Learn all about the governors who support Cranbrook Education Campus.

You can contact Sarah O’Shea – Chair of Governors by emailing  or or in writing using the address below.

FAO Clerk to Governors
Cranbrook Education Campus
Tillhouse Road

Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust Governance Structure

CEC Governors Minutes 2020-2021

Finance & Resources 7th October 2020

Performance & Standards 4th November 2020

CEC Governors Minutes 2019-2021

Performance & Standards 18th September 2019

Finance & Resources 30th October 2019

Performance & Standards 27th November 2019

Finance & Resources 15th January 2020

Performance & Standards 5th February 2020

Performance & Standards 22nd April 2020

Performance & Standards 17th June 2020

If you require a copy of the minutes from previous academic years, please contact the Clerk at

CEC Attendance



CEC Summary Information



Steve Wilkinson - Behaviour & Attitudes: SEND / LAC

Having completed my school years at Plympton Grammar School, Plymouth, in 1975 I went to London to start a career in the construction industry. After 11½ years in London, and via a year working in Jersey, I came back to the West Country and joined Midas Construction Limited. In May 2004, after the retirement of a former director, I changed employment to Midas Group Limited as group commercial manager. I am proud that Midas Construction was chosen by the housing consortium to build the Educational Campus at Cranbrook and I look forward to playing a part in the establishment and growth of a highly valuable educational and recreational hub for the new town.

Bob Hooper - Quality of Education: Intent and Implementation

Having had a career in education and I am pleased to make use of my experience as a governor at The Cranbrook Campus. I was a teacher for many years working in secondary schools in the midlands. I then became a school advisor and inspector in Warwickshire. In 2012 I moved to Exeter working for Babcock Education and Devon County Council. I now work part time as an education consultant. I look forward to supporting the development of the campus in providing excellent educational provision for Cranbrook.

Sarah O'Shea (Chair) - Leadership & Management: Safeguarding & Child Protection and Mental Health

I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend my working life in education. Currently, I am in the process of retiring from my role as Student Services Manager at Exeter College, which has provided me with a wide range of opportunities over the last 25 years. I have been able to teach and support children and young people from the ages of three months to fully grown adults.

The college day nursery has been an oasis at times; spending time with nursery age children is both grounding and exciting. Equally, working with young people in both a teaching and welfare capacity has been challenging and thoroughly rewarding. I am now looking forwards and I am excited to be a part of such an innovative educational project, the Cranbrook Education Campus. I look forward to playing a part in its development and success.

Stephen Bardwell - Parent Governor

After many years working in online media technology, my life and career have been refreshed by moving to East Devon and taking up a local role in distribution logistics. Equally fortunate, my children are students at Cranbrook Education Campus. Hence, I want to engage with and challenge the school to develop in positive and innovative ways. In my role as a parent governor, it has been great to see how well pupils, teachers and parents are communicating and successfully supporting each other. I wish for all who attend the school to feel inspired to learn, enquire, see their potential and strive to reach it. I have seen that CEC provides a happy and safe learning environment, and the time I have spent with pupils and staff has proved very rewarding. My hope is that all pupils, whatever their educational needs, will leave the school as active, articulate, compassionate and self-confident individuals. I believe that Cranbrook Education Campus is doing all it can to gift this to its students.

Steve Strang (Vice Chair) - Leadership & Management: Health & Safety

I was born and raised in Greenock on the west coast of Scotland and joined the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1985 as an Electrical/Electronics Apprentice. During my time with the MoD I was fortunate enough to travel to many interesting places including Canada, Oman, Dubai and Ascension Island. As Head of Estates for Exeter College I am responsible for the management of all College property, grounds and related facilities. I also Chair the College Safety, Health and Environment Group. I very much look forward to playing a part in the development and success of Cranbrook Education Campus.

David Solomides - Personal Development: Enterprise & Careers

I currently sit on the board of a diverse range of businesses from the charity, social enterprise and private sectors and also work as Expert in Residence at the University of Exeter, helping the university to commercialise its research and coaching and mentoring their student entrepreneurs. I am passionate about bringing business into education and work with schools across Devon, to introduce students to the world of enterprise via business challenges, through Young Enterprise and Social Enterprise Qualifications. I also work with schools to help generate additional revenue to support their extra-curricular activities and those of the local community and I am looking forward to playing a part in both areas with Cranbrook Education Campus. My family relocated from London to Devon over 10 years ago and it has been immensely rewarding to share my business experience with students, to bridge the gap between education and the workplace, and to provide a practical environment within which they can develop their soft skills and apply the theory learned in the classroom.

Les Bayliss - Behaviour & Attitudes: Behaviour, Attendance and Attitudes

I served as an airport fireman at Exeter Airport for 31 years, progressing through the service to become the Fire Service Manager and Business Risk Manager. As well as managing a large team of firefighters, I had responsibility for Health & Safety, attaining an IOSH accredited certificate in Executive Risk Management. I have served a 4 year term as a councillor at Honiton and more recently I am a councillor at Cranbrook. I look forward to using the skills that I have acquired over my career to support and assist the campus.

Patrick Sachon - Finance

I have twenty years’ experience working on weather and climate science across a number of industry sectors, including Energy, Transport, Defence and Health. I am currently employed as Group Leader for Business Development at Met Office. These roles have helped me develop a wide range of skills that enable me to lead work with customers, partners and colleagues, in order to generate new opportunities and collaborations to harness the full potential of weather and climate science. I have managed significant business programmes and complex projects as well as identifying and securing funding from government funded programmes. I have a strong business acumen which I would like to use to help local educational institutions develop and thrive. I hope that the skills and experience I have will benefit the Trust to help it succeed in the future. From a personal perspective I would like to develop my experience of how organisations are governed and managed, and to develop my own governance skills and experience.