Carol Wood - Carol Wood is a retired Assistant Headteacher of Mill Ford Special School Chair of The Inspire Multi Academy Trust: Carol Wood. She has a wealth of experience in school leadership and great teaching and learning. Carol has been the Chair of Governors at Ernesettle Community School for the last five years and was named the city’s ‘Chair of the Year in 2013’.


Professor Andrew Brewerton - Andrew is the Principal and Chief Executive, of the HE provider, Plymouth College of Art. This role also involves leading at Shanghai University and the Plymouth School of Creative Arts. In these positions and his previous roles at the Art Council England, Dartington College of Arts and the University of Wolverhampton Andrew has developed a broad knowledge of education and executive management.


Professor Andy Phippen - Andy is the Professor of Social Responsibility in IT  at the Plymouth Graduate School of Management & Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business: Plymouth University). As the Programme Manager for Business Enterprise and a professional member of FBCS (Fellow of the British Computer Society), CITP, Ceng and the BCS Academic Accreditations Committee, Andy brings a wealth of experience to the trust board. He also is a Research Partner with the UK Safer Internet Centre and a Member of Parliamentary IT Committee.

Helen Mathieson - Helen, Director of HM Consultancy, is a highly successful and experienced leadership and change management consultant having worked in education for over 20 years. Her headship experience spans across schools in significantly different and challenging circumstances, including transformation and academisation in both secondary and primary sectors. She has worked for independent sponsors in order to bring about both transformation and academisation, providing project leadership and management to deliver curriculum, staffing, self-evaluation and administration planning and facilitation at all levels, including Free Schools.



Carol Wood - as above.





Paul Chapman - Paul, owner and Director of Whitesails Associates, is an experienced Management Accountant and is an Associate Member of CIMA. Paul is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and has been the Vice Chair of Governors at Ernesettle Community School for the last four years and is scheduled to be the Chair of Finance and Audit Committee.


Matthew Bloomfield - Matt is Director of Imattination Design and Events. Imattination Design and Events provides a range of branding, PR and media services to business and public services across the south west. Company Director since the company formed in 2011, Matt brings excellent expertise of directorship, creating a brand for the MAT and dealing with PR and media related aspects of education and business.


Gavin Jones - Gavin, Chief Executive Officer at Clarity Wealth Management, an Independent Financial Adviser, has a strong senior background in both operations and training within the hospitality sector. He worked for some of the country’s leading brands, as well as smaller SME organisations. Having a proven track record to improve businesses through accelerated growth, increasing corporate standardisation, process flows and brand enhancement.


Aaron Meredith - Aaron, Headteacher of Ernesettle Community School and CEO of The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (South West), was appointed when Ernesettle Community School was deemed to be requiring special measures in May 2010. Within 18 months, the school was graded as ‘Good with Outstanding features’ by Ofsted. In April 2013, Aaron was seconded to part time for two years to open Devon’s first primary free school, Marine Academy Primary; the academy became the south west’s first ‘Outstanding’ free school in June 2015.

Image Coming SoonSophia Pettit - Sophia, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives specialising in Wills and Trusts. Sophia's knowledge in this area of law and her experience in administering and managing Trusts will aid the board in their role. Sophia is also a parent at Ernesettle Community School, wishing to provide a good role model for her daughters, take an active interest in their school and help keep Ernesettle Community School the great success that it is.

Sandi Wood - Sandi, a parent governor, represents and is a valued member of the local community. Sandi brings media and ICT expertise to the trust and has been heavily involved in community and in-school events, she has been a governor at Ernesettle Community School for 18 months.


Elizabeth Hoodless - With over 20 years in governance, Liz has been a governor at Ernesettle Community School for the last 9 years and was a governor at Ernesettle Junior School for the 11 years prior to the amalgamation of the infant and junior schools. As a School Leadership Team member and Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Ernesettle Community School, Liz has an extensive knowledge of the school and community.

Company Secretary

Anita Martin - Anita, Corporate Director of Business Finance at Marine Academy Plymouth, is an experienced academy accountant. Anita has been the Company Secretary at Marine Academy Plymouth for the last two years.

Human Resources Advisor

Sonia Oates - Sonia, Director of Operations at Marine Academy Plymouth, is former HR advisor to the local City Council and has been involved with multiple academy conversions and the TUPE processes. Sonia has been in her current role for the last five years.