Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Jemma Major


I feel very privileged to be the current Chair of Governors at Berry Pomeroy.

To this role I bring my passion for education and desire for achieving the best possible provision for all our children. I  care deeply about the school, its staff, parents and the wider community and treasure the opportunity to work together to secure the future of our school.

I work closely with the other governors, the head teacher and the dedicated team at Berry Pomeroy to maintain our high expectations and strong ethos – we truly are special.  I am determined to preserve Berry Pomeroy school’s distinctive culture and traditions as a unique and nurturing village school.

I find it an honour to be able to be part of such a strong and supportive school as Berry Pomeroy Primary and truly love this role.  I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have anytime.

Val Hoare


I was educated at KEVIC and Bath University and have spent my working life as a pharmacist in South Devon. I am married to an agricultural contractor and we have three grown-up sons who all enjoyed and benefitted immensely from their years at Berry Pomeroy Primary School. I am a churchwarden in Littlehempston and in my spare time I enjoy walking and gardening.

As a Governor, my role is to support the headteacher and staff as they provide the best possible education for our pupils, to help our children reach their full potential and to ensure that we give value for money. I am always pleased when school can use outdoor space to enhance education provision.

As a Foundation Governor, my added role is to ensure that the ethos of the school is based on Christian values and that our pupils develop their own determination to make the world a better place.

David Erwood

I am a parent governor, currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body, with twin boys attending the school. I run my own business in Totnes and I am a science teacher by training. I hope to use my experience of running a business and my teaching background to support the school, and continue to give the children the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

Frazer Gould

I attended Surrey University studying Metallurgy and graduated in 1968. I have worked in and around the aviation industry for the greater part of my working life ending as General Manager of a UK subsidiary of a major US corporation. I took early retirement in 2007 from my role as General Manager but continued working for the group until 2012 acting as a “advisor”, traveling to numerous group businesses around the world including France, China and the USA. I hope that the breadth of my experience in management and finance will be an aid to our school in the challenging times ahead. I am looking forward to being part of an enthusiastic and dedicated team to help the children to develop during this key period in their lives.