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Board of Directors

The following are directors of The Duchy Academy Trust:


Julian Elliott

I am Group Financial Accountant for Gregory Distribution Ltd. I have spent 20 years as an accountant in public and private organisations, large and small. I have a degree in Accounting and Finance and have been an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1996. I started as a governor at Callington Primary School in March 2009, and became a director of The Duchy Academy Trust on its creation in 2014.


Laetitia Mayne

I am currently the Chair of Governors at Callington Primary School and also a Member of the Duchy Academy Trust Board of Directors.  I have been a Governor since 2010 and am a member of the School Improvement Committee for the Primary School and Duchy Academy Trust.  In my professional role I am the Team Lead for the Children, Schools and Families department at Duchy College and Saltash College in East Cornwall.  I have been with the College for the past 9 years and have undertaken the role of NVQ Assessor, Internal Verifier and Further Education and Higher Education Course Manager and Lecturer roles. I hold a BA Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies (University of Plymouth) and a Further Education Teaching Degree, which allowed me to complete my Qualified Teaching Status. My role within the Duchy Academy Trust has enabled me to embrace the ethos and vision attributed to it and develop a learning environment that is supportive of all.


Matthew Shirley

I have been a teacher since 1984. I spent fourteen years working in a variety of schools just off the Old Kent Road in London, before taking up the first of my three headships in Cornwall. Schools I have worked in include infant only and junior only as well as primary, with school numbers ranging from 70 to 400. Since February 2014 I have been the CEO of The Duchy Academy Trust and now work across all three schools. I am also an Ofsted inspector.


Michael Elliott

I am a Director of The Duchy Academy Trust and a member of its Staffing and Finance Committee.  A Chartered Electrical Engineer specialising in electronics and computing, I have experience in military aircraft safety, international radio frequency management in the Defence sector, and most recently, in finance, project management, and telecommunications and computer policy.  Since retiring in 2015 I have become a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador, and am currently a mentor at a school in North Devon, and Chairman of the Northam Choral Society.


Anna Ritchie

From an early age, I have always wanted to work with children although I was not sure in what capacity until I had finished my degree.  I undertook a BA (Hons) degree in Childhood and Youth studies with the Open University whilst living in London. I worked, alongside studying, as a family support worker supporting children with a range of disabilities and their families.  I relocated back down to Cornwall in 2006 where I finished my degree whilst working at a primary school as a Teaching Assistant. I enjoyed this role immensely and it gave me the taste for working in more of an educational environment, hence the decision then following completion of my degree, to apply for a graduate teaching course.  The nature of my course meant I was immersed in the school from the start and I absolutely loved it. I completed my NQT year at the same setting before going on to have my first child and then subsequently started supply cover at Boyton school. This then led to permanent employment at the school and now I am Assistant Head. I am fully committed to promoting the educational and emotional wellbeing of every child at the school and am enjoying the challenge of this role immensely.


Ronen Day

I have recently retired from a career in industry and since then have mentored small businesses and worked with DDRC Healthcare as a non-executive director. My working life started as a Chartered Engineer followed by many years as a management consultant helping businesses run better. I returned to line management as the Operations Director of a technology company and then moved to Devon to join Fine Tubes Ltd as Managing Director. My working philosophy to help organisations run more effectively has always been to respect people equally at all levels and find ways of engaging them to make work more enjoyable and deliver successful outcomes for their company.


Wendy Ainsworth

I am the Principal at Callington Community College. More information to follow.