Governors

Launceston College Local Governing Body

Adam Slater, Chair Currently serving as the Chair of Governors, I became a parent Governor in October 2014; I’ve lived in the Launceston area for over 20 years. I’m passionate about the work of the college and the local area. Having 2 children, education is an important subject to me, I’m keen to help, support and promote the work the college does in relation to its student’s successes and the benefits it brings to the greater local community. My background is within the Nature conservation with over 25 years’ experience working in the environmental and land-based sector. Much of this work has been in educating others in environment practices and traditional environment skills such as Cornish Hedging and Heathland Management. I’m now running my own company with my son, carrying out survey work and Landscape Gardening. I also have a group of Arboricultural students I support as and assessor for Cornwall College Group (Duchy). The roles I have done and still do provides me the opportunity to work with students, rural sector companies and organisations, throughout Devon and Cornwall. As a keen cyclist am always out and about enjoying arguably one of the best landscapes in the world.
Fenella Wojnarowska, Vice Chair I joined the Governors in November 2017 and was appointed vice-chair in November 2018. I trained as a medical doctor at Somerville College, University of Oxford and later St Mary’s Hospital, London University. I specialised in Dermatology and returned to Oxford as a consultant later becoming Professor of Dermatology at the University of Oxford. My research included immunological diseases, women’s health, and Evidence Based Medicine, with over 300 papers published in scientific and medical journals. I also enjoyed teaching and mentoring Dermatology trainees in the UK and Europe.

I retired to Cornwall 10 years ago. Since then I have become very involved in promoting aspiration in Cornish schoolchildren and students. I do this in two ways, by working in the Launceston College Aspire Programme and within the Cornish Oxford Alumni as bursary secretary giving grants to Oxford students from Cornwall and assisting schoolchildren to attend open days and residential courses there.

I value my involvement in Launceston College and encouraging aspiration and achievement in all pupils.

Helen Reilly I joined the governing body in November 2015 having taught at the college since 2001. I have lived in Cornwall for over twenty years and have always been proud of the education available in the county. I teach business studies and ICT and hope that I can pass on to the students the knowledge I gained through working in the ICT industry for over twenty years before moving to Cornwall and retraining as a teacher. As deputy head of the College Sixth Form I am keen to promote post 16 education at the college and now feel that as a governor I can share my insight in this area to help in the governance of the College.
Bryan Maywood I was appointed as Principal of Launceston College in January 2016; I had been Deputy Principal from September 2011. I have been a deputy at two other secondary schools, Torpoint from 2008-2011 and Coulsdon High School, Croydon, from January 2006 to 2008. At Coulsdon High I joined a school in special measures, and worked effectively to bring about “rapid improvement”; Ofsted commended my role in this and the London Challenge consultancy utilised me for work in improving other schools in the London area. Ihave the National Professional Qualification for Headship and completed the OU Masters’ study unit, Effective Leadership and Management in Education. In 1999 I wrote for the company Chalkface; the publication Raising Grades from B to A* in English is still available to purchase. I have been a Head of English in Nottingham and East Sussex; I teach a GCSE English class and I am as passionate about the subject as when I first taught in 1989.
Debbie Buckland Originally from what is now Zimbabwe I moved to London in 1978 having completed my education in Zimbabwe and then Cape Town where I took a general BA degree in English and French, followed by an honours degree in French. I moved with my husband to a small farm in Cornwall around 30 years ago. The farm, located between Launceston and Bude, is now organic and we currently have a small flock of sheep, a small suckler herd of Ruby Red cattle and a few pigs.

I’m passionate about education and joined Cornwall Adult Education nearly 20 years ago. Since then, I have progressed from a local programme management role (in Bude) to overseeing quality assurance and quality improvement for all our provision across Cornwall (a post I took in 2011).  During my time at Cornwall Adult Education I have enhanced my skills with the achievement of an Open University Master’s degree in Lifelong Learning and since picking up the quality role I have led CAE through three Ofsted Inspections (acting as nominee during our last inspection) during which time we progressed from ‘Requires Improvement’ to two consecutive ‘Good’ outcomes.

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