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David Kernick


Chair of Governors

David Kernick studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Exeter before graduating in Medicine from the University of Wales.  He has been a general practitioner at St Thomas Health Centre for over thirty years and has had teaching and research commitments at the local medical school. His major interest is in migraine and headache and in conjunction with West Exe College has published a number of papers which form the basis of UK policy guidelines to support the management of headache in schools.

He is married with three children and lives in Longdown. Outside of work he enjoys tennis, tinkering with his vintage Austin cars and playing guitar in the St Thomas Health Centre band – “Bad Medicine.”



John Siddorn


Parent Governor

John Siddorn leads the Ocean Forecasting Research department at the Met Office, has a doctorate in Operational Oceanography and is a Fellow of the Institute Of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. His research team develops and supports ocean based forecasting systems including for wave and storm surges, as well as for ocean hydrology and ecosystem health, and his personal research interests are in shelf sea ocean modelling. John has an number of governance roles related to ocean prediction nationally and internationally.  John is married, with a daughter who is a student at West Exe. Outside work he enjoys getting outside and exploring the Devon countryside with his dog and building (and breaking) things in his garden.


Matt Davey


Matt Davey is an alumni of West Exe/St Thomas High School, graduating in 1993. Matt went on to study Health and Sports Science at University.

Since graduating , Matt spent 8 years in retail sector, firstly with Gap Inc and then with Marks and Spencer’s plc, working across the fields of visual merchandising, merchandising, store management and project management.

Matt joined the University Exeter in 2009 as Business Manager, providing support services for the Student and Academic Services Division. He then joined the Business School to look after Finance, Research, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Admissions. Matt is now the Director of College Operations/Chief Operating Officer for the Business School.

Matt is also a Non-Executive Director for Hospicecare, lives locally, is married and has two children.

Mike Hickie

Co-opted Governor

Mike was born in the West Midlands. He gained his first Architectural degree at Leicester College of Art and Design and graduated with his second degree from the London Architectural Association where he then lectured for two years. Mike and his wife Lynne moved to Exeter in 1973 and have two children. Mike first worked in a local Architectural practice. In 1992 Mike and two colleagues formed their own practice Lacey Hickie and Caley Ltd. and worked for varied clients including Exeter University and Exeter College, Safeway and many development companies. Mike is now retired enjoys walking, golf and is studying Ikebana in both the U.K. and Japan.

Rosie Bates


Rosie Bates

Co-opted Governor

Rosie Bates is a former student of St. Thomas High School, who went on to gain a degree in Tourism Management from the University of Plymouth. After a period of time working for the National Trust at their London Head Office, Rosie returned to Devon and has since held a variety of roles in the public sector with a focus on tourism and economic development. This included a period running the county tourist board ‘Visit Devon. She is now working in the Growth and Enterprise Team at Exeter City Council, focussing on the Skills Strategy for the city.

 Outside of work Rosie is a season ticket holder at the Exeter Chiefs, loves to travel and has an ‘out of control’ hobby as a florist! She lives in Alphington with her husband.

David Towns


Parent Governor

David is a Parent Governor with a son at the school. Born and raised in London, David has worked as a business transformation consultant in both public and private sectors throughout the UK, Europe, North America and the Far East. David and his wife Anji lived in Spain for 12 years and now live in Crediton.

Allan Hart


Allan Hart

Co-Opted Governor

Almost twenty five years age Janice and I moved here from London. I’d worked in the newspaper industry and Janice was deputy catering manager at the Hillingdon hospital group. We took over an ailing vegetarian restaurant and after four, enjoyable but hard working, years ran out of energy and money.

I spent time volunteering for a learning difficulty charity and got a job in mental health, Janice changed direction, studied hard and now teaches horticulture at Bicton College. Working in the NHS I got involved with the Unison union and became a branch officer specialising in health and safety. I’ve been a governor throughout our recent challenging times and am very happy to have been voted chair of governors as I can boast about our recent good Ofsted.

The role of governor is challenging but very rewarding and we are always looking for new governors.

Kerry Cutland


Clerk to Governors

Kerry has lived in Exeter all her life.  She attended St Thomas High School and then continued her education at Exeter College.  She worked for South West Water for 17 years in various secretarial roles  becoming the PA to the Director of Information Services.  Kerry has been the Clerk to Governors at West Exe School for over three years and has recently taken on a further role as an Exams Invigilator at the school.

Kerry also has an administration role for her husband’s Plumbing and Heating business.

She is married with 2 children aged 13 and 9 who attend West Exe School and Alphington Primary School in Exeter.