CELT Directors

Welcome to Our CELT Directors Page

Here you will find all the information on our Directors.

CELT Members

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Ian Taylor

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

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.

Dave Hobbs

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

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.

CELT Directors

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Geoff Brown

Geoff, from the 1st September, 2017, becomes Chair of the NET’s Board of Directors. 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.

Areas of Expertise:
Community/Local Matters, Safeguarding, Finance, KS2

Ashley Mann

Ashley is currently Deputy County Commander for South Western Ambulance and in his spare time is a coach for British lifesaving and for rugby.

Areas of Expertise:
Quality Assurance
Local Community Involvement
First Aid
Student Voice

Kym O’Mara

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 NET moving forwards.

Areas of Expertise:
Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, Curriculum Development & Design, Learner Voice, Sport, Staffing

Sebastian Parker

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.

Areas of Expertise:
Health and Safety, Buildings and Sites, Finance and Sport

John Simeons

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

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).

Areas of expertise
Premises and health & safety, environment and energy conservation

Steve John Dunn


  • 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.