TLAT Trustees

Dave Hobbs


During his teaching career, of over twenty five years, Dave taught in Tywardreath, Threemilestone, St Columb Minor and St Columb Major Primary Schools. Having successfully introduced before and after school childcare into St Columb Major School he was seconded by Cornwall Council to introduce wraparound childcare into Cornish schools. Following the success of the childcare project he was appointed as an Education Adviser with responsibilities that included governor training, the provision of qualifications for Teaching Assistants and the introduction of the Student Associate Scheme for potential teachers. His interest in Initial Teacher Training lead to him qualifying as an assessor for both Primary and Secondary Graduate Teaching Programmes (GTP) and he ran the GTP programme in Cornwall.
Upon leaving Cornwall Council, Dave was appointed South West Regional Adviser for the Training and Development Agency for Schools, where he had national responsibility for the Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group (WAMG). Upon completing this contract he set up his own educational consultancy, contracting to numerous local authorities, government agencies, teaching unions and individual schools. Alongside this he became a Director of The Learning Institute where, amongst other professional development work, he helped develop a very successful degree route for school support staff and pilot aspects of School Direct. At various points in his career, Dave has been an Associate Lecturer in Education for Plymouth University, Canterbury Christ Church University, The University College of St Mark and St John and Worcester University. Alongside his career, he served as a Magistrate and Youth Magistrate for many years. Dave is currently acting as Chair to the Foxhole Local Advisory Board (LAB) to ensure robust governance is delivered at the site in line with TLAT expectations.

Sue Tym

Manager of a specialist tour operator servicing a global market

Sue is a Member and Director of TLAT and Vice-Chair of Trenance Learning Academy LAB. Previously Sue was the Chair of Trenance Learning Academy’s Governing Body Achievement & Standards Committee and has been a Governor at Trenance for over 13 years. Her professional background is as a manager of a specialist tour operator servicing a global market. Sue has a particular interest in special educational needs and disabilities, and has established and developed a voluntary group in the community to promote understanding and support in this area.
Sue has worked alongside Clare Ridehalgh (TLAT Business Director) in developing both the Board of Directors and LABs Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SEF has been written from the National Standard Framework and adapted for Academies from the Governors Kite mark and comprises a rigorous self-evaluation process. As a member of TLAT Development Committee, Sue has actively been involved in writing the LAB Induction Policy and Procedure, thus ensuring all LABs have a nominated SEF Champion and that all new LAB members are mentored appropriately.

Matt Hurry

Owner/director of Crantock Bakery Ltd

Matt is a Member and Director of TLAT and had previously been a governor for 9 years. Matt has been both the Chair of Governors and previous Chair of the Finance Committee prior to conversion to a MAT and continued as Chairperson of the Trust during the conversion process. He has a background in finance in both the public and private sectors, and for the last 10 years Matt has been an owner/director of Crantock Bakery Ltd, a food manufacturing company and large employer within the ”Clay” area of Cornwall.
Matt is committed to ensuring the sustainability of skills based strategic LABs and Board of Directors and has championed a robust approach to skills based self-evaluation for governance across TLAT.

Mike Andrews

After undertaking a BA (hons) in Business Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Mike was involved in a management role in the tourist industry working as Land Product Manager for for 6 years. As Managing Director of the Midas Hotel Group for 5 years he was responsible for all aspects of the start-up of the company and then the general operations management of the company with a multi-million GBP turnover.
Having made a decision to move to Cornwall with a view to establishing Early Years Provision, Mike qualified as an Early Years teacher in 2010 and is now Managing Director of Small Wonders Newquay Ltd. He was initially responsible for sourcing the property, obtaining planning approval and meeting the statutory requirements to establish this company. Once launched, main duties included implementing a marketing strategy, allocating budgets and initially working as a practitioner in the Nursery.
Duties now include monitoring budgets, setting staff targets and operations management of a thriving company. Mike was elected as a parent Governor to the Board of Directors of Trenance Learning Academy in 2012, after the agreement of this board to form a Multi academy trust, with three other schools in Cornwall in need of sponsorship, Mike was appointed as Chair of the LAB at Trenance Learning Academy. Mike sits on the Board of Directors of TLAT and is chair of the Finance Committee.

Pat McGovern

Pat is an education specialist with over 40 years’ experience of teaching, research, education management and senior leadership in schools, local authorities, universities and now as a leadership coach and consultant for school improvement. This includes 17 years as a Head Teacher of two outstanding schools and 7 years as Dean of Education and Assistant Principal at the University College of St Mark and St John where he led on the introduction of School Centred Initial Teacher Training, Plymouth Education Action Zone and the creation of the National College for School Leadership, South West Centre. He is a member of the Diocese of Truro Education Board and has served as a Foundation Director of Askel Veur - the Diocesan Multi Academy, Umbrella, Trust. He was appointed Chair of Truro Cathedral Council in 2015. Pat is a Director of the Rainbow Multi Academy Trust and The Learning Academy Trust. He has been a governor of both Secondary and Primary Schools and was Chair of Governors at St Mary's RC Primary School in Bodmin. He now works with schools in difficult circumstances in a systematic, collaborative and research-led way to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. He serves as Chair of two Interim Executive Boards, assisting schools in Special measures. Pat is an experienced Leadership Coach, Mentor and Training Facilitator He is a mentor for the Church of England Professional Qualification for Headship programme and is the Lead Associate for Leading Schools South West which holds a DfE Licence for the National Professional Qualifications in Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Headship.

Kay Crosse

Chair of Governors

Kay Crosse is a qualified teacher and has a Masters degree in early years education. She has experience in many aspects of education from primary to secondary education also including further and higher education. A major part of her career was spent in a college preparing early years education professionals to care for and educate very young children Her last post of employment was as Principal of this college. She then set up her own consultancy business continuing to advise on early years matters both in the U.K. and abroad. She has published two books as well as contributing to several early years journals. More recently she has become a school governor and is now Chair of Governors in a Church of England academy.

Nicola Soden

Owner of Kernow Chocolate

Nicola worked for Legal and General in their pensions department for 5 years. Soon after she joined she was made deputy team leader and technical user. Nicola worked with their complaints department for a number of years clearing their suspense accounts. Nicola then moved back down to Cornwall to set up a business with her parents and husband. She then founded Kernow Chocolate in 2005 of which she is Director and Company Secretary and responsible for all the day to day finances and management accounts. In 2015 they moved premises and she over saw all the move including planning applications, liaising with the solicitors and sourcing all the utilities.
She then Joined Trevisker governing body in February 2014, keen to get more involved at Trevisker now both her children were attending there. She became chair of the LAB in September 2016 and also put herself forward to be a member of the board of TLAT.
Nicola's knowledge developed though working in the finance industry and running her own company has given her a great and different skill set to bring to the Board of Trustees.

Sophie Eddy

Director of Finance and Assets for the Diocese of Truro

As the leading financial officer, Sophie’s main role is to direct and enable an effective financial management service for the Truro Diocesan Board of Finance (TDBF) and its affiliated organisations, ensuring that it is linked to the diocese’s vision and strategy.

Paul Wyatt

The Learning Academy Trust, MOR Workspace, Treloggan Lane, Newquay, Cornwall , TR7 2FP Company n°: 739 4649 01637 303106

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