Stategic Board of Directors

Terry Falcao - Chair
Director of Community Partnerships 

Terry is a partner and the head of the employment law team at Stephen Scown solicitors.  He conducts litigation giving practical advice, guiding clients on tactics in complex disputes and always seeking workable solutions.  His team also advises on employment and HR issues for companies throughout the UK.

Terry is an experienced litigator but also a strong advocate of resolving disputes at an early stage to avoid lengthy and costly litigation. He is one of the few qualified employment disputes mediators in the South West. He is ranked in Chambers and recommended in Legal 500 as “efficient, knowledgeable and expert in the area.”

Terry has represented national and international companies, as well as charitable and public sector organisations.  He is very familiar with local authority issues and how they work, the relationships between members, officers and third party providers.

Terry is a member of the Employment  Lawyers Association and is an elected town Councillor.  Terry has been a town parish councillor for nine years and he served as a Teignbridge councillor for eight years before becoming the Mayor of Teignmouth, a post he will hold until May 2017.  He has also recently joined the board of Exeter City Football Club as  non-executive director.  

Simon Girling
Director of HR

11 years experience in Construction, Property and Real Estate recruitment for a large, multi-national managing teams up to 90 strong. 5 years running own recruitment business from start up.

Key skills include: Interviewing and Direct; Sourcing; Management of small and large teams; Attraction and Development of staff; Business Strategy; Fostering motivated environments; HR and Employment regulations

Simon is also the co-opted Chair of Governors at Shaldon Primary School

Matthew Cousins
Foundation Director of Premises and H&S

Matthew is the commercial director for one of the South West's largest scaffolding companies, having come through the ranks in a 15 year period, which gives him a unique insight from yard boy, through all stages to board level. He also sits on the Contractual Committee for the UK wide industry Trade Body for Scaffolding.

Matthew has been a governor at Redhills school since 2009, and has been vice chair for a significant amount of that time. He has also been head of the schools resource committee and Buildings Health & Safety.

Roger Willoughby
Foundation Director of Finance

 Roger has worked all his career in the property industry in various roles. With a background in quantity surveying he followed entrepreneurial instincts to form a successful manufacturing company and now manages an international property marketing firm.

Parallel to executive roles, Roger has also applied some of his experience into the community by undertaking non-executive roles as Chairman of the developing arm of a Housing Association and Governor of a Further Education College in Dorset. In his spare time, as well as founding a charity to support educational needs, Roger is a kayak instructor and leads expeditions up and down the South West Coast of England, as well as further afield in places such as Malta and France.

Anneliese Slader
Director of Safeguarding

Anneliese has been employed by Arts Council England since 2005, currently in the role of Relationship Manager, Dance.

In this role Anneliese is the key point of contact for all clients and matters relating to the dance industry in the SW, taking a strategic overview of the sector and offering advice, support, intervention and investment.

Prior to her role at Arts Council England, Anneliese had achieved a BA and MA at University of Winchester, and a PGCE at Exeter University, and had worked at Theatre Royal Winchester.

Anneliese has 2 children at Shaldon Primary School and has been a parent governor since November 2013. Anneliese has contributed to the Business Enterprise and Environment for Learning committee, and has taken portfolio responsibility for Safeguarding. Anneliese is also the Vice Chair Parent Governor at  Shaldon Primary School.

Jackie Gater
Foundation Director of Curriculum and Standards

Jackie spent over 25 years as an Early Years teacher in a Torbay Primary School before taking up a post as an Early Years Consultant with Torbay Authority. This role involved supporting pre-schools, nurseries and schools across the Bay with a particular focus on developing literacy but also training teachers and other staff. She retired five years ago.

She has been a Governor at Collaton Primary School since 2013 and Chair of Governors for the last two years.

Phillip Mantell
Foundation Director of Ethos and Distinctiveness

In  a  career lasting 41 years, Phillip was a Headteacher for over 23 years – at Collaton St. Mary then St. Marychurch Primary Schools in Torbay. Previously he was Deputy Head in Brixham and started his career in Wiltshire and Bournemouth. Following headship, he was Diocesan Director of Education in Exeter diocese for five years. In this role he was fully engaged in developing ethos and distinctiveness of his schools as well as school improvement and the academy model. He has worked with the Regional Commissioner and DfE officers on a very regular basis. Since 2012 he has been a Foundation governor at Galmpton C of E Primary School and recently Vice Chair.

Phillip is also very involved in his local church at Churston Ferrers and more latterly at Torbay Deanery level. 

Declaration of Business Interests
Name Position Relevant Business Interests Date of Appointment Term of Office Expires

Terry Falcao


Chair of DIrectors & Director of Community Partnerships


Company Director/Officer of: Teigmouth Eastcliff Community Company; Teignmouth First; Exeter City Football Club

Partner at: Stephens Scown LLP

Elected Member of: Teignouth Town Council




Matthew Cousins


Foundation Director of Premises and H&S


Company Director of: Apex Scaffolding Exeter Ltd & Apex Services SW Ltd





Simon Girling


Director of HR


Company Director of: Girling Jones Ltd






Anneliese Slader


Director of Safeguarding


Employee of: Arts Council England

Shareholder of: MJS Planning & Design Ltd


23/01/17 23/01/21
Jackie Gater Foundation Director of Curriculum and Standards None 01/11/17 01/11/21
Phillip Mantell Foundation Director of Ethos and

Elected member of: PCC of St. Mary’s Churston Ferrers & Torbay Deanery Synod

01/11/17 01/11/21
Roger Willoughby

Foundation Director of Finance

Company Secretary of PPG Ltd, Director of Cipak Ltd, Trustee of Kingston Maurward Foundation.

12/06/18 11/06/22

Cheryl Weyman







Rozel Ridgway


Clerk to Directors




Directors who have resigned in the last 12 months
James Powles Director of Operations     Resigned 23/01/17
Ian Crocker Finance     Resigned 31/08/17



Meeting Attendance Records 2018 - 19
Director Meeting Date
Possible Total
Terry Falcao (Chair) Y 1 1
Matt Cousins (Foundation) Y 1 1
Simon Girling N - B 1 0
Anneliese Slader N - B 1 0
Jackie Gater (Foundation) Y 1 1
Phillip Mantell (Foundation) Y 1 1
Roger Willoughby (Foundation) Y 1 1

Key for Non Attendees:

B - Business Commitment;
F - Family Commitment
H- Holiday S-Sick
N/A - Not Applicable

Meeting Attendance Records 2017 - 18
Director Meeting Date
Meeting Date
Meeting Date
Meeting Date
Meeting Date 12/06/18 Meeting Date
Possible Total
Terry Falcao (Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y 6 6
Matt Cousins (Foundation) Y Y Y Y Y Y 6 6
Simon Girling Y N - H Y Y Y Y 6 6
Anneliese Slader Y Y N - S N - F Y N - F 6 3
Jackie Gater (Foundation) N/A Y Y Y Y Y 5 5
Phillip Mantell (Foundation) N/A N - F  Y Y Y Y 5 5
Roger Willoughby (Foundation) N/A N/A N/A N/A Y Y 2 2

Key for Non Attendees:

B - Business Commitment; F - Family Commitment H- Holiday S-Sick
U-Unspecified N/A - Not Applicable



Meeting Attendance Records 2016 -17
Director Meeting Date
Meeting Date
Date 23/01/17
Date 24/04/17
Date 03/07/17
Possible Total
Terry Falcao (Chair) N/A Y Y Y Y 4 4
Matt Cousins Y Y Y N - B Y 5 4
Ian Crocker Y Y Y Y Y 5 5
Simon Girling Y Y Y Y N - H 5 4
Anneliese Slader N/A N/A N/A -Voted in N - F Y 2 1
James Powles Y Y N/A
N/A N/A 2 2
Stephen Climie (previous chair) Resigned
N/A N/A N/A 1 1

Key for Non Attendees:

B - Business Commitment; F - Family Commitment H- Holiday S-Sick
U-Unspecified N/A - Not Applicable

Contacting the directors:

The directors can be contacted via the Clerk to Directors, Rozel Ridgway.

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