Chair of Governors
An experienced higher education leader with a distinguished profile and career spanning over 30 years in the education sector. A first-rate communicator with a strong commitment to collaborative working with the ability to lead and inspire change. Combines expertise and insight with approachability and a real interest in people and their motivations. A passionate belief in the power of education to transform lives and contribute to the development of wider society.
I was born and brought up near Plymouth and went to London in 1972 to train as a Speech and Language Therapist. On qualification I worked at Guys Hospital for 11 years before returning to my Westcountry roots.
The rest of my career was spent as clinical lead for SLT in Derriford Hospital , working mainly in the area of neuro- rehabilitation as well as having a commitment to teaching and training SLT and medical students, and nurses.
Shortly after retiring from the NHS in 2010 I was delighted to begin my involvement with Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, and I became a Hannahs' School Governor in 2013.
Apart from exploring the surrounding coast and countryside with my energetic dog, I enjoy the wide range of local arts and crafts and have myself dabbled in raku, pottery making and silversmithing.
Vice Chair of Governors
Maureen has worked predominantly in the social work field in the South West, and has considerable and extensive experience in child protection and safeguarding. She has delivered a range of child protection and safeguarding courses and has been a member of many boards associated with child protection, adoption and fostering.
Maureen started social work with Children and Families in 1989, retiring in 2011 as Safeguarding Children’s Manager for Plymouth in 2011. She then delivered training on Safeguarding Adults, within the Plymouth area, for 5 years. She has extensive experience in multi agency working.
Tamzin is the Head of Therapy at Ivybridge. She is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. She graduated from University College London in 1993. Since this time she has worked in a variety of settings as a Speech and Language Therapist developing specialist skills in paediatrics, paediatric complex needs, and Adult Learning Disability services. She has been working at DHR since 2008. Her current role comprises managing the Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Speech and Language Therapy teams based at Ivybridge, plus carrying a clinical caseload in school. She also manages 2 outreach services: the Specialist Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) team based at Ivybridge and commissioned by NHS England to carry out specialist assessments in Cornwall and Devon. The Mainstream Schools SLT service in commissioned by the Plymouth Excellence Cluster.
We would like to welcome Jason Ryder, the new Headteacher at Dame Hannahs in Ivybridge. Jason comes with 25 years of experience in mainstream schools.
Jason has worked at Plymstock School and Plympton and Lipson Academies as English Teacher, Head of Department and most recently Senior Leader. He also has extensive experience in safeguarding and was a lead reviewer for Challenge Partners, an organisation which enables collaboration between schools to enhance the life chances of all children in an ever changing world.
He has known about Dame Hannahs for a while as he was Chairman of the Plymouth Sound Charitable Trust for ten years and was involved in funding the original sensory room at the Hannahs Ivybridge. He has also been involved in voluntary work with disabled children for several years.
“I am very excited and privileged to be taking on the leadership of the educational provision at Dame Hannah Rogers. I look forward to working with the other aspects of this fantastic charity for the benefit of the many young people and adults who have their lives enriched by Hannahs”.
Caroline has a B ed Hons. in Applied Education from Lancaster University. She taught for three years in a main stream primary school before pursuing her interest in Special Educational Needs. She did further study in Special Educational Needs at Marjohns University in Plymouth and has a Certificate of Advanced Professional Study in Special Educational Needs.
Caroline has taught at Dame Hannah Rogers School since 1991. Her current role is 0.6 teacher with the younger children in the school, ranging from the Nursery to 16 year olds. Caroline enjoys working as part of an interdisciplinary team including the school Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. She is passionate about delivering a curriculum that meets the individual Special Needs of the children she teaches. She is always keen to bring her interests of music, art and outdoor education into the curriculum. She organises both whole class and individual music sessions for the children. She has developed a very ‘sensory’ approach to art sessions. She takes the children out of school to a variety of locations and helps them to explore them. She has organised many whole school music events with live music and dancing.
Dermot Roberts MCMI, MAL&M, CERT ED. APMP
Local Authority Governor
Dermot has lived in Ivybridge for over twenty years with his wife Deborah and his three daughters, Hannah, Emily and Lauren, all of whom went to Ivybridge Community College and are now grown up and setting out on their own family paths in Ivybridge. Dermot’s middle daughter works as a Team Leader in the Adult care area within Dame Hannah’s.
Dermot served for 35 years in the Royal Navy, predominately in the Submarine service and his final appointment was of Executive Warrant Officer on the Royal Navy’s flag ship HMS Albion. During his career he spent many years teaching and training and completed the certificate of Education at Plymouth University. He has completed the Train the Trainer and the Supervision of Instructors courses as well as the Care of Vulnerable Students course. On leaving the RN Dermot worked for the local ‘Dove’ Project in Ivybridge supporting and enabling adults with learning difficulties and is presently working for Babcock International as a Ship Control Safety Engineer on Submarines in Devonport Dockyard.
Dermot was recommended to the Board by the local authority and is an experienced Risk Assessor and is IOSH trained. He has volunteered to take the lead role on Health and Safety matters and report back to Governors. Dermot takes a full role in the community and has been an enthusiastic and committed fund raiser for various charities over the years. He is currently Chairman of the very successful Ivybridge Branch of the Royal British legion.