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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.


Bryan Maywood

I was appointed as Principal of Launceston College in January 2016; I had been Deputy Principal from September 2011. I have been a deputy at two other secondary schools, Torpoint from 2008-2011 and Coulsdon High School, Croydon, from January 2006 to 2008. At Coulsdon High I joined a school in special measures, and worked effectively to bring about “rapid improvement”; Ofsted commended my role in this and the London Challenge consultancy utilised me for work in improving other schools in the London area. Ihave the National Professional Qualification for Headship and completed the OU Masters’ study unit, Effective Leadership and Management in Education. In 1999 I wrote for the company Chalkface; the publication Raising Grades from B to A* in English is still available to purchase. I have been a Head of English in Nottingham and East Sussex; I teach a GCSE English class and I am as passionate about the subject as when I first taught in 1989.


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 recently trained as an Ofsted inspector.


Helen Ward

I joined the Lewannick Primary School governing body in February 2012 and since November 2015 have been Chair of The Duchy Academy Trust board. My employment background is in education as a post 16 lecturer and curriculum manager. 
I have a keen interest in sport and the opportunities it can provide to all young people. In addition to being a director of The Duchy Academy Trust, I am also Chair of Launceston Swimming Club.


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.