Our Trustees are collectively responsible for the strategic direction, quality assurance, financial and statutory propriety of the Trust.

Steve Colwill

Chair of Trustees, (LA, SEN, Ed. Psych)

After graduating in 1970, Steve taught children with special educational needs for two years, before training as an educational psychologist. He worked as a psychologist in Devon and Dorset, before moving to Cornwall as Principal Educational Psychologist in 1988. He later became Head of Child and Family Services and in 2004 he was appointed as Assistant Director, with responsibility for countywide provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Steve is a specialist member of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and he has been Chair of Governors at Curnow School for the past 4 years. He is delighted to take on this new role, seeking to continue to improve the education of our children, across four special schools.

Hayley Goleniowska

Trustee, (Writer, Media, Blogger)

Hayley worked as a language teacher and voice-over artist, before becoming a Mum. Her youngest daughter has Down’s syndrome, which motivated her to write award-winning blog Downs Side Up which was listed as a Health Service Journal Rising Star for its influence. She uses social media effectively to create change and educate.
Hayley is a columnist for Special Needs Jungle, Firefly and the Huffington Post as well as working freelance for the Telegraph and various medical journals. She trains teachers and medical professionals, speaking on the subjects of inclusion and attitudes towards disability and is often interviewed for national TV and radio features. She recently featured in the BBC documentary A World Without Downs.
Hayley co-wrote a book for children with her eldest daughter called I love You Natty: A Sister’s Introduction to Down’s Syndrome and has produced a resource called Talking About Down’s Syndrome: Conversations for New Parents.
She is passionate about inclusion in the media and advertising and her daughter Natty was the first child with a disability to ever feature in a national supermarket Back to School campaign.

Janet Hudson

Trustee, (Social Care, Safeguarding)

Janet qualified as a social worker in 1972, with a degree and diploma from Keele University. After 3 years working as a generic social worker, Janet specialised in psychiatric social work by taking an MSc degree in the Department of Psychiatry at Leeds University. She went on to develop mental health and learning disability services in Birmingham. Following her marriage and the acquisition of a step-family, Janet moved to Cardiff to work in research, and at the University Hospital of Wales as a psychiatric social worker, then subsequently at an innovatory service for people with learning disabilities, called Nimrod. After moving to Cornwall, Janet performed locum work for the Adoption Agency, before working with learning disability services. She completed a further postgraduate qualification in 2005, gaining a Childcare award from Bournemouth University, specialising in the transition of young people with a range of disabilities from Children's to Adult services. Following retirement Janet became a school governor at Doubletrees.

Natercia Hughes

Trustee, (Accounting)

Natercia is delighted to be on the Board of Trustees of the Special Partnership Trust, working alongside other Trustees, governors and staff; all committed to providing the best possible education for each and every child within the MAT.
Natercia is an accountant with over 17 years of experience currently working as a manager at Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants in Truro; managing a mixed portfolio of corporate clients, charities and academy clients. She works closely with her academy clients, particularly supporting School Business Managers on accounting procedures and reporting requirements, including budget forecasts and governance requirements.
Natercia is a Director for the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee for a local pre-school. Prior to being a Trustee for the Special Partnership Trust, she was a governor for Doubletrees School in St Blazey.
Natercia lives in St Austell with her husband and two children, who attend Carclaze Community Primary School.

Lisa Michell

Trustee, (Headteacher - Primary)

Lisa has been teaching in primary schools for over twenty years. Her roles have included Assistant Headteacher, Headteacher and, currently, Executive Headteacher of Ladock and Veryan Church of England Schools which are part of the St Piran's Cross Multi Academy Trust. Lisa graduated from Keele University in psychology and biology but also has a passion for developing literacy skills and worked for a number of years as a Leading Literacy teacher and Associate Literacy consultant for the Local Authority.

John Rail

Trustee, (H&S)

John worked as a Senior Site Manager within the construction industry for almost thirty years before he retired. In 2004 John was allocated the project to extend and refurbish the school buildings and grounds at Doubletrees School. On completion of the project in 2006, John joined the Board of Governors at Doubletrees as well as the H&S and Leadership committees. John continues to serve on the LGB at Doubletrees and is also currently Chair of Governors at Pencalenick School.

Pauline Robins

Trustee, (Retired HMI-Ofsted)

Pauline worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of schools from 2004 until September 2013. She has considerable leadership experience as a senior leader in a secondary school, as senior adviser in a local authority and as a Managing Inspector for OFSTED. She has particular expertise in work with schools causing concern and those requiring improvement. She also led one of the first inspections of local arrangements for supporting school improvement. Pauline’s particular areas of expertise are in school improvement in both the primary and secondary sectors and leadership management.

Kate Wilson

Trustee, (Business)

Kate has a business background, working in a number of senior roles in London before moving to Cornwall and successfully running a holiday park with her husband for the last 10 years. Kate is Chair of Governors at Nancealverne School and, as a parent of a child with a severe learning difficulty brings an additional perspective to the Board of Trustees.

Andy Barnett

Trustee (CEO of the SPT)

Andy has worked in education for thirty-five years in both mainstream and special schools. He has a Masters in Special Education from Exeter University and has been a headteacher of two special schools over the past nineteen years, both of which achieved outstanding Ofsted outcomes. During this time he has also had extended roles as an Ofsted inspector, Executive Leadership Coach, National Leader in Education and success in establishing specialist and teaching school initiatives. He is strongly committed to collaborative learning between special and mainstream provision so that every child has the right and access to the best learning opportunities, talent and resources possible.

Special Partnership Trust,
c/o Pencalenick School,
St Clement, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TL
01872 520385