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Find out more about our Governors

Interim Chair of IEB - Mr Jim Barnicott

I have worked in Education for 16 years, first as a secondary English teacher, Head of Special Educational Needs and specialist in literacy and dyslexia and then as an SEN Adviser for Plymouth City Council.  Through this role I have had the pleasure of working with a large number of mainstream and special schools in the city, including Mount Tamar.  I have also had the privilege to serve on a number of governing bodies.  

In my spare time I follow Plymouth Argyle, swim, play the guitar and spend time with my family.



Other Members of the IEB


Mr Tony Carson - Vice Chair of IEB

  • Chairman of TEC Construction.
  • Retired PCC Cllr.
  • Chairman of Plymouth Construction Training Group. 
  • Chairman Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Conservative Association.
  • Previous Vice Chair of MT Governing Board.
  • Family man with four children, and two grandchildren. 
  • Making MT a fantastic  place for all our young people and staff is a big motivation for me.
  • We are a great school with great people. 


Hi, my name is Kelly Miller and I am a Data Protection Lead, working for a local Data Protection and Human Resources consultancy business. Although my current role specialises in Data Protection, I have several years’ experience of investigating concerns including complaints and grievances, covering both private and public sectors.  I truly believe in doing the right thing and seeing people as the unique human beings they are rather than the roles they undertake.  I approach situations from a solution focused mindset concentrating on the learning aspects in order facilitate improvement.  


Emma Crowther - Emma has worked for the Council since 2010, first in the role of Placement Officer (sourcing and quality assuring placements for children and young people in care), then as Commissioning Officer and Strategic Commissioning Manager since 2017. Emma’s team commission services across the city for children and young people, including children’s centres, young carers, advocacy, services for children with disabilities and emotional health and wellbeing. This includes working with local authority and provider partners on a regional and national level and using complex needs analysis and the voice of children, young people and families to design services. Emma was also a school governor of a maintained school in Plymouth, including seven years as Chair of Governors. Prior to working for the Council, Emma was a television producer, working for ITV Westcountry and other local production companies in news and features programmes. 


Sara Jordan - I have been Head at Brook Green Centre for Learning since September 2013. Prior to that I spent over 25 years working in mainstream 11 - 18 community colleges starting out my career as a Geography teacher! The last 11 years of that was spent teaching in Plymouth which has become my adopted home with my family.
My passion lies in ensuring that young people with SEND have the best possible outcomes preparing them for adulthood and the next steps in their life journey.

Andrea Hemmens - Andrea has worked in settings where learning presents challenges for over 30 years. She relishes the problem solving that this requires and is driven to see every child reach their potential. Andrea has been Headteacher at Woodlands School for 14 years and enjoys working on the multi-school Wood View site.