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
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 – Co-opted Governor
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
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 – Co-opted Governor
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 – Co-opted Governor
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 Gareth Price – Co-opted Governor
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.
Mrs Linda Cackett – Independent Clerk
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.
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