Meet Our Governors

The Governing Body of the West Exmoor Federation is made up of thirteen members.  The school, the community, the church and the the local authority are all represented.  The membership of the Governing Body is currently made up of the following people: 


Jan Stokes - Chair of Governors & Local Authority Governor

My wife and I moved to Lynton in 2012 to be closer to our family, especially the youngest son, wife and grandaughter, now added to by her brother!  I joined the Governing Body of West Exmoor Federation in April 2013 and was elected Chair in January 2014. However, our relationship with the area is not new, as my wife's family (Parents, sister and nephews and offspring) have been here for over 25 years, so I am not the stranger I might appear to be!

My background is in education.  I am a graduate PE specialist and taught in Cheshire, and Sheffield in 3 schools, becoming a Head of Department in all.  In 1987 I was appointed as Adviser for Outdoor Education to Leicestershire Local Authority, and in 1991 became Principal PE Adviser in the same Authority.  Two years later I became an Ofsted Inspector, and worked as a School Improvement Officer to schools in Leicestershire until until 2006. 

I then left to work as an independent consultant, working, to begin with in the Midlands.  I was then contacted by a major training company to deliver staff training courses across England and Wales.  This led to me working with the American Independent Schools.  I then went on to work as a consultant to the Independent schools in Dubai, and for 2 years worked with the Government and Churches of Malta to re-organise their Primary transfer system.  I also worked as a consultant and course assessor for Association for PE (AfPE), and remain one of the members of the Institute of Expert Witnesses.

Now, nominally retired I maintain my love of sport by being an active member of Lynton and Lynmouth Bowling Club, where I compete regularly, and contribute as a qualified Coach, as well as remaining active for AfPE.  My passion continues through my work as Chair of Governors to WEF, and as a contributor to a wider group of Primary schools working together across North Devon.  I want the Federation to continue to improve and move forward.  I have an obvious interest in that my grandchildren, and nephew will attend Lynton, but I wish this for all children in all of the schools of the Federation.  I am particularly pleased that all three schools gained an Ofsted grade of “Good” in their respective inspections in 2016, and I am sure that we will all work hard to gain a higher accolade next time around.  I hope that I am approachable to all about their feelings and concerns about the Federation, and will endeavor to do my best for all the children in all of the schools, to ensure they receive the best possible education they can.

I can always be contacted via any school office.


Victoria Squire - Vice-Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor (Lynton)

When my eldest daughter Haven embarked on her education journey at Lynton Church of England Primary School, I decided to volunteer as a school governor. I am married with two daughters now at the school, Haven aged 7 and Aura aged 4.

I have a strong interest in education being a lecturer at Plymouth University. My interests in primary education are within teaching and learning; how learning evolves through the key stages and prepares children for secondary education and beyond. As the Lynton Foundation governor I am involved in how the school and Church liaise, bringing Christian faith into children’s daily lives.

I have an MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and PGCE from Oxford Brooks University. I am employed by Plymouth University as a Lecturer teaching on the BA Hons Graphic Communication with Typography programme and lead the ‘Message’ research group. 

Prior to having Haven I worked full time and was course leader for the BA Hons Design: Graphic Communication with Typography programme­ and was a harassment advisor.  Within the role of course leader I gained skills in course approval (having written the undergraduate programme which was validated), curriculum development, assessment procedures, managing a team of full time and part time staff and managing budgets.  Whilst having this role I was also Subject Forum Chair for Arts in the University.

As the Chair for Arts I was responsible for liaising between the Faculty of Arts and University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC) Faculty (University of Plymouth Colleges Faculty validates undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Colleges across the South West from Weymouth to Cornwall College and Jersey, including Petroc locally). Here I gained experience in strategic planning and implementation, UPC Arts budget management, being part of the approval and validation process, the organisation of conferences for the Arts forum which I chaired, cross college/University activities and the development of curricula across colleges through staff exchange and e-learning/blended learning.  I have also been an external examiner for BA Hons Creative Industries at Southampton University.


Elaine Young

My name is Elaine Young (everyone calls me ‘Lainey’).  I have lived  in the local area all my life and a year ago we moved to the outskirts of Combe Martin.   Our son Reuben started Kentisbury school in 2016 and daughter Gracie has just started in Reception having previously attended Little Berries.

I studied business admin at Petroc and then changed direction and became a qualified Florist.  I then worked in a busy Florist in Ilfracombe for nearly 20 years where I became Manager.

 We have attended Calvary Chapel Woolacombe since 2001 and I have experience of serving at the Youth Club, Sunday School and Toddler Group and organizing several Christian events over the years.

 We have been impressed with the school, staff, it’s Christian values and Ethos and wanted to contribute in some small way. In 2017 I decided to volunteer as a Parent Governor and have been learning a great deal about the running of the three schools that form the Federation.

Esther Bray - Parent Governor

My name is Esther. I grew up in Cornwall where I attended a small, village primary school. My secondary school education was in a larger comprehensive school, where I completed my A levels. I graduated from Cardiff University with a Masters degree in Pharmacy in 2003, then moved to Worcester where I worked as a Hospital Pharmacist whilst also completing a Clinical Pharmacy diploma. I moved to North Devon in 2007 to take up the role of Antimicrobial Pharmacist at North Devon District Hospital.

I am married to Matthew. He is a dairy farmer and his family have always lived and farmed in the area. We have two boys, Henry who is in year 2 at Kentisbury and William who has just started in Year 1. Ever since Henry started at Kentisbury, I have been very impressed with both the quality of the care and education he has received.

I left my Pharmacy job four years ago to be at home with the boys full time. I now feel ready for a new challenge and I am keen to learn something new and find out more about the federation.

As a family, we attend Brookdale church in Ilfracombe. I am keen to support the federation in bringing Christian faith into the children’s daily lives. I have experience of helping at youth groups and the summer holiday club within our church. I look forward to learning about the running of the three schools and supporting the federation by being part of the governing body.

Carol Brunner - Foundation Governor (Parracombe)

I am a Primary School Teacher with 35 years experience. I am an Early Years Specialist with an MA Ed from Winchester University. I have taught in a range of settings including schools in London, Essex, Wiltshire, Hampshire and most recently North Devon.  I have experienced a range of educational environments including large inner-city schools, an independent sector school, and small village schools with their strong ties to the local community.

Whilst I have not experienced working within a Federated School I worked closely with the Headteacher and Governors during the amalgamation of Nomansland School where I was based and Landford School, a local village school a mile and a half away.The schools (in Wiltshire) amalgamated in 2009 and was renamed The New Forest School. I oversaw the design and alterations to the KS1 classroom and outside area. Once the school started to work across two sites I had responsibility for the KS1 site when the head teacher was based on the KS2 site.

My husband and I moved to North Devon in 2010 and consider ourselves privileged to live in the Heddon valley, a very beautiful part Exmoor. We attend Christ Church Parracombe, and both of us serve on the PCC. We have two sons and two daughters, who all gained much from being taught in small village schools.

I hope to use my knowledge and experience to fulfill my role as Foundation Governor and support WEF to offer an excellent education to all the children in their care. 


Ronnie Moughton

My name is Ronnie Moughton.  I am married with 2 children, one who is at Lynton School.  We have lived in Lynton for 18 years.

When Saskia first started pre-school I became much more interested in the federation and volunteered by helping in anyway that I could.  I followed this through to Lynton School and now look forward to developing this further as a governor.

As  a family we run a catering business.  I have a level 3 NVQ  in hospitality and training.  I have also worked as sports manager for a government scheme 'Sport for All' teaching sport and fitness to young and old alike. I feel that I have some skills that could help the federation become even stronger and better.  


Jayne Peacock - Ex-Officio (Executive Headteacher)

Early in my teens I decided that I wanted to be a teacher.  This was, in no small part, due to having a younger sister who is profoundly deaf.  I spent a great deal of time supporting her learning as she progressed through school and I found this to be extremely rewarding.   However, I made a conscious decision not to go straight on to University when I left school and spent two years working as the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director of a construction company.  During this time I also worked on a voluntary basis for ‘Friends of the Young Deaf’, organising holidays and training programmes for disadvantaged hearing and deaf children/young adults and my involvement with this organisation continued until I moved to Devon.   

I graduated from Brighton University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Education (Hons) Degree, specialising in English and Special Educational Needs.  My teaching career began in East Grinstead, West Sussex before my career took me to Hammersmith, West London, where I taught in a Unit for Hearing Impaired children.  Eventually I returned to mainstream teaching in Lindfield, West Sussex, where I took on the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator before being appointed as the Deputy Headteacher and eventually Acting Headteacher.  During this time I also completed a Masters of Arts (Education) Degree and successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).  In 2001 I moved to Devon to take up the Headship of Lynton CE Primary School and, in turn, was appointed to the Executive Headship of the West Exmoor Federation in January 2007.  Alongside my Headship of the federation, I have worked as a remodelling consultant for the Local Authority, trained as an Ofsted inspector and been appointed, amongst other things, as a Local Leader for Education by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.  

I am married and have a young son, Henry, who is now in Year 2 at Kentisbury.   


Allan Sensicle

I am married with two children and two grandchildren.  My daughter, Juliet lives in Lynton with her husband, John Arbon. 

I was a Senior Lecturer at North Devon College (now Petroc) in the early 1970's and have recently returned to North Devon after working in full-time education for nearly 50 years, settling in Lynton. 

A large proportion of my career was spent working for the Government of Hong Kong in its education directorate.  During this time I was engaged on a number of activities, two of which were the reorganisation of Hong Kong's vocational education and training system, and setting up and leading a national educational quality assurance body, the Hong Kong Council for academic Accreditation. 

I am an active artist and have had shows of my work in Thailand, Hong Kong and the UK. 

Since leaving Hong Kong, I still undertake some educational and management projects, most of which are in the far east, Africa and Europe.  Currently, I am Chairman of the International Professional Managers Association.


Sue Stokes - Co-Opted Governor

I joined West Exmoor Federation in April 2013 with my husband Jan, currently the Chair of Governors. We moved to Devon in 2012 to join family and have 2 grandchildren living in Lynton. Our Grand daughter attends Lynton School and Grandson Stepping Stones.

Having made a firm decision at the age of 18 that teaching was what I wanted to do, I have spent my working life involved with young people. I have a Master’s Degree in Education Management and taught young people from ages 11 to adult. My teaching has essentially been in large secondary schools, comprehensive, traditional selective grammar schools, sixth form colleges and establishments for adult education. The last 20 years of my career were in school management, initially in a Community College and for the later 13 years as a High School Deputy Head with extended periods as Acting Headteacher. My principle responsibilities involved the management of standards within the school, curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning. I have always felt privileged to spend my career doing a job that I loved.

I have over 20 years as a governor working within the school system and try to bring this experience into my current role as Chair of the Federation Improvement Committee. I am passionate about ensuring that young people are given the very best education possible and hope that I can make an effective contribution to the communities of Lynton, Kentisbury and Parracombe


Elaine Young - Parent Governor

My name is Elaine Young (everyone calls me ‘Lainey’).  I have lived in the local area all my life and we are about to move to the outskirts of Combe Martin.  Our son Reuben started Kentisbury school last year and our daughter Gracie has just started Little Berries.  We have been so impressed with the school and I wanted to get more involved and contribute in some way and so have become a Parent Governor.  I have now met all the Governors and look forward to working with and supporting the team to make sure our Children’s education and experience at the Federation is the best it can be.

I studied Business Admin at Petroc before becoming a qualified Florist. I then worked and became Manager of a busy Florist in Ilfracombe.

I served as an Admin Assistant at our Church in Woolacombe where my Husband Olly was the Pastor for 10 years. I oversaw the Child Protection Policy, DBS checks, helped organise Christian events as well as serving at the Youth Club and Toddler Group.  I currently carry out the bookwork and invoicing for my Husband’s Carpentry business.


Jillian Kelly - Staff Governor

My name is Jill Kelly and I am the staff governor at West Exmoor Federation.

Having graduated with a BEd (Hons) in Secondary Physical Education (PE) in 2005, I went on to work within the role of School Sports Co-ordinator, where I was responsible for all of the Primary PE within our local learning community.

After having my own 3 children, who all attend our federation schools, my passion for teaching began to shift. Through my own children I was able to see the importance of teaching the whole child rather than an individual subject and it was then that I made the big leap to taking on a position as Early Years Practitioner at Little Berries pre school.

Instantly knowing that this was the right decision for me, my love of early years has flourished. I truly believe in the child centred approach where every child is on a unique learning journey and am very fortunate to work within a federation where this is celebrated.

My role within Little Berries saw me progress on to Deputy Manager and then onwards again into our Reception class. Currently now Early Years lead within the school as well as partly responsible for Year 1 and 2, my passion for Early Years is firmly embedded. I am in the very fortunate position of working alongside our Little Berries team and children as well as then being part of the children’s lives as they begin their journeys into school and then onto Years 1 & 2.