The Governing Body

Members of Academy Trust:

Mr James Oliver
Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross
Mr George Bastin
Mr Paul Williams

Foundation Governors:

Mr Richard Twallin (Chairman)
Mr David Worlidge
Mrs Jill Jarvis
Mr Owain Hughes
Mr David Landers
Mrs Mandy Kellagher
Mr Brian Hasell
Mrs Kathy Jones
Mrs Lynn Dowell

Ex Officio, also representing the Diocese of Truro:
Rev Laura Bushell Hawke

Elected Parents:

Mrs Helen Daniel
Mrs Ali Wills

Elected Staff Member:

Mrs Kimberly Hawkings


Mr Ed O’Hara

Chair of Governing Body:

Mr Richard Twallin (Contact via The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers)

Clerk to Governing Body (Trustees):  Mrs Debbie Pitman

Contact Details:
Sir Robert Geffery’s School
School Road
Cornwall PL12 5EA
Tel:  01752 851362

Clerk to Members:  Colonel Charlie Knaggs OBE

Contact Details:
The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
Ironmongers’ Hall
Shaftesbury Place
Tel: 020 7776 2304

Governor Details 2020-2021

Governor Details 2020-2021

Committee Membership List 2020-2021

Committee Membership 2020.2021

Register of Business and Percuniary Interests 2020-2021

Register Pecuniary & Business Interests 2020.2021

Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

Our Governors

Mr Richard Twallin (Foundation Governor – Chair)

Richard Twallin has worked in the IT industry all his career. His company develops management systems for a variety of disciplines including information security, environment and quality. He has been a member of the Court of the Ironmongers’ Company since 1996. He is a Churchwarden of his church in Hampshire and a trustee of the local C of E primary school.

Mr Ed O’Hara (Foundation Governor – Headteacher )

Ed O’Hara graduated from the University of Nottingham with a masters degree in Civil Engineering with French.  He taught English in Ecuador and Tibet, then began teaching in primary schools in Warwickshire and Coventry where he held different leadership roles. Ed is passionate about helping children and adults alike develop an enthusiasm and a love of learning and also has a Masters degree in Education. In his spare time, Mr O’Hara enjoys playing music and being in the outdoors with his wife and son.

As his role necessitates, Mr O’Hara is on all of the committees.

Commander James Oliver FCMI (Member of Academy Trust)

Royal Navy 1959-1989. Clerk Worshipful Company of lronmongers and Clerk to the Govemors, Sir Robert Geffery’s School 1989 – 2005. Trust Manager, Ewelme Almshouse and Education Trusts since 2006. Lives near Maribcrough, Wiltshire.

Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross (Member of Academy Trust)

Elizabeth Cairncross is a former Principal of Wells Cathedral School, having started her career as an English teacher. Elizabeth currently chairs the heads committee of the government’s nine Music and Dance Scheme schools and CASE UK’s independent schools’ committee.

Her interests are music, the 19th century novel, skiing, mountain walking, swimming, running, cooking – and the way in which leadership develops. She has three adult children and her husband, Andrew, appointed her to her first teaching post many years ago – at King Edward’s Witley. One of her great pleasures lies in being a member of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers and, therefore, in being a foundation governor of this school!

Mr George Bastin (Member of Academy Trust)

George Bastin was Master of the Ironmongers Company during 2015/16 following his grandfather and father as Masters of the Company. His father was Chairman of the Landrake Governors for many years and it was a position he much enjoyed.  His father was proud to have served Landrake and George is proud to have followed in his father’s footsteps.
George had his own electronic engineering company and is keen to encourage engineering design and technology to young people. He has been a Presentee Governor at Christ’s Hospital and is Chairman of a local educational trust in the West Country. His motto during his year of Mastership was ‘Get Involved’ and he is keen to continue this while a Governor at Landrake.

Mr Paul Williams (Member of Academy Trust)

Paul brings a legal perspective to the Board, with 20 years’ experience at the Bar.  His son and daughter were pupils but have now moved on to secondary education.

A member of the Premises and Finance Committees.

Jill Jarvis (Foundation Governor)

Jill was appointed as a local Foundation Governor in 1999. She is Chairman of the Personnel Committee and is the Link Governor for SEN and Early Years. Until retiring she worked in banking and property development. Jill lives locally and her interests, apart from the school, are gardening, watercolour painting and boating. She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers.

Mr David Landers (Foundation Governor)

David has returned to the Governing Body recently, bringing his financial expertise. He lives in the village and was a parent governor previously when his three sons attended the school.
David is undertaking the duties of internal audit on behalf of the governors.

A Member of the Finance and Personnel Committees.

Mrs Mandy Kellagher (Foundation Governor)

Mandy was a parent governor for 8 years when her daughters were at the school and has rejoined the Governing Body since moving into the village. Mandy is a member of both the Premises and Personnel Committees.  She worked as a vet for 25 years since when, in semi-retirement, she has taught English to speakers of other languages. She enjoys many sports, sings in choirs and is a late beginner on the cello.

Mr Owain Hughes

Owain was a former member of the County Inspection Team and has many years’ experience as a headteacher and advisor.  As a Governor of Sir Robert Geffery’s School, he regularly meets with staff to discuss assessment and the Development Plan.

Mrs Kimberley Hawkings (Elected Staff Member)

Kimberley has been a teacher at Sir Robert Geffery’s School since 2009, following the completion of a four year BEd degree at Marjons University Plymouth. She is the EYFS and KS1 lead and is a specialist leader of education in both Phonics and the Early Years.  In addition, Kimberley has various other roles within the school including English co-ordinator and apprentice mentor.

Kimberley enjoys spending quality time with her family, who all live locally and especially going out on trips with her husband and young daughter. Amongst other things her interests include walking, travelling and reading.

Mrs Ali Wills (Elected Parent Governor)

Ali has been a Parent Governor since January 2018.
She has spent most of her working life working in marketing for the consumer packaged goods industry.  Following a career change in 2018, she now works for Sport England and the local Active Partnership in Cornwall, looking at ways to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to be more physically active.  She currently has two children in School in KS2.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time out and about with her family and their dogs, making her garden as pollinator friendly as possible, balanced with a little dabbling in one or two artistic pursuits.

Brian Hasell (Foundation Governor)

Brian was appointed as a Foundation Governor in November 2019, and a former parent whose son was very proud to have been Head Boy three years ago. Brian also has three grown up daughters and an increasing number of grandchildren all living within Cornwall and Devon.

Brian is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, having qualified in Bristol.  He has been in practice for over 40 years and is Senior Partner of a regional firm of commercial and business property and valuation surveyors, with wide experience in a varied style of commercial and residential property.

Having varied interests, mainly revolving around family, but also all things to do with the great outdoors – the countryside and the sea.

Brian is Chair of the Premises Committee and sits on the Personnel Committee.

Lynn Dowell (Foundation Governor)

Lynn has recently joined the Board as a Foundation Governor.  She has lived in Landrake since 1987 and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the school from 1991 to 2015, when she retired.  Both of her children and four grandchildren have attended the school, and Lynn has returned on a voluntary basis to help in various classes, usually twice a week.

She has also served the village of Landrake in various ways and has come to know many of the village residents.

In her spare time she enjoys walking, gardening and spending time with her family, who all live in the village.

Kathy Jones  (Foundation Governor)

Kathy has been a part of the family of Sir Robert Geffery’s School since her daughter joined the school in 2005; firstly being an active member of the Friends and then joining the school as a Teaching Assistant, whilst completing a BA Hons Professional Practice (Education).  After a short break, Kathy returned to the School as the Parent Support Advisor/ TA until February 2019.  Kathy now works for the NHS.

Kathy is so proud of her daughter Caitlin, who having completed her NVQ 3 as a TA is now back working at the school helping the children develop their drama skills.

Kathy enjoys swimming, walking and baking in her spare time and continues to be an active member of the Friends. Kathy chairs the Pupils and Admissions Committee and also the School Farm Committee.