Governance Overview

There are three tiers of governance for the Trust. The top two tiers – Members and the Board of Trustees – are required by the Articles of Association.

The third tier – Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) – are optional but the Board sees local governors as having an important role across the Trust schools where a cluster model has been adopted.

Members – guard the values and ethos of the Trust; and monitor the activities of the Trust to ensure it is providing best value for parents, children and the wider community.

Trustees – set the strategic direction for the Trust; hold the Trust to account for its outcomes for students; and oversee the work of the executive officers.

Governors – have delegated responsibilities as described in the Governance Scheme of Delegation.

Committees – the Trust has three committees: Resources, Audit , Remuneration.

Trust Board

Cheryl Hill - Chair

  • Retired Business manager with 26 years' experience in IBM, possessing extensive services expertise in complex, high risk contracts.
  • Experience of negotiating service levels, resource and contractual terms with executive management.
  • Had responsibility for the risk management process across the IBM services portfolio and development of an integrated governance process with business line executives.
  • Experience of leading and motivating large teams of people.
  • Highly regarded as a mentor of a wide range of professionals.
  • Secondary School Maths Teacher for a number of years.
  • Since retirement held position as Vice Chair of Governors of a small rural community school in Cornwall.

Maria Ashurst - Joint Vice Chair

  • 15 years of governance experience – Finance & Personnel, wellbeing and safeguarding, standards and curriculum.
  • Former Chair of large primary school.
  • Experience in early years’ development and education, strategic development, planning and management.
  • Involved in the development and implementation of strategic partnerships for community and family development programmes.
  • Representative for the community and voluntary sector on the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership in Plymouth.
  • Management experience within public, voluntary and private sector.

Sally Crabb - Chair of Audit

  • Head of Financial Accounting – Plymouth University.
  • 18 years accountancy experience in business and higher education sector. Company Secretary.
  • Governance experience in nursery and primary education.
  • Professional qualifications include ACIS, FCCA.

Judith Goodchild

  • Experience in the nuclear industry and science projects in education.
  • 17 years as a management consultant and lead Ofsted inspector.
  • Involved in the voluntary service principally as a magistrate for 18 years being Chair of the family courts.
  • Governor at Musgrove Park Hospital and member of the commissioning board for a new hospital.

Jane McFall - Joint Vice Chair

  • Business Relationship Manager for Scomis Devon County Council ICT Support Service Team for Schools.
  • Ex-Cornwall Learning lead consultant for e-safety, CEOPS Ambassador & SWGfL 360 e-Safety Mark Assessor.
  • Ex-Chair of South West Grid for Learning.
  • Consultant in personnel and staffing structures, disputes and mediation.
  • Qualified to Level 3 Safeguarding and Child Exploitation.

Rebecca Evans

  • Parish Support and Schools Advisor for Diocese of Truro.
  • Retail management and training experience.
  • Voluntary sector community development work.
  • Law degree.

Adrian Massey - Chief Executive

  • Experienced leader with 30 years in education, working in 6 different schools in two counties. Successfully improved 3 Primary Schools as Head Teacher. One small rural school and 2 large urban schools.
  • Experience of leading a school from an Ofsted grade of inadequate, to outstanding in all areas. Also lead last school from requires improvement to an Ofsted grade of good with outstanding features.
  • Became a DfE recognised sponsor and founded Bridge Multi Academy Trust in 2013 which now has 14 schools, 2 of which are sponsored schools, managing almost 400 staff and over £11m of public funds.
  • Accredited Local Leader of Education and Ofsted Inspector.
  • School improvement consultant.


Cheryl Hill

  • (See above)

Askel Veur

  • Corporate Member for the Diocese of Truro Board of Education.

Keith Howdle

  • Keith Howdle has enjoyed over 40 years working in education as a teacher and subsequently 5 successful primary headships of schools facing difficulty.
  • Keith has worked across Cornwall and latterly at Sebright in Hackney. He has successfully managed mergers of larger schools into one organisation and worked as an educational consultant to bring about the best outcomes for children.

Dr. John Squires

  • John has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the university sector. John has overseen large scale acquisitions and mergers between colleges, polytechnics and universities, latterly as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Salford University. John has used his skill in strategic planning and financial planning to ensure the highest performing terms are in place to achieve the best outcomes for students’ futures.

Jeremy Alder - Trust Secretary

  • 8 years academy governance and clerking experience
  • 30 years management experience in information management and the public sector

Governance Communication Flow

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Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

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