The Governing Body

Rev Tim Parkman

Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 24.04.2023 - 24.04.2027

Mrs Teresa Lindeyer

Foundation Governor

Date of appointment: 20.03.13
Term of office: 8.02.21-08.02.25

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.

Mrs Tracey Fletcher

Head Teacher


Mrs Sarah Adkins

Foundation Governor/Chair of Admissions Panel

Date of appointment: 01.09.2010
Term of office: 21.01.2022 - 21.01.2026

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.

Ms Emma Clapham

Foundation Governor, Chair of Curriculum Committee, Safeguarding Governor

Date of appointment: Sept 2015
Term of office: 01.11.2021 - 01.11.2025

I have two children who attend Bishop Cornish School. I am currently part of the Senior Leadership team at Hele School in Plymouth where my areas of interest center around Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Raising Standards and Safeguarding.

Rev Diane Burrows

Rural Dean Representative Ex-officio

Mrs Chris Hale

Clerk to the Governing Body

If you would like to contact a governor or require information regarding school policies, you can do this by emailing me on clerk@bishop-cornish.cornwall.sch.uk

Mr Ben Elford

Vice Chair of Governors/Parent Governor Chair of Finance Committee

Date of appointment: 08.10.2019
Term of office: 08.10.19 - 08.10.23

I have one daughters who attend Bishop Cornish school and have an interest in maintaining high educational standards at Bishop Cornish both now and in the future and insuring we provide a safe and secure environment for our young minds to flourish in.
I work as a senior analyst within a large communications company and within my working role I must maintain a very high level of objectivity and accountability in everything I do from leading projects to analysing anything from statistics to people behaviour.
I’m also a coach in the Saltash RFC U9’s and hold a position within the youth committee to help run the youth section of the club.
I commit to projects 100% and have a great passion in what I believe in and the task I’m completing as well as a have a high level of focus in getting the job done.

Mrs Hilary Frank

Local Authority Governor. Chair of Personnel

Date of appointment: 11.07.2012
Term of office: 15.09.20 - 15.09.24

I joined the Bishop Cornish family as a Foundation Governor when our oldest daughter was in Key Stage 1. She is now taking her GCSEs, but the inspirational atmosphere at the school has meant I’ve stayed on the governing body, moving to Local Authority Governor after being elected to Cornwall Council. As a councillor, I’ve always been impressed by the school’s eagerness for getting involved in community events, such as litter picks and festivals.
In my professional career as an interpreter of Japanese, I’ve worked as part of the teams that delivered the 1998 Winter Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Being a governor has given me the opportunity use the skills I’ve developed in my working life for the benefit of the children in the school.
The role of a governor has changed over the time I’ve been here, and government guidelines now describe school governors as ‘non-executive strategic leaders.’ Walking alongside the school’s senior management team, challenging them, and helping them deliver even better outcomes for the children has been a privilege. I relish being part of a team that puts the best interests of the children at the heart of its decisions.

Mrs Emma Nile

Staff Governor

Date of appointment: 12.11.2019
Term of office: 17.11.23 - 17.11.27

Mrs Naomi Hulford

Parent Governor

22.09.2022 - 22.09.2026

Mrs Helen Reid

Foundation Governor

Term of office: 20.10.2020 - 20.10.2024