Our Governors

Mrs Alain Cocker

Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Responsibility - HR Governor and Finance Governor
Attendance 2019-20 : 5/5

I have served as a governor at Keyham Barton for the past two years. My two eldest children attended Keyham Barton before moving onto secondary school and my youngest son is currently in year 6 at the school. I am a qualified Teaching Assistant and I am currently employed at Peter Pan Playgroup as a Playgroup Assistant. I have experience as a volunteer with many organisations and I am actively involved in the community with 1st Keyham Scout Group and the Friends of Keyham Barton fundraising group. As a parent and a practising Catholic I believe it is important that our school should look after the social, emotional and spiritual welfare of our children as well as providing the best academic education possible. I have enjoyed my time as a governor and I have learned much over the previous two years. I look forward to continue working with the Governing Body of Keyham Barton to achieve the best educational experience for all our children during their time at the school.

Mrs Alison Derek

RE and Catholic Life Governor - Foundation Governor

Responsibility - RE and Catholic Life Governor
Attendance 2019-20 : 4/5

Having been a teacher in a variety of roles and responsibilities for almost 40 years of which many of them were in Catholic schools in the diocese, I then retired in my final job at Keyham Barton in 2018. Acknowledging that teaching was definitely in my blood I realised that I wanted to continue my involvement, so decided to become a Governor at Keyham Barton. However, this was not an entirely new role as I had been a governor in two previous Catholic schools.

One of my passions is working within the Global environment and enabling children to have a better understanding of the world around them. One of the projects that Keyham Barton is now involved in is ‘Food for Thought’ which I introduced to the school in 2015. Our link school is a Muslim faith school in Uganda called Kikandwa. Recently the children in Year 5 (summer term 2019) spent the day immersed in the ‘Laudato Si’ project and with the help of local Holy Redeemer parishioners made 120 Afripads for the girls in our link school. These were delivered in October 2019 and were very gratefully received along with a bar of soap for each girl.

On a personal level I enjoy family life with my husband, three grown up children and two granddaughters whom I see regularly and enjoy looking after. My hobbies include reading, cycling, sailing and swimming. I attend St Austin’s Priory, Ivybridge with my family and am involved in the choir, children’s liturgy and am on the reading rota for Sunday mass.

I really enjoy coming into the school especially to the school masses as I find them so uplifting and joyous. The children always give their very best be it reading, singing or serving on the altar. I want to support the school in as many ways as possible as I feel passionate about all children attaining their potential and having a wonderful experience at Primary School.

Miss Rachael Riley


Term: 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2021
Registered Interests: None

I have been the Deputy Headteacher of Keyham Barton for two years, and from the moment I stepped into the playground I could feel that Keyham was a school with soul. It is palpable in the children I teach, the staff I work with and the families I meet. To be Headteacher of Keyham is an huge honour and an enormous responsibility.

I am a parent first and foremost, so I know what you ask of me every time your children step through our gates and I will do my utmost to make sure we meet the needs of each and every one of them. I have two children of my own; one who I moved here until recently as I knew the excellent quality of education she would get at Keyham. She has moved on to Secondary school now but with a good grounding, despite the COVID situation.

I am here to support our children, families and staff. I have a strong faith and believe it has brought me here to learn as much as to lead. I am here to help, always, so please feel you can come and talk to me about any worries and concerns and we can work together to solve them.

Mrs Vicky McCoy

Staff Governor

Term 12.02.20 - 11.02.24
Attendance 2019-20 : 3/3
Registered Interests: None

Mrs Sally McGauran

Staff Governor

Term 12.02.20 - 11.02.24
Attendance 2019-20 : 3/3
Registered Interests: None

Mrs Brooke Morrison-Hill

Parent Governor

Responsibility - Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor and Parent and the Community Governor
Attendance 2019-20 : 4/5
Registered Interests: Charity Trustee of Peter Pan Playgroup

I have 2 sons both of whom attend the school. I have worked in the finance industry for the last 17 years and hope that I can transfer some of my skills and experience to help the school to continue to improve. I wanted to join the governing body as I wanted to contribute to ensuring that we can provide a safe and fun environment for all the children who come here to enjoy.

Mr Kevin Noonan

Health and Safety Governor - Foundation Governor

Responsibility - Health and Safety Governor
Attendance 2019-20 : 4/5
Registered Interests: None.

I have 2 children both attending Keyham Barton and I was educated in a catholic upbringing at Buckfast Abbey Prep school followed by St Boniface College. My values very much mirror the foundation values of Keyham Barton and as a parent and practicing catholic I believe it is important that our school achieves the best possible social, emotional and academic experience in a safe environment to allow the children’s natural talents flourish. Currently I work for Babcock in Devonport Dockyard and I am sure my skills within my professional career can transfer to benefit Keyham Barton.

Mrs Tina Tuohy

Vice Chair - Foundation Governor

Attendance 2019-20 : 3/5
Registered interests: TBC

I came to Plymouth in 1970 and have lived in North Prospect for 40 odd years before moving when my house was demolished due to Regeneration. I have been a parishioner at Holy Redeemer all this time and my children and one grandchild also went to Keyham Barton School. I used to be a governor at the old North Prospect Primary School before it became the Mayflower Academy and found it very interesting and rewarding. I would have like to have joined Keyham Barton earlier but never managed to be available when one of the posts became free. On this occasion I jumped at the chance and while my children were at the school I had always enjoyed my visits and in particular the Nativity Plays and School Mass. I am on the Parish Council and a Eucharistic Minister. I used to teach archaeology at University of Exeter and now although retired I still do some teaching online. I am keen on gardening, wildlife and dog walking.