor Federation


As a resident of Hatherleigh since 2010, a parent of children at the school and a local leader in education, committing to supporting the school through governance was an obvious choice. As well as being a school leader, in my 'day job' I have responsibility for Primary mathematics across a 17 school Multi-Academy-Trust, am designated lead for safeguarding and line manage staff. My personal interests revolve around the outdoors, sport and environment and am keen to promote healthy lifestyles for all. 

Currently I sit as chair of the Teaching and Learning committee in which we work to promote academic, wellbeing and personal development standards. I am able to utilise my knowledge of teaching methods, planning, assessment and the day-to-day experience of the children to support and challenge the school leadership in this role. Part of my role as governor is to collect and listen to pupil, parent and community voice to better understand the lived experience of our school. I am always happy to hear from any members of the school community. 


Mrs Patricia Back

Co-optedGoverning Board 



Teaching and Learning


SEND LeadNone 
"My career included working in the Press Office of the Natural History Museum, teaching English at secondary level, liaising with Traveller communities in London and supporting the education of unaccompanied asylum seeker children in West London.  Since moving to Hatherleigh in 2005, I taught English at Shebbear College to overseas students and supported students with additional needs at Exeter College.  I also volunteered with the Young Carers Project based in Okehampton.  From 2005 to 2019 during the school summer holidays I taught English in Mozambique to adult staff in a re-employment project.  I am now retired and enjoying more involvement in the local community." 

Mr John


Vice Chair of the Governing Board

ParentElected by ParentsVice Chair



Resources  (Chair)

Pupil Premium LeadParent of a pupil at the school 
"I am a local business person who believes all children deserve a sound education in a warm and caring environment.  I have two children at Hatherleigh Community Primary School and, as a parent governor, I aim to contribute to the success of the school through oversight and continually seeking opportunities for improvement." 

Mr Johnathan Chiverton

Co-optedGoverning Board 29/3/22 - 28/3/26Teaching and LearningGDPR Lead

John Chiverton IT Services Daughter at HCPS


"My wife and I moved to Hatherleigh from Copplestone in 2008.  Our daughter attends Hatherleigh School.  I have been involved in IT for all my working life, often placed in positions where diplomacy and trust are crucial, having worked for myself and for various companies throughout the years.  After seeing our daughter grow over the years to become the wonderful young person she is today, I joined the Governing Board in March 2022, keen to give something back to the school and to make a positive contribution to the success of the pupils." 

Mr Neil Payne

Co-optedGoverning Board 24/5/22 - 23/5/26Teaching and Learning (Chair) Employed by Chulmleigh Academy Trust 

"It is a great privilege to be a member of the Governing Board of Hatherleigh Primary School.  Professionally, I am the Deputy Headteacher at Chulmleigh Community College – a school that also serves many families whose children do and have attended Hatherleigh.  I have worked in education since 2004 and take great satisfaction from seeing young people achieve success and grow into happy, confident and successful adults. As a teacher, I specialise in Religious Education, Politics, Sociology and PSHE and I also oversee the curriculum and safeguarding at Chulmleigh Community College.  One of my current roles is also to work across the three primary schools in our Trust and I therefore have an interest and understanding of how primary education works and is distinct from secondary. Education is about care, achievement and hope and I share the determination in our community to make sure that our children at Hatherleigh achieve highly, are safe and happy.

I am married and have two daughters (twins) and enjoy football, cricket, gardening and walking in our beautiful countryside.  I recognise the importance and strength of our community – particularly how important this school is to this town and I am looking forward to getting to know the families, staff and wider community of Hatherleigh."



Dr Janet Maxwell

Co-optedGoverning Board 12.7.22 - 11.7.26Resources and Teaching and LearningAttendance LeadNone 

I moved to Hatherleigh six years ago from West Oxfordshire, where I had worked as a GP for many years, to be nearer my daughter and grandchildren. When my children grew up I retrained in public health medicine and worked in different positions in Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Portsmouth and latterly as Director of Public Health in Bristol City Council but continued my links with general practice working as a part time sessional GP in a practice for homeless people.


When I moved to Hatherleigh in 2016 I continued to work as a sessional GP in practices in the area for the first year before retiring to spend more time with my family. I also work in the garden and small farm that I run keeping ponies, pigs, sheep and bees. I have developed links in the farming community preparing for the new agricultural/environmental reforms linking farming with local nature recovery schemes.


My professional interests over the years have been very much in health and wellbeing and community development. I have had experience both as a parent governor at my daughters secondary school in Witney and as a Chair of trustees at Bridewell Organic Garden for people with health issues in West Oxfordshire.


Since moving to Hatherleigh I was involved in group concerned with the redevelopment of the cattle market and have worked for the last five years as a volunteer gardener at Farms for City Children at Nethercott House.




Emily BowdenAssociate MemberGoverning Board 13.9.22 - 12.9.26Teaching and Learning Parent of pupil at school 



Mrs Heather Bartle

Associate Member (without voting rights)

Associate MemberGoverning Board 

1.9.18 - 31.8.22 

Resources School SBM 
Mr David O'KeeffeLocal AuthorityLocal AuthorityChair9.7.18 - 8.7.22Resources Parent of pupil at school 
Mr Paul SandersAssociate MemberGoverning Board 29/3/22 - 16/5/22

Teaching and Learning



Mr Bradley


Co-optedGoverning Board 5/7/21 - 31/3/22Resources Trustee at In Focus School 
Mr George BurgessCo-optedGoverning BoardChair Well Being17.1.19 - 29.3.22Well Being None 
Mr Johnathan ChivertonAssociate MemberGoverning Board 4/1/22 - 28/3/22Well Being John Chiverton IT Services  Daughter at HCPS 
Miss Jane RustonCo-optedGoverning Board


Chair of Business Committee

19.6.15 - 4.3.22



Well Being

SafeguardingParent of pupil at the school 


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All Governors may be contacted via the school.


Please see next page for copies of Governing Board Minutes.  They are also available as a paper copy on request  together with copies of Committee minutes.  Please contact the Clerk to Governors who is available in the school office.




 Full Governing BoardResourcesPay & PerformanceTeaching and Learning
Alan Monger33111122
Adam Hill33    21
John Simmons331122  
Patricia Back33112222
Johnathan Chiverton33    22
Hannah Kamester32    22
Neil Payne32    22
Janet Maxwell32102222

Debbie Orbell

(Associate Member)

21    21

Emily Bowden

(Associate Member)

22    10


 Full Governing BoardBusiness/ResourcesPay & PerformanceStandards/Teaching and LearningWell Being
Alan Monger6666334422
David O'Keeffe666532    
Jane Ruston3333222211
Patricia Back6622114411
Natalie Moss11    11  
Bradley Horn524322    
George Burgess51      22
Adam Hill65    43  

Debbie Orbell

(Associate Member)

63    2222

Heather Bartle

(Associate Member)

John Simmons43541122  

Johnathan Chiverton


33    2211
Hannah Kamester62    2010
Paul Sanders2110  11