The Governors


Mr J M H Light LLB
Read Law at Brunel University and joined BMW as a Graduate Trainee. Has specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance in the automotive sector for over 30 years, first with TKM plc and latterly with Inchcape plc and Autologic plc. WBS parent and Chairman of the Trustees of the West Buckland School Foundation.

The chairman can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors whose contact details are:

Mr Bryan Login MA MBA,
West Buckland School,
West Buckland,
EX32 0SX

Tel: 01598 760000
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Mr S D Fox BA – Vice Chairman
Mr Fox was, for 25 years, a Managing Director of a large, local ceramic manufacturing company, which was the only North Devon member of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. Mr Fox currently runs a small ceramic supply business to the UK Garden Centre Trade. Both his children attended West Buckland School from 5 years old. Trustee of the West Buckland School Foundation and Chairman of Finance Committee.

Ms L Cairns BA Joint Hons - Vice Chairman
Modern Languages graduate from Bath University and PGCE from Durham University. Expatriate for 20 years. Former Vice Chair of Governors of The British School, Seoul, South Korea. Former WBS parent.

Mr A G Boggis BA PGCE
After reading German & French at New College Oxford and a PGCE at King's College Cambridge taught in Salzburg, at Hitchin Boys' School and Eton College, where he was also Master in College (Housemaster to the King's Scholars). Subsequently Warden of Forest School, London. Chairman of HMC in 2006 and Master of the Skinners' Company in 2011. Past and present governor of a number of state and independent schools. Away from schools, his interests include playing the church organ, music and old gramophones, and raising rare breed pigs.

Dr R Fisher – Smith BA MA PGCE PhD
Is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter. Educated at the University of Manchester, worked for several years as a primary school teacher in England and USA. Following this moved into initial teacher training and educational research. Researches and writes widely about classroom teaching particularly in the area of literacy. She has published several books on the teaching of reading and writing.

Mr N Kingdon BDS MOrthRCS
Dental Graduate Guys Hospital, London. Orthodontic Specialist training Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Retired from Specialist Practice in Barnstaple 2012. Former WBS Parent. Former Pupil. Past President of OWBA. Life Member of South Molton RFC.

Mr Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson is the CEO of Mole Valley Farmers, a position he has held since 2002. Before that he was Head of Commercial Business of a Southwest farming co-operative, having studied marketing and business economics through the Open University. He is also a non-executive Director of North Devon Hospice and at the weekends helps to run the family dairy farm. He is married to Jo and has three children.

Mr Jonathan Palk
Jonathan Palk has been one of Her Majesty's Inspectors for eight years (2007-2015). He has sustained leadership experience in primary schools and has been a head teacher of four schools. During this time he introduced a number of highly effective strategies to tackle underachievement and raise standards in mathematics and improve the quality of teaching and learning.

For six years he managed a business in learning through landscapes. Jonathan has taught all age groups from 4 to 17. He has led inspections of maintained schools, academies, free schools, non-association independent schools, children's centres and specialist provision. His work as an HMI included the delivery of professional development to school leaders and local authority officers in the areas of school improvement, mathematics, British values and governance. He has worked in the national quality assurance team; schools causing concern. Jonathan was a member of the national mathematics team and the Prevent lead for the South West region.

Mrs M A Read BA Hons
Read Law as a mature student, qualified as a solicitor, then became a Judge, mainly in civil and family cases. In retirement, a Board Member of North Devon Homes and Lay Member, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board. Former WBS Parent.

Mrs S C E Salvidant BEd Hons
Sallie Salvidant (Cert Ed (London), BEd (Hons) (London) was Head of Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in London from 1993 to 2012 and was previously Head of Rupert House Preparatory School in Henley-on-Thames. She has recently completed a two-term Interim Consultancy at Headington Prep School, Oxford. She has taught the 4-11 age range in the state sector (London ILEA) for 8 years and has also taught abroad. Mrs Salvidant is an IAPS Mentor and Appraiser, was an ISI Team Inspector and has been a governor of several schools in the UK and abroad. She is married, lives in Devon and has one adult daughter.

Mr P R Stucley BA Hons
Landowner and Rural Estate Manager. Graduated from Newcastle University in 1994 with a degree in Geography. Went on to serve in armoured reconnaissance with the Household Cavalry Regiment, completing one tour of Bosnia. Subsequently attended The College of Estate Management, Reading University, to read Rural Estate Management. Worked with a local surveying practice for ten years. Qualified as MRICS in 2007. Served as Vice Chairman of North Molton Parish Council until 2011. WBS parent.

Mr K Underwood
Following a career in North Devon estate agency, now acting independently as a property consultant, in addition to acting as a consultant to a local firm of estate agents and as a mentor. Former WBS parent. Former WBS pupil. Chairman of Trustees of North Devon Hospice.

Mrs Naomi J Wild, BA Hons, MRICS
Mrs Wild attended the school from 1989 – 2001 and her family has a long-standing association with West Buckland. She graduated from the University of West of England in 2004 with a BA Hons in Business in Property and qualified as a Member of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) in 2009. Naomi has a varied background of commercial surveying and a broad spectrum of experience and depth of knowledge in Asset Management. She has specialist experience working with Regional Development Agencies, has worked with Gatwick Airport and is currently part of the Estates Team at North Devon Council, as well as undertaking property development projects.

President of the School:

The Countess of Arran MBE DL
Land owner, farmer. Great great granddaughter of the founder. Active in voluntary sector especially those bringing monies to charities in North Devon. Member of the Prince`s Council which advises The Duchy of Cornwall. Deputy Lieutenant of Devon. Former WBS parent. Lady Arran stood down as a WBS governor, in July 2017, after nearly 22 years on the Board. Trustee of the West Buckland School Foundation.

Vice Presidents:

Lady Gass
Former English Heritage Commissioner. Past Chairman of the Exmoor National Park. MA Cantab. Former Mathematics teacher. Former WBS Governor. Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.

Mr WHG Geen
Former Chairman of Governors, Local farmer, Former pupil, Former WBS parent.


Mr PD Orchard-Lisle CBE TD DL LLD(hc) DSc(hc) MA FRICS
Ex-Chairman of Governors, ex-Chairman of the West Buckland School Foundation and recently retired President of School, Mr Orchard-Lisle became a Patron of the School, in July 2017, after a total of just over 32 years’ service on the Board. Father and uncle attended West Buckland School. Ex-Senior partner of Healey & Baker. Ex-Chairman and Chief Executive of Healey & Baker Investment. Various other positions including President RICS, President Council of Reading University, Chairman of the Council of Marlborough College, Governor at Harrow and Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner.