Sir James Smith's School

Meet the Local Governing Board






Kristien Carrington - Interim Headteacher

I have taught at Sir James Smith's since 2006 when I took up the post of Subject Leader for History.  Before that I lived and taught in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire.  After taking time out to travel, my own children arrived and my wife and I decided that Cornwall was the ideal place to bring them up with its sun, sea and grandparents.   I am a firm believer in the vital role schools have to play as the engine of social mobility and to this end place: the importance of partnership – school, home and community - together with the highest expectations of and ambitions for students as fundamental to a successful education.

Elin Davies – Parent Governor

I am a Welsh-born, Welsh-speaking doctor, raised in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. I received my secondary education at the local state school, which was a 1000-plus girls’ comprehensive. In 1982, I went to London to study medicine, and mostly lived and worked there until moving to Cornwall in 2005; this resulted from marrying a man of Cornish descent, and his correct insistence that there was no better place to raise children!

My son finished at SJS this summer of 2018, and is now studying for ‘A’ levels at Callywith College. My daughter has just started Year 10 at SJS. I put myself forward to become a Parent Governor last year, as I much appreciated the ethos and standards at SJS and wished to help support the onward work of all the staff there. I have no previous experience in this field, but hope I can learn quickly and bring something of my life and working experience to bear in positive fashion in maintaining the vitality, academic and pastoral standards of the school; this is especially so in the current climate of increasing governmental demands and decreasing funding for state education.

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.

Danica Hillson – Parent Governor

I am the Technical Director of a large, U.K. based food manufacturing company and have worked in the food industry for a little over 20 years. My role is predominantly focused on food safety and legal compliance but also gives me the opportunity to get involved with process and product innovation from farm to fork.

I have a daughter at Sir Jims and was a student there myself from 1986. I’m looking forward to being part of the governing team and helping to maintain the highest possible educational standards for our students.    

Jo Jones - Co-opted Governor

A barn conversion project brought myself and my husband down to Cornwall from Berkshire in 2002. I now run my own bookkeeping business which I fit around being a parent to two daughters at Sir James Smith’s.

I am delighted to be co-opted onto the Governing Board at SJS; it gives me a very privileged view of so many wonderful aspects to school life. I hope I can provide support to the staff and students in order to help continue the school’s amazing on-going achievements.

Michael O’Neill - Parent Governor

I work with DesAcc EMEA Ltd. Healthcare data discovery, migration and delivery.  I love surfing, yoga and wholefood plant based diet.  I am a coach for the Polzeath surf lifesaving club.

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.  These days I earn my living as a consultant and managing director of PFA Research, a market research and insights agency based at Penryn. I also have non-executive voluntary roles as a director of Camelford Leisure Centre and LifeMOT, a community interest company (CIC). I have a keen interest in promoting the Cornish business community and sit on the Members Council of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

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 Contracts 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 board and I am keen to help the school maintain an enjoyable learning environment for all and continually strive for high standards.  



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