Meet Our Governors

Zoe Briant-Evans – Chair of Governors

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Alice McShane – Vice-Chair of Governors

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Fiona Collier

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Linda Chapman

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Sam Chapman

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Sue Nield

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Acting Executive Headteacher – Claire Redwood

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Associate Members


Nic George – Head of School (Seaton)

Nic George started his teaching career in 1991 after graduating from Rolle College in Exmouth with a BEd (Hons) in Early Years and Expressive/Visual Arts education.

Nic has extensive experience of working in a range of different schools and has held the posts of Head of Year, Deputy Headteacher and more recently he was Headteacher for seven years before moving to Seaton Primary School to be Head of School.

He has extensive knowledge and wealth of experience within teaching and leadership.

He has an excellent track record for helping schools to move forward and is a strong presence around the school.

His focus has always been to enable pupils to reach their full potential and to ensure that they receive a high quality education and exciting opportunities within a balanced curriculum. 


Aerfen Mills – Head of School (Colyton)

I am an Associate Governor of the Axe Beacon Federation. Previous to this role I was the elected staff governor. I have been a governor for both the Federation and for Colyton pre-federation since 2010.

I am the Head of School at Colyton and also the year 6 teacher. I am very proud of our school and our Federation. Working together in this way ensures that all children in our area have access to an excellent education.

I started teaching in 2007 after completing my degree in psychology at the University of Bath. As part of this degree I spent a year living and working in America at Harvard University, this was a really rewarding experience and I would always encourage people to do this if they can. Upon finishing my degree, I worked as an Assistant Manager of a clothing store before completing my PGCE at Exeter where I was the winner of the Ted Wragg award for Outstanding Trainee. I worked previously at a school in Wellington before starting at Colyton in 2009.

I love being a teacher, especially in year 6. The discussions and excitement that children show about their work and life around them is remarkable. They are on the brink of moving forward, with their whole life ahead of them and I feel it is my duty to help open their eyes to all of the possibilities that lie ahead! I especially enjoy the challenge that the maths teaching can bring as well as talking about current affairs such as politics and more recently – Donald Trump! It is always a big joke with my class that we talk a lot! I love putting on our Shakespeare plays at the end of the year too.

Outside of school I love to spend time with my young family, I have two daughters (4 and 2 years old), and at the weekend we love to watch my husband play rugby (he is getting a bit old for it now though!) I enjoy running as well as reading books and I am part of a book club. In the summer, I especially enjoy lazy days walking down the Byes to the beach and eating huge ice-creams on the seafront!


Lee White – Head of School (Kilmington)

From the age of about eight I always wanted to be a teacher.  I trained at Rolle College, as it was then, and qualified over several years ago now.  While I worked at Seaton Primary School I was elected as a staff governor and very much enjoyed experiencing the ‘other side’ of the management of a school. After the federation of our schools, the governing body was reduced so I was unable to carry on the role.  As I have progressed in my career to become the Head of School at Kilmington Primary however, I am now classified as an associate member of the governing body and therefore am back in the fold, so to speak.

I obviously have a massive interest in education but in my spare time like to keep fit and active and have taken part in a whole range group activities over the years – spinning, running, martial arts, circuit training… the list goes on, I have completed the Exeter half-marathon twice, have a black belt in karate/kickboxing and even tried aerobics once, but it seems that I just don’t have the co-ordination for that!

My husband and I started to enjoy travelling abroad on our honeymoon which gave us the travel bug. We planned a ‘gap-year’ in our thirties, taking in parts of Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America, which was simply the most amazing experience ever and we hope to travel more in the future.


Patrick Germscheid – Head of School (Shute)

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Clerk to the Governors – Bec Davey

I live in Seaton with my husband, 2 children and 2 dogs.

I am also the Axmouth Parish Clerk and Clerk to Governors for West Hill Primary School.

When I am not working I enjoy long walks with my dogs and am a member of the Axe Valley Runners. I have completed events from 10k’s to Marathons and the Grizzly and have recently started cycling and have completed Prudential RideLondon 100. As well as running in events, I also volunteer to either marshall, time-keep or backmark local events. I am one of the Run Directors for the Seaton Park Run and am on the Grizzly Committee.