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.

Michael Cooper has had a distinguished career in education in England in both independent and state sector as well as Schools overseas in Europe, in Africa and Asia.

After Headship of 12000 pupil comprehensive school in East Sussex he became Principal of The British School in the Netherlands, a 3-18 School on 4 sites with 1400 pupils on role and pupils from 63 different nationalities. From there he returned to the UK as the Head of The Latymer School, Edmonton, London with 1350 pupils including a Sixth Form of 440 pupils.

He has been a Governor of Middlesex University, Enfield College and Truro and Penwith College.He was a Director of Callywith College in Bodmin. Currently he is a director of Tudor Academy Trust in Hounslow and Kings Academy Trust with schools in Portsmouth, East Sussex and South London. He is a Trustee fir Citizens Advice Cornwall.

He was awarded an OBE for services to Education in 1997.

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.

Kevin was involved in the creation of PLT and has been on the Board as its Finance Lead since inception in January 2015. Kevin is also currently acting as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Kevin is an experienced accountant and currently is employed as the Group Director of Resources for Ocean Housing Group, a housing association with a £40 million turnover, of which £20 million is from a construction company in the Group. Ocean has 240 staff and, as Resources Director Kevin has responsibility for the Groups finances, HR, IT, governance and health and safety. Kevin has been in this directorship role for 18 years.

In addition, Kevin is also a board director of another construction company, a management services company, a procurement services partnership and development joint venture company.

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.

David is an honorary Associate Director who sits on the Audit Committee.

David is FCCA and CIPFA qualified and works for Grant Thornton UK LLP (GTUK), one the World’s largest firm of accountants and advisors. David is GTUK’s Public Sector International Lead which involves working across the Grant Thornton network to ensure there is a global understanding of the challenges faced by the public sector and the responses being developed. David formed Grant Thornton’s Public Sector International Audit Group and represents the UK on that group.

David was born in Cornwall and is passionate about education and the benefits and opportunities that can offer. He is married with one teenage son.

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Jan Beldon is a qualified chartered management accountant and certified director from the IoD. After a thirty-year career in corporate finance, she also completed a coaching and mentoring diploma, and having moved back to Cornwall in 2019, now pursues a portfolio career specialising in assisting technical professionals, start-ups, and small to medium sized businesses.

Jan draws on 30 years of mentoring and team management knowledge to bring fresh ideas and perspectives, both to the boardroom and to individual professional development, allowing Boards to develop the skills necessary to bring cohesion and mutual understanding, thus enabling growth and enhancement of group effectiveness. With extensive experience in businesses undergoing rapid and complex change, she can support individuals and teams to find the insights and direction to overcome resistance to change and transform their businesses.

Jan is delighted to bring her skills and board expertise to the CELT boardroom. As a lifelong learner and advocate of education, she will bring a sharp business and financial sense to the benefit of the Trust, which will ensure sound financial governance and good quality education provision.

In her spare time, Jan enjoys yoga, dog-walking and singing with the East Cornwall Bach Choir. She is married with two grown-up children (one of whom is a teacher) and one granddaughter, and lives with her husband in a beautiful spot south of Launcesto

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.