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.

Graham Hooper has had a long association with Truro School being the father to two Old Truronians, George CO14 and Will CO17, both of whom attended from Truro School Prep through to Truro Senior, leaving after Sixth Form.

Graham graduated with a first-class honours degree in Business Studies from Thames Polytechnic and has a background is in the financial services industry. He has over 30 year’s experience as a company director involving corporate governance, regulatory change, mergers and acquisitions and has particular experience in distribution – restructuring, sales, marketing, PR, new product and service development, managing people and change.

Graham worked under the Labour government for the Giving Campaign, as well as the Conservative party on financial policy, the BBC and the Financial Times. He is a published author having written the BBC book ‘Pay Off Your Mortgage in Two Years’, and writes regularly for the financial services press.

Graham is a director of a fintech security business and works as an advisor with Goonhilly Earth Station. As well as being a trustee of Truro School Foundation, he is also treasurer, director and trustee of the Wave Project.

Graham is an ardent rugby fan as well as keeping fit, rowing, surfing, fishing and singing with the ‘Fiddle Me Timbers’ shanty group.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2024

Contactable via the Development Office: Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, TR1 1TH
Email: [email protected], telephone: 01872 246010.

Gerald Chegwidden

Old Truronian.

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.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2024

Tim Bunting

Friend of Truro School.

Tim’s unparalleled knowledge and insight into charitable giving in the UK is of enormous benefit to the Foundation. He has over 15-years-experience working in the third sector, 10 years at senior management level, predominantly within income generation, marketing and communications. In his current role at BBC Children In Need, Tim has responsibility for all commercial partner relationships, with a portfolio of over £13.5m. Alongside working with global brands including Apple and HSBC, he also has responsibility for all licensing, trading and e-commerce activities.

Being married to Claire, a state school head teacher, also gives Tim (and consequently his fellow Foundation Trustees) an insight into the real-world issues and challenges facing our wider community.

Tim and Claire have two children and they enjoy living on the north Cornwall coast.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2024

Kim Conchie

Former Chair of Governors & Old Truronian Parent.

Kim Conchie is an Old Truronian parent, Kim’s association with Truro School began when Henry CO11 joined, followed by Charlie CO13 and Florence CO17.

Kim was also a governor of Truro School for 7 years, retiring as chair of governors in 2020.

Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics. He now runs two micro-businesses from home in Falmouth and is the co-founder of Navas Drinks Ltd. He took up the post as Chief Executive at Cornwall Chamber in April 2012, is vice chair of Cornwall Community Foundation and a director of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust.

In 2019 Kim was appointed to the Falmouth Place-shaping Board and in November 2019, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall.

In addition to his working life, his wife Sarah and three twenty-something children, his garden, Falmouth Rugby Club and walking the coast path are sources of great enjoyment.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2022

Robert Cowie

Former Governor & Old Truronian Parent.

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.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2024

Jeremy Eddy

Current Parent.

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.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2022

Peter Munro-Lott

Old Truronian Parent.

A parent of three former Truro School students, Peter is a keen advocate of the school and maintaining its ethos. Professionally he was a naval aviator operating across the world at sea and ashore and is now an independent aerospace and maritime consultant. He holds an MA in Defence Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Peter spent 6 years as a trustee of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox, leading on governance, openness and accountability at a crucial period in the charity’s development. He is keen on sport in all guises and is happiest on the water with his family.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2024

Peter Stethridge

Governor and Old Truronian.

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.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2022

Paul Smith

Former Headmaster.

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.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2023

Richard Thomas

Chair of Governors.

Richard is a Chartered Building Surveyor, former owner and now consultant of RTP Surveyors which has offices in Falmouth and Bodmin.
Brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire, Richard attended Altrincham Grammar School and later obtained a bachelor of Science degree in Building Surveying at Leicester and started his surveying career with Strutt and Parker in London before moving to Cornwall in 1983. For a short while, Richard worked with Stratton and Holborow before establishing his own practice, now RTP Surveyors, in 1986, managing and overseeing its growth into the largest independent firm of Chartered Building Surveyors in the county. In 2018 Richard sold his interest in the practice but remains a consultant to the firm.
Retaining a strong interest in building surveying and estates, Richard sits on the Methodist Independent Schools Trust working party for Property Matters and also sits on the Place Shaping Board for Falmouth and has a specific interest in local matters being chair of the Falmouth Business Improvement District.
Richard is a firm believer about giving back to society and until its closure in 2019 served as vice chair on Cornwall Sita Trust, who donated over £13m to community and heritage projects in the County funded by monies raised through Community Landfill Tax charges.
Richard is a qualified arbitrator and his professional work in a consultancy capacity is generally expert witness mediation and building pathology.
Richard lives in Constantine with his wife Sara and attends the church there. They have two, now grown, children both of whom were educated at Truro School, Patrick attended from 3 – 18 and Milly studied through the Sixth Form.
In his spare time, Richard’s leisure pursuits involve generally keeping fit, photography, cricket, and playing the saxophone ‘badly’.

Term of Trusteeship expires January 2024

The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri (to be, rather than to seem to be), captures the essence of our identity and is defined by the 5 C's below. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual.

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