Meet our Governors
David Griffin: Chair of Corporation
David Griffin, the Chair of Corporation, has for the last 26 years been Managing Partner of a West Country firm of Chartered Accountants employing around 250 people, having spent his entire working life with the firm. In recent years, David’s work has been mostly on the strategic and advisory side working with SMEs but also certain charitable and not for profit organisations and has always had a keen interest in the training and development of youth.
Barbara Barratt: Vice Chair of Corporation
Barbara Barratt was a teacher at the College for some 17 years and has a wide range of teaching and managerial experience, including the development of curriculum and student support. As a parent of former students, Barbara understands the challenges facing both students and staff in a rapidly changing educational and workplace environment. She is also currently Chair of West Buckland Primary School.
Nic Blunsum is Deputy Headteacher at Bishop Fox’s, where he has worked for the past five years. He has been a secondary school teacher in Somerset for the past 19 years, working at four different schools, and has experience of being in the senior leadership team of two of those schools. He has taught a number of subjects including Geography and vocational qualifications, up to A Level/Level 3 and has particular interest in student achievement and curriculum. Most recently he was been acting Headteacher at Bishop Fox’s for 10 months from June 2020.
Dave Tomaney is a Senior Manager at the UK Hydrographic Office responsible for product safety and chart production amongst other things. Prior to arriving at the UKHO in 2009 he had a 25 year career as an air traffic controller in the RAF. Dave has experience in managing safety systems, strategic planning and international working. Both his children went to Richard Huish College.
Moira Reynolds: Parent Governor
Moira Reynolds, was appointed in December 2017. Moira is an Associate Solicitor with a local firm and her practice area is Family Law. Moira supports and enables her clients to move through challenging times. As a parent of a former and current Huish student, Moira appreciates the need to develop strategies that will enable young people moving into the workplace.
Ian Brown: Parent Governor
Ian Brown was Managing Director of a UK Logistics Company having first qualified as an Accountant. He has had two children already graduate from Richard Huish College in addition to his youngest son who is in his final year. He has extensive business experience spent mainly with Pan European Organisations working with Global Customers. Outside supporting the College as a Governor he is working with various organisations on Alternative Fuels Projects for Vehicles. As a longstanding Season Ticket holder at Yeovil Town Football Club he considers resilience and optimism essential qualities.
Aaron Reid: Parent Governor
Aaron Reid is currently Headteacher at Haygrove School in Bridgwater and has a daughter at the College. He has been teaching since 1995 and has held a number of senior positions in a range of secondary schools in the South West. He is keen to offer support in terms of learning and teaching, academic and pastoral transition and student progress. In his spare time, Aaron is a keen tennis player, but definitely could do with more practice.
Nikki Lewis: Staff Governor
Nikki Lewis was appointed as a Staff Governor in December 2018 and has worked at the College since September 2002. She has had a variety of roles during her time here including Teacher, Course Manager and Enrichment Co-ordinator; she is currently the Course Manager of Geography. Nikki believes strongly in providing the best possible academic and pastoral experience for all students who come to Huish and wants to help ensure that we continue to do this as a College. Nikki is heavily involved in her local community via a range of community groups, runs the College litter picking group and contributes to the Earth Science Society.
Matt Morgan: Staff Governor
Matt Morgan was appointed as a Staff Governor in December 2019 and has worked at the College since April 2005. Originally employed in an administrative role co-ordinating the sport enrichment provision, he has since taught A Level PE and is currently the Course Manager of Vocational Sport. Matt is passionate about the holistic experience the College offers young people and values the impact that this can have. Matt was previously Vice-Chair of Governors at a local primary school and is a founder member of Quantock Quickriders Cycling Club, regularly coaching young people on mountain bikes.