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Our Governors

Welcome to our Governors information!


When St James C of E Primary and Nursery School opened in September 2018, we were operated by St James Academy Trust, a 'single academy trust' that had a Board of Directors who were also the governing body for the school. 


St James joined Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust on 1st October 2020.  Now that St James is a member of Dartmoor MAT, the role of Directors changes and the school will now have a Local Academy Committee.  Plans are currently underway for shaping the look of the new Academy Committee for St James.


The Local Academy Committee play a vital role in shaping the education of young people by helping to set the ethos, vision and strategy for school. They provide leadership, support and challenge to the senior management team. 


This section will be updated to set out how the Local Academy Committee is structured, the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each member. 

For more information about our committee structure, Register of Interests, Who's who, Minutes, Cycle of Business, or anything else, please visit the links below. 


For information about Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, our Trustees and our governance structure, please visit the link below.

Governance structure - Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (

Meet the Local Academy Committee!


The Local Academy Committee is made up of appointed and elected individuals. Our current academy committee members are: 


Beverley Johnson: Sponsor / Foundation Appointment: 28 November 2018.  Beverley is our current Chair of Governors.  She is our Foundation Governor and is a lay reader at the local church.  Beverley has had a vast career in many sectors including education.
Hazel Fox: Vice CEO, Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust: Member Appointment: 28 March 2018. 

As Vice CEO of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, Hazel was instrumental in both the bid and inauguration of St James. She has extensive experience of being a Head Teacher in the primary sector in Devon in both small and large schools. 

John Lawlor: Member Appointment: 28 March 2018 Prior to retiring, John was a Senior Project Manager in the aerospace industry. He has twenty five years’ experience as a school governor, most recently as the Vice Chair of Okehampton Primary School where he specialised in monitoring the schools’ pupil progress and attainment performance. John has also served as Chair of the Dartmoor Cooperative Learning Trust.
Michaela Myerscough: Parent Governor (Elected by Parents) 16 October 2018

As a parent governor, Michaela is able act as the ‘eye and ears’ of parents, and, having grown up in Austria, brings fresh scrutiny to how things work both within St James School and the wider English education system.

Marcia Horsley: Parent Governor (Elected by Parents) 31 October 2018

Marcia is a parent at the school. In her professional capacity, she is a ‘Partner Voice Representative’; a democratically elected role which mirrors many of the responsibilities of a school governor.

Suzie Stevens: Staff Governor (Elected by School Staff) 31 October 2018

Suzie is the Head Teacher. Her career to date has included roles as a Teacher, Subject Coordinator, Foundation Stage Leader, Deputy Head, Local Authority Adviser, Head of Early Years, Assistant Headteacher and Acting Head of School.  Mrs Stevens holds a B.Ed (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and is a Department for Education designated Specialist Leader in Education. As Head Teacher, Mrs Stevens oversees the day to day management of the school and drives high standards of teaching and learning. 


Contact the Governors


Our Chair can be contacted as follows:


Beverley Johnson

c/o St James C of E Primary and Nursery School

Fort Road


EX20 1GJ


Tel: 01837 52341