Central ADMAT Directors Biographies

Mr W. T. Hermon

Chief Executive Officer of ADMAT, Mr Hermon has taught for over twenty years; for the last ten years he has been a successful head teacher in a range of primary settings across Devon and Cornwall. In 2013 whilst employed as Head teacher of St Stephens Community School the school received an OFSTED rating of outstanding in all areas.

Paul O’Brien

I hail from Sussex where I was a Police Officer for over 30 years. I always remained a uniformed officer, enjoying the wide variety of duties that entailed. I became a Police Federation representative for fellow Constables and (after promotion) Sergeants, eventually being elected to the National Executive where I became the National Deputy General Secretary. After retirement I moved to Launceston where I have spent time creating a garden from the 1.5 acres plot that surrounds the house. I am fully involved in the local community, being a current member of the Town Council and a past Mayor as well as being an active member of several local organizations. I was persuaded to become a governor at St Stephens Community School – a position I held for several years – prior to the creation of the Multi Academy Trust. Invited to become a Director, I was elected as Board Chair shortly after its formation in 2014.

Paul Smith

I was born in Bromley, Kent leaving school at 16 to undertake an apprenticeship in precision engineering. I moved to Devon where I worked for a sales and marketing company before finally moving to Callington where I formed and managed my own highly successful company supplying architectural glass glazing and sealed units to the fenestration and building industry. My company eventually had a workforce of 35 employees. On my retirement the company was sold to Pilkington Glass. I have a wide experience of project management, personnel matters, budget setting and purchasing procedures. I initially became a governor at Launceston County Primary School in 2008 as I considered my business experience would contribute to the good management of the school. I have also worked successfully in a number of other roles including being an advisor to Young Enterprise, a director of the Federation of Small Business in Cornwall, a member of the Devon and Cornwall Energy Management Group

Claire Paul

I have been involved with governance at St Stephens since 2003 when my daughter joined the reception class. I was a parent governor for a number of years and remained a staff governor until 2013 when the An Daras Academy Trust was created. I was Chair of the Personnel committee at St Stephens for a number of years which allowed me to draw successfully on my previous experience as a senior manager in the pharmaceutical industry. I have worked at St Stephens as a volunteer and teaching assistant before being appointed in February 2012 as a dedicated Child Protection and Safeguarding Manager, a new role for the school and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed developing. It is a role I will be extending across the An Daras Trust this year. I was invited to become a staff director earlier in 2014 and I believe my previous management experience and commitment to supporting the needs of the whole child will help me to support and challenge the MAT as it works hard to achieve its shared vision.

Graeme Barriball

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Rebecca Couch

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Amanda Jefferies

I am a Cornwall Council Early Help Locality Team Manager supporting integrated early help services across the key towns of Bodmin, Bude, Launceston, Wadebridge, and Padstow. We work with children, young people and families minus 9 months to 19 years - ensuring that they are able to access early help services to meet diverse need at an early stage. My role entails supporting the delivery of Children’s Centres services, parenting, family work and targeted youth work with an increasing focus on integration with health services and schools. Being a co-opted member of the An Daras Trust Board of Directors provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the wider Launceston education community. I hold qualifications in National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL), BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Management and a MA in Education. I have worked in Cornwall since 2007, with a career very much focussed on services for children.

Sally Cooksey

I moved to Cornwall from London 12 years ago. After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in French and Spanish, I started my career as an event manager. I have continued my career here on a freelance basis often travelling to other parts of the UK and Europe for work. I became a governor at my daughter's school 5 years ago and when the school became part of the Andaras Multi Academy Trust I also volunteered to sit on the Board of Directors. I have greatly enjoyed my experience both as governor and director and hope I can continue to contribute to the growth and development of the MAT.

Louise Rash

I have lived in Cornwall all my life, except for the 4 years I spent studying at The Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. I have been a teacher at Launceston College for over 20 years, teaching drama and theatre studies. My background is in pastoral care and I was a Head of Year for 12 years and the Designated Safeguarding Lead for 5 years. I have been involved with the transition of Primary School students for several years, building good relationships with local schools, parents and students. I have been in my current role of Assistant Principal for KS 3 for 5 years and I am now the SENCO for the College.

Working in the Launceston community for so many years I believe I have a good understanding of its young people; it is my job to help make their transition to secondary school as smooth as possible and ensure that they can be happy, successful and responsible.

I became a Director for the An Daras Trust to further enhance my understanding of the Primary setting and to provide support and challenge as the Trust develops and grows. I hope so far that my knowledge of the Secondary setting and the challenges faced by students as they move on has provided a useful perspective to the Trust and its schools.