Pen Portraits

Geoff Brown -Chair

Geoff Brown – Chair
Geoff has served as councillor for Newquay since 2007 and since 2013 has been a Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities.  Prior to his retirement, he taught in Cornish schools for 30 years, latterly as Headteacher.

He was also the volunteer Station Officer for the Newquay Coastguard Cliff Rescue team for 25 years.  During this time, he was twice awarded the Chief Coastguard’s Commendation and received the Westcountry Television Man of the Year award for his work on the Kosovo charity appeal.Since 2007, he has been a launching officer for the Newquay lifeboat and together with his wife, Chris, was awarded the RNLI Bronze Badge for our work on sea safety education.

Ian Taylor – Member
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.


David Hobbs – Member
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
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.

John Simeons -trustee

John Simeons – Trustee
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 -trustee

Greg Slater – Trustee
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 Design for Treveth Holdings LLP (a Cornwall Council owned 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. Following the merger with NET, to form CELT, in 2019 Greg has been elected one of two Vice Chairs.

Jonathan Childs -trustee

Jonathan Childs – Trustee
Jonathan Childs is a Finance and Facilities Manager for a GP Partnership in St Austell. Prior to joining the CELT board he was a member of the Governing body for ST Mewan School for around eight years in roles both as IT Governor and as Vice Chair.

Working for several years in IT before relocating to Cornwall to work for Imerys, then as an IT Project Manager in the NHS before joining the Wheal Northey Surgery as Practice Manager. Jonathan was very involved in the subsequent merger of four practices to create St Austell Healthcare and taking on his current role. Jonathan brings a good knowledge of IT to the board, as well as a skills in finance, contracting and communication.

Jason Knights – Trustee
Jason Knights is an award-winning communications and public relations strategist with industry peer recognition for several influencing campaigns that successfully delivered long term reputation benefit through media, customer and industry engagement.

He has served more than 20 years in Business-2-Business and Business-2-Consumer roles, providing global expertise in the public (FTSE 250) and private sectors, delivering insight on industry issues, media and investor oversight, crisis management, risk and issue resolution, business acquisitions, brand transformations, and results driven marketing and communication activities. He was involved in crisis support during the BP Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, and also with the nuclear incident at Fukushima in Japan.

Following an extended career in London, he founded Knights Media & Public Relations early in 2019 as an independent advisory group, with a mission to help transform businesses and their markets by engaging with journalists, influencers and authorities to deliver quality insights on economic, social, technical, and environmental activities. He now works and lives full time in Cornwall, near Falmouth, and has strong family connections in the County over three generations. He was born in Penzance at Bolitho Hospital and spent his childhood years near St. Ives. He is excited about the future of CELT, and particularly on the contribution he can make in to the Trust’s future to help support the prosperity of the County through the provision of quality education and training.

Ashley Mann -trustee

Ashley Mann – Trustee
As a community-based individual who has been fortunate to have been born in Newquay and educated through Newquay Junior and Newquay Tretherras Academy, Ashely has a real passion for giving back time and experience to the schools which have given him the opportunity to be where he is today. He is currently employed by South Western Ambulance Service as a Paramedic Operations Officer in charge of 30 staffs at Newquay Ambulance Station.

Alongside his primary employment, Ashley is also a retained fire-fighter based at Newquay and long-standing helmsman and crew member of the Newquay lifeboat crew.Ashley has gained a mass of knowledge and experience in the educational system along with the requirements to facilitate the running of a large school, since being a governor at Newquay Junior Academy. This is been further enhanced with the insight into teaching from his wife, a Head of Year at Newquay Junior and the day to day accounts at the sharp end from his two children who are currently being educated at Newquay Tretherras Academy.

Sean Dixon -trustee

Sean Dixon – Trustee
Sean joined NET in September 2015 after a short spell on the Newquay Tretherras Local Governing Body as a Parent Governor. Sean is now part of the CELT board.

He has been a doctor in the NHS since 1998 and since 2009 as a consultant surgeon.Good governance, education and relentless objective scrutiny of performance are fundamental to his work.Sean hopes to use these skills to help the schools within the CELT continue to set and achieve aspirational targets for performance and development.

Sebastian Parker -trustee

Sebastian Parker – Trustee
After attending Newquay Grammar and then Newquay Tretherras Sebastian travelled through Africa before studying Agriculture at Seale-Hayne on completion of his course he returned to farm at Callestick where he still farms and manufacturers ice cream.Sebastian has four sons who have all attended Newquay Tretherras. He has been a director of NET since its formation and prior to that was a governor of Newquay Tretherras for 25 years. He now part of the CELT board.

Steve Dunn -trustee

Steve Dunn – Trustee
• Newquay Education Trust Director March 2014→ February 2018
• Chair of NJA Local Governing Body – October 2017 to present
• 35 years teaching experience: Deputy Headteacher for 17 of those years.
• Trustee of Trenance Cottages.
• Member of Newquay Rotary Club, Cricket Club and Newquay Hornets RFC.

Areas of Expertise: Quality Assurance, Finance, School buildings, sites and facilities.

Kym O’Mara – Trustee
Kym is currently the Curriculum Lead for the Cornwall College Group and Deputy Head at Cornwall College St Austell. Kym has been in FE education for 10 years, teaching learners from the age of 14 years old through to adults.

Her roles involve working operationally and strategically within six very different campuses within the Cornwall College group including international locations, supporting local community groups & businesses in a multitude of ways and managing a large staff team. Kym was born in Newquay and educated through Trenance Learning Academy, Newquay Junior and Treviglas Community College. Kym is a degree qualified Sports Therapist and works locally within football.

Kym hopes the array of skills she has learnt through her education, vocation and current roles will enhance and benefit CELT moving forwards.

Associate Directors
Note – Associate Directors are not Directors of the company and have no voting rights at meetings. They have been recruited by the Board to provide additional capacity and specialist knowledge and just attend committee meetings.

David Bray (Audit Committee)