Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
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Local Governing Body

Hugh Sexey Church of England Governing Body


Clerk to the Governors

Beverley Lloyd-Jones



Sue Moreman


Term of Office:  May 2023

Appointing Body: Diocese of Bath and Wells

Foundation Governor

Committees: Finance & HR, Pay & Performance, Admissions

Additional Responsibilities: N/A 

School Development Priorities: Leadership & Management

Subject Responsibility: Computing

Business interests: N/A



I am delighted to have taken on the role of Chair of Governors a September 2017.  I have been a governor since June 2015 and find it really rewarding to use my skills and experience to enhance and improve our children’s education.  I have three daughters all at different schools within the Trust and am a qualified Chartered Accountant.  Before moving to Somerset in 2004, I was a Senior Manager at the London Stock Exchange.

Since moving to Wedmore I have been actively involved with the local community, especially with regards to schools and young people.  I am a Brownie leader, am actively involved with St Mary’s Church and organise the NCT Feed & Change tent at Glastonbury Festival.



Richard Neill

Term of Office: Ex Officio

Appointing Body: Diocese of bath and Wells

Foundation Governor

Committees: Appeals, Teaching & Learning, Admissions

Additional Responsibilities: Collective Worship

School Development Priority: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Subject Responsibility: Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities

Business interests: N/A


I am the Vicar of Wedmore, Blackford and Theale, and so Hugh Sexey Middle School falls within my parish. I have been a Foundation Governor at the school since my arrival in Wedmore in summer 2008.

I sit on the Teaching & Learning Committee and am the Link Governor for Modern Languages and Humanities. I am also a parent at the school.

Time spent as a governor of this school is very satisfying and one particular highlight has been the privilege of being part of the interview process leading to the appointment of the Head teacher and  Assistant Heads.




Glenys Cousins

Term of Office: August 2021

Appointing Body: Board of Governors

Community Governor

Committees: Finance & HR, Head teacher's Performance

Additional Responsibilities: E-Safety, Safeguarding

School Development Priority: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Subject Responsibility: Science and KS3 Pastoral

Business interests: N/A


My association with Hugh Sexey goes back to the 1960s when I was a pupil at what was then Sexeys Grammar School. I have happy memories of my 7 years at the school and continue to meet up with classmates who are now scattered all over the world.

Fast forward 30 years to the 1990s when my son Ben became a pupil at what had become Hugh Sexey Middle School. Again he enjoyed his time at the school and it proved to be an excellent foundation for his future education. Like me, he has fond memories of his old school.

My career was always to be in education. After initially teaching in Yorkshire I returned to Somerset where I spent most of my career, the last 20 years, as a Head Teacher and Governor.

Since ‘retiring’ I have taken an active role in the local community helping with the Isle of Wedmore News and am currently a member of the Wedmore Parish Council. In my spare time my husband and I are renovating our house and garden and enjoying some travelling.

I have always believed it to be a great privilege to be in a position to help and guide young people in their school. It is therefore rewarding to be able to continue this role through being a Governor, responding to the challenges and responsibilities I know are involved, so helping to ensure the pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and to achieve their full potential. I am a member of the Business Committee, Safeguarding Governor and Link Governor for Science.



Heather Hector

Term of Office: - July 2024

Appointing Body: Board of Governors

Foundation Governor

Committees:  Appeals, Admissions, Teaching & Learning, Head teacher's Performance

School Development Priority: Teaching & Learning, Outcomes

Subject Responsibility: English, KS2 Outcomes and KS2 Pastoral

Business interests: Hector's Farm Shop


I live in Cocklake just outside Wedmore with my husband Alan and our extended family.  Our family is very ‘local’ with the fourth generation now living at Lane End Farm.  I feel privileged to be appointed as a Foundation Governor and will do my best to ensure that as a member of the governing body we support the school to provide for the needs of all the young people.  Also, that we create a working environment that supports the entire school community; valuing the efforts of all who make this such a successful school.  Having spent most of my working life in education, I will bring to this role a breadth of knowledge and hope to use it to further the important work done at Hugh Sexey Middle School. 

I am an active member of St. Mary’s Church, Wedmore.  I play golf (very badly) but enjoy the walk around the golf course as the views are always stunning.  I also enjoy walking our dogs across the moors and most of all I love being with our grandchildren who are always a delight and keep me on my toes! 


Mark Boston

Term of Office: September 2021

Appointing Body: Board of Governors

Community Governor

Committees: Finance & HR and Pay & Performance

Additional Responsibilities: School Website and Health and Safety

School Development Priority:

Subject Responsibility: N/A

Business interests: N/A



I'm new to the Governing body joining in September 2017. Having a career in Building Management and Maintenance, I decide to reply to the school’s letter in July 2017 seeking Governors with a buildings background. This is my first time as a Governor and I’m hoping to add my skills and knowledge from the private sector to the Governing Board.

I have three sons, the two eldest sons attended Hugh Sexeys and are currently at Kings of Wessex and my youngest son is still at Hugh Sexey's, so I feel I know the school well as a parent for the last 7 years.

In addition to being Governor, one of my specific responsibilities is to support the ongoing development of the school website. I’m looking forward to contributing to the success of the schools future.




Brigadier (Retired) Johnny Torrens-Spence CBE LM

Term of Office: March 2025

Appointing Body: Board of Governors

Community Governor

Committees: Finance & HR and Appeals

Additional Responsibilities: N/A

School Development Priority: N/A

Subject Responsibility: Physical Education

Business interests: N/A


I am a retired Army officer. I  have served in a wide range of countries including Germany, USA, Pakistan and the Middle East, and completed operational tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Cyprus and Iraq, as well as several staff appoinments in the Ministry of Defence. My background is from Northern Ireland, but my wife Fiona and I have lived in Stone Allerton for over 30 years and have a strong commitment to the local community. I  am a churchwarden of Allerton Church and am involved in several local community and charitable organisations. I  am honoured and enthusiastic about my appointment as a Governor at Hugh Sexey and look forward to playing a full part in the life of the school.



James Turbitt

Term of Office: October 2022

Appointing Body: Parents

Parent Governor


I joined the governing body in 2018 and I am enjoying the steep learning curve and experiences that the position brings.  My background is software engineering and electronics which enables me to provide an input to my governor responsibilities of ICT and E-Safety.

My daughter started at HSMS in 2018 and my son is due to join in 2021 so my interest in the schools success is both on a professional and personal level.

I enjoy a busy life which includes being the Chairman of the Wedmore Real Ale Festival, committee member of the Wedmore Twinning Association and I always have a project (or ten) on the go at anytime. 

I want to ensure HSMS maintains its reputation and ensure pupils have the skills for life in the modern world. 


Katie Ashton

Term of Office: October 2022

Appointing Body: Parents

Parent Governor


I am delighted to have taken up the role of Parent Governor. My daughter started in Year 5 in September 2018. I am committed to using my skills and experience to enhance and improve our children’s education. My professional background is in international development and humanitarian response in Africa, focused mostly on governance work including community development and service provision, as well as fundraising, communications and advocacy. We moved to Somerset in July 2014 having lived in Kenya for 7 years and before that, Angola for 4 years. I have been actively involved in PTA fundraising at Wedmore First School Academy, assisted in the classroom on a regular basis and accompanied school trips. I was also a parent helper at Beavers and Cubs for two years.