Sir James Smith's School

Meet the Governors

Elin Davies – Parent Governor

I am a Welsh-born, Welsh-speaking doctor, raised (in exile) in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. I received my secondary education at the local state school, which was a 1000-plus girls’ comprehensive. In 1982, I went to London to study medicine, and mostly lived and worked there until moving to Cornwall in 2005; this resulted from marrying a man of (dubious) Cornish descent, and his insistence that there was no better place to raise children!

We now have two children at Sir James Smith’s School, in Years 9 and 11. I have changed my scope of work this year, giving me greater flexibility to attend to other matters, so felt motivated to support the work and ethos of the school by applying to become a Parent Governor. I have no previous experience in this field, but hope I can learn quickly and bring something of my life and working experience to bear in positive fashion in maintaining the vitality, as well as the academic and pastoral standards, of the school under its current leadership.

Lyn Davis – Vice Chair of Governors - Parent Governor

I am married with four children, two of whom currently attend SJS. I attended SJS from 1981 to 1988 and after completing A levels I joined the Civil Service and currently work for the Department for Work and Pensions. In addition to being a Parent Governor at SJS, I am Chair of Governors at Camelford Primary School – I endeavour to build on the links between the two schools to secure an excellent education for the children of Camelford and surrounding area. I am a strong supporter of the ethos: inclusivity; every child can achieve their best; and creating a nurturing and supportive environment. It is an honor to serve on a governing board that supports the school to build on its strengths and promote aspiration to all.

Andy Garner - Co-opted Governor

I am a teacher at Sir Jim’s and I now have over 15 years’ experience working in Cornish secondary schools, starting as a support role and moving into teaching in 2007. I have four children who are now all old enough to be in full-time education. I am a great believer in the power of education to provide a future for our young people no matter what their background. As an inclusive school I firmly believe that Sir Jim’s is a good school and has made great improvements in the outcomes for our students in recent years; a conviction vindicated by the Ofsted inspection in 2016. Working for the benefit of the wider community has always been a personal goal and I look forward to continuing the school’s success.

Danica Hillson – Parent Governor

I am the Technical Director of a large, U.K. based food manufacturing company and have worked in the food industry for a little over 20 years. My role is predominantly focused on food safety and legal compliance but also gives me the opportunity to get involved with process and product innovation from farm to fork.

I have a daughter at Sir Jims and was a student there myself from 1986. I’m looking forward to being part of the governing team and helping to maintain the highest possible educational standards for our students.    

Jonathan Holt - Local Authority Governor

I have been a governor since 1999 and was Chair of Governors from 2008 until 2015.  My older two children went all the way through the school and sixth form and on to University.  The younger two got very good GCSEs at Sir Jims and went on to good Universities after sixth form studies.  I am a Director of the Community Company running Camelford Leisure Centre helping to make this much needed facility effective and responsive to local needs while remaining financially viable. I am also involved with keeping the Old Nat West bank in Camelford open as a Community Centre.  I believe that it is very important for the school and the communities it serves to work closely together for the benefit of all, especially in these financially difficult times when outside resources are being so much reduced.

Jo Jones - Co-opted Governor

A barn conversion project brought myself and my husband down to Cornwall from Berkshire in 2002. I now run my own bookkeeping business which I fit around being a parent to two daughters at Sir James Smith’s.

I am delighted to be co-opted onto the Governing Board at SJS; it gives me a very privileged view of so many wonderful aspects to school life. I hope I can provide support to the staff and students in order to help continue the school’s amazing on-going achievements.

Ruth Krolik- Chair of Governors-Foundation Governor

I have been a governor at three different schools over a period of 25 years. I have four children who all attended SJS. After university, two have returned to Cornwall, one working as a PCSO in Bude and the other as a Paediatric Nurse at Treliske hospital. My oldest daughter, now works for the MET office as a forecaster and my youngest son is at Surrey University studying Electronics Engineering.  They all enjoyed their time at SJS and value the good education they received.

I live in Delabole and for the past 12 years have been part of the governing body at Delabole Primary School.  I believe the link between primary and secondary school is extremely important and feel passionately about parent/carer involvement in school, especially in connection to decisions made about our children’s educational experience.  My career background was in social work and I am the link governor for Safeguarding, Pastoral Care, Students with Educational Special Needs and Morality and Ethics.

Jon Lawrence - Headteacher

After attending Redruth Grammar School I went up to read Geography (University of London) and later completed my teacher training in London. For a couple of years I worked for the MoD on the Tornado project. My first teaching job was in Hull and since then I have worked in West Sussex and 5 Cornish schools.  I have worked closely with governors for 11 years and firmly believe in the importance of partnership – school, home and community.  It is only by working together that we can achieve the outcomes we so desire for our students.

Jo Ledger - Staff Governor

After 10 wonderful years of exploring the world in the Woman’s Royal Naval Service and 6 years working for Brittany Ferries in Plymouth, I decided to completely change my career and turn my hand to Caretaking.

Before joining SJS Premises Team in September 2013 I worked at both, State and Private, Primary and Secondary Schools within the Bristol area, which I enjoyed, but I started to miss the call of the sea and Cornwall. SJS gave me the great opportunity to return to the county I love.

Recently I have been given the opportunity to change career path again, to take on the part-time post of Careers, Education, Information Guidance and Advice Co-ordinator.  I very much look forward to using my knowledge and life experiences in the role, to support the students of the school as they make some very important choices.  I thank SJS for letting me into their family.

Michael O’Neill - Parent Governor

I work with DesAcc EMEA Ltd. Healthcare data discovery, migration and delivery.  I love surfing, yoga and wholefood plant based diet.  I am a coach for the Polzeath surf lifesaving club.

Robert Rush - Parent Governor

I live in Camelford with my wife and two daughters.  I was a student of Camelford Primary School and then Sir Jim's from 1979 to 1984.  After school I attended Cornwall College and then Huddersfield University to take a degree in Electronics and Information Engineering.  I am managing director of PFA Research, a market research business based at Penryn.

Rob Sanders - Parent Governor

I was a student at Sir James Smith’s from 1984. After many enjoyable years at the school and sixth form I went on to study a degree at the University of London and have an MSc in Waste Management. I am now Contracts Manager for Suez, a leading international utility and resource management company.

We have two daughters at Sir James Smith’s. I am committed to contribute to the work of the governing board and I am keen to help the school maintain an enjoyable learning environment for all and continually strive for high standards.  



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