The Foundation Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of former parents, current parents, former pupils and former staff, who have all come together with a varied mix of backgrounds and experience to form the Truro School Foundation.

Graham Hooper (Chairman)

Old Truronian Parent. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2021.

Father to two Truro School children, Graham’s background is in the financial services industry. Graham has done over 20 year’s experience as a company director involving corporate governance, regulatory change, mergers and acquisitions. He has particular experience in distribution – restructuring, sales, marketing, PR, new product & service development, managing people and change.

Contactable via Mrs Nicky Berridge, Development Manager and Clerk to the Foundation: Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, TR1 1TH
Email:, telephone: 01872 246010.

Gerald Chegwidden

Old Truronian. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2021.

Gerald was born in Redruth and was a pupil at Truro School. He has spent his life in engineering, both civil and military. Having obtained an MSc at Southampton University in Irrigation and Land Drainage, he has since worked for international consulting engineers. Amongst other things he has been involved with dams, river training schemes in Pakistan and Bangladesh and the Thames Tidal Flood Defences. Since retiring to Cornwall he has spent much of his time sailing and skiing in America.

Tim Bunting

Friend of Truro School. Co-opted Member of the Board - Trustee Appointment Voting: Jan 2021.

Photo and biography to follow.

Kim Conchie

Former Governor & Old Truronian Parent. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2022.

Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics. He now runs two micro-businesses from home in Falmouth and took up the post as Chief Executive at Cornwall Chamber in April 2012. He is a trustee of Cornish children’s charity BF Adventure and a director of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust. He also enjoys rugby, walking, gardening and his boat. He is married to Sarah, a dentist in Truro, and has three children, one at Truro School and two, who recently left, at university.

Robert Cowie

Former Governor & Old Truronian Parent. Co-opted Board Member – Trustee Appointment Voting: Jan 2021.

Rob is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly a partner in Francis Clark, Chartered Accountants, in Truro when he retired in 2015 after 42 years. He still carries out some consultancy work for the firm.
Rob lives in Truro and two of his three children attended the school. He was a Governor of the school for 27 years until 2020, and a former trustee of Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST). He remains a co-opted member of the MIST Finance Committee.
Rob is a Trustee of Cornwall Air Ambulance and chairs their Finance Committee. He is also a non-executive Director of Kernow Grain Limited.
Rob’s interests include golf, travel and researching family history.

Jeremy Eddy

Current Parent. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2022.

Born in Redruth, Jeremy and his brother attended Truro School. Having obtained a BSc in Urban Land Management, and an MSc at UCL in European Property Development and Planning, Jeremy is now an International Director with JLL, a global property advisory business, specialists in European retail and development. He lived and worked in France for five years and then London for a further 15 years before returning to Cornwall. He now lives in Mylor and has two children, Orla, at Truro School and Ben, at Truro Prep.

Peter Munro-Lott

Old Truronian Parent. Co-opted Member of the Board - Trustee Appointment Voting: Jan 2021

Photo and biography to follow.

Nicky Pooley

Old Truronian Parent. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2021.

A former parent of Truro School, Nicky is a Chartered Accountant and is currently Head of Corporate Services and Finance at Cornwall development Company and Director at SW Investment Group. Nicky is married to Bernard, also a former pupil of Truro School, and has a son, James, who left Truro School in 2012. Nicky’s interests include sport and reading.

Peter Stethridge

Governor and Old Truronian. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2022.

Peter spent his childhood in Cornwall and was educated at Truro School (1960-1967), the University of Wales Cardiff and Camborne School of Mines. He is a Chartered Engineer by profession and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The main part of his career was spent in local government holding several posts with Cornwall County Council, including those of County Surveyor and Chief Executive. Peter’s career included, working on the planning and construction of many of the major bypasses and new roads built in Cornwall in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the strengthening and widening of the Tamar Bridge, the development of the European Objective 1Programme for Cornwall and general local government management.

Peter is a serving Governor of TS, Chairman of the Buildings Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and the Governance & Nominations Committee. He is a former Trustee and Chairman of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, a former Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Cornwall Community Foundation and a former member and Chairman of the Truro Cathedral Council.
Peter and his wife, Elizabeth, attend Truro Methodist Church and having now retired, his time is mainly centered on family, the visual arts and sailing.

Paul Smith

Former Headmaster. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2023.

Paul is a retired independent Secondary School Head. (Truro School Head 2001 – 2012)

After graduating from Queens’ College Cambridge with a degree in Geography and a blue in rugby football, he joined Lloyds Bank as a graduate trainee. However, the call of education proved too strong and he was appointed to the staff of St John’s School, Leatherhead where he became a house master, head of Department and ran the school rugby football. He then moved into school leadership after having obtained a Masters degree in Educational Management from Bath University, firstly as a Second master at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester and then into two headships, for six years at Oswestry School, Shropshire and eleven years at Truro School, Cornwall. During his time at Truro School he was elected to the HMC membership Committee and became a member of the Cornwall Rural County Council.

Paul is married to Kathy and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Paul is interested in most sports, mostly as a spectator these days, but is endeavouring to reduce his golf handicap! He is an enthusiastic bird watcher and enjoying the time that retirement affords him to develop his appreciation of art.

Kathy and Paul retired to Suffolk seven years ago to be near their daughter and grandsons and Paul is enjoying the challenges of Chairing the Board of the local Community shop and is a Governor of two local independent schools in Suffolk.

Helen Sullivan

Governor & Old Truronian Parent. Term of Trusteeship expires January 2021.

After graduating in History from the University of Cambridge, Helen worked in marketing and PR in the BT group before moving into financial services. In recent years, Helen has run a property/holiday lettings business and is a volunteer with the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust. She has also worked with the senior management team at Warrens Bakery. Helen is married to Mark and has two children, the eldest of whom recently left Truro School. Helen’s interests include photography, walking, film and music.

Richard Thomas

Chair of Governors. Co-opted Member of the Board.

Photo and biography to follow.

The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri, (to be rather than to seem to be) captures the essence of our identity. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.