Otter Valley Federation

Believing and Achieving Together to be The Best We Can Be

Daphne Sherwood

Foundation Governor

My name is Daphne Sherwood and I am married to John, who is also on the Governing Board; we moved to West Hill from Watford in 2013. We are members of Tipton St John Church and sing in the Church choir.

I was a Chartered Librarian in London public libraries, working for 3 different authorities in various posts, starting as a Children’s Librarian and ending up as a Senior Manager with responsibility for Staff Management and Development. I gained a Masters Degree in Management in 2001. I volunteered to join the Governing Board when they were looking for someone with my staff management experience last year, having previously volunteered at Tipton, listening to the children reading.

John and I have 2 children, a son who works for a music company and plays in the Sidmouth Town Band and a daughter who works for an online educational resource company in Edinburgh. I also have 2 daughters from my first marriage who both work in education. I have 3 grandsons, aged 11 and 9 who love to come and visit.

In addition to the Church Choir, John and I sing with the Ottery St Mary Choral Society. We like watching cricket and enjoy the wildlife which visits our garden. I also make (and ice) cakes and love entertaining our family, who usually all visit en masse.

  • Ethos

    The Federation shares a strong ethos:

    We aim to reflect God's love, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

    John 10:10