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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.

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 2022.

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 and GDPR Governor. 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 2022.

Mr Martin Aliffe BA(Hons), BSc, FRICS

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2021, Martin recently retired as partner from construction and property consultants, Ward Williams Surveying. 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 a member of the Estates 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.

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 2022.

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.

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.

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 2002-2008.

Term of Governance expires on 31 August 2024.

Mr Peter Stethridge BEng, MPhil, FICE, CEng

A co-opted Governor appointed in 2010, Peter is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers who has held several senior posts with Cornwall County Council. He is Chair of the Estates Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and the Governance & Nominations Committee. Peter is a former pupil of the School, a Truro School Foundation Trustee, a former Trustee and Chairman of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, a former Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Cornwall Community Foundation, a former member and Chairman of Truro Cathedral Council and attends Truro Methodist Church.

Term of governance expires on 31 August 2022.

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, a Truro School Foundation Trustee and the Nominated SEND and FCT 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.

Term of governance expires on 31st August 2024.

Dr Jennifer Williams BSC MBBS

A co-opted governor in 2017, Jennifer is a Consultant Radiologist in Diagnostic Radiology at Royal Cornwall Hospitals – Treliske. After completing her medical and surgical training and obtaining membership of the Royal College of Surgeons, she moved into the field of Radiology. She trained in Radiology at The Royal Free Hospital in London and then spent two years sub-specialising in breast and gynaecology imaging. Jennifer is the nominated Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor, a member of the Education Committee and is also a current parent of the School.

Term of governance expires on 31 August 2023.

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