Learn all about the governors who support Cranbrook Education Campus.

You can contact Steve Wilkinson – Chair of Governors by emailing or or in writing using the address below.

FAO Governors
Cranbrook Education Campus
Tillhouse Road

Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust Governance Structure

Steve Wilkinson (Chair)

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.

Mandy Lane - Behaviour & SEND

Action for Children South West

Matt Rowett - Outcomes & Disadvantaged

While I enjoy the recreational endeavours of Cranbrook I believe I have more to offer and the governor position for the new school seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to apply myself towards helping the school grow with, and for, the community. I am really excited about the future of the town and education within it and am intrigued to learn more about all-through provision and what that can offer to the parents and students of Cranbrook and the surrounding area. I’m also looking forward to the future of having my own children be part of this community and educational experience.

Bob Hooper - Teaching & Learning

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 - Safeguarding & Child Protection

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 in online media technology, my life and career have been refreshed by moving to East Devon and taking up a locally based role in distribution logistics. Equally fortunate, one of my children is a student 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, I want pupils, teachers and parents to communicate well, so that we are able to support each other and succeed together. 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 the best it can to gift this to all its students.

Steve Strang - 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 - Enterprise & Community

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.

Rebecca Bright - Parent Governor

My career as a Business Development Manager allows me to bring a diverse range of skills to my position as parent governor by raising the public profile of Cranbrook Education Campus with local businesses. Furthermore, as a parent to a child attending the school I am able to represent the voice of the parent. My son joined Cranbrook Education Campus in reception class in September 2016, I have observed the way in which the campus has enabled him to thrive and develop enormously during this time both academically and on a personal level. I will endeavour as a parent governor to ensure that pupils at Cranbrook Education Campus continue to grow and develop within a cohesive and inclusive environment and I am excited to be involved in this ongoing process.