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Sue DannIntroduction from the Chair of Governors, Sue Dann

The new chair of governors at Plympton Academy says it’s a great time for parents to join the governing body.

Sue Dann, who took on the role recently, said: “We need a strong governing body to be able to support the school and we can't do it without parents, we need parents who can bring skills, every day skills, to the group.”

Sue, who moved to Plymouth 20 years ago, has been involved in education and local politics for many years. “I’m passionate about setting up opportunities for young people,” said the former further education tutor and current Labour Councillor for Sutton and Mould Gould in Plymouth.

“I have so many hopes and aspirations for this school,” said Sue, who has two grandchildren. “Plympton Academy has really changed and under Lisa Boorman’s headship it’s a community based school helping children achieve and aspire to be whatever they want to be.

“When I am in school I can see that Plympton Academy looks at each child holistically and helps them grow as much as they can.”

Sue is under no illusion that her new role is going to be challenging. “The whole educational landscape has changed,” she said. “For me to have an opportunity to build on what has gone before is really exciting.” She’s also understands that anyone joining the governing body is investing their time in the school.

“Often people are worried that being a parent governor will take up a lot of their time. I want to let people know that they can invest as much or as little time as they can give,” she said.

The minimum investment is two meetings every half term and a visit to the school. “And there will be lots of support and training sessions,” said Sue.

Sue truly believes it’s an exciting time to be part of the governing body at Plympton Academy. “The school is growing and changing,” she said. “What the staff and students have achieved in the last two years is amazing and to be chair of governors alongside such a good principal is great.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about being a parent governor please email

Governors Narratives

Sue Dann - Chair of Governors

I was a lecturer in Further Education for over 20 years in Hospitality and Catering delivering courses in basic foundation GNVQ to young disaffected 14-16 years olds up to Foundation Degree students.

I worked in welfare to work for 8 years  at a regional and national level, engaging with employers, developing skills based training courses, managing teams, implementing and managing contracts. I have been a local Plymouth City Councillor for over 11 years, this has included holding cabinet posts, I am currently the Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment. I have supported many voluntary projects and development trusts .

I have a range of skills that support the the governance of the school including an understanding of the Plymouth Education landscape, managing contracts , team management and building , HR  experience, monitoring budgets, I am a ambassador for the school.

Tina Blagdon - Member-appointed Governor


I worked in financial services for 26 years with HSBC and am now the Business Manager for West Financial Management.  I’m hopeful that my experience of managing budgets, human resources, marketing and business management will add value to Plympton Academy.

I’m new to the Governor role and am excited about contributing to the ambitious goals of the School and help it to achieve the success and opportunities our pupils deserve.


Steve Wallers - Parent Governor


Steve oversees all careers related employer engagement activity at the University of Exeter which includes student work placements (UK & International), employer focused events including careers fairs, a hugely successful mentoring scheme as well managing a suite of sector specific training programmes. With over 8 years experience at both Exeter and prior to that at Plymouth University, Steve is regularly asked to attend national careers events to speak about the work his team deliver and is a member of various sector working groups.

In the 15 years prior to working in Higher Education, Steve had a varied career working in Recruitment Consultancy as well as management roles in both Human Resources and Retail for various national companies. Steve's skills lie in developing mutually beneficial relationships, events management, managing budgets and developing people."


Margaret Hall - Member-appointed Governor

I have been a Governor for several years now and enjoyed every minute.

I have always approached any problems within the school on ‘a best for Plympton Academy’ basis and this has seemed to work.

We are dealing with children’s future lives and they deserve the best we can give them.

A little about myself now – I  moved from the Midlands when I was 20, got a  job as a secretary with an engineering company, found a small flat in St. Maurice – thirty bob a week and a shilling for a bath!!

Later I bought a bungalow with my husband and moved to a village on the edge of  Dartmoor and I am still there. I would say the best job I ever had was manager of a local Care Home working mainly with Dementia.

I am now an o.a.p. but still involved with the community and still very interested in world issues, politics, Dartmoor and my grandchildren.

Ed Atter  ( New governor will be appointed in September 2019) - Co-opted Governor


I have lived in Plympton for 10 years and the wider Plymouth area since going to Plymouth University in 1993.  The majority of my career has been spent in the Welfare to Work sector managing government contracts to support unemployed and disadvantage people into paid work.  I have managed large teams across the South West and nationally and have developed skills in financial management, people management, project management as well as strategic planning and cultural change programmes.  I am keen to put my skills to use in my local community and try to support Plympton Academy and its students to achieve their aspirations.



Paul Hutchings - Member- appointed Governor

I have been a governor at Plympton Academy since the 1994/1995 school year. I have sat on most committees and panels including the Headteacher interview panel that selected the current Headteacher.

I became a Plymouth City Councillor in 2003 but 5 years was enough for me.

I took a break from being a governor for a few years due to work commitments but have now retired from the Gas Industry. I re-joined Plympton Academy Governing Body in 2010.

Retirement is interesting, as well as being a governor, I have become Show Secretary with Plympton Gardeners Association, develop properties with my son and occasionally undertake consultancy work for the gas industry.

Margaret Turner - Co-opted Governor


I was an Early Years KS1 teacher for 30years.  I am qualified in SpLD dyslexia. I was also an assistant SENCo.  I served also as a Teacher Governor.

I was also on numerous committees:  Toddler Group - Chair, Pre-school - Chair, First School PTA, High school PTA - Chair, Neighbourhood committee - Chair, Junior Football Club - Chair, Plymouth Hartley WI - President (Current).

I am naturally a problem solver.  I consider myself to be approachable, open and friendly.  I am a good listener. I like to ‘get alongside’ people.

I have previously carried out performance management and appraisals for teaching assistants and teaching training students.  I have also been a mentor for students and colleagues.


I’m interested in getting involved. How do I find out more?

If you would like to know more about the role of parent or co-opted Governor or the appointment process you can speak to our Clerk of Governors

Or, if you know someone who would be a brilliant governor, please pass our details on, as we are currently looking for people with commitment and enthusiasm to contribute to our academy.