Meet the Governors

We are privileged to have a hard working and dedicated Board of Governors who set the school's strategic vision and offer support and guidance to the school’s leadership team.

All Governors may be contacted c/o The Clerk to the Governors, Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, TR1 1TH ([email protected]).

Mr Richard Thomas BSc, MRICS

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. The firm has been at the forefront of many surveying developments over the years including mundic block matters. The practice has won various local and regional awards over the years for design, restoration works and project management. 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 governance expires 31 August 2025.

Mr Nigel Ashcroft MBE

Joint Vice Chair of Governors

A co-opted governor appointed in 2013, Nigel is a member of the UK industry-government forum Broadband Stakeholders Group and has researched the world’s leading deployments of next generation broadband networks. Nigel is a member of the Estates Committee, Finance Committee, and Governance & Nominations Committee, which he chairs. He is the School’s Nominated Compliance & GDPR Governor and a Truro School Foundation Trustee. Nigel was recognised in the 2012 Birthday honours with the award of MBE for his services to regeneration in Cornwall and the UK.

Term of governance expires on 31 August 2025.

Mr Martin Ayliffe BA(Hons), BSc, FRICS

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2021, Martin recently retired as partner from construction and property consultants, Ward Williams Associates. He is a Director of Registered valuers, Smart Commercial Property Ltd and runs his owns specialist project management consultancy based in Cornwall. Martin brings strategic estates and facilities experience having worked with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the All England Lawn Tennis Clubs. As a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Martin is an active member of the RICS South West Regional Board. Martin is chair of the Estates Committee, Member of the Finance Committee and a current parent at the school.

Term of governance expires on 31 August 2024.

Mr Richard Cartwright CTA

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2020, Richard is a Partner of Saffery Champness, a national firm of Chartered Accountants, based in their Bristol Office. Richard is a member of the firm's Management Board, the body that makes all the key strategic decisions of the firm. As a Chartered Taxation Adviser, he specialises in advising clients on strategic matters concerning their personal and business affairs and acts on behalf of many wealthy individuals, families and trustees who own and manage rural landed estates, senior executives of national/international companies, professional partnerships and more traditional owner-managed businesses. Richard is a member of the Finance Committee.

Term of governance expires 31 August 2023.

Mr Brian Dolan LLB

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2017, Brian is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Stephens Scown LLP. He is a member of the Firm’s Risk Committee developing protocols, procedures and strategy for avoiding and managing risk and liability. Brian is a member of the Education and Governance & Nominations Committees.

Term of governance expires 31 August 2023.

Rev’d Mark Dunn-Wilson

An ex-officio Governor was appointed in 2021. Mark is Deputy Chair of the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Methodist District. He has served as Methodist Minister in Truro for ten years, previously serving in Liverpool. Mark is a member of the Education Committee.

Mrs Elizabeth Garner BA, MEd

Joint Vice Chair of Governors

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2013, Elizabeth is a former Prep School Head and continues to be involved with the Independent Preparatory Schools Association (IAPS). During her teaching career she taught all ages from five to 18. She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipped Company of Educators, where she is actively engaged with its social committee. Elizabeth is Chair of the Education Committee, a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee and Nominated Staff Liaison Governor.

Term of governance expires 31 August 2025.

Mr Robert Griffin MA (Oxon)

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2017, Robert recently retired as the Headmaster of Exeter School. Robert has served as Secretary and Chairman of the HMC South-West Division on the HMC Wellbeing Working Group and Membership Sub-Committee, leading accreditation inspections. Robert has been an ISI Team Inspector, assists with teacher training for the Exeter University modern languages PGCE course, and is a member of the Ten Tors Policy Group and a trustee of a Dartmoor based sustainability resource centre. Robert is a member of the Education Committee and the Nominated Boarding Governor.

Term of Governance expires 31 August 2023.

Mrs Laura Howard BSC, MED

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2022, Laura is an Educational Psychologist and founding Director of Evolve Mindfulness, a Community Interest Company providing mindfulness-based psychological interventions and mental health support to schools, families and organisations throughout Cornwall and the South West. As a former Primary School teacher, Laura has over 20 years of experience in education. Laura has three children across both the Senior and Prep Schools.

Term of Governance expires on 31 August 2025.

Mr Adam Luck

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2017, Adam is Estate Director at St Austell Brewery managing nearly 200 properties from Bristol down to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Adam is also Chairman of Pub is the Hub South West and Fowey RNLI. Adam is a member of the Estates Committee and the Nominated Health & Safety Governor.

Term of governance expires 31 August 2023.

Mr Malcolm Macdonald BEng, FCA

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2017, Malcolm is Chief Financial Officer at Seasalt Limited where he is responsible for most back office functions including Finance, Logistics, Properties, Business Systems and Business Analytics. Prior to Seasalt, Malcolm spent 25 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, qualifying with them as a Chartered Accountant. Malcolm specialised in Corporate Finance, working in PwC’s Hong Kong Office and subsequently leading the Beijing office’s Financial Due Diligence practice. Malcolm chairs the Finance Committee and has two children at the School.

Term of governance expires on 31 August 2023.

Professor Alan Murray MA

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2020, Alan was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor at Falmouth University. Alan studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and completed his Masters at De Ateliers in the Netherlands. He has worked at a number of Universities, notably The Design Academy Eindhoven where he was director of the Funlab and the Technical University Eindhoven where he was Design Director and developed a new faculty of Industrial Design. Most recently, he has worked for Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh where he was Deputy Principal, Head of the School of Design and Co-Director for the £3.65 million research centre in Design Informatics which he was jointly responsible for. Alan is the Nominated sustainability Governor, and a member of the Finance and estates Committees and has a son at the Senior School.

Term of Governance expires on 31 August 2023.

Mr Richard Raistrick BA, PGCE

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2022, Richard has recently retired as Vice Principal, Academic Director and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Somerhill.
He has taught across the age ranges; his early career was as a Sixth Form Housemaster and English teacher in Yorkshire. However, he soon moved overseas where he was Head of English at Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda for twelve years. Upon his return to the UK, he made the move into prep school education and gained experience as Director of Studies, Housemaster and Deputy Head at IAPS schools before becoming Head of an IAPS co-educational day and boarding school. He has been an ISI inspector since 1998. Richard is the School’s Nominated Safeguarding Governor and a member of the Education Committee.

Term of Governance expires on 21 August 2025.

Mrs Bethany Scarsbrook BA(Hons), BCL, BPTC

A co-opted governor appointed in 2021, Bethany is a Barrister with St John's Chambers in Bristol, specialising in family law practice. Bethany attended Truro School from 2003-2008. As an undergraduate, she developed her passion for family law and children's rights and finished top in her year for the subject. Bethany then received a scholarship enabling her to become a postgraduate, successfully reading for the BCL at St Anne's College, Oxford, where she submitted a dissertation considering Gillick competence. Before joining St John's Chambers, Bethany completed pupillage in London, where she obtained extensive experience in financial remedy disputes.

Term of Governance expires on 31 August 2024.

Mrs Helen Sullivan MA

A co-opted Governor since September 2015, Helen’s background is in marketing, PR and business strategy. Prior to her move to Cornwall, she worked for companies including Admiral Insurance and Ernst & Young Management Consultancy, and was involved in the strategic development and re-branding of Warrens Bakery. Helen is also involved with the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust. Helen is a member of the Finance and Education Committees and the Nominated SEND, EAL & ECT Governor.

Term of governance expires on 31 August 2024.

Mrs Carrie White Msc, BA (Hons), FCIPD, FLPI

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2021, Carrie is an experienced HR professional with 20+ years experience in the corporate world. She has worked across the UK and internationally in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa and has vast experience of Equal Opportunities, Diversity and inclusion as an HR Director embedding policy and process and as a leader driving change by role modelling the right behaviours. Carrie is a current parent at the School. Carrie is a member of the Education Committee and the School's Nominated EDI & Careers Governor.

Term of governance expires on 31st August 2024.

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