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The Interim Executive Board

 Mount Tamar Interim Executive Board meetings

The Mount Tamar IEB meets fortnightly. 

Part 1 minutes are available on request at school reception.

Chair of the Interim Executive Board - 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.


IEB Member - Kelly Miller

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.


IEB Member - Steve Rowlands

Steve Rowlands, former MD of independent insurance brokers WPS Ltd, now retired.
I was brought up and spent all my adult life in Saltash and Plymouth. I was keen to be a teacher but failed an A level and injured my back so drifted into insurance instead.
Hobbies - Keen on music, watching sport, walking, both with and without the dogs, reading.
Children - Kate who lives in America is an Astro physicist and Tom is a chartered accountant here in Plymouth, and a step daughter Laura who works in marketing for a charity in Bristol. Very proud of them all.
I live with my long term partner Kay.
Have always loved the SW and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.


IEB Member - Mr James O'Connell 


James studied Philosophy at Leeds University and then joined the army for six years before becoming an English teacher.  He has worked in five secondary schools in London, Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall and is currently a headteacher in Devon

James is married with two children and has lived in Plymouth for the last eighteen years.  He enjoys the outdoors, running, cycling and attempting to surf as well as family time, reading and music.  

IEB Member - Carla Bennet

Carla Bennet - I am delighted to be able to support the Interim Executive Board at Mount Tamar to support the Safeguarding and improvement agenda.  I have worked in a range of Plymouth Primary Schools for the last fifteen years in senior positions: as SENDCO, Deputy and Head Teacher.  I have experience in supporting children and their families from a range of backgrounds and demographics with their educational provision and child centred approach to the curriculum. I have had Level 3 Safeguarding training and have been responsible for leading safeguarding within a range of schools.  I am now working for Plymouth City Council as an Educational Consultant for the Virtual School Team, supporting some of the most vulnerable children in the city from age 11-16. My role ensures that schools are providing a robust educational package to support these young people.  I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to join a team which is committed in supporting the staff and pupils at the school.

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