Directors

Jennifer Blunden

Jenny Blunden

Director
Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
Member of the Finance, Employment & Audit Committee
Appointed September 2015
Dr Jennifer Blunden is the Chief Executive Officer for the Trust, taking up post in September 2015. Previously Director of Cornwall Teaching School, Jennifer has experience of leading successful partnerships with schools across educational phase from early years to higher education. Jennifer is currently a co-opted member of the national Teaching Schools Council.

Bob Crossland

Bob Crossland

Member and Director
Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Appointed February 2014
Bob was a town planner before changing career and training in social work. He has worked in the probation service, in prison and the community, both locally in Cornwall and in Bristol. Prior to retirement in 2013 he was the manager of the Drug and Alcohol Action Team for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, commissioning and co-ordinating drug and alcohol services. He is currently a Governor of Truro and Penwith College, a Director of White Gold Cornwall, a community interest company that works with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and a Board member of Skoodhya a charity which works with the victims of sexual violence.

Sue Dickinson

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Director
Member of the Finance, Employment & Audit Committee
Appointed February 2014
Sue trained with Grant Thornton in Cardiff and Plymouth before returning to her native Cornwall and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with a smaller Cornish practice. After a total of 11 years in practice Sue moved to work for the Local Authority and a wine import business before joining Truro and Penwith College’s finance team in 2001 and being appointed Head of Finance in 2013. Her experience in the educational sector is invaluable to her role in the Academy Trust.

Alan Livingston

Alan Livingston

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors
Member of the Finance, Employment and Audit Committee
Appointed April 2014
Alan’s career in higher education started in 1978 when he was appointed as Head of Design at the University of Central Lancashire. After a successful decade at Preston, he finished his time as Dean of Art & Design.

In 1987 he was appointed Principal of Falmouth College of Arts (now Falmouth University). Following the development of many new courses and new buildings Falmouth was quickly transformed into a national centre of excellence with a strong commitment to the cultural and economic regeneration of Cornwall.

2008 saw Falmouth’s merger with Dartington College of Arts. The move into Dance, Drama and Music provided an exciting range of disciplines and also created the potential for an innovative portfolio of multiple-disciplinary courses. The new Performance Centre at Tremough quickly established a reputation for cutting-edge creativity.

From 2000 onwards Alan played a leading role in the development of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC). This groundbreaking initiative created a remarkable range of Further and Higher Education opportunities for people living and working in Cornwall.
In addition to his educational responsibilities Alan has been, and continues to be, active in the worlds of Art and Design practice. He was Chair of Arts Council South West (2003-2008) and a Member of the Design Council (2008-2012).

He has been a member of the Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee since 1993.
Along with his wife Isabella he is the author of the Thames & Hudson ‘Dictionary of Graphic Design & Designers’. Alan has also written the introductory essay for ‘Kurt Jackson’s Sketchbooks’ a monograph (2012) on an internationally acclaimed artist based in Cornwall.

He was awarded the CBE for Services to Higher Education in 2006. In 2011 he was appointed as Visiting Professor in Visual Communication at the University of Ulster.
In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Falmouth University and, in 2013, his contribution to Cornwall was recognized by the award of the Trelawny Plate. In 2014 he became Chair of Kneehigh Theatre Company, Truro.

Sarah Roby

Sarah Roby

Director
Member of Finance, Employment and Audit Committee
Appointed August 2015
Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor who joined the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) in January 2009. Sarah transferred from Cornwall Council where she worked as a Project Manager responsible for the delivery of a range of capital projects. Since joining the RCHT in 2009, Sarah has completed a number of projects as part of the clinical site development programme and has also delivered a number of Department of Health initiatives. In September 2013 Sarah was appointed as the Head of Estate Development at the RCHT and is responsible for the delivery of the Estates capital programme, site utilisation, sustainable development and facilities management of the medical school and residences.

Sarah’s previous experience includes sales and marketing in the clinical diagnostics field and Sarah has also worked as a researcher for Bristol University Department of Medicine at Southmead Hospital. Sarah is currently Chair of Governors of Chacewater Primary School

David Walrond

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Member and Director
Appointed February 2014
David was appointed Principal of Truro and Penwith College in 2010. He has worked in tertiary and sixth form colleges in Cheshire, Hampshire and London. His other rolls have included Chair of School Governors and additional Ofsted inspector. He has been designated a National Leader of Education by NCTL and is active in a number of education policy groups and committees at both a regional and national level.

Ellen Winser

Ellen Winser

Chair of the Board of Directors
Member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee
Member of the Finance, Employment & Audit Committee
Appointed February 2014
Ellen was one of the first women members of the Stock Exchange and the first in London to be taken into partnership by her firm. After taking five years out to go long distance sailing with her husband, Ellen became chairman of two publicly quoted companies, one in London and the other in Plymouth. She has served on various commercial and charitable boards including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Penair School and the board of the South West Regional Development Agency. For services to further and higher education, Ellen was appointed MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours. She is currently Vice Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall.

Peter Wroe

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Director
Chair of Finance, Employment and Audit Committee
Appointed April 2014
Peter moved to Cornwall in 2011 during a 10 year career with BT Plc having held senior roles in finance, procurement, commercial, contract management, governance and public sector delivery. Prior to this Peter held a variety of senior financial positions in the health, contact centre and construction industries.

Peter lives in North Cornwall with his wife and children and is the Finance Director at the Eden Project.

Anita Firth

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Director
Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Appointed January 2016
Anita has spent her career in the teaching profession both as a senior school classroom practitioner and as a senior management team member in boarding schools in the independent sector.

A graduate of Warwick University, she started her career at a school in Surrey teaching Mathematics and Physical Education and quickly became head of department. She then moved to Hurstpierpoint College in West Sussex to expand her experience and responsibility by helping to oversee the introduction of girls to a previously all male boarding school and as a Housemistress overseeing the pastoral welfare of the students.

In 2004, Anita was appointed as Deputy Head at Truro School and as a member of the senior management team had responsibility for child protection and pastoral care matters. Having left Truro School in 2013 she has recently undergone training to join the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate).

David Williams

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Director
Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Appointed January 2016
David was educated in Reading and attended Westminster College. He took up his first teaching post at a secondary school in Leicestershire. He has led four successful secondary schools and Academies.

As coordinator for the National College Leadership Network in the West Midlands, an executive Head Teacher and a Local Leader of Education, David has contributed to the development of a number of schools and their leaders.
He serves as a Justice of the Peace in Leicestershire courts and as Vice Chairman of Governors for an outstanding local primary school.