Our Governors represent a a broad cross-section of stakeholders in our school (this includes parents, school staff and members of our community). Their role is to help our school improve and provide the best possible education for our pupils.
Further information regarding Governance in Truro & Penwith Academy Trust is available at the following link; http://www.tpacademytrust.org/governance/
Dr Tim Cook
Headteacher – Ex-Officio Governor
01.11.2015 – Present
Dr Cook was appointed in November 2015 and is an experienced Headteacher with a history of working with impact, especially in areas of disadvantage. Visiting Specialist at the University of Plymouth. Independent Ambassador for ‘The Thrive Approach’. Leader of Governance with experience across a range of schools, including as a Chair of Governors to a ‘Good with Outstanding features’ special school in Kent. Graduate of Ambition School Leadership (Future Leaders). Dedicated and sincere education professional with a Professional Doctorate that is focused on developing trust through outdoor pursuits within a secure environment and, perhaps most importantly, a Dad to three amazing boys – both birth and adoptive.
Cllr Julian Smith
Chair of Governors
23.04.2018 – 22.04.2022
Cllr Julian Smith is a member of Liskeard Town Council, where he is Vice-Chair of the Facilities Committee and takes a keen interest in the economic development of Liskeard. He moved with his wife Carolyn to Liskeard in Dec 2016 and they have now made their home in Liskeard for the long term.
After leaving Theale Grammar school he attended the Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster) and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Photographic Sciences and Engineering. He has spent most of his career in the printing industry working for several large printing groups in various roles including as a strategic planning and acquisitions manager, Director of Property, and a corporate purchasing director. For the past 20 years he has run his own businesses in international purchasing, environmental services, internet publishing and web marketing. He also enjoys sailing and building his model railway.
In school his particular interests are Finance, Maths and helping to ensure that every child receives the best possible start in life from their primary education.
Miss Kate Rogers
Vice Chair – Co-opted Governor
01.09.2019 – 31.08.2023
Kate joined Hillfort’s Governing board in 2019 in order to positively impact the experience children have during their time in education. She holds an MSc in Educational Neuroscience from UCL Institute of Education and is passionate about challenging traditional forms of education whilst exploring creative ways to reform teaching and learning. As a musician, Kate is also passionate about the performing arts. In order to create more opportunities for young people to benefit from the arts, Kate founded and directs of ‘The Early Energy Centre’, a social enterprise that has worked with 100s of young people igniting their confidence, creativity, communication and compassion. She is currently a member of Big Education’s ‘Big Leadership Adventure’, where she enjoys connecting with people across the country as they seek to change the story for young people in education.
Mrs Jill Deacon
01.02.2017 – 31.01.2021
Mrs Deacon has lived in Liskeard for 37 years. Her children attended Liskeard Infant and Junior school which were later combined to become Liskeard Hillfort. She played an active role on the PTA at both schools before training to become a primary teacher herself. She worked as a teacher and Deputy Head in local schools for a number of years during which time she was a staff governor for 8 years. Since leaving teaching Mrs Deacon has worked for Plymouth University, teaching and mentoring student teachers during their placements in a wide variety of schools in Cornwall, Devon, Jersey and London. Mrs Deacon became a governor to strengthen the school’s link with the University. She also felt it important to give something back to her local community by taking on a governor’s role and enjoys seeing the children develop and grow as individuals under the guidance of the dedicated staff at Liskeard Hillfort.
Mrs Helen Gardner
01.09.2019 – 31.08.2023
Mrs Gardner has lived in nearby Menheniot and now Liskeard for 15 years. Originally from Durham, she also lived and worked in Birmingham for a time. Her original career was in media, specifically radio. She trained as a broadcast journalist before being called to church work. She is now a Community Engagement Worker for the Methodist Church locally and is in training as a Methodist Minister. Helen’s big passion is emotional health and well-being. Trained as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor she aims to support staff and parents to live well. Helen has an adult son and daughter, both of whom are at University, one in Exeter and one in London.
Mr Simon Cassidy
01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Mr Cassidy joined the governing body in 2019. He is a Town Councillor in Liskeard as well as having a son attend Hillfort.
Mr Cassidy originally hails from Cumbria and moved to Liskeard in 2017, although he often visited family in the area prior to moving to Liskeard. He states he really struggled himself at school and wants to give something back to ensure children are given the best possible chance in life.
Mr Gareth Price
01.09.2019 – 31.08.2023
Mr Price has over ten years’ experience working in both mainstream and special schools in Cornwall and Devon, both as a science teacher and as a special educational needs co-ordinator. This helps him to support the school in ensuring that every child can access learning and make expected progress.
He has lived in south-east Cornwall for over 20 years and had four children go through local primary schools. Outside of work his hobbies are running and spearfishing.
Miss Amanda Charlton
30.11.2020 - 29.11.2024
Miss Charlton is qualified in Health and Social Care, she has worked as a team leader in adult care settings, with learning disability service users and vulnerable older people.
She has four children, all of whom have attended Hillfort. She was a member of Hillfort PTA and is currently Chair of Liskeard School PTFA where she has helped organise many events for fundraising.
Ms Nic Jackson
14.12.2020 - 13.12.2024
Ms Nic Jackson has lived in the Liskeard area most of her life. She has been a state registered Occupational Therapist for 22 years, working in Paediatrics for the last 12 years. She has 2 children at Hillfort School who previously attended Liskerrett Preschool where she was Chairman of the committee and Treasurer. She has specialist knowledge regarding children with special educational needs accessing the physical environment at school, alongside their peers, in order to reach their full potential.
Miss Kerry Podmore
Non-Teaching Staff Governor
16.09.2019 - 15.09.2023
Miss Podmore became involved with the school when her son started in September 2012. She went on to become the Chair of the PTA for 5 years and Parent Governor for 3 years before becoming the Staff Governor in 2019 when she became a member of staff. Her focus on the Board is Health and Safety.
Mrs Naomi Best
Teaching Staff Governor
30.11.2020 - 29.11.2024
Mrs Best has been a teacher for 21 years serving the community of Liskeard throughout that time. After training as a teacher and spending time teaching in Kenya, she has spent her career first teaching at the former Liskeard Infant School before being part of the amalgamation to become Liskeard Hillfort Primary School. Being a long serving member of staff this has enabled Mrs Best to build relationships with many families. her passion for working with families has lef to Mrs best recently qualifying as a Special Needs Coordinator. Currently she is an Associate Senco at Liskeard Hillfort and works supporting Mrs Greenaway and her team.
Mr Robin Brown
Mr Brown has lived in Liskeard for 34 years since the age of 2. He attended Liskeard Infant School, before going onto Liskeard Junior School at Varley Lane, before being the first year 6 to move into phase one, of what is now Hillfort School. He continued his education at Liskeard Secondary School, through to the 6th form. On completion of A-Levels, he started a modern apprenticeship in engineering with British Gas, and 3 years ago moved onto become the Regional Customer Delivery Manager for the South West within the private and social housing sector.
His mother was an active member of the PTA at Varley lane, and part of the MOSS group that aided the move and combination of the infant and junior schools in Liskeard onto the one main site. Outside of work, he has been heavily involved with the town's sports sides, representing Liskeard in football, rugby and cricket over the years. Including the coaching and development of the youth sides. His eldest son has just started at Hillfort, and his youngest starting in September 2021, which has prompted him to become a governor as he has both a historical and now current interest in the progression of the school.
Mrs Linda Cackett
21.05.2019 – Present
Mrs Cackett was appointed Clerk in May, 2019 and provides an independent clerking service to several schools in the area. Originally from Truro she lives in Bodmin and enjoys working in different primary schools, providing advice to the Local Governing Board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. She provides administrative support to the Board, ensures the Board is properly constituted and manages information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.
Register Of Interests 2020-2021
Drive Team – Meeting Attendance 2018-2019
Supplemental Funding Agreement
Supplemental Funding Agreement – TPAT Signed