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Launceston College Local Governing Body

Peter Crispin, Chair I have nearly twenty years involvement as a governor at Launceston College. Currently I sit on the Launceston Local Governing Body, within the MAT structure. I am also a Member of the Launceston MAT. Since retirement six years ago I have continued to work part-time as an independent education consultant, based in North Cornwall, working with primary schools in Plymouth and Cornwall. Prior to this I was a Senior Primary Adviser in Plymouth. As part of the authority’s Challenge, Support, Standards and Intervention Team, I worked as project manager, supporting schools in challenging circumstances, with a successful track record of improvement. In addition, I had subject responsibility for music across all key stages in the city’s schools, which included managing Plymouth Youth Music Service. The service provided a comprehensive programme of advice, training, class/group/individual instrumental tuition and nine city-wide ensembles. Previously I enjoyed a varied teaching career. I was a primary headteacher in Cornwall for nineteen years, with experience in both small and large schools, which included nursery and specific SEN provision. I have also been Head of Music in an inner-city boys’ secondary school and a class teacher in primary and middle schools. I remain passionate about the need for schools to provide the very best educational opportunities for their students. I believe that my professional experience enables me to be effective in providing challenge and support to the College’s leadership.
Steve Bridgman I am a former student of Launceston College. I then went on to train as a Bricklayer and for many years, worked as a self-employed Builder in the area, before joining Launceston College as a Caretaker at the start of 2012. Although I’m still a relatively new member of the team I feel I have fitted in well and therefore, I’m keen to support my fellow colleagues and to ensure their views and opinions are openly heard and voiced within the college. I would take the role very seriously and would like to think I am friendly and approachable so that my colleagues would have the confidence to come to me and allow me to be their ‘voice’. I look forward to being given the opportunity to work alongside the other Governors building a successful future for Launceston College.
Nigel Hawke I am proud to be a Cornishman and a  North Cornwall resident . I originally trained as a Children’s Social  worker but changed course early on  to a lifelong career in manufacturing in the Printing sector. My wife and I  retired to Launceston in 2014 and  are  proud carers of a looked after child at the school. I take a keen interest in vocational training and good use of the pupil premium for the benefit of `one and all’.
Claire Tyler I live in Lewannick with my husband and daughter who is currently a student at Launceston College. We moved from Hertfordshire in 2004 where previously I worked full time for the Emergency Services and was the Special Educational Needs (SEN) governor for the local primary school.I became a Parent Governor in Autumn 2012 because I felt I was not one to sit on the fence when it came to my own daughter’s education and welfare within school and so felt I could contribute firmly, fairly and decisively to issues relating to the school as a whole. Since becoming a Governor I have undertaken classroom visits in order to gain an insight into the student’s and staff’s working environment, establish and develop an effective relationship with staff and be aware of needs of the school and students. I have also enjoyed the two most recent Sports Days and witnessed for myself the efforts of staff and pupilsI am currently Deputy Chair of the Buildings and Sites sub-committee and work alongside staff and other governors to make the school a safe and pleasant learning environment.
Andrew Counsell Andrew joined Duchy College as Head of Equine Studies in 1990, the Duchy College itself started in 1986/1987 with its first group of agricultural students.  Andrew became Vice Principal of the College in 1994 and during that time managed the whole of the Stoke Climsland Campus and was part of the overall Management Team.In 2005 Andrew became Principal of Duchy College and is responsible for Duchy College across the whole of the County (now 5 sites including Seale Hayne in Devon).Andrew was initially responsible for the development of the Rural Business School (RBS) and the Food Innovation Service (FIS).  The Rural Business School now delivers up to 8 courses every day of the week in all six counties of the region and has dealt with some 10,000 farmers and farming families over the last six years, it also includes the Farm Business Survey (FBS).Andrew is a member of the Corporate Management Team of Cornwall College Corporation (CMT) and is also now Head of College at Saltash College near Plymouth; he also has a number of corporate roles and responsibilities. He works closely with the industry in Cornwall and the South West region and is keen to instigate the “farm to plate” agenda. The College has developed Food, through the development of the new Food Technology Building to draw both Agriculture and Food together.Andrew is the current Vice Chair of Landex.  Landex oversees all of the land based Colleges in the UK providing support and help as required. It has a strong industry and Political lobby role.Andrew also works for the FEI, the World Governing Body of Equestrian Sport, as an International Official Judge for the sport of Carriage Driving and has officiated at some eight World Championships and is a National and International Judge; he is now on the FEI panel to train candidate international judges towards their international status.  He was also a national and international competitor and is very active not only in England and Europe but worldwide.
 Cath Bateman I moved into Cornwall in 2012 and currently live near Liskeard. I joined Launceston College staff in September 2012 and I was teaching in and around Somerset prior to this. I am a teacher of science and also interested in walking and other outdoor activities. I have joined the school governors as I am interested in representing teachers of the school, as well as gaining an overall picture of the running of the school.
 Adam Slater I became a parent Governor in October 2014; I’ve lived in the Launceston area for over 15 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. I’m also the deputy chair on the curriculum group and joint chair on the development group.My background is within the Nature conservation with over 20 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 now work for Cornwall College Group as a Business Advisor for the Rural Cluster based in Dunheved House, behind Launceston College. The role provides me the opportunity to help and support rural sector companies and organisations, throughout Devon and Cornwall.
I’m one of the Nature and Environmental Issues Members of the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and I’m Chair of the Environmental sub group within this committee.As a keen cyclist am always out and about enjoying arguable one of the best landscapes in the world.
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.


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 Elaine Marshall, Chair of Governors A previous student at Launceston College and Exeter University, I joined the Board of Governors in 2009. At that time I was the serving Police Commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly and in charge of all policing for the County. This role led me to be part of the Cornwall Strategic Board and the chair of both the Crime & Disorder Board and the Domestic Violence Strategic Group. Earlier in my Police career I worked in North Devon, Penzance, Exeter and Plymouth both as a uniformed officer and as a detective. I was lead investigator on a number of high profile murder enquiries and investigations in the West Country and in Northern Ireland. In 1999 I worked with a National Task Force to tackle Police corruption and set up the first anti-corruption investigative team in Devon & Cornwall.I retired from the Police in October 2010 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Peninsula Community Health, the Company that operates Community Health services alongside the 14 hospitals in the County.   I believe in good quality public services and educational opportunities for everyone living in Cornwall.  During my 4 years as a Governor I have been actively involved in the financial management of Launceston College and in May 2015 I was privileged to become Chair to the Board of Governors.
Dick White Dick has two daughters who were educated at Launceston College, starting in 2004, when he and his family returned to the UK after 7 years living in Demark. Dick was first a parent governor, a local authority governor from 2008 and then a co-opted director from 2015. Dick’s professional background is in IT and Human Resources. Dick was head of human resources, Europe and Scandinavia, for a large management consultancy firm. He has served as chair and vice chair of the finance and staffing committee including through the process of academy conversion.These days Dick is self-employed, working part-time in woodland management for a variety of private woodland owners.  Dick lives in Lifton with his wife Indira and younger daughter.
Colin Webb Colin Webb was born in Erith, Kent, England in 1937. He received the degree of BSc (Physics) at the University of Nottingham in 1960. On completing his DPhil at Oxford in 1964 he became a member of technical staff of Bell Laboratories in New Jersey USA where he was responsible for much of the early development of the argon ion laser. He returned to Oxford University in 1968 to take up a Research Fellowship and to head the Laser group at the Clarendon Laboratory. In 1970 he became a University Lecturer and in 1971 he was elected as a Tutorial Fellow of Jesus College. In 2004, after serving for 28 years as a tutor of undergraduates at the College he was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship of the College (
Over the years, in research at the Clarendon Laboratory, Colin supervised 35 graduate students who successfully gained their doctorates. Their research projects led, for example, to the discovery of numerous new laser transitions in the visible and ultraviolet regions as well as the development of practical excimer and high power metal vapour lasers. In 1977 together with colleagues and former students he set up Oxford Lasers Ltd. ( and has served as Chairman of the Company from its beginning. The Company is today recognized as a world leader in High-Speed Imaging and Laser Micro-machining technology.
Until his retirement in 2002, Colin Webb was the ad hominem Professor of Laser Physics at the University of Oxford, and from 1995-1999 he was Head of Atomic and Laser Physics. For many years he held visiting Professorships at Cranfield and Salford Universities. He was awarded the honorary degree of D.Sc. by Salford University in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Optical Society of America serving as Director-at-Large from 1991-1994. From 1992 until 2011 he was a member of the Optoelectronics Advisory Committee of the Rank Prize Funds. In 1991 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 1997 he founded and was the first President of the UK Consortium for Photonics and Optics (UKCPO), a post which he held until 2002. In January 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to the UK Laser Industry.
Colin Webb is the editor-in-chief of a three-volume encyclopedia entitled “The Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications” published in 2003 by the Institute of Physics (now distributed by Taylor and Francis). The book includes contributions from more than 140 authors from around the world. Together with Prof. Simon Hooker, Colin Webb is co-author of the textbook ‘Laser Physics’ published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
After retirement Colin moved to Chilsworthy, Devon in 2007. In 2010 he founded a branch of the international organization Café Scientifique ( in Launceston. This provides a forum where visiting scientists can explain and discuss their work with members of the public. 
Ian Graham I joined the Governing Body in March 2015 as a parent governor, with 2 children currently attending Launceston College. My family have been based in Launceston for the past 8 years, and very much enjoy the fantastic environment that North Cornwall has to offer. After a rewarding and interesting career in the Royal Navy, I returned to University to study Law and has recently qualified as a barrister specialising in criminal and regulatory law, with my practice based in Exeter.
Ashley Shopland Having left Launceston College in 1985 post A-Levels, Ashley joined the then English China Clays (ECC) company as a Finance Trainee. After gaining his professional qualification as an accountant, he then moved through various roles in the company including an 18 month spell in the HQ near London. Today, Ashley is now the General Manager of the company, now Imerys, responsible for the whole of the china clay business globally served from Cornwall and Devon.

With 2 children, Ashley has always followed a keen interest in the education sector and has served as a Governor, including as Chair, at both St Dennis and Carclaze primary schools. Within both of these the schools underwent amalgamations, with Carclaze incorporating a complete new 420-pupil school build in 2010.

Ashley currently also serves as a member of the CBI South West Council and also sits as a Trustee of South West Lakes Ltd. responsible for such locations as Roadford just east of Launceston.

David Humphries  My varied and rewarding career in education began in 1976 as a mathematics teacher at a large comprehensive school in London. In 1979 I moved to northeast England to take up the post of Head of Mathematics at Bedlington High School , where I was subsequently promoted to Deputy Headteacher. In 1990 I was appointed headteacher of Southfield School in Workington, West Cumbria and led the school successfully through a period of many changes, including the completion of a major building programme, the initial round of Ofsted inspections and increasing financial delegation.

In 1997 I moved to North Devon as Principal of Ilfracombe College. During the following years standards rose markedly, culminating in a Department for Education Achievement Award in 2003 shortly before I left the College to join Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). After gaining substantial experience as a frontline inspector of schools and initial teacher training, I became a member of Ofsted’s senior leadership team, responsible for managing complaints about school inspections across the south of England. In 2009 I moved to a key role in the development of school inspection policy and practice, working closely with Ofsted’s Executive Board and government officials.

Following my retirement, I undertook a range of voluntary work on behalf of Healthwatch Devon before joining the Governing Body of Bideford College in 2014. In January 2015 I was elected Chair of Governors and when Bideford joined the Launceston MAT in March 2016 I was appointed Chair of the Local Governing Body and, in that capacity, am a member of the MAT Board. After a rewarding and successful career in education I am glad that I am still able to put something back into the system!

Jack Jackson Appointed as CEO of Launceston College Multi Academy Trust in January 2016 having been Principal at Launceston College since September 2007.I started at Launceston College as Principal in September 2007, immediately prior to this appointment I was seconded to St James School in Exeter, for one year, to support the school out of special measures, previous roles include Deputy Principal at West Somerset College, an Education Advisor for Plymouth LA and head of maths at Hele’s School in Plymouth.
I qualified as a section 10 Ofsted inspector in 2002 and retrained as a section 5 inspector qualifying in 2015. In a recent Ofsted inspection at Launceston College I was described as “an outstanding and visionary Principal”. I have completed The Future Leaders Trust Executive Educators programme and am committed to ensuring that as many young people as possible experience the high quality education which they deserve.
Tara Broad



Peter Crispin
Elaine Marshall
Dick White

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