Our local governing body consists of unpaid members who monitor the strategic direction of the school as defined by the Ted Wragg Trust in their scheme of delegation. We are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school but we use our mix of skills to hold the head teacher to account and scrutinise the financial probity of the school ensuring value for money is obtained from our allocated budget. We discuss and agree school improvement strategies with their priorities and targets which we monitor over the school year. We have a responsibility for health and safety ensuring risks to the organisation are adequately managed and taken interest in the well-being of both students and staff.

If you have any queries about the governing body at Cranbrook Education Campus or you would like to get involved, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Clerk to the Governors. Alternatively you can email the Clerk to Governors at

Details of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust and their Trustees can be viewed on the TWMAT website:

This includes the Trust annual report, annual audited accounts, memorandum of association, articles of association, names of trustees and members and the trust funding agreement.

Details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees:

CEC Governors Minutes

If you require a copy of the minutes from any of our governors meetings, please contact the Clerk at


CEC Attendance




CEC Summary Information

Les Bayliss (Chair) Safegaurding

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.

Steve Wilkinson - 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Layla Crabtree - Secondary Staff Governor

Having been a teacher of English for the last seven years, I have been fortunate enough to work in two schools within the South West and am currently the Well-being Lead and Director of Fun for Cranbrook Education Campus. I moved back to Devon to work in the community within which I was raised and am delighted to take such an active role in supporting The Campus and its exciting future developments. I hold an MA in English Literature and outside the school gates I enjoy amateur dramatics and taking an active role in community outreach. I am delighted to be part of such a vibrant and flourishing school community and look forward to working alongside my fellow governors.

Owen Davies - Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Liz Partridge - Primary Staff Governor

I have been involved in education since I started my teaching career in 2001. I took a career break in 2016 to spend more time with my young and growing family, although still stayed in touch with the sector with supply teaching and exam board work. I have had a connection with Cranbrook Education Campus since 2016 when my eldest child started in Reception. I have since then supported the school by volunteering as a parent helper and joining the PTA where I took on the role of Treasurer. I had the pleasure of becoming a parent governor in 2018 but sadly had to step down from this role when I joined the campus as a member of staff in 2020. I have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to see the campus grow and develop over the years and have had the unique chance to be able to see the various aspects of the Campus, both as a parent and an employee. I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Governing body again in the role of Staff Governor.