Meet the Governors
Lyn Davis - Parent Governor
I am married with four children, two of whom currently attend SJS. I attended SJS from 1981 to 1988 and after completing A levels I joined the Civil Service and currently work for the Department for Work and Pensions on the Employer Engagement side. In addition to being a Parent Governor at SJS, I am Chair of Governors at Camelford Primary School – I endeavour to build on the links between the two schools to secure an excellent education for the children of Camelford and surrounding area. I am a strong supporter of the ethos: inclusivity; every child can achieve their best; and creating a nurturing and supportive environment. It is an honor to serve on a governing board that supports the school to build on its strengths and promote aspiration to all.
Andy Garner - Co-opted Governor
I am a teacher at Sir Jim’s and I now have over 15 years’ experience working in Cornish secondary schools, starting as a support role and moving into teaching in 2007. I have four children who are now all old enough to be in full-time education. I am a great believer in the power of education to provide a future for our young people no matter what their background. As an inclusive school I firmly believe that Sir Jim’s is a good school and has made great improvements in the outcomes for our students in recent years; a conviction vindicated by the Ofsted inspection in 2016. Working for the benefit of the wider community has always been a personal goal and I look forward to continuing the school’s success.
Jonathan Holt – Vice Chair - Local Authority Governor
I have been a governor since 1999 and was Chair of Governors from 2008 until 2015. My older two children went all the way through the school and sixth form and on to University. The next one has just finished at Bath University doing Maths and the youngest is playing the French Horn for 4 years at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. I am a Director of the Community Company running Camelford Leisure Centre helping to make this much needed facility effective and responsive to local needs while remaining financially viable. As a local Vet, I am often able to discuss the school with parents/carers who are also my clients and get much feedback from them. I believe that it is very important for the school and the communities it serves to work closely together for the benefit of all, especially in these financially difficult times when outside resources are being so much reduced.
Jo Jones - Co-opted Governor
A barn conversion project brought myself and my husband down to Cornwall from Berkshire fourteen years ago. I now run my own bookkeeping business which I fit around being a parent.
We currently have one daughter at Sir James Smith’s and one due to attend next academic year. I have had the honour of being Parent Governor at Tintagel Preschool and am currently a Governor at Tintagel Primary School, giving me a very privileged view of several aspects of school life. I am so delighted to be co-opted onto the Governing Board at SJS and hope that I can provide support to the staff and students in order to continue the school’s amazing on-going achievements.
Ruth Krolik – Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor
I have 4 children who all attended Sir James Smith’s. Two are currently at University; one in her final year training to be a Nurse in Cardiff and the other doing a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering at Surrey University. After University my oldest son returned to Cornwall and is a Local Community Police Officer in Camelford, while my oldest daughter, after doing Maths at Warwick, is now a forecaster for the Met Office. They all enjoyed their time at Sir James Smith’s and value the good education they received.
Over the last 21 years I have been a governor over 3 schools and currently am the Vice Chair at Delabole Primary School and Chair of Governors here at Sir James Smith’s. I believe the link between primary and secondary school is extremely important and feel passionately about parent/carer involvement in school and in connection to decisions made about our children’s educational experience. To that end, I organise the Camelford Governors Network Group between 9 local schools and also attend the County Network on behalf of our area. Within school I am the governor link for Safeguarding, Modern Foreign Languages and for Students with Educational Special Needs.
Jon Lawrence - Headteacher
After attending Redruth Grammar School I went up to read Geography (University of London) and later completed my teacher training in London. For a couple of years I worked for the MoD on the Tornado project. My first teaching job was in Hull and since then I have worked in West Sussex and 5 Cornish schools. I have worked closely with governors for 11 years and firmly believe in the importance of partnership – school, home and community. It is only by working together that we can achieve the outcomes we so desire for our students.
Jo Ledger - Staff Governor
After 10 wonderful years of exploring the world in the Woman’s Royal Naval Service and 6 years working for Brittany Ferries in Plymouth, I decided to completely change my career and turn my hand to Caretaking.
Before joining SJS Premises Team in September 2013 I worked at both, State and Private, Primary and Secondary Schools within the Bristol area, which I enjoyed, but I started to miss the call of the sea and Cornwall. SJS gave me the great opportunity to return to the county I love.
Recently I have been given the opportunity to change career path again, to take on the part-time post of Careers, Education, Information Guidance and Advice Co-ordinator. I very much look forward to using my knowledge and life experiences in the role, to support the students of the school as they make some very important choices. I thank SJS for letting me into their family.
Michael O’Neill - Parent Governor
I work for Adobe Europe showing top filmmakers, broadcasters & film schools how to use Adobe’s Photoshop, After Effects & Premiere Pro to bring their stories alive on screen. My work takes me to film festivals – Cannes, Berlinalle, London Film Festival, FMX & Annecy as a speaker. It has also brought me to help sports broadcasters like the Olympics & Formula 1. I have spent many days with production houses Moving Picture Company, Cartoon Networks, BBC, SKY and Aardman where I’ve been part of helping the creation of shows like Tomb Raider, Wallace & Gromit, Power Puff Girls, Doctor Who, Torchwood & Merlin.
Robert Rush - Parent Governor
I live in Camelford with my wife and two daughters. I was a student of Camelford Primary School and then Sir Jim's from 1979 to 1984. After school I attended Cornwall College and then Huddersfield University to take a degree in Electronics and Information Engineering. I am managing director of PFA Research, a market research business based at Penryn.
Rob Sanders - Parent Governor
I was a student at Sir James Smith’s from 1984. After many enjoyable years at the school and sixth form I went on to study a degree at the University of London and have an MSc in Waste Management. I am now Operations Manager for Suez, a leading international utility and resource management company.
We have two daughters at Sir James Smith’s. I am committed to contribute to the work of the governing body and I am keen to help the school maintain an enjoyable learning environment for all and continually strive for high standards.
Polly Skinner - Foundation Governor
Now in my fifth year I remain a governor at Sir James Smith’s Community School and still aim to support the headteacher and senior leadership team in any way that enables the school to continue to develop its provision and maintain standards. I draw from a continuing career in the pursuit of excellence in Post 14 teaching and learning where, as well as holding several senior further education posts, research and development as Regional director for the Learning and Skills Development Agency and Case manager for Edexcel/BTEC led me to Cornwall as Assistant Principal at Cornwall College in 2001.
Most recently, as Partnership and now a board director of the Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, my focus has been in supporting positive intervention for vulnerable, Post 14 year olds. Essentially this role is driven by effective partnership and collaboration with Secondary Schools, Colleges, the Voluntary and Community Sector, and Cornwall Local Authority in particular with the Children Schools and Families Directorate and the Youth Cornwall Joint Commissioning Board. I also continue my higher education review role in the Quality Assurance Agency.