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 Auto logic 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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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 I Blewett
Educated at West Buckland and Sandhurst. Commissioned in 1979 in the Devon and Dorset Regiment. Career progressed over 35 years with a vast range of assignments and commissions. Deputy Project Leader of Project Vanguard (£600m), Commissioning Officer of Rifle Volunteers. Head of Simulation Training for recruits and trainees. Retired as a Regimental Colonel of the Rifles in 2014. Ian is a former West Buckland pupil and parent. Ian is currently President of the OWBA. Ian does not routinely refer to his rank having retired.

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 J Hall
Studied Physics and Philosophy at Exeter College, Oxford, graduated in 1995 and joined Credit Suisse as an interest rate derivatives trader with various overseas postings. In 2003 joined Goldman Sachs and in 2010 transferred to New York to run the NY interest rate business. In 2013 he took an advisory role with GS. In 2015 he left GS and co-founded Eisler Capital a significant Hedge Fund. He has now left EC and has commenced a distant learning Master's degree at Edinburgh University in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind. He has an interest in AI and its impact upon education and the workplace. Jonny is a West Buckland parent.

Mr A 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 GC James
Christopher James joined the Board as the Bishop of Exeter’s nominated representative in July 2017. Christopher is an Anglican Lay Minister at several local churches in the West Buckland area. He is also well known in the local area as a, now retired, company secretary to local farm consortia, business owner and clockmaker. Additionally, Christopher has also worked with children with special needs as a residential care worker. Christopher is married to June and their son is an ex-pupil of the School.

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 J 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 N 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.

Mr J Wilson
Studied Earth Sciences at St Peters College, Oxford, graduated in 1994 and joined Sanofi, a French Pharmaceutical business in sales, marketing and business development roles. In 2000 he joined Novartis the Swiss Pharmaceutical business.
In 2006 he joined Actavis UK, now Barnstaple based, Accord, appointed MD of the UK business in 2014 and in 2017 appointed MD of the UK, Ireland, Middle East, North Africa businesses. Jonathan is a West Buckland parent.

President of the School:

The Countess of Arran MBE DL
Land owner, farmer. Great great granddaughter of the founder. Active in the 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.