Meet the Trustees


trustee_bobBrian Wills‐Pope
Chair of Trustees

I became a governor of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School back in 1986 when I was a Councillor and member of Devon County Education Committee and the Officer Commanding 200 (Torquay) Air Cadets which is located at TBGS. I was elected Chairman in 1994. I have participated in the school being Grant Maintained, Foundation, Trust and now part of a Multi-Academy. I was also a Governor at Blundell’s for 24 years. I have been in business in Torquay since 1977 as well as being a Director of Interflora for 20 years, mainly responsible for Marketing, but also Chairing the UK Board and the World Board. I was the Officer Commanding the Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps which had 1000 cadets and 250 voluntary staff in 30 locations.
I was awarded an MBE for services to the community of Devon in the New Year honours list in December 2005 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Devon in December 2012.


trustee_christineChristine Weston
Vice Chair of Trustees

I moved to Torquay from London in 1988 and joined the Torquay Boys’ Grammar School Parents Association. I became Chair of the Association before joining the TBGS Governors in 1991- I am Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I also Chair the TBGS Charitable Trust overseeing fundraising for capital development. In 1999 I was elected as a Torbay Councillor and held the Education Portfolio as Chair of Education Committee.
I have had a lifelong interest in education and child welfare and, before retiring, was Manager of Relate South Devon, a service dedicated to community and family support.




trustee_leoLeo Critchlow

Cockington Primary and Audley Park School educated, followed by a Foundation course at Art College and distance learning at Hereford College for various Hotel and Catering courses.
I am Vice chair of the Governing Body of Torquay Academy and Chair of the HR and Safeguarding committee and take a special interest in Safeguarding and Children Looked After. From 1999 I was employed as a Project Officer by Devon County Council representing the client, working in the Built Environment team. Before retirement my work was directly associated with the commissioning and delivery of numerous major capital primary, secondary and children’s centre projects as well as three new primary schools and two special schools, Cranbrook new community schools provision in East Devon. I have worked with school stakeholders as well as technical design and construction team members and have also supported schools with a range of matters relating to the school estate. Prior to this I was employed within the Client catering service for schools, covering the whole of Devon.
I am also a governor on the Torbay’s Virtual School Governing Body which looks in detail at the education provision for children who are looked after and how well their needs are being met. Passionate about the importance of the highest quality of education in the growth and development of all our young people.



trustee_vinceVince Flower

Born and educated in Torquay, I have been fortunate enough to maintain strong roots in the area throughout my career.
I retired, after a long career with the Specialist Leisure Group Ltd (formerly known as Shearings Group Ltd), in October 2018 after 40 happy, productive and successful years’ in the business / industry. SLG provides over 1.1 million holidays for our UK customers each year and has been trading for over 100 years, providing holidays for the 55 plus market.
My former role at SLG was Managing Director of Shearings Hotels Ltd, who own and operate 45 hotels in the UK. I served on the main Shearings Group Board for many years dealing with all the hotel and property matters. I was also the lead Director for Health & Safety and Sustainable Tourism across the Shearings Group.
In addition to my role within SLG, I have the honour and privilege to be the current Chair of Governors at Torquay Academy, formerly known as Torquay Community College and Audley Park School. I was educated at Audley Park in the 1970s and have a very long connection with the school. I believe that the creation of the TBGS Multi‐Academy Trust is a very exciting development and I am delighted to have been able to play a part in its creation and development so far. I also believe that this was a very bold and exciting development for the schools and it is one which will have a significant and positive impact on education within Torbay.
Prior to becoming a Governor at Torquay Academy, I served for over ten years on the Governing Body of South Devon College in the capacities of Vice Chair and Chair. I also serve on the Board of the Torquay Economic Development Company.


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Neil Tampkins

I have lived in Devon for over 40 years, first becoming a School Governor while my children were at Blackpool Church of England Primary School and then joining the Torquay Boys Grammar School Governing Body as my son progressed through the school.
Initially I undertook the Responsible Officer role on behalf of the Finance Committee and last year took the opportunity to take on the role of Chair of Finance.
I am a qualified risk professional and having previously gained over 33 years experience with Lloyds Banking Group. I am now contracting for Paragon Banking Group. My current role is as Senior Compliance Manager with responsibility for Compliance Monitoring Methodology and the delivery of Compliance Monitoring and Oversight. I became a Trustee on 1st October 2017.





I have lived in Torquay for almost 30 years, having previously lived and worked as an Architect in London. I became interested in education when my sons attended Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, becoming first Chairman of the Parents’ Association, and then a Governor of the school with special responsibility for Land and Buildings, helping to oversee a comprehensive building programme during the last 20 years.
My career took a new path 15 years ago and, for the next 10 years, I worked as an Educational Support Assistant for special needs teenagers at Torbay Pupil Referral Unit, where I became aware of the wide disparity of educational opportunities for youngsters in our community.
I have now been retired for 5 years but my interest in education continues and I have been pleased to be involved with TBGS and TA as a Trustee of the Academy Trust, and to witness the continuing successes of both schools.




Chris Linton

Chris Linton

I grew up in the local area attending Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in the late 90’s before reading Law at Kingston University and completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Plymouth University. I returned to Devon in January 2010 upon qualification as a solicitor.
I am a partner at Wollen Michelmore LLP and am part of the team that won The Law Society’s Excellence Award in Private Client Practice in 2017. I am a Full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
I was honoured to be asked to become a community governor at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in 2017 where I now chair the Personnel Committee and became a trustee of the Multi-Academy Trust in 2018. I am a trustee for the Torbay Medical Research Fund, which funds research into local medical projects, and I am also the present Honorary Secretary of the Torquay Old Grammarians Society.
In my spare time, I enjoy time with my young family in and around the beautiful county of Devon, classical music, musical theatre, raising money for local charities and watching sports, particularly cricket and American Football.



Pete Lawrence
Headteacher TBGS
MAT Accounting Officer

I grew up in the Midlands and came to the South West in 1985 to study Mathematics at Exeter University where I stayed to complete a PGCE in 1989. I started my teaching career at TBGS, teaching there for five years before leaving to broaden my experience and becoming a Head of Department, teaching in three comprehensives in Devon before moving to teach and live in Jersey. It was from Jersey that I returned to TBGS in 2001. Since then I have been a Head of House, an Assistant Head and then Pastoral Deputy Head before taking over as Headteacher in January 2014.   I am a keen sportsman, an Exeter Chiefs season ticket holder, and still play 5-a-side football every Sunday evening, though I regret it every Monday morning!




Steve Margetts
Principal TA

I grew up in Torquay and was educated at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School before heading off to university in New York and then Nottingham. I started my teaching career in London before coming back to Torquay to lead the Business, Economics and Enterprise Department at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. After six years at TBGS, where I also became Head of Davys House, I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher at Devonport High School for Boys. In January 2014 I joined Torquay Academy as Principal.
I live in Torquay with my wife and two sons. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing water polo.



Claire Beckett
Chief Financial Officer
Company Secretary MAT
Business Manager TA

I moved to Torquay to join TBGS as the Chief Financial Officer for the MAT, based at Torquay Academy. I have worked in schools for over 20 years starting in a primary school and have since overseen my previous secondary school become an academy and am now enjoying the multi-faceted role of working at Torquay Academy with financial oversight of the multi academy trust.
During my time in schools I have been seconded to the Local Authority in Reading to help implement a new computer system across the authority schools and in 2013 was part of an EFA working party updating the Acacdemies Financial Handbook.
Prior to moving to Torquay I lived in Reading for 24 years. After over five years in Torquay I am still enjoying my dream to live by the sea. I have two grown up children who visit regularly as they always feel on holiday here.
In my spare time I love walking both on Dartmoor and the coastal paths and have recently taken up golf.




Heather Jeffreys
Clerk to Trustees MAT
Clerk to Governors TA

Having been born and educated in the North of England, I spent most of my working life in the banking industry before taking a career break to move to Torbay in 2011. I have experience of governance having served for 5 years as a Chair of Governors at a Church of England Primary School in Torbay. I became Clerk to Governors at Torquay Academy in November 2014, and in June 2018, I also took on the role as Clerk to Trustees for Torquay Boys’ Grammar School Multi Academy Trust. I am married with two children and live in Churston Ferrers. In my spare time, I like to play golf and I am a member of Churston Golf Club.