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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Pen Portraits of our Governors

Meet the Governing team below

Chair of Governors - Michael Saltern 

Michael is the Chair of Governors at the College and Vice-Chair of the Ivybridge Academy Trust. 

He spent his career in the Civil Service, working initially for the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance and later succeeding agencies.  He then moved to the Ministry of Defence, serving as a Higher Executive Officer.  In his last post prior to retirement, as the Business Manager at Ilford Park Polish Home, Stover, Michael found himself in a culturally unique and challenging environment steeped in history.  He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2005 for his services to Polish veterans, who served under British command during the Second World War.

Michael is in his twenty-second year as a Governor of the College and previously was Chair of Governors at Manor Primary School.  He has lived in Ivybridge for thirty-nine years and devoted himself to the Community, serving on the Ivybridge Town Council for thirteen years and the South Hams District Council for eighteen years.  He has held the offices of Town Mayor from 1994-96 and Chairman of the District Council from 2004-5 and is currently the South Hams District Council Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Michael served as a Director within the DCH Group for nine years.  He also served as the South Hams representative to the Police and Crime Panel for Devon and Cornwall for five years to January 2017. 


 Mr Alan Knight

Alan Knight C.Eng. FCIBSE FIHEEM

Alan was the Principal Partner and Chairman (now retired) of a large International Firm of Consulting Engineers.  He is the Founder member of Ivybridge RFC and President since 1989.

Alan has lived in Ivybridge since 1970 with his wife Angela, son Robert and daughter Katie who both attended the College.  He has always held passionate views on Education and Training and in younger days spent several years as Regional Training Advisor with the Construction Industry Training Board.

Mr David Madge

David retired from HSBC Bank plc in 2014 after a career of over forty years in banking. He has worked in locations throughout Devon and Cornwall and in his final role was a Relationship Manager based in the Commercial Centre in Plymouth.  His responsibilities included the management of a portfolio of businesses with an annual sales turnover of up to £30 million.  In addition to being a Governor of Ivybridge Community College David is also chair of the Ivybridge Academy Trust Finance Committee.


David is a Director of Plymouth Energy Community Renewables and Ernesettle Community Solar.  Both company's primary aim is to generate income for their parent Plymouth Energy Community which is a Community Benefit Society seeking to assist with fuel poverty in the Plymouth area and promote the production of "clean" energy.


Mr Rob Haring 

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Mrs Ruth Pearson-Bunt 

Ruth is a co-opted Governor and has been a parent at the College.  

Following a first degree in Social Policy, Ruth initially developed her professional career in HR in Local Government, gained a MBA and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development serving in a number of senior roles.  She subsequently held roles as Corporate Services Director, an Assistant Provost at a University, a Senior Civil Servant in the Home Office and Group Corporate Services Director for the London Development Agency acting as Senior Responsible Officer for a range of projects relating to Olympic delivery.  Resident in Sparkwell, she is a Parish Councillor and until Summer 2017 was Chair of Sparkwell All Saints Primary School, where she also oversaw the project management of the construction of a new school building.  Ruth is a qualified community and workplace Mediator and also a certified Management Coach and NLP practitioner.  She runs a small HR consultancy practice with her husband, Larry.

Kate Reeves

Kate has a strong background in Education policy and practice.  Having taught in schools in London and Devon and spent eight years as the Deputy Headteacher of Manor Primary School, she now trains primary school teachers.

Her passion for supporting the professional development of teachers has been evident throughout her career. During senior roles in schools, Kate built successful coaching and mentoring relationships with a wide range of teaching and support staff.  As the Senior Tutor for the Devon Primary SCITT, she helped to develop a coaching approach which has been key to training outstanding teachers.

Kate has been involved in school governance for the last twenty-five years, either as a Teacher Governor or a Parent Governor, and was the Chair of Governors of Ugborough Primary School from 2008-2012.

The specific skills and interests she brings to Governing Board lie in the areas of Curriculum, Staff Recruitment, Professional Development and Monitoring and Evaluation.  She has curriculum links with the English, History and Sport Departments.

While Kate has experience and expertise in teaching and staff development, her role on the Governing Board is principally to bring the perspective of a parent and established member of the Ivybridge community.  With ex-pupils having been served well by the College, and her own children now being in Year 13 and Year 9, she cares deeply about the continuing success of Ivybridge Community College.

Charles Thornton

Charles Thornton MBA PhD has worked in commercial banking and Higher Education; he currently lectures at Plymouth University and is an Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance. 

Charles has been a Parent Governor since December 2013 and is Vice Chair of the Ivybridge Academy Trust Audit and Risk Committee.

He is passionate about the value of education and believes that high quality education should be available to all.    

In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family and exploring the SW countryside.