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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life

Governors' Information


 Governor Profiles

Anne Hutchinson: Head Teacher. I have been Headteacher at Longcause school since January 2010. I have worked for many years as a teacher for children with Autism. I am passionate about increasing understanding of Autism and in working with families for the best outcomes for their child and family. I have two adult children of my own.  I’m a friendly person and like meeting people so please feel free to come and chat to me.
Trudi Skinner: Deputy Head Teacher and Co-opted Governor. I have been a Deputy Head at Longcause since September 2021. I have a passion for teaching and learning and want to drive ambition for all. 

Alan Charlick: Acting Chair of Governors.  I have been a governor now for over 5 years and have served as a Parent Governor for all of that time. My son is currently in year 11 and is in his final year at Longcause. I have carried out numerous and varied roles during my time as a governor here at Longcause and I am currently the key monitoring governor for area of the Schools Improvement Plan which focusses on the physical development of the all the pupils here at Longcause. I am delighted to be delegated this particular role as I am a firm believer that the physical wellbeing of individuals is very important.

Tim George: Vice Chair, Co-Opted Governor.  I am a qualified Mental Health Social Worker who has worked with individuals with learning disabilities/autistic spectrum conditions and other associated diagnosis for 30 years.  I was influenced to enter this work because of my older sister who has a learning disability and autism.  I have been a Director of Support'ed with 2 other colleagues for the last 6 years.  I work across the City with young people who are either finding it difficult in school and/or have disengaged from school.  I have always enjoyed working with Longcause due to their established values and ethos toward the pupils and staff.

Fred Jenkins: Co-Opted Governor.  I have recently retired after working for many years in the field of career advice and guidance across Plymouth and West Devon within a wide range of mainstream and special schools, including most recently Longcause.

I remain passionate about helping young people gain the utmost out of their education and are prepared for adult life including future employment.

Over a number of decades I have gained a good knowledge of the further education/training sector within Plymouth and the wider South West, alongside an understanding of the local employment sector through regular conversations with employers.

I hope to bring some of this knowledge to my role as Governor.

Christianne Pollock: Co-Opted Governor. I am the parent of an adult son who has autism and severe learning disabilities. I am currently training to be a speech and language therapist at Marjon and also sit on NHS Care and Treatment Review panels. These aim to transform services for people with autism and/or learning disabilities and I am passionate about seeing people properly supported to live a full life. Previously I worked in research and was particularly interested in studying how autistic children with limited speech interacted with those around them. I am really looking forward to working with Longcause and getting to know the school.
Natasha Mitchell: Parent Governor. I'm Natasha a parent to 2 children at Longcause, both currently thriving in lower school. I'm looking forward to being more involved within the school environment and doing what I can to support the school and the children as best I can.
Barney West: Parent Governor. My son joined the school late 2020 in one of the earlier classes. I have a huge interest in how the school develops and maintains the high standards it is known for. I know how integral a school is to young people's development with relationships and life skills and look forward to working with the governors board to ensure we provide the best available resources for our children. I have been a Royal Marine for over 15 years and have worked in both an operational and training environment. I am used to understanding compliance and policy, but I also understand the significance of school support for parents and students alike. 
Donna Maclean: Staff Governor. I have worked at Longcause since 2001 and took on the role of Staff Governor in 2020.


Register of Interest - Board of Governors




Term of office

Start Date

Term of office

End Date

Business InterestRelated Parties

No. of Full Gov


attended 2020/21


Alan Robert Charlick



28.03.1924.03.23 re-elected 24.03.27NoneNone


Anne HutchinsonHeadteacher01.01.10

For duration

of role

Son works on casual 

basis at the school



Donna MacleanStaff22.10.2021.10.24NoneNone


Barney WestParent27.05.2127.05.25ParentParent  
Natasha MitchellParent27.05.2127.05.25ParentParent  
Christianne PollockCo-Opted27.05.2127.05.25NoneNone  
Tim George


Vice Chair

Fred JenkinsCo-Opted (Chair)22.10.2021.11.24NoneNone  
Previous Governors:


Dennis BruceCo-Opted29.01.2031.10.22    
Nicky O'SullivanCo-Opted 10.05.21    
Claire MulesParent 10.05.21    
Wayne GrahamParent19.11.1910.05.21    
Tim LloydLA07.11.1706.10.20    
Donna McDonaldCo-Opted 22.10.20    
Sarah ChapmanCo-Opted 22.10.20    
Mike HelliwellCo-Opted29.02.2001.06.20    
Zoe PrestonStaff22.09.1622.10.20    





Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Board of Governors, Emma Moehle, can be contacted on 01752 336881, or via email at  Alternatively you can address a letter to Emma Moehle at the school address.

Board of Governors Structure

Governors Terms of Reference

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