CBU and Trust Senior Teams

Our CBU (Central Business Unit) is located in Liskeard School and Community College.  This is where all of the central functions of the Trust take place.  The CBU is led by the CEO and CFO who, together with the Headteachers of the schools, make up the MSLT (MAT Senior Leadership team).

The MSLT meet regularly to peer review each school and debate policy and strategy. Pen portraits of these senior staff appear below.


Mr Dan Buckley

Mr Dan Buckley

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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 have been privileged to work with some of the most outstanding primary and secondary schools in over 30 countries as a coach, mentor and consultant.  This enabled me to present findings as a national conference keynote speaker 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 across our own Trust and in a wide range of schools 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

Mrs Jo Lumbard

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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.

Dobwalls Community Primary School
At Dobwalls, we know that in order for children to succeed in life, children need the good standards of progress in the core areas of reading, writing and maths.   We also fully believe that beyond the core standards, our children also need to learn emotional intelligence, excellent communication, social skills, resilience, empathy, to be reflective with an attitude of “Go For It, Finish It” and to experience the joy of success in whatever challenges they choose.  Our Dobwalls community is underpinned with strong relationships between pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.  We enjoy strong links within our Schools Trust which provides opportunities for children and adults.
Kathryn Pipe, Head Teacher

Landulph School
At Landulph, we have benefited hugely from being part of SMART and working closely with all of the other schools. Staff and children working together has enhanced the opportunities for all. We are excited about the next chapter with more schools joining us and we are looking forward to working together to share expertise, learn from others and provide more opportunities for our children to share learning with each other.
Karen Ball, Head Teacher
Liskeard School and Community College
At Liskeard, we believe in ‘achieving more together’. The ethos and culture we have is based on the view that we all benefit through co-operation and by supporting each other. The joining of SMART and forming a close partnership with other like-minded local schools, therefore, was the obvious and most natural thing to do. I am genuinely excited about the opportunities that being part of SMART continues to bring to the staff, the students and the wonderful community of Liskeard. The future looks bright.
Alex Lingard, Head Teacher
Looe Community Academy
Collectively we are leading the way in a changing educational landscape.  Working together in SMART has  increased opportunities for our students and young people and improved professional development for staff. As a group, we are all driven by the moral purpose of preparing our learners to be the best they can be. Our ever closer partnership with SMART serves to strengthen and support all our communities.
Scott Yalden, Head Teacher
Saltash Community School
We really enjoy working closely with all the schools in the Trust Over the last few years, students and staff have benefited immeasurably. It is really exciting to have joined forces with other local schools to enrich and strengthen the opportunities for even more children in South East Cornwall. Together we are stronger.
Kate Littledyke, Head Teacher
Trewidland Primary School
At Trewidland our mission is to ‘recognise the unique talents of our pupils and to inspire excellence across the curriculum’. Being part of SMART and developing a close working relationship with schools with similar aspirations for excellence has further enhanced and enriched the wide range of exciting opportunities available for our pupils, staff and the wider community. I have no doubt that in being part of SMART we are at the forefront of something really special.
Vyvyan Lovell, Head Teacher

Staff based at the CBU

Chloe Callard

Senior HR & Finance Officer

Diane Corrigan

Web and Publicity Officer

Rachel Yelland

PA to the CEO

Seth Gent

Senior Finance Officer

Kate Williams

Clerk to the Trust Board and LGCs

Staff based in schools with a CBU role

Steve Green

Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Business Manager

Andy Sanders

Trust Estates and Facilities Officer

Anton Steinhardt

Trust ICT Officer

Karen James

Data Manager