Governance Overview

There are three tiers of governance for the Trust. The top two tiers – Members and the Board of Trustees – are required by the Articles of Association.

The third tier – Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) – are optional but the Board sees local governors as having an important role across the Trust schools where a cluster model has been adopted.

Members – guard the values and ethos of the Trust; and monitor the activities of the Trust to ensure it is providing best value for parents, children and the wider community.

Trustees – set the strategic direction for the Trust; hold the Trust to account for its outcomes for students; and oversee the work of the executive officers.

Governors – have delegated responsibilities as described in the Governance Scheme of Delegation.

Committees – the Trust has three committees: Audit, Remuneration, Ethos.

Trust Board

Maria Ashurst - Chair

Chair of Trust Board, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee.

Maria has over 15 years of governance experience – Finance & Personnel, wellbeing and safeguarding, standards and curriculum. She is a former Chair of large primary school. Has experience in early years’ development and education, strategic development, planning and management.

Maria has been involved in the development and implementation of strategic partnerships for community and family development programmes, a representative for the community and voluntary sector on the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership in Plymouth. She also has management experience within public, voluntary and private sector.

Sally Crabb - Chair of Audit

Audit Committee (Chair)

Sally is Head of Financial Accounting at Plymouth University. She has over 18 years accountancy experience in business and higher education sector. She is a Company Secretary and has governance experience in nursery and primary education. Sally holds professional qualifications to include ACIS, FCCA.

Jane McFall

Remuneration Committee (Chair), Audit Committee, Ethos Committee.

Jane is a Business Relationship Manager for Scomis Devon County Council ICT Support Service Team for Schools. Jane was previously at Cornwall Learning as lead consultant for e-safety, CEOPS Ambassador & SWGfL 360 e-Safety Mark Assessor.

She has a wealth of experience from being Chair of South West Grid for Learning. Jane is qualified to Level 3 Safeguarding and Child Exploitation. She also is a consultant in personnel and staffing structures, disputes and mediation.

Rebecca Evans

Ethos Committee (Chair)

Rebecca is a Parish Support and Schools Advisor for Diocese of Truro. She also supports with voluntary sector community development work and holds a degree in law.

Adrian Massey - Chief Executive

Chief Executive, Ethos Committee

Adrian Massey is an experienced leader with 30 years in education, working in 6 different schools in two counties. He has successfully improved 3 Primary Schools as Head Teacher, one small rural school and 2 large urban schools and has experience of leading a school from an Ofsted grade of inadequate, to outstanding in all areas. Also lead last school from requires improvement to an Ofsted grade of good with outstanding features.

Adrian became a DfE recognised sponsor and founded Bridge Multi Academy Trust in 2013 which now has 14 schools, 2 of which are sponsored schools, managing almost 400 staff and over £11m of public funds. Adrian is an Accredited Local Leader of Education and Ofsted Inspector and a School improvement consultant.

Supported by:

Judith Goodchild

Trustee, Remuneration Committee

With 17 years as a management consultant and lead Ofsted inspector Judith also has a wealth of experience in the nuclear industry and science projects in education. She has been involved in the voluntary service principally as a magistrate for 18 years being Chair of the family courts and was a Governor at Musgrove Park Hospital and member of the commissioning board for a new hospital.

Aaron Meredith


National Leader of Education and Executive Headteacher of nationally recognised ‘Outstanding’ Devon School.

Jeremy Alder - Trust Secretary

Jeremy has over 8 years academy governance and clerking experience, along with 30 years management experience in information management and the public sector.


Cheryl Hill

A retired business manager with 26 years' experience in IBM, possessing extensive services expertise in complex, high risk contracts, Cheryl has experience of negotiating service levels, resource and contractual terms with executive management. She was responsibility for the risk management process across the IBM services portfolio and development of an integrated governance process with business line executives. Since retirement Cheryl also held position as Vice Chair of Governors of a small rural community school in Cornwall.

Cheryl has experience of leading and motivating large teams of people. She is highly regarded as a mentor of a wide range of professionals and was a secondary school Maths Teacher for a number of years.

Askel Veur

Representative for the Diocese of Truro Board of Education (Askel Veur is The Diocese of Truro’s Academies Umbrella Company).

Keith Howdle

Keith Howdle has enjoyed over 40 years working in education as a teacher and subsequently 5 successful primary headships of schools facing difficulty. Keith has worked across Cornwall and latterly at Sebright in Hackney. He has successfully managed mergers of larger schools into one organisation and worked as an educational consultant to bring about the best outcomes for children.

Dr. John Squires

John has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the university sector. John has overseen large scale acquisitions and mergers between colleges, polytechnics and universities, latterly as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Salford University. John has used his skill in strategic planning and financial planning to ensure the highest performing terms are in place to achieve the best outcomes for students’ futures.

Governance Communication Flow

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Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

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