Launceston College Local Governing Body

Ian Graham, Chair Ian is a practising Criminal Barrister following his call to the Bar in 2013.  He specialises in general Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Law practicing from Colleton Chambers in Exeter.  His current career followed 24 years serving in the Royal Navy, where he trained as a warfare officer reaching the rank of Commander.  Career highlights included command of two warships and leading Royal Navy operational sea training; he is an experienced project and risk manager.  He is married, lives in Launceston with his family and works in forestry in his spare time.
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.
Jenn Burn, Principal I joined Launceston College in September 2009 as Assistant Principal Key Stage 5 and, after more than a decade of successful senior leadership in this role, I was absolutely thrilled to secure my permanent appointment as Principal in March 2020.

Born in Scotland, I studied at Glasgow University from 1987-91, achieving an MA in History and Politics. I completed my teaching qualification in secondary education at Jordanhill College of Education, 1991-92, before relocating to Cornwall to start my teaching career at St Austell College in September 1992, teaching A level History, Philosophy and Ethics. I worked my way up to a leadership position in the FE sector and after 10 very successful years of A level teaching, I made the unusual move across to secondary education, joining Wadebridge School as Head of Sixth Form in June 2003. During my time at Wadebridge I developed a passion for teaching A level Psychology and I welcome the opportunity to continue to teach psychology today in my role as Principal.

My vision for Launceston College as it expands successfully into the 2020’s is to lead a College that inspires and enables everyone, whatever their starting point, to achieve their best and to become the very best version of themselves that they can be.  My vision is to ensure that all students aspire to excellence and appreciate the importance and the value of their education.

Adam Stockton
My name is Adam Stockton I have lived on and off in Cornwall for the last 33 years and have recently moved into the Launceston area. I have 4 children aged between 5 months and 13 years the eldest of which is currently attending Launceston college. My Mum and both younger brothers are teachers and teaching is something I am passionate about having been a technical trainer for 7 years of my career. I am a career civil servant and have been in many roles at the cutting edge of technology for the past 17 years. I believe that we need to deliver quality training in technology to our children to ensure they have the skills for the future work place. I have previously supported a local primary school by delivering after school coding classes to their year 5 and 6 pupils.
I also have dyspraxia and dyslexia which gives me an insight into learning with learning disorders. I am keen to ensure those with learning disorders are given the help and support they need to succeed alongside their peers. I think that these disorders have given me a unique perspective on life and have provided just as many advantages as disadvantages due to the different way I approach problems.
Theresa Mills I am passionate about teaching and learning, having had the pleasure of working in Primary Schools in North Cornwall since 1988 and as a senior leader in Launceston since 2008.  It is an honour to be vice-chair of the governors of Launceston College as I think very highly of the College and my home town of Launceston.  With my background as Head of School at St Stephens and my current role as Headteacher of South Petherwin School, I have a keen desire in strengthening links between the College and its feeder Primary Schools to give every student in our community a world class education.   My sisters and I were the first generation in our family to go to University (I went to Exeter University, Cambridge University and then completed my M.Ed part-time) and I strongly believe that schools and a positive home/school partnership can make such a difference to student’s lives.
Steve Jolly Steve Jolly attended Launceston College from 1997 until 2002, having been brought up just outside the town as well as in the Middle East for a few years.

He studied politics in London and Exeter and then went to work in political campaigning until 2015.  He now is a Director in a communications consultancy based in Launceston, specialising in planning and development on projects both in Cornwall and across the UK.

Steve has been an Enterprise Advisor for the College since 2019, helping the College on their careers advice, and has also volunteered for a number of charities advising them on communications and fundraising, as well training political campaigning techniques overseas

James Gardner Originally from the North East of England, James has been a local resident for 20 years and lives just outside of South Petherwin, where he has been a Governor at the Primary School since 2016. James has been in teaching since 1991 and has held a number of positions – first becoming a subject leader of Art at a school in Burmantofts, Leeds. In 1998 James qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher and became involved in coaching and supporting others in the teaching profession locally and across the authority. After to moving to Cornwall, James has been an Expressive Arts Coordinator at Coombe Dean School in Devon and he has been involved in the Plymouth Teaching School Alliance since 2018, when he led the curation of the Art and Design Teachers Conference on behalf of the Plymouth Art Hub.


James is currently developing his curriculum focused role while seconded into the Senior Leadership Team at Coombe Dean School.  He is an advocate for the Arts and research informed practice in education and James is keen to invest time in his local community with a role at Launceston College.



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