SPT Leadership/Admin

Andy Barnett

Chief Executive Officer


Andy has worked in education for thirty-five years in both mainstream and special schools. He has a Masters in Special Education from Exeter University and has been a headteacher of two special schools over the past nineteen years, both of which achieved outstanding Ofsted outcomes. During this time he has also had extended roles as an Ofsted inspector, Executive Leadership Coach, National Leader in Education and success in establishing specialist and teaching school initiatives. He is strongly committed to collaborative learning between special and mainstream provision so that every child has the right and access to the best learning opportunities, talent and resources possible.

Guy Chappell

Director of Finance & Resources


Guy has worked in both the commercial and private sector . He has twenty years’ experience of working within education strategic development, finance, capital and administration management.
Guy has a degree in Economics and Politics and a Masters in Education in Change Management within Education. Guy is currently the Director of Business and Enterprise at Penair School, has been the Head of Commissioning for Cornwall LA, the CEO of the SWGfL Trust, and Head of IT for Cornwall LEA. Guy has previous experience of working with and developing Multi-Academy Trusts, has been a Chair of Governors at two Primary Schools and a Special School and is currently the Chair of Trustees of a Children’s Charity and a Specialist Leader in Education. Guy is very committed to maximising the use of resources to deliver the best learning experiences for all children and young people in Cornwall.

Kat Rowe

ARB Lead Practitioner


Kat has worked in education for 12 years, initially as an English teacher, but spent the last 7 years working as a secondary Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) and ARB Manager before moving into her current role with the trust. She gained a BA (First Class Honours) in English and Special Educational Needs through the Open University and a Masters degree with Distinction (MEd) specialising in SEND in 2011; her dissertation was focused on leadership and management of a new ARB build in the local area. Kat has represented Primary and Secondary ARBs in Cornwall for two years as part of the Cornwall Council Liaison group for Specialist Provision and has enjoyed the opportunity to further develop her strategic leadership skills. Having a son with significant needs, Kat brings a unique parental as well as professional understanding of the importance of providing quality education for young people with additional needs.

Tracey Allen

PA/Clerk to the SPT


Tracey has worked in a corporate business environment for the past twenty years and has experience of working in Human Resources, Change Management, Project Management and Process Improvement roles. She is CIPD qualified and Green Belt Six Sigma certified.

Special Partnership Trust,
c/o Pencalenick School,
St Clement, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TL
01872 520385 info@specialpartnership.org