CEO and CBU
Our CBU (Central Business Unit ) is located in Liskeard School and Community College. This is where all of the central functions of the MAT take place. The CBU currently has four full time members of staff and seventeen staff who conduct regular work for the CBU whilst based in their school. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dan Buckley and the Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Jo Lumbard, make up the CBU executive team.
Mr Dan Buckley
I started my career as a secondary school science teacher and after twelve years of teaching won a UK National Teacher of the Year award for Innovation and Creativity. I progressed through school management positions, winning the UK BECTA Secondary Leadership award in 2003. In 2004 I joined Mott Macdonald, Cambridge Education eventually becoming their International Director of Pedagogy, Research and Development. I gained further recognition through: the publication of the ‘Personalisation by Pieces Framework’ in which I defined the Personalisation ‘For’ and ‘By’ model; a Milne Award in 2006, a BETT award in 2007 and in 2008 I was invited to become a Fellow of Education Impact. In 2010 I was commissioned by Microsoft to write their Partners in Learning ‘Worldwide Innovative Schools’ workshops.
I was fortunate to gain international recognition for my work in school improvement through effective strategic planning and assessment in both primary and secondary phases. This enabled me to work as a national conference keynote speaker, coach, mentor and consultant to primary and secondary schools in over 30 countries as well as advising ministries and school districts on large scale change projects and award winning school design projects. As a child from a disadvantaged background myself, I am passionate about providing every child with the opportunities to unlock their potential. As well as academic achievements this includes the role of student leadership and the development of skills that underpin all learning. Following on from my work in the development of the PLTS I defined the SECRET skills framework which is now in use in over 30 countries worldwide (www.learningbyladders.com)
In May 2017 I took up the position of CEO for SMART and feel enormously privileged to have the opportunity to support the whole community of children, parents and staff in South East Cornwall.
Mrs Jo Lumbard
I was educated in South East Cornwall like both my children. I am passionate about trying to provide the very best possible opportunities for young people in the local area so they may take full advantage of their future potential.
Spanning nearly thirty years, my roles during my career so far have included working as an Accounts Assistant, Finance Analyst, Accountant and Business Manager.
I began my career working in accounting and finance in the Private sector in both the leisure and retail industry. During this time I studied for both The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional accounting qualifications.
In 2010, I decided to take a side step into School Business Management. I commenced the role of Business Manager at saltash.net community school in 2011 as it became one of the early academy converters.
Since then, I have been at the heart of the academy trust’s business and finance operations and its subsequent expansions.
In April 2017 I took up the post of Chief Financial Officer for SMART.
c/o Liskeard School & Community College, Luxstowe, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3EA
c/o Looe Community Academy, Sunrising, East Looe, PL13 1NQ
c/o Dobwalls Community Primary School, Dobwalls, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 4LU
c/o saltash.net community school, Wearde Road, Saltash, PL12 4AY
c/o Landulph School, Landulph, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6ND