Our Trust Board Directors
Prof Brian Chalkley
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.
Mr Rob Edgeler
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.
Mr David Garland
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.
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 saltash.net. 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 2000 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
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.
Mr Tom Mansell
I have two children at saltash.net 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 its 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.
Mrs Kate Waghorn
Member and Director
I have been a school governor since 1998 and joined the governing body at saltash.net 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 lifelong interest in education and initially became a governor of saltash.net 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.