TLAT Trustees

Kay Crosse

Chair of Trustees

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 and 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.

During her career Kay has had a range of educational roles including:
Ofsted inspector inspecting in colleges of further education, local authority children’s services, children’s centres, adult and family learning and commercial training providers responsible for the training of early years modern apprenticeships.
External Examiner for the National Nursery Examination Board.
Mentor and critical reader for Registered Nursery Inspectors.
Director of the Association of Nursery Training Colleges.
Overseas work included key note speeches on ‘early years provision in the UK’.
Early years consultancy work in Bahrain, Hawaii and Japan.
Design and implementation of training courses for Gulf Air staff with follow up quality assurance visits.
Consultancy work for Oxford Brookes, Reading and Bath Spa Universities including research supervisions and professional studies.

Kay’s last post of employment was as Principal of Norland College where Kay had responsibilities for its strategic direction and vision. This included change management processes related to the relocation of all aspects of the college from Hungerford to Bath with no interruption in student training. She reported to the Board of Directors on all issues relating to student training, staff recruitment, appraisals and deployment, financial and budgetary provision, the employment agency and all childcare provision, including on site nursery education, day care facilities, the childrens’ hotel, holiday care and out of school provision and a pre prep school.

Following this post Kay 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 been Chair of a Local Advisory Board in a Church of England academy and is now the Trust Chair.

Sue Tym

Vice Chair

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.

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

Vice Chair

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.

Paul Wyatt


Paul joined the Trustees in March 2015. Paul is currently the President of the Falmouth Rotary Club. His expertise is in HR and in particular industrial relations.

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