Our Governors

We are looking to appoint new governors to join our Local
Board and hope you, or someone you know, may be interested in this opportunity to support and contribute to your
local schools.

Please click here for further information

Mr Mark Arnold

TPAT Governor (Chair of Governors)

Contact: chair@hayleacademy.net   

Postal Address: Hayle Academy, Highlanes, Hayle, Cornwall. TR27 4DN

Having grown up in Cornwall, Mark has worked in the county all his life in education, most recently as Assistant Principal of Truro & Penwith College, and recognises the pivotal role played by our schools in the lives of young people and their families. Mark feels that it is essential that schools continue to raise students’ aspirations, supporting them to achieve to their full potential and hence raising their life chances.

Mark is very excited by the opportunity to Chair the new joint board of governors for Cape Cornwall, Hayle Academy and St. Ives as the three secondary schools’ work in close partnership to further develop their provision.

Having retired Mark aims to spend more time bodysurfing, playing golf and taking his dogs for long walks.

Mrs Jane Cashmore

Governor (Vice Chair)

Contact: jane.cashmore@hayleacademy.net

Jane has been a Governor at St Ives School for many years having previously held the position of Chair of Governors.   Jane’s career started as a freelance artist and designer having completed a Degree at Goldsmiths College, followed by an MA at the University of Central England.  Teaching in the secondary sector followed  working in schools in the Black Country, Northern Ireland and at a British Forces School in Germany.   In 2007 Jane joined the Senior Management Team at Truro and Penwith College as Assistant Principal, Director of Operations.   Jane loves living in Cornwall, walking and gardening aspiring to one day organising sufficient time to own a dog.

Mrs Rachel Thomas

Governor (Vice Chair)

Contact: rachel.thomas@hayleacademy.net

Rachel was brought up in Cornwall, moving to Sennen in 1995 when she married a local farmer. Rachel has over 15 years of governance experience, being a parent governor at St Buryan Academy for 7 years and then a Parent Governor at Cape Cornwall School in 2013. Rachel has been Chair of Finance & Premises and then Chair of Governors at Cape.  She has two children who successfully completed their secondary education at Cape Cornwall School and are now at university.  In her spare time Rachel enjoys Pilates, Yoga, Swimming, Cycling and singing with a local choir.


Ms Tracey Boyne



Tracey has run a successful sailing, powerboating and other relevant shorebased training courses for leisure and the marine industry for almost 20 years. This is an inclusive training school with adapted boats and classrooms for people with disabilities and additional needs.

A founder and trustee of a charity, for almost 10 years, Mylor Sailability which is sailing and powerboating for the disabled. She has extensive fund raising and grant application experience.

Previously Tracey taught Further Education and Higher Education at Truro College for 12 years. Before that Tracey was an accountant for six years and has a good understanding of finance, budgeting and cash flow.

Mrs Nancy Barrows

Governor (Parent – Hayle, Joint Safeguarding Governor)

Contact: nancy.barrows@hayleacademy.net

Nancy is a mum of four children, three of whom are currently at Hayle Academy. Before joining the Governing Board, Nancy was a Governor at Hayle Academy for 2 years and Gwinear CP School for 12 years. Nancy is also busy in the community and has been volunteering as a breast feeding peer supporter for 11 years, setting up Hayle Breastfriends and also, pre-pandemic, supporting at Treliske. Outside of these commitments Nancy enjoys reading, watching Netflix and horse riding.

Mrs Monika Betson



GovernorMonika has recently retired as a retired Private Client Lawyer and has over 20 years’ experience as a senior Justice of the Peace both in Criminal Courts and Family Courts.  Before returning to Cornwall earlier this year, she was a Diocesan appointed Governor at a Church of England aided Primary School in Sussex for over 12 years with responsibilities for Finance, Appeals, Safeguarding and Health and Safety. Monika is also on the Board of a charitable organisation in Sussex providing housing for 28 elderly people helping them to live an independent life.

Monika is passionate about supporting children, whatever age and ability, with their education and for them to achieve good outcomes in their future.


Miss Lizi McKenzie 

Staff Governor (Hayle)

Contact: Lizi.mckenzie@hayleacademy.net

Lizi is in her third year working at Hayle Academy and proud to be the Head of Maths and Computer science and part of a great team. Lizi is passionate about providing students with the best possible education so that each individual reaches their full potential. She is thoroughly enjoying her role as a Staff Governor for Hayle Academy as it provides her with further opportunities to work alongside staff, families and the community to ensure students receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.

Mrs Jan Woodhouse

(Executive Head Teacher )

Contact: clerk@hayleacademy.net  

Jan is a Governor in her role as Executive Headteacher of the 3 secondary schools within the Truro and Penwith Academy Trust. Her career in education started as a Teacher of Science in Pembrokeshire in Wales. She returned to Cornwall in 2002, having grown up and been educated in Cornwall throughout her childhood.

Jan worked in other Cornish schools as a Teacher of Science, Head of Science and School Leader before joining St Ives School in 2014 as Headteacher. Deeply committed to education and passionate about small, rural schools, she has been working with Cape Cornwall since 2016 and with Hayle Academy since 2019.

Outside of work, Jan has two children of her own and enjoys getting out in our beautiful Cornish countryside with her energetic springer spaniel.

  Mrs Lia Musto-Shinton


Lia is a parent of two children in St. Ives School, living locally to the school with a pet cocker spaniel. Through her own and her children’s experience of the school Lia brings a parental viewpoint on the school and its day to day and strategic management.

Lia is a Senior Corporate Governance Lawyer for Cornwall Council advising on all things governance to ensure sound and lawful decision making. Lia has worked as a local government lawyer since 2000 having practised in the following areas of law: local government, adult social care and health, public health, safeguarding and data protection/GDPR. 

Ms Cuedda Proudfoot-Taylor

Staff Governor (St Ives)

Cuedda has been teaching for almost thirty years and is a passionate advocate of the profession and all that teachers do to inspire young people in their learning journeys.  Cuedda’s experience includes teaching english and english literature across all three key stages, being a Head of English and Head of Creative Arts Faculty and leading and managing whole-school initiatives such as Literacy and Gifted & Talented.

Cuedda’s role as Teacher Governor means that she is able to act as a conduit for teachers’ views at Governing Board meetings and share whole-school perspectives with colleagues in their daily work.

In her eighth year of teaching at St Ives, Cuedda enjoys debating and developing creative writing with students.

  Mr Jeremy Martin


Jeremy is a co-opted governor of the three secondary schools within the Truro and Penwith Academy Trust. A former pupil of Hayle in the 1980’s, he works in IT as a Project Manager throughout the U.K.  Jeremy is keen to apply his skills to support the schools as well as developing new ones. He is looking forward to contributing to the schools success by giving pupils the educational opportunities he enjoyed.

Miss Karen Rushton


Karen was a pupil of St Ives School and her daughter is following in her footsteps.

Karens career started in Dentistry in 1987 and spanned 33 years. During this time, I achieved my ILM qualifications in Leadership and Management and class myself as a competent, passionate Business Manager.
In 2020 Karen had a health sector career change to Primary Care General Practice and is currently the Practice Manager of a local Doctors Surgery. The surgery is part of a Primary Care Network which includes practices in our surrounding towns.
Karen’s primary interest is to support the Health and Welfare inclusion of pupils.

Outside of work Karen enjoys walking, especially with her miniature schnauzer, Olive. Yoga and cycling are other pastimes and Karen’s faith keeps her involved in the local churches.

Mrs Vicky Pring           


Vicky has both of her children at St Ives School.   She was educated locally and then gained her degree and PGCE in Secondary Education at Leeds University.  Vicky moved back to Hayle and has now worked in Further Education for the past 20 years.  With sport as her main area of interest Vicky believes in the physical, mental and social well being of students.  Vicky has been heavily involved in teaching online and also home schooling and is aware of the need to support young individuals back into the school and the educational environment.

Ms Elle Wheatley


Elle works full time as the Head of A Levels at Penwith College. Taking a lead role on a wide range of issues pertaining to an educational setting, including safeguarding, teaching and learning, Ofsted preparation, staff recruitment and absence cover, communication with parents, liaison with local schools, and supporting students.

 As an alumni of Hayle Academy, Elle has a long-held interest in seeing the school develop and grow to offer outstanding education to our local children. Her experience teaching there briefly upon her return from Australia has added to this interest, and thinks her current role equips her to strengthen ties of progression for secondary learners at all three schools into local, outstanding, Further Education.

I am also a mother of two children in KS2 and I am completing a PhD in History at University College London, part time.

Clerk to the Governors 

(TPAT Governance Officer)

Please address enquiries to the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Sanchia Pascoe.

Contact: sclerk@tpacademytrust.org

Postal Address: Hayle Academy, Highlanes, Hayle, Cornwall. TR27 4DN