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Our Directors

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Our Directors at The Genesis Academy Trust: 

  • Paul Walker -(CEO &Executive Headteacher)
  • Mrs Andrea Gosling (Vice-chair, Foundation Director appointed by Exeter Diocese)
  • Mrs Ann Denner (Chairperson & Parent Director)
  • Mr Paul Jones (foundation director, appointed by Salisbury Diocese)
  • Ms Caroline Bromfield (co-opted director, appointed by the other directors)
  • Mr Alex Walmsley (foundation director, appointed by Exeter Diocese)

Our Members

  • Mrs Ruth Churchill (Salisbury Diocese Representative)
  • Rev’d Canon Dr Philip Bourne (Exeter Diocese Representative)
  • Mr Richard Power (Exeter Diocese Representative)
  • Mrs Ann Denner (as chair of directors)
  • One vacancy- 2nd representative from Salisbury Diocese


Our directors are hard working, supportive members of the school community. They work for the benefit of all our children to ensure the highest possible quality in standards of attainment, attitude to learning and behaviour within a safe, caring and positive environment. The Board of Directors consists of  parents, staff, members of the business community and Church representatives.

We a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run. Their focus is strategic (i.e not the day to day running of the school) and they have three core functions:

1. Ensuring a long term vision for the school, it’s strategic directions and priorities as well as the ethos of the school.

2. Directors are responsible for supporting the headteacher’s leadership and hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils and the performance of staff.

3. They oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent.

If you wish to speak to a director they can be contacted through the school.

Hawkchurch is now part of The Genesis Academy Trust.

Click here to read the Governors Declarations of Interest:

Two Valleys Federation Full Governing Body Minutes, follow this link here

Mrs Andrea Gosling

DBE Foundation Director

As the daughter of a primary school teacher I have always been interested in education and how schools function. I became a parent governor when my son was at All Saints School (now Vicarage Road site) and appreciated seeing the workings of the school from both sides. I was on the governing body when we went through the amalgamation process, combining three schools into what is now Sidmouth Primary School.
I am now a Foundation Director as well as being a parent (both my children attended the school and are now at Sidmouth College). I want in my own small way to ‘put something back’ into a school that the teachers and support staff work so hard to make into an outstanding school. My particular interest lies in resources and especially premises as I feel that children learn better in a comfortable and well-maintained environment.

Mrs Ann Denner


I have been involved with schools in Sidmouth as a governor for the past 10 years, at All Saints, Sidmouth College and now Sidmouth Primary. I consider it to be a privilege to be allowed to support our children’s education through the role of governance. It can be challenging, especially with the pace of change over the last few years; however I enjoy working with my colleagues on the Governing Body to ensure the highest standards for our children.
I live in Sidmouth with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 6. We enjoy being out and about in Devon, when the childrens’ activities allow! I worked and lived in the Midlands for 15 years as a credit insurance broker. At present I work for a local learning community of 10 schools as a business administrator for their collaborative projects, and I help my husband with our kitchen fitting business.

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