Board of Trustees
The following are Trustees of The Duchy Academy Trust:
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.
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.
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.
I have a background in and postgraduate qualifications as a Cognitive Psychologist, and I also specialised in mental health and wellbeing and education during my psychology degree, specifically in SEND and EYFS. During this time, I was involved in research which informed the formation of the EYFS curriculum. I joined The Duchy Academy Trust in 2017 as a local governor at Lewannick, where I had been working for several years as a classroom volunteer, as well being a parent of two boys who attend the school. Recently I have worked closely with Lewannick and Boyton schools in the formation and implementation of their Mental Health Policy. As a governor I have continued to specialise in EYFS, and additionally worked as a Safeguarding governor, and monitoring the progress and attainment for vulnerable groups such as children who receive Pupil Premium, who are in Local Authority Care, or who are at risk of exclusion. As a Director, I aim to try to ensure the highest standards of mental health and well-being as well as educational standards and attainment for all children across the three schools within the MAT.
Antony Fugill (Acting CEO)
After training as a teacher in London, I took up my first teaching post in 1997. During my first years I taught across the entire primary age range within city schools. I was recruited onto a school improvement team where I supported staff, senior leaders and headteachers with school improvement across primary and secondary schools in Bristol and then wider around the country in Birmingham, Liverpool and London, working with over 250+ schools of varying sizes during that time. I was seconded down to Cornwall as Head of School by the Cornwall School Effectiveness Team from The Forest of Dean in September 2013.
Children and improving their chances and outcomes are at the centre of everything that I do and I am constantly looking forward to ways to continually improve the outcomes for the children across The Duchy Academy Trust.