Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has been appointed as the new Chair of Governors at Truro Prep and Truro School with immediate effect.
Rob Cowie, who has been Acting Chair for two terms, said, “I am really delighted that we have been able to secure Kim as our new Chair of Governors to lead the Board forward in this exciting period. Kim’s credentials as CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and his involvement as Trustee of a number of prominent Cornish charities will substantially advance the ability of the school to embrace the whole community in Cornwall for the benefit of all the pupils at the school.”
On the announcement of his appointment, Mr Conchie said, “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Chair of Governors at Truro School. It is a very exciting time as we are just embarking on a new Strategic Plan for the School led by Headmaster, Mr Gordon-Brown who has brought a new dynamism and sense of direction to all that we are planning to achieve. I am in awe of the skills around the table at Governors’ meetings as I am a huge believer that successful teams are made up of a mix of different experiences and personalities. I think we have a formidable line up.”
He continued, “I hope I can bring some business expertise to the Board and help the School meet its objectives. Particularly I would like to develop its partnerships with people and businesses throughout the Duchy and around the World; and, through my sporting connections, to encourage use of The Sir Ben Ainslie Centre to sports enthusiasts of all ages across Cornwall.”
Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics. After travelling, he had progressive roles at Haymarket Publishing and other magazine publishers before co-founding Brass Tacks Publishing Co. Ltd. in 1986, which became one of the top ten UK customer magazine and website publishers. Kim sold the business to Chime Communications plc. in May 2000 and moved to his native Cornwall in 2002.
He now runs two micro-businesses from home in Falmouth and took up the post at Cornwall Chamber in April 2012. He is a trustee of Cornish children’s charity BF Adventure and a director of South West Investment Group and 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.