Our Members & Directors

Member & Director Profiles – May 2018


Ian Taylor – Founding Member, Chair of Members

Ian moved to Cornwall in 1993 after completing a law degree and qualifying as a Solicitor.

He lives near St Austell with his Cornish born wife and their two children. Ian has recently been appointed to a full time Judicial position where, having specialised as a Solicitor in family law and abused children cases for 25 years, he continues with that work alongside other areas of civil law which regularly bring him into contact with some of the most deprived sections of our community.

Ian has been a Trustee for a number of Cornish charities including Restormel Citizens Advice Bureau, Relate-Cornwall, CLEAR and Cornwall Community Foundation for who he was delighted to help found the Cornwall 100 Club for philanthropic businesses and chair the C100 Grants Panel since the fund started. Ian became a Trustee of CCF in 2016. Ian was a founding Member of the Peninsula Learning Trust.

Ian has also held qualifications as a Family Arbitrator and been a Deputy District Judge for 14 years. He has worked for The Law Society as a Children and Family Panel Assessor; for The Legal Aid Agency as an appeals Assessor and as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Police Complaints Commission for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Constabularies.

In his spare time, Ian enjoys theatre, especially open air productions; singing with his local Community Choir and enjoying the Cornish countryside.

James Mustoe – Member

James is the current Cornwall Councillor for the Mevagissey Division, and has lived and worked in Cornwall all his life.

First elected in 2014 and now on his second term in office, when first elected James was the youngest Conservative Cornwall Councillor.

He has been Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Cornwall Council and serves as Shadow Cabinet Member for Children and Young People on Cornwall Council, sits on the Children Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority. James also manages the office of Steve Double MP, and sits on numerous local committees including as a founder member of the St Austell area Three Bays Wildlife Group.

In his rare free time James enjoys spending time with his young family walking the Cornish  coast path.

Alison Phillips – Member, Appointed December 2014 (Previously Member Penrice Academy)

Alison is the Corporation Secretary for the Cornwall College Group, a further education corporation based in Cornwall.

She qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1992 whilst working for the English China Clays Group of companies (now Imerys Minerals). Following a family career break in the mid 1990s, Alison joined the Cornwall College Group in 2001 moving to Exeter College in 2007 and then returning to Cornwall College in 2010. Alison is also the Company Secretary of Penrice House (St Austell) Limited, a charitable company which runs a small residential home for the elderly in Cornwall.

Alison is married with two grown up sons, both of whom attended Penrice Community College. She enjoys walking her two dogs in the Cornish countryside and time out with family and friends.

Michael Cooper – Member & Director, Chair of Board, Appointed March 2016

Michael Cooper has had a distinguished career in education in England in both independent and state sector as well as Schools overseas in Europe, in Africa and Asia.

After Headship of 12000 pupil comprehensive school in East Sussex he became Principal of The British School in the Netherlands, a 3-18 School on 4 sites with 1400 pupils on role and pupils from 63 different nationalities. From there he returned to the UK as the Head of The Latymer School, Edmonton, London with 1350 pupils including a Sixth Form of 440 pupils.

He has been a Governor of Middlesex University, Enfield College and Truro and Penwith College.He was a Director of Callywith College in Bodmin. Currently he is a director of Tudor Academy Trust in Hounslow and Kings Academy Trust with schools in Portsmouth, East Sussex and South London. He is a Trustee fir Citizens Advice Cornwall.

He was awarded an OBE for services to Education in 1997.


David Hobbs – Member, Appointed July 2019

Areas of Expertise:
Early Years, CPD, Chair of a MAT, Truro High School Governor.

NET Member December 2015→ present
Retired Deputy Headteacher.
Owner of CPD Peninsula Educational Consultancy Ltd.

Nick Warren- Member, Appointed July 2019

Nick, who has recently retired, was a Chemical Engineer in the Oil & Gas Industry for 35 years. He attended Newquay Grammar School from 1965 to 1972. In 1969, he was one of the first pupils to attend the modern Tretherras, which was initially known as Newquay School that stood alongside the original Secondary Modern School opened by the Queen in 1953. He studied Chemical Engineering at Surrey University, where he also obtained a PhD.

Areas of Expertise:
Teaching experience in Higher Education.
Mentor of many young engineers over the years.

Kevin Pearce – Director, Vice Chair, Chair of the Audit Committee, Board Finance Lead, Appointed February 2014 (previously Governor at Penrice Academy)

Kevin was involved in the creation of PLT and has been on the Board as its Finance Lead since inception in January 2015. Kevin is also currently acting as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Kevin is an experienced accountant and currently is employed as the Group Director of Resources for Ocean Housing Group, a housing association with a £40 million turnover, of which £20 million is from a construction company in the Group. Ocean has 240 staff and, as Resources Director Kevin has responsibility for the Groups finances, HR, IT, governance and health and safety. Kevin has been in this directorship role for 18 years.

In addition, Kevin is also a board director of another construction company, a management services company, a procurement services partnership and development joint venture company.

Jeremy Barnard – Director, Member of the Audit Committee, Appointed January 2014 (previously Governor at Penrice Academy)

Jeremy is Human Resources Director for Imerys Minerals Limited, based in Par Cornwall.

After 10 years in engineering, Jeremy switched career paths and graduated with his professional HR qualifications in 1994. Throughout his career, Jeremy has worked in various UK locations and internationally for both for his previous Company Xerox and now Imerys which he joined in 2002.

Prior to joining the Peninsula Learning Trust Board, Jeremy was a Governor at Penrice Academy.

Jeremy is married with 2 daughters and is a keen golfer – having the honour of being Club Captain at Carlyon Bay Golf Club in 2012.

Ramon van de Velde, Director, Appointed October 2015

Ramon is Chief Executive Officer at St Aubyn Estates, having responsibility for strategic planning, and is the National Trust Representative for St Michael’s Mount.

Ever since Ramon left his native Holland, where he was a Management Consultant, he has slowly made his way west. He started his UK career in London where he worked in the music industry, looking after the event security at a number of the major London venues. He continued his career as Operations Director of the music arena and leisure centre Plymouth Pavilions where his team obtained a number of prestigious quality awards.

Before joining St Aubyn Estates he was responsible for the visitor experience of the Eden Project. Ramon read Health Care Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and HR at Plymouth University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and cannot get enough of exploring Cornwall with his wife and three young children.

John Simeons – Director, Appointed October 2017

John joined BT as an apprentice technician and took early retirement as a senior manager some 30 years later.

His very varied career included engineering, logistics, and product, project, and process management.

After leaving BT John studied for an MBA, and worked for several other telecoms companies as a consultant, including international assignments.

John then changed career direction with a move to an aerospace company, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited, where he ultimately became their Management Accountant.

Since finally retiring John has been a volunteer for Citizens Advice.  He is also a director of a small property management company and is a keen motorist and motorcyclist. He is married with 1 daughter.

Greg Slater – Director, Appointed October 2017

Greg is a chartered architect, but since leaving the architectural profession, in 2010, he has worked as a commissioning client within private, public and third sector development related organisations and is now Head of Investment & Growth for Cornwall Council and the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local enterprise Partnership.

Through his career Greg has been responsible for leading teams in the delivery of capital and infrastructure projects (to £35million in value) and programmes (to £200million). Within Cornwall this has included managing the planning and design of the St. Austell &  China Clay Area Eco-Town; taking the client lead role on such projects as the Green Build Hub at the Eden Project (now home to Eden Project Learning) and the Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing (workspace for the West Carclaze Garden Village); and managing the team that provided delivery support and due diligence appraisal to the many capital and infrastructure projects delivered through the European Convergence Programme.

As an architect, Greg set up and ran the London office of a large South West architectural practice (London Director and Board member).

He joined the PLT Board in 2017 to focus on premises and health & safety, having fulfilled this remit as a Governor of St. Mewan CP School since 2015.

Darren Perry – Associate Director, Audit Committee, Appointed December 2016

Having studied an Economics and Statistics degree at the University of Exeter, Darren went on to train as a Chartered Accountant and qualified in 2000.

He is currently a Director in a regional accountancy practice, where he provides accounts and audit services primarily to charity and not for profit entities, including academy schools.

He also holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting as a result of his experience in the charity sector.  Darren is also a parent elected governor at one of the schools in the Multi Academy Trust.

David Bray – Associate Director, Audit Committee, Appointed May 2015

David is an honorary Associate Director who sits on the Audit Committee.

David is FCCA and CIPFA qualified and works for Grant Thornton UK LLP (GTUK), one the World’s largest firm of accountants and advisors. David is GTUK’s Public Sector International Lead which involves working across the Grant Thornton network to ensure there is a global understanding of the challenges faced by the public sector and the responses being developed. David formed Grant Thornton’s Public Sector International Audit Group and represents the UK on that group.

David was born in Cornwall and is passionate about education and the benefits and opportunities that can offer. He is married with one teenage son.

Jonathan Childs – Appointed July 2010

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Jan Beldon – Appointed July 2019

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Jason Knights – Appointed July 2019

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