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Meet the Governors - Bios

Karen Menis – Member of governing body by virtue of position in school

Term: 01/05/18 - 30/04/22


My name is Karen Menis. I am proud to be the Headteacher of Shakespeare Primary School since its opening in September 2009.


I have worked in Honicknowle since 1997, when I joined Chaucer Primary School as its Deputy before shortly taking over its leadership as the Headteacher. I am committed to improving both the educational and social outcomes for children and families within our community.

Alongside my dedicated and caring staff team, we work to provide active and fun-filled learning experiences for our pupils, to enable them to become well-rounded citizens who can contribute positively to society.


My leisure time is spent with my husband walking the coastal path, nurturing our garden and being creative in the kitchen. We also enjoy travelling and spending time with our grandchildren.



Kirsty Roszell - Parent Governor

Term: 01/05/18 - 30/04/22

My name is Kirsty Roszell and I am a parent of three children in the school.  I home educated one of my children for one and a half years which led me to training to become a teaching assistant.  I've worked and volunteered in the nursery and reception classes as well as years four and five over the past couple of years. I have many interests including arts and crafts, reading, baking, and many more, when I have the time.


 I feel that the school has supported me and my family so much since we moved to Plymouth and felt I could give help back by joining the governing body this year.




Nic Beswetherick – Staff Governor

Term: 01/05/18 - 30/04/22


Hi, I'm Nic Beswetherick. I became a staff governor at Shakespeare in July 2015 but have been working at the school since 2012. I have taught in a number of schools across the city after beginning my teaching career nearly 10 years ago in London. I first became interested in being a governor to gain a different perspective of the school through different eyes. It is very interesting and a role that I very much enjoy.


I am inspired to continue my service as a governor to ensure we get the very best for the children of Shakespeare primary school and the community we serve.




Laura Hacker - Staff Governor

Term: 01/05/18 - 30/04/22


Hi, my name is Laura.  I have been working at Shakespeare Primary school for 7 years, I originally began my time here in Early years working as a teaching assistant before moving onto my current role  as Parent Support Advisor.  I live within the local community and both my children attend the school.  

Within my current role I support families and their children and feel becoming a governor would enable me to support the school further.  




Miles Smith – Local Governor

Term: 10/07/18 0 09/07/22


My name is Miles Smith and I am a Lecturer in Education at Plymouth Marjon University. I have spent the last twenty years or so working in education, both internationally and in the UK, and I have about eight years experience of teaching in primary schools in Plymouth and Devon. I believe passionately in learning and the importance of a broad education, and I think it is essential to recognise all children as individuals with their own strengths, needs and challenges. As an experienced teacher, I hope I can draw on my background to help provide good challenge for school leaders, and I am keen to use my research interests to support the school in other ways.


I spent most of my younger years in Plymouth and, having studied and worked away for some years, I returned in about 2010. I am married and have two daughters and we currently live just outside Tavistock.





Steve Perryman – Parent Governor

Term: 29/06/19 – 28/06/22


My name is Steve Perryman and I am a parent of two children in the school, and one that has moved through the school from reception all the way through to the next stage.


I have a keen interest in finding out the way things work which was my motivation to apply to become a Parent Governor. I ask questions to understand and I am not afraid of challenging things to make things better.


I travel a lot with work, but outside of work I am a taxi for three children that attend various groups around Plymouth.





Lisa Lynch – Local Governor

Term:  10/11/20 – 09/11/24 

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a HR Manager for a local HR consultancy business.  I have spent the last 5 years working in a HR generalist role,

prior to that I acquired 13 years’ experience and knowledge in learning and development, specialising in Traineeships and Apprenticeships. This involved working to delivering learning and assessment programs to a high standard in line with ofsted requirements.  It is important to me to support Shakespeare in this local governor role as I can bring a complete external perspective having not been involved or linked to the school. Having worked in learning and development I believe that all individuals learn differently, and it is important to support the learning of individuals so that they have equal opportunities in their education to be the best they can be from a young age. 


I am very interested in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people, and I hope that my external perspective can support the school in different ways as a local governor.