Mr Paul Atkinson, Governor (Staff)paulatkinson

Committee Memberships: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board.
School Role: Examinations Officer

I was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands but moved to England as a child. After university and teacher training in London I taught Modern Foreign Languages, firstly in Bedfordshire and then Wiltshire for 25 years. During this time I was also the examinations officer of the school for 18 years and a governor for 12 years.

I relocated to Cornwall in 2006 and have been working as examinations officer at since 2009.

I strongly believe in the importance of participating in the communities in which one lives and works in an effort to maintain and improve them.

My working life has been dedicated to the education of young people and I hope that I may serve the school community well as a staff governor.

  Mr Dan Buckley, Director and CEO of SMART

I have over twenty five years’ experience in education, including nine years as a Deputy Headteacher, eight years as a Leadership Consultant and five years on the Board of Directors of Cambridge Education, responsible for leading their International Education work.  This involved advising governments and corporates as well as leading large-scale primary and secondary school improvement projects in over thirty countries.  I am fortunate to have won five national awards including: National Teaching Award; National Secondary Leadership Award; International BETT Award (for the design of educational software); National PfS Award (for the design of outstanding learning spaces) and an International Milne Award (for excellence in innovation and research).

Although it was incredible to work in such a wide range of contexts, my work was increasingly taking me further from working directly with children and so, in 2012 I decided to return to school leadership. I successfully applied for the role of Deputy Headteacher at Whilst at I have had the opportunity to put into practice some of the excellent educational ideas I picked up from my international work, including work on the design and implementation of the MAT, the line management of Landulph Primary School and the introduction of the SECRET skills. Since January 2017 I have been the Accounting Officer of SMART and on May 1st 2017 I became the CEO.

Mrs Margaret Butfield, Community Governor

Committee Memberships: Local Governing Board
School links: Careers and PD

I have spent the past 39 years within the hair and beauty industry. My first 26 years have been spent at all levels within the hairdressing sector with the last 6 years part time within further education as well as on the shop floor. I have pursued my career in education for the past 19 years, lecturing and working my way up to head of department and head of the Saltash Campus for the Cornwall College Group. I also act as a consultant for City and Guilds, mostly within quality assurance and qualification development. My passion is supporting young people to achieve their dreams and careers. I joined the governors at in 2017 to develop my knowledge of the community and to ensure the College understands the needs of the learners progressing onto further education or employment.

Mr Peter Castell, Community Governor

Committee Memberships: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board.
School Links: Geography; Year 8.

I am a trained Marketing professional and spent the first 20 years of my career in branded foods companies. I relocated to Cornwall from London in 1990 to join Ginsters as Marketing Director. Since then I have been a self employed marketing and management consultant, Assistant Managing Director with Westcountry Publications and Marketing Director of PROSPER, the Devon and Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council and Business Link. Since 2003 I have pursued a career in education, working as Head of the Business Team for the Combined Universities in Cornwall and was the head of main campus curriculum areas and partnerships with Cornwall College Saltash. I am committed to supporting the development of education at, so that young people have the best possible opportunities for success.

Prof Brian Chalkley, Vice-Chair, Director (Community)

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievements (Chair); Student Discipline; Local Governing Board; Remuneration (Chair); Executive Headteacher Performance Review Group; Admissions (Chair).
School Links: Modern Foreign Languages

I have been a local education authority governor for more than 20 years and at various times have served as Chair of the Governing Body and as Chair of the Finance and Personnel Governor Committees. All three of my children have been pupils at the school. My wife Sue and I have lived in Saltash since 1975. Although now retired from my post as Director of Teaching and Learning at Plymouth University, I continue as an Emeritus Professor and take an active interest in the links between Higher Education and the Schools sector.  In my family life my favourite pastimes are avoiding gardening and DIY and looking for the Argyle results in the Sunday papers.

Rob Edgeler

Mr Rob Edgeler, Director

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Personnel (Chair)
School Links: Business Studies

I became HR Director of SMART in December 2015 following a campaign to recruit specific skills to the governor role. My working life involves managing the HR function for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets and I have responsibility for providing world-class HR to support over 800 colleagues in a variety of sites across Cornwall. I am also a qualified member of CIPD. It’s these things that allow me to bring a different and valued viewpoint to the governor role and to the Trust Board.

Becoming a governor at Saltash excited me as it was there that I was lucky enough to be a pupil from 1984-89. If I can do anything from an HR perspective to support my colleagues across the Trust to provide as good an experience to students as I had all those years ago, I will consider that my role has added the necessary value for which I was recruited.

I spent a few years away from Saltash but moved back ‘home’ in 2001. I consider myself very lucky to live in such a stunning part of the world.

Miss Sam Gardner, Parent Governor

Committee Memberships: Local Governing Board
School links: English; Year 13

I became a Governor in November 2016. I grew up in Wiltshire, and moved to the South West after studying Food Science at Cardiff. I have spent my career in Technical Management in the Food Industry, and now work with my partner in his Plymouth based bakery business.

We moved to Saltash from Plymouth in 2011. I love to take an active interest in education and enjoy being a parent volunteer and parent representative on the PTA at the primary school my daughter attends.

I have two boys at and I feel very privileged to be able to support the school in providing the best possible education for its students.

Dave Garland

Mr David Garland, Director

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance (Chair); Remuneration, Audit and Compliance (Adviser; Local Governing Board).
School Links: ICT; Year 10.

I taught at ‘Saltash School’ for 33 years, from the time when it was a split-site comprehensive through to its conversion to Academy status.  Originally teaching “Practical Science and car-mechanics” I retired in 2011 as Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager.

Since then I have become involved in a number of voluntary roles.  I have been a founder member and director of Plymouth Energy Community and I am currently a director and Chair of PEC Renewables, a community benefit organization and the income generation arm of Plymouth Energy Community.  I am a member of the Independent School Appeals panel in Plymouth and have also been Chair of Governors at a local primary school.

I am a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist.  I’m interested in all aspects of computing and space science.  I enjoy music, surfing and 5-a-side football, on a steadily depreciating basis!  I am so proud to be able to contribute once more to education in Saltash.

Mr Kevin George, Director

I have always lived in South East Cornwall and went to St Stephens Primary School and then onto Saltash Comprehensive as it was then.

My two children went to Landulph Primary School and they are currently at

I qualified as a Solicitor in November 1991 and have practiced mainly in Cornwall since qualifying. I have been based in Liskeard for the past 14 years. I am a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and am also on the professional panel of the Tenant Farmers Association. I am a member of the Country Landowners Association and the Cornwall Law Society.

I was previously a trustee on the Board of the Caradon Citizen Advice Bureau and was part of the merger process into one Bureau within Cornwall.

I have been a community governor since 2008 at Landulph Primary School and was involved in the formation of the Multi Academy Trust.  I became a Director in January 2014. I was Chair of the Audit Committee in the MAT until I became Chair of the Local Governing Committee at Landulph Primary School in September 2015.

I am looking forward to the continued expansion of the Trust and the opportunities and benefits it will give to all the children in South East Cornwall.

Mr James Kitson, Director

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Audit and Compliance (Chair)
School Links: Politics and Year 9

I have lived all my life in S E Cornwall and over the years have held a number of public and charity offices, including as an independent Cornwall County Councillor from 1978-1986 where I was a governor of various schools including Looe Secondary Modern, Liskeard Comprehensive and several primary schools.

In addition to being a director of SMART, amongst other offices I am currently a trustee of Peninsular Medical Foundation and Broadreach House, two very worthwhile locally based charities.

I am senior partner of a local firm of chartered accountants practicing just outside Looe.

I have always be interested in education and doing what l can to help prepare our successors for their lives ahead.

My vision for SMART therefore is for it to be the leading multi academy trust in Cornwall providing the very best in education for all its pupils so that they can take full advantage of the life time opportunities that lie before them.

Ms Kate Littledyke, Headteacher

I began my career as an English teacher in Bedfordshire. I then moved to London and gained promotion first to Head of English, then to Head of the Communications Faculty in a very large, challenging, comprehensive school in Wembley. After seven years, I journeyed down the M4 to Reading and took up a post of Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Learning and Teaching; once again in a large, inclusive comprehensive school. There I stayed for six years until I was lured away by Felicity the pig!

Yes, the pigcam on’s website enticed me to leave Reading, and I moved to Cornwall to live the good life: I even got chickens! I started here as a mainscale teacher, teaching English and Media Studies. However, I missed the cut-and-thrust of school leadership and as soon as the opportunity arose I took up the post of Assistant Head and the rest, as they say, is history!

As Headteacher, I’m committed to inclusivity and to improving the life chances of our young people.

Mr Tom Mansell, Director (Parent)

Committee Memberships: Trust Board; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Student Discipline; Local Governing Board; Audit and Compliance.
School Links: Art; Integrated Curriculum; Premises; Year 12.

I have two children at and I am very proud of the education they are getting. I joined the governors in 2009 when Charlotte was in year 7 and have been very interested to see the school develop and move forward while it strives to maintain it’s focus on the students.

I work for the RNLI as the Inspector responsible for training our crew, so teaching, in a practical way is a passion of mine.

Having worked at sea for over twenty years, it is a privilege to now be living in Cornwall and working so closely with so many extraordinary people, both in my day job and at the school.

It has been, and remains a pleasure to be involved with this wonderful Academy, helping it to continue to provide inclusive, quality rounded education to its most important asset, you the student.

Mr Ken Martin, Member

I was a Governor for almost 20 years after returning to Cornwall from the USA and am a past Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance.

I run a small business consultancy from Saltash with clients from Penzance to Bristol and am a Trustee of two charities in Saltash and a founder member of the Devon Branch of English rugby’s charity the Wooden Spoon. I also sit on the Council of Saltash College and am Director of the Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company.

Both my sons have attended the school and one has gone on to university while the other is studying for A levels there.

Kate Rich

Mrs Kate Rich, Governor

Committee Memberships: Finance; Local Governing Board.
School Links: Design Technology; Year 11.

I became a school governor in September 2015 as I like volunteering and wanted to make a contribution towards  I have 2 boys at the school, who joined in 2011 and 2014.

I work in schools finance for Plymouth City Council, so I am putting my experience to good use, serving on the Finance Committee.  I also help with the Friends of, and am the Treasurer at Livewire Youth Club.  After all that, I don’t have much spare time, but I occasionally make it to the gym and spend my weekends watching my youngest play rugby and ferrying my eldest to gigs with his band.

Miss Lucy Sayer

School role: Religious Education Teacher

After gaining a degree in Religious Education at the University of Wolverhampton in 1999, I relocated to the South West and completed my NQT year at Ilfracombe Academy. I then taught at South Dartmoor Community College for five years before taking the (brave!?) decision to sell up and embark on an adult gap year. I travelled solo through South East Asia and could likely write several best-sellers about some of my experiences!

Upon returning to the UK, I gained employment in a variety of different roles varying from Administration to teaching Literacy and Numeracy to adults.

The minute I walked into for my interview in 2013, I felt I had ‘come home’. I am delighted to join a strong team of governors and will do all I can to add value to my school.


Mr Grant Taylor, Governor (Staff)

Committee Membership: Finance
School Role: Science Teacher and Head of Year 6/7.

I moved to Plymouth in 2001 after completing my GCSEs and A-levels in the midlands. In 2004 I graduated from university and wanted to be a teacher. I took a summer job in a local pub which quickly led to a managerial position. I ended up working in the licensed trade for 5 years as a General Manager. My work led me across the south of England including Torquay, Southampton, Fareham and Southsea. I ended up living and working in Uxbridge before returning to Plymouth to set up a family business. After successfully setting up the business I handed over control to my brother and followed my dream of becoming a teacher.

I joined as an ITT student in February 2011. I have been a happy teacher of science at since March 2011. I am interested in the uses of ICT and social media to increase engagement progress of students.

Mrs Rachel Tobin, Governor

Committee Membership: Local Governing Board
School links: Performing Arts; Year 7

I became a school governor for back in the Autumn term of 2016. I want to give some of my spare time back to the school system and help contribute to the education of local students.

I am the Branch Manager of Step Teachers, a teacher recruitment company. I deal with the business side of supplying temporary and permanent teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and admin staff to schools in the local area.

Mrs Kate Waghorn, Member, Director and Chair of Trust Board2013-Kate-6

Committee Memberships: Trust Board(Chair); Personnel; Finance; Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Student Discipline; Remuneration; Local Governing Board (Chair); Admissions; Executive Headteacher Performance Review Group.
School Links: Mathematics; Safeguarding.

I have been a school governor since 1998 and joined the governing body at in November 2002, first as a parent governor but now as a community governor. I became Chair of governors in December 2006 and both my children have attended the school, my youngest leaving in July 2010.

I originally trained as a secondary school teacher but went to work in industry as a buyer for a food company. I now work with James, my husband since 1987, in a partnership which provides strategic advice and support to businesses in the South West. I was appointed a magistrate in 1995 and serve as a bench chairman in both the adult and family courts in Plymouth.

I have a life long interest in education and initially became a governor of because I wanted to be more connected with my children’s lives in Saltash. I enjoy all aspects of horticulture and have a passion for growing vegetables.

Jan Wain

Mrs Janice Wain, Governor

Committee Memberships: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board.
School Links: Psychology; Sociology; Vulnerable Groups.

I became a governor at in 2015.  My children both attended the school in the 1990s and I have involvement with the school again as my husband and I foster.  I wanted to become involved after visiting school with a year 6 child we were looking after and was hugely impressed by the energy of the staff that evening.  Given the chance I would have gone back to school again!

As well as fostering I still work for a local estate agent and for many years have been based in Saltash.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, and am also studying for a degree in psychology with the Open University.

Mr Peter Whitehouse, Member

I became a governor at Saltash in 2002 and, having helped with the school’s transition to academy status and its ongoing governance issues as a Trustee, Director and Member.  I stood down from the Trust Board of the multi academy trust at the end of 2015.  For much of this time I was Chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

During my career I worked in engineering and project management roles within the defence, energy and nuclear sectors in Europe and the USA and have lived in Devon since the late 1980s.  I retired in 2014 and now spend my spare time on a never-ending stream of house refurbishment and classic sports car projects.  I also read as widely as I can on the history of science and technology, in particular the life and work of Richard Feynman.

Mr David Yates, Community Governor 

Committee Memberships: Curriculum, Standards and Achievements; Local Governing Board; Audit and Compliance.
School Links: Science

I am married with three grown up children, all of whom were educated at Saltash Community School.

I was born in Bromley in Kent in 1948. After completing my secondary schooling I attended the University of Sheffield from 1966 to 1969 where I studied Electronic Engineering.

I served in the Royal Navy from 1966 to1998 as a Submarine Engineer Officer, serving in Submarines, Shore Support and Emergency Planning. Since leaving the Royal Navy I have been working at Devonport Dockyard, first as an MOD Civil Servant and then in Babcock Engineering (DML) as an engineer.

I have been a Saltash resident for over twenty years, having decided to settle here during my career in the navy. I have recently become a Saltash Town Councillor representing the St. Stephens ward. I am a member of the Institution for Engineering and Technology and the Society of Industrial Emergency Services Officers. My interests include Self Sufficiency and Alternative Engineering and Model Railways.

I am a member of the Saltash Plougastel Twinning Association and a long term member of the Burraton Community Players.

Mrs Debbie Stoneman, Clerk

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