Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor
Date of appointment: 20.03.13
Term of office: September 2017-2021
Currently I have two children at Bishop Cornish and I have a strong commitment to wanting to help enrich the current lives and future paths for all the children moving through the school. I am an active member of our Church and my faith is central to decisions and actions on a daily basis.
I have a background in working in community and mentoring roles, as well as in media and communications. Experience in both these roles have taught me how to challenge and question, but more importantly, empathise and listen.
I believe that developing an enquiring mind, appreciation and love of the world around us, a creative approach to life and a love of Jesus gives every child a solid foundation on which to build and make strong and positive choices in life. Bishop Cornish helps every child to nurture these qualities and this is something I will always strive to maintain in my work as a school governor.
I was appointed as Headteacher at Bishop Cornish CEVA Primary School in January 2015 having been involved in education for over 32 years. During 19 of those years I was Headteacher of 3 different primary schools, with Bishop Cornish being my 4th Headship. I started my teaching career in Worcestershire and moved to Cornwall in 1999. I also spent just over 6 years as Director of Education for the Diocese of Truro, overseeing and supporting the work of Church Schools in Cornwall. I am passionate about ensuring all children achieve their God-given potential and that we prepare them for life whilst protecting their childhood. This means developing each child's personal talents and academic skills, whilst giving them a lifelong love of learning.
Foundation Governor/Chair of Admissions and Finance Committees
Date of appointment: 01.09.2010
Term of office: October 2018-2022
I am a Legal Director at transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialising in infrastructure planning and environmental law (and, now, Brexit) and have been a foundation governor at Bishop Cornish since September 2004. Both of my children were pupils at Bishop Cornish and my time as chair of governors was one of the most rewarding roles of my life. I am a founder trustee of the Bishop Cornish Education Centre and the current chair of the charity, which runs the pre-school and provides facilities and opportunities for the Bishop Cornish community including the instruments and whole class brass lessons for our Year 3 pupils, the nature playground and the outdoor train set. Other education sector roles include being a governor at Devonport High School for Girls and a director of the Diocese of Truro Askel Veur Umbrella Academy Trust. I am also a trustee of the China Fleet Trust. I read Jurisprudence at Somerville College, Oxford, have an MA in Environmental Law from De Montfort University, am a Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and am an active member of several business and trade bodies including the Plymouth Area Business Council (secretary), the UK Environmental Law Association (former trustee) and RenewableUK.
Date of appointment: 01.11.2017
Term of Office November 2017-2021
I am the Children’s and Families’ worker for the Saltash Methodist Circuit and have been in post since 2010, coming from similar roles in Cumbria and Derbyshire for both the Methodist and Anglican churches, and prior to that, a background in community work.
I am passionate about education and have a remit to support and engage with all of the schools in Saltash as part of my work, offering assemblies, RE lessons, after-school provision, chaplaincy and various special events. At Bishop Cornish this means I regularly visit the school with the ‘Open the Book’ drama team, which is made up of members from various Saltash churches, using fun and interaction to bring Bible stories to life. I also help to organise the regular ‘prayer spaces in schools’ weeks, which give the whole school family space to reflect with various creative and hands-on activities, such as planting seeds and making a planetarium.
My faith is central to my life and work, always challenging me to focus outwards and to seek the best for others. I love seeing children flourish and reach their potential and it is a delight to be able to serve as a Foundation Governor at Bishop Cornish.
Foundation Governor/ Responsible for Safeguarding and Whistleblowing
Date of appointment: 08.05.2013
Term of office: July 2017-2021
I have been a Foundation Governor at Bishop Cornish School for over 8 years now. I am a GP working in Plymouth and both my children attended the school. I am the responsible governor for safeguarding and whistle blowing. I am on the Personnel, Safeguarding, Curriculum & Special Needs and Finance committees.
Date of appointment: 03.11.2017
Term off office: November 2017-2021
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Vice Chair of Governors/Local Authority Governor. Chair of Personnel, Safeguarding, Curriculum & SEND/Pupil Premium Committee
Date of appointment: 11.07.2012
Term of office: July 2016-2020
An interpreter of Japanese who has worked on the 1998 Winter Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and is currently working with the team delivering the 2019 Rugby World Cup, I joined the Bishop Cornish family as a governor when my oldest daughter was in Key Stage 1 at the school. Starting off as a Foundation Governor, I morphed into Local Authority Governor after I got elected to Saltash Town Council in 2011 and Cornwall Council in 2013. I stood down from the Town Council in 2017 after serving as Mayor of Saltash, but still continuing in my role as Cornwall Councillor, where I serve on the Children and Families Committee.
Priest In Charge
I am currently an ex-officio Governor at both Bishop Cornish CofE School and Sir Robert Geffery’s School in Landrake and have recently been appointed as a Trustee for the Bishop Cornish Education Centre.
I moved to Saltash in 2016 to become Priest-in-charge of St. Stephen-by-Saltash and St. Nicholas & St. Faith Parish churches in Saltash and St. Michael and St. Erney in Landrake and St. Mary’s in Botus Fleming. Before moving to Saltash I served in a number of parishes in Kent.
During my ministry I have been actively involved with both church and non-church schools as a Governor and Priest – helping to lead worship and helping students to develop and explore their own spirituality.
I am involved in the local communities in which I serve and am a Trustee of Saltash Foodbank and the Mabbot Hayward and John Buller Charities. I am also an active member of Saltash Churches Together.
Date of appointment: 21.09.2018
Term of office: September 2018-2022
Although I am still relatively new to Bishop Cornish School, my niece attended and had many happy years here. Therefore, I have a great affinity and passion for our School and I agree with the ethos completely. The children and their emotional and personal growth is of great importance to me. I want each, and every child to reach their full potential, feel confident and be happy in their school environment.
Date of appointment: 01.09.2016
Term of office: September2016-2020
I am the Chaplain at All Saints Academy in Plymouth. I am married to Bethany and we have three children: Benjamin, Thomas and Verity.
I have spent many years working with young people. Before ordination I was the Youth Worker at St Andrew’s Church in Plymouth for 9 years. After that I went to Theological College in Oxford and was ordained in 2011. My curacy took me to All Saints Church Laleham, part of London Diocese. I spent four very happy years in Surrey, first as curate then as associate vicar, before swopping one All Saints for another and returning to Plymouth as Chaplain at All Saints Academy. I also have a youth advisory role within Plymouth Deanery, supporting the Bishop of Plymouth.
I am an avid armchair fan of most sports, now that my best playing days are behind me. I particularly enjoy watching rugby, following Tottenham Hotspur football club and cheering on various nieces and nephews in their sporting endeavours. Other passions include music, reading historical fiction and when I manage to get to the coast, surfing.
Co-opted Staff Governor
I am currently the Deputy Head and class teacher of Year 6. I have been a dedicated member of the Bishop Cornish family since 2000 and have loved every minute!
I became a member of the governing body about ten years ago, which has added a new dimension to my role as a member of the senior management team and created further opportunities for me to make a difference.
I have a passion for teaching and delivering creative education which is exciting, inspiring, memory making, holistic and completely child-centred, helping children to achieve their full potential. I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else!
I am a practising Christian and feel that not only am I able to express and share my faith working here at Bishop Cornish, but I am able to live and develop my faith through our school’s unique Christian ethos, helping to develop the faith of the children and families we serve. I am also worship leader, and lead family services at my own church.
I am an educational music specialist and am currently the church organist at Stoke Climsland Church. I have led many educational music workshops across the South West and have led various church and school choirs, singing and praising God all over Cornwall and Devon! Music is huge part of my life, particularly composing music, which facilitates worship; I feel so privileged to be able to share this with the children, staff and families.