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.
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.

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.
Ben Mitchell Ben attended Launceston College for both Secondary School and Sixth-Form before completing his Law Degree at the University of Portsmouth. After completing his degree he attended the University of the West of England and attained a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course which then entitled him to train as a Solicitor. In 2015, on completing the Legal Practice Course, he joined Parnalls Solicitors in Launceston where he qualified as a Solicitor and specialises in the fields of Commercial Property and Business.
Margaret Walker My name is Margaret (Meg) Walker and I am a retired science and maths teacher. My degree is in Microbiology from Queen Mary College, London University.

I worked both full and part time around having children. I have been head of Biology and Head of KS4 in different secondary schools. The final years of my career was working for Surrey County Council teaching pupils excluded from school or too ill to attend school.

I have two grandchildren who attend Launceston College. 

I have just starting to provide support and mentor students on the Aspire programme at Launceston College 

Tamsin Worth My name is Tamsin Worth and I have 2 boys, who are in 8 and 7 respectively. I currently work part time as a sales negotiator, and previously was a teaching assistant for 9 years. I have lived in Launceston for over 14 years. My husband was born and brought up here, he attended Launceston College and now runs his family building firm.
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