Pilgrim Primary Academy Governors

Welcome to the Pilgrim Primary Academy Governor page. For Reach South governors, please click here.


Our Governing Body comprises of 10 Governors, all of whom bring different skills to our School. As an academy and part of Reach South Academy Trust our local governing board consists of four trust appointed Governors, two staff Governors, the Headteacher, two parent Governors and a co-opted Governor.


Governors are volunteers who give their time and commitment to what we hope, is a very rewarding role and experience.  Governors are also subject to an OFSTED inspection at the same time and in the same way as the school would be inspected.


On this page you can find more information about the roles and responsibilities carried out by Governors.


Chair of Governors: Mr Geoff Vaughan

Vice Chair of Governors: Dr Andrew Miller


The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office or by the following email: cog@ppsonline.org 



Pilgrim Primary School,
Oxford Street,
Plymouth, Devon,


Alternatively contact our clerk Lindsey Johnson; Email - lindsey.johnson@reachsouth.org


To find out more about Reach South Academy Trust governance, click on the following link: www.reachsouth.org/governance 

Our Governors

Mr Geoff Vaughan

Chair of Governors - Appointed by the Trust


Term: 01.04.17 – 11.05.25 (2nd Term)
Responsibility: Leadership and Management, Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes and Engagement with Parents and Mental Health & Wellbeing
Attendance 2021-22: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

My name is Geoff Vaughan and I have recently been appointed as a Co-opted Governor at Pilgrim Primary School.

I was a teacher for 39 years and retired in August 2014. I have been a Headteacher for 29 of those years encompassing 3 Headships and a role as an Adviser for Cornwall Education Authority.

Although I am now retired, I still maintain a very keen interest in education and I am looking forward to supporting Pilgrim Primary School in its continued development and success.

This is an exciting and very challenging time in education and being a governor involves a lot of responsibility. I will do my very best for everyone concerned and look forward to meeting you.

Mrs Lisa Meek


Term: 01.04.17 onwards
Responsibility : Leadership & management, Engagement with Parents
Attendance 2021-22: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

I have been Headteacher here at Pilgrim now for over 3 years. I have been teaching for 23 years in Plymouth (including 8 years as a Deputy and Governor in my previous school). I am very proud of the achievements of all the pupils and staff in school and thankful to work with such dedicated Governors.

Mr David Sayer

Trust Governor - Appointed by the Trust

Term: 01.04.17 – 11.05.25 (2nd Term)
Responsibility: Quality of Education, Early Years
Attendance 2021-22: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

With a background in the Royal Navy, my career highlights include exchange appointments in Australia and the Netherlands, action in the Falklands war and command of the Destroyer HMS GLASGOW.

I was then the Devon Operations Manager of Tomorrow's People, a Charitable Trust helping unemployed people secure work and running innovative youth training courses.

I am now retired and married with 3 children, one of whom teaches at a local Secondary School. We also have 4 grandchildren, 3 of whom are at Primary School.

I have a keen interest in helping to ensure that young people have the best start in life.

Mrs Debbie Gale

Staff Governor – Elected by staff

Term: 09.02.21 – 08.02.25
Responsibility – Quality of Education, Behaviour, Personal Development and Attitudes
Attendance 2021-22: 5/5
Registered Interests : None

I have been a qualified Primary School Teacher since 1997 and I have been working in both primary and secondary schools as a teacher within Plymouth and surrounding areas since 2005, before this I was teaching in Gloucester. I became the SENCO at Pilgrim Primary Academy in September 2019. I have a strong commitment to raising educational attainment for children and young people with SEN, including working with pupils directly and supporting other staff to do so.

Mr Adrian Kowalczyk

Parent Governor - Elected by parents

Term 08.10.21 – 07.10.25
Responsibility: tbc
Attendance 2021-22: 1/2
Registered Interests: None

I came to the UK from Poland in 2012 and since then I have worked for the same company for the past 10 years. I have a 5 year old son who attends Pilgrim school. I am really pleased to have become a governor for the school as I take great interest in Pilgrim and want to help and support the work here to continue to improve our children’s school experience.

Dr Andrew Miller

Vice Chair - Appointed by the Trust

Term: 01.04.17 – 11.05.25 (2nd Term)
Responsibility: Leadership & management, Engagement with Parents, Safeguarding and SEND
Attendance 2021-22: 4/5
Registered Interests: Taskman Innovations (Online Web service) - date interest began: 12.05.21
Spouse Employee at Stoke Damerel Primary Academy - date interest began: 15.12.21

I have been a primary school governor since 2005 and became a governor at Pilgrim Primary School in 2009.

As a secondary school Computing and Science teacher for more than twenty five years, mostly in Plymouth, I know how crucial it is that children get the best possible start in primary education, which is why I volunteer as a governor.

I am really proud of the achievements of Pilgrim Primary Academy as well as the excellent opportunities and care that this school provides.

Ms Samantha Redmond

Staff Governor - Elected by staff

Term: 20.03.19 - 19.03.23
Responsibility: Quality of Education, Behaviour, Personal Development and Attitudes
Attendance 2021-22: 5/5
Registered Interests: None

I am a teacher, who has been working at Pilgrim Primary for over a year. I am currently in Year 5 but have worked in various year groups throughout my career.

I came into teaching quite late, as my children were growing up, and I feel very lucky to have found such a great school to work in.

Now my daughters are at University, I really wanted to gain as much experience as possible and give my commitment to the school. I have life experience to offer the role along with a parent and teacher perspective.

Mrs Victoria Whitehouse

Parent Governor - Elected by parents

Term: 15.01.19 – 14.01.23
Responsibility: Quality of Education, Early Years
Attendance 2021-22: 4/5
Registered Interests: None

I am 34 years old, I have a 7 year old son who attends Pilgrim and I am also mum to a 3 year old, who will attend Pilgrim in 2020. I work at the Co-op Warehouse in Plympton where I head up the Finance department and have been working there for the last 12 years.

I put myself forward to join the schools team of governors to gain insight into the inner workings and to have an input into the future of the school. I believe Pilgrim is a great school where children can thrive and being a part of that is an honour.

Ms Josanne Stewart

Trust Governor - Appointed by the trust

Term 15.12.21 – 14.12.25
Responsibility: Equality Link Governor
Attendance 2021/22 2/2
Registered Interests: Trustee of Creative Connect Communities - date interest began: 15.12.21.

My early career was in manufacturing, leading to studying and working in supply chain management. From there I joined the South West Regional Development Agency where I worked for twelve years, specialising in sector development, particularly within the marine and aerospace industries. When the Agency was disbanded I took time out to spend time with my young children and be a stay at home mum. In 2014, my dream job came up which was Millfields Inspired, a small, young charity, looking for a Development Manager. This is the job I am still in today and is the very reason I already have a good relationship with Pilgrim Primary and the other six primary schools within Stonehouse. Using business connections, we take the year 5 children out of the classroom and into the workplace with the aim of inspiring them towards different job and career ideas. Through this role, I have developed relationships with many of the community organisations within the neighbourhood and I know the area well. I feel privileged to become part of the Pilgrim Primary family and I will work hard to put my knowledge and skills to good use.


Previous Governors of the past 12 months


Mrs Julie Morris           
Mrs Sarah Blakebrough