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.

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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.


Mr David Atkinson-Beaumont

Governor (Vice Chair)

David has been a Lecturer and Department Head in Further Education colleges for nearly twenty years following a career as an IT Consultant in the telecoms industry. Specialising in teaching programming for software applications, mobile and video games he is a passionate advocate of vocational education and committed to expanding lifelong learning in an ever-evolving industry. Alongside working with students of all ages, he has also contributed to a number of textbooks and international publications for Pearson Publishing and most recently the Cambridge University Press.

Mrs Nancy Barrows

Governor (Parent – Hayle)

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 Sue Carroll  

Governor (Safeguarding)

Contact: sue.carroll@hayleacademy.net

Sue has previously been a Governor at Hayle Academy with responsibility for Safeguarding.  Sue’s gained a degree in Social Work and worked for 17 years for Birmingham Social Services finding her most rewarding job as part of the Independent Inspectorate team.   She moved to Cornwall in 1993 with her daughter who attended Penpol School, Hayle School and is now Deputy Head at Bodriggy Academy.   Sue loves sport and theatre and was involved in coaching the county under 13’s Netball team.  Being a Director of a local business has created the opportunity for students to undertake work experience as well as seasonal employment.  Sue is passionate about Education and the opportunities it creates and the doors it opens for all students.


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.

Mrs Rhiannon Raitt

Parent Governor (Cape)

Rhiannon believes children should receive an active and engaging education, as well as being nurtured throughout their development to take on greater challenges.  Rhiannon has three sons, two of whom attend Cape Cornwall with the eldest having moved up to Penwith College after completing his GCSE’s at Cape.  Rhiannon was previously a Governor at Cape Cornwall and St.Ives and looks forward to extending that to supporting all three secondary schools.

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.

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