Members & Directors

Our Members & Directors

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 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.

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, 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 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 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).

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.

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 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.