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Welcome to our Members

Stephen Criddle OBE

Stephen Criddle is the Principal and CEO of South Devon College an Ofsted Outstanding general further education college.


Stephen joined South Devon College in 2003 as part of a leadership team transforming the College and in 2009 became Principal & CEO. He has worked in education for over 20 years following time in industry and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Stephen is a trustee of the Devon Studio School and the South Devon UTC Trust and is passionate about the role of further education in raising aspiration, ambition and opportunities for local communities.


Stephen was enthusiastic to become a member of the Riviera Education Trust in order to support the schools' aspiration for our primary children to have the best possible learning experience and great progression opportunities for their future lives.


Neil Smythe 


In my working life I am a Senior Strategic Change Consultant for a large national voluntary sector charity. I have experience of supporting trustees and management teams around governance, operations and change management. I feel that my experience and skills are easily transferable to working with Academy Trusts particularly at this time of great change within education.  I am particularly interested in the Riviera Education Trust as my son attended one of the schools.


I know that through my work with charities that education is one of the key factors in determining peoples’ life chances and well –being. Therefore I am very keen to be involved in shaping the future of our very young people by contributing to the exciting development and future of The Riviera Education Trust.



Jamie Parffrey 


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Members' meetings




Tuesday 11th December, 8.30pm at Oldway

Monday 15th January (AGM), 5.30pm at Oldway




Monday 29th March  8.30pm at Oldway