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Trust Leadership and Governance Teams

Please below for a list of Trust staff, Members and Trustees

Trust Support Team

  • Guy Chappell


    Guy is an experienced CEO with extensive board room experience as both a CEO and Trustee. He has worked in both the commercial, voluntary and public sector.

  • Tracey Allen

    Operations Manager

    Tracey has worked in a corporate business environment in London and Hertfordshire for over twenty years and has enjoyed a successful career working in Human Resources, Change Management, Project Management and Process Improvement roles.

  • Rachel Benney

    Finance and HR Manager

    Rachel joined The Special Partnership Trust as our Finance and HR Manager.

  • Lianne Jory

    Leadership and Governance Manager

    Lianne joined the Trust in November 2019 and provides leadership and governance support to Members, Trustee and the Local Governing Bodies.

  • Andy Wadsworth

    Lead for Education, Development and Growth

    Andy has over twenty years of experience in strategic and operational leadership and classroom teaching in special and mainstream schools.

  • Leah Fisher

    Finance and HR Assistant

    Leah has previously worked for Cornwall Council as a PA/Office Manager in the Chief Executives Department and then in a finance role within the Education Department.

  • Diane Jones

    Administrative Assistant

    Diane started working with the Special Partnership Trust in May 2021 as Administrative Assistant.

  • Alex Crook

    Estates and Compliance Manager

    Alex joined the Trust in August 2021. He is an experienced Engineering Manager from a Healthcare sector background and is focussed of developing estates strategies and ensuring compliance.


  • Janet Hudson

    Janet qualified as a social worker in 1972, with a degree and diploma from Keele University.

  • Victoria Hatton


    Vicky Hatton is a senior associate at Browne Jacobson LLP specialising in education law, advising schools and academy trusts across the South West and nationally on legal and governance matters.

  • Gaynor Edwards


    Gaynor has worked in education since 1993, initially working in schools and since 1999 with the Local Authority supporting schools by providing financial guidance and training across the county and assisting with budget planning and monitoring.

  • David Barton


    Following 35 years teaching in secondary schools across England, twenty five of them as a senior leader and manager, David first moved to Cornwall in 1996 to take up the post of Deputy Head at Wadebridge School.

  • Wendy Brett


    Wendy worked in education for 38 years. Starting her career teaching mathematics in an East London comprehensive school. Moving to Plymouth her career developed teaching in inner city schools.


  • Lisa Michell

    Chair of Trustees, (Retired Headteacher - Primary)

    Lisa taught in primary schools for over twenty years.

  • John Rail

    Trustee (H&S)

    John was born near Pencalenick School and has lived his whole life in Truro.

  • Pauline Robins

    Trustee, (Retired HMI-Ofsted)

    Pauline worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of schools from 2004 until September 2013.

  • Marie Cooke

    Trustee (Secondary/MAT)

    Marie Cooke was CEO of Kemeneth Multi Academy Trust after 21 years as Headteacher at Penryn College, a secondary school with an Area Resource Base for young people with learning needs.

  • Tim Hooper

    Trustee (Finance)

    Tim has been a Trustee for the Special Partnership Trust since September 2019. During this time, he has been appointed as Chair of both the Finance Committee and Audit Committee.

  • Alison Cook


    Alison worked as a Registered General Nurse from 1984 until she retired in 2020 as a Service Director of Children’s Services at Cornwall Council.

  • Wendy Hannon


    Wendy has recently retired from a career which has been colourful and varied. The last 20 years she has worked in Public Health specialising in Sexual Health which included HIV and then Teenage Pregnancy covering the County of Devon.

Trust Executive Leadership Team

  • Guy Chappell


  • Ruth Carpenter



  • Heidi Hoskin



  • Caroline Jewell



  • Ruth Zimmerman



  • Paul Donkersloot

    Interim Headteacher

    Orchard Manor School