Meet Our Governors
Who are we?
Looe Community Academy has a governing committee consisting of 10 local governors.
The chair of Looe Community Academy governing committee is Kathy Iles who can be contacted via the governors’ clerk, Mrs Kate Williams (Kate.Williams@smart-trust.net) or at the below postal address.
Chair of the Local Governing Committee, Looe Community Academy, Sunrising, East Looe. PL13 1NQ
Through their representation of the wider school community (this includes the parents, school staff and other members of that community), governors help their school improve and provide the best possible education for their students.
Chair of Governors
24.4.2018 - 9.7.2021
Chair, H&S and Premises
Vice Chair of Governors
31.8.2018 - 31.8.2022
Vice Chair, Learning Link
30.1.2019 - 30.01.2023
SEND and Disadvantaged
5.7.2018 - 4.7.2022
HR, Learning & Finance Link
4.2.2019 - 4.2.2023
I moved to Looe in 2014 with my wife Ruth and my two primary school aged children after retiring from the NHS. I worked as a clinical psychologist and clinical director in adult mental health in the north west of England specialising in assessing and treating PTSD and personality disorder. I also specialised in strategic management and systems change.
I became a governor a year ago in order to put something back into this amazing coastal town. I wanted to be a governor because I value education very highly having gone to university from a working class background and completed several degrees including my PhD. I was lucky to go to a progressive secondary school and I believe that a really great teacher is a superstar. I remember three terrific teachers who put the idea of university in my mind when I was studying O levels.
Now that I’ve retired I enjoy walking on beaches, cliffs and woodlands with my family and sometimes on my own just with my dog. I meditate regularly and love to read almost anything, especially science or history. I believe that Looe is a supportive place with strong community spirit and Looe Community Academy is a vital part of the town and surrounding villages.
I started teaching in 1998 and have always taught in inner city secondary schools. During the past 20 years, I have worked in a variety of roles including second in department and curriculum leader for science, executive lead of science and then later mathematics as well as assistant principal. My proudest achievement is to be appointed Headteacher of Looe Community Academy where I have been working since April 2018 formerly as the Deputy Headteacher.
My leadership experience has spanned 18 years and four schools with a wide variety of responsibilities. Although I originally learnt my trade as a science teacher, my degree was both in Microbiology and Statistics, and so more recently I have specialised in teaching mathematics as well given the shortages in this area which I have taught to A-level. I have worked with primary schools in delivering sessions bespoke to their student needs across KS1 and 2. I have also undertaken school to school support at secondary level in my role as a specialist leader of education which is a nationally recognised role.
29.1.2018 - 1.2.2022
5.11.2019 - 4.11.2023
Even before my own children started school, I had been closely associated with the care of children and young people through taking a Sunday school group at a local Church in Liskeard and helping to care for my nephews and nieces.
From the early 1990s, as a parent, I voluntarily supported reading and other activities at Liskeard Junior School (Varley Lane); helping in the library and serving on the committee of the PTA.
I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs as both of my children have required individual support during their formal education. My daughter Jenny is mildly dyslexic and my son, Daniel, on the autistic spectrum with a moderate learning disability.
Daniel was granted a full Statement for SEN at the age of 5 and, for a number of years, I helped with a support group of families in the area with children with ASD. I have recognised the value and expertise of support staff working with my son enabling him to access his education and relationships with other children and adults.
I became secretary of the MOSS Action Group to lobby for the new Junior School to be built on the Old Road site in Liskeard. The Junior School was relocated as Hillfort Primary School.
As my children grew into secondary education, and being concerned on changes to the provision for students with SEND, I became a parent (latterly as a co-opted) governor at my daughter’s school, Liskeard School and Community College.
I served from 2001 – 2008 on Finance, Premises and Curriculum committees, linked to the Science Department.
I was nominated as a representative on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism at Westminster and regularly attended meetings at the House of Commons. On occasions, I had the privilege to ask questions of MPs for the support of families of children and young people on the spectrum.
I began working as a Teaching Assistant at Looe (Community School) in 2001, and appointed science technician in 2007.
I passionately believe that everyone working in schools have an important role to support young people. It is a privilege to support and help young people on their journey to adulthood and to opportunities beyond their formal education.
3.12.18 - 3.12.2022
Community and Safeguarding Link
I moved to Looe with my wife and youngest son in May 2018. Our youngest son is currently attending Looe Community Academy. We have three other children, two sons at university and our daughter lives and works in Chichester. My wife and I are both ministers in the Baptist Union of Great Britain but do not run an established church. We work as community ministers serving and working with the local community.
I believe schools have an integral role in the prosperity and wellbeing of any community. Previously I have worked as a school counsellor, designated safeguarding lead and school chaplain. I have also been governor at two secondary schools in Hampshire.
Until moving to Looe I was the executive lead of ‘Communitas’ a youth and community charity. We ran commissioned youth services for Hampshire County Council and delivered a range of services in local schools. My passion is that school is a safe place that shapes and forms students above and beyond the academic curriculum. Academic achievement is of course important but needs to coincide with the development of our young people in becoming resilient, well-rounded individuals.
I was born, raised and schooled in Truro and was there until leaving for the bright lights, big city of London at 19 to advance my management career returning to Cornwall in 2007.
We moved to Looe in August 2019 after a year in nearby Downderry and we have our 2 girls at Looe academy, 1 currently in Year 11 and 1 in Year 8.
My husband and I run a local family plumbing and heating business that takes up most of our time but when not working I very much like to get out and about in our beautiful part of the world with our very energetic sheepadoodle dog and I also enjoy baking and reading.
Whilst I have no background in education I have juggled many working responsibilities and hope my strong communication skills and background in management and business will allow me to support the academy, governor team and children.
I truly believe you cannot underestimate the impact of the experiences our children have at secondary school with regards to how they shape them and set them up for adult life. As a parent, I feel I have a responsibility to support, encourage and positively influence the environment we create there as much as I can and I value the opportunity I now have to contribute to this.