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

Janet Hudson

Trustee and Vice Chair, (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.

Lisa Michell

Chair of Trustees, (Retired Headteacher - Primary)

Lisa taught in primary schools for over twenty years. Her roles have included Assistant Headteacher, Headteacher and 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 was born near Pencalenick School and has lived his whole life in Truro.
He worked as a Senior Site Manager in construction for thirty years until his retirement in 2011. One of his duties with the company was to mentor all of the apprentices and work experience students in Cornwall.
As part of his employment he worked to enlarge and refurbish Doubletrees School from 2004 until 2006, when he was then invited onto the Board of Governors, serving as Health & Safety Governor up to and after his retirement in 2014.
John left Doubletrees School in 2014 and then joined Pencalenick School as Health & Safety Governor. In 2015 he took on the role of chair of Governors until the formation of the Special Partnership Trust, where he joined the Board of Trustees with a focus on Health & Safety.

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.

Marie Hunter

Trustee (Secondary/MAT)

Marie Hunter was CEO of Kemeneth Multi Academy Trust after 21 years as Headteacher at Penryn College, a secondary school with n Area Resource Base for young people with learning needs. She is also a National Leader of Education, a Pupil Premium Reviewer for the National College for Teaching and Leadership and a School Improvement Partner for primary and secondary schools in Cornwall. She is a lead Headteacher Ambassador for The Youth Sports Trust, a national charity which promotes PE and sport in schools.
Marie is a qualified teacher with a degree in English and Theology. She has extensive senior leadership experience and has advised on careers, physical education and sport both regionally and nationally.
Marie has helped lead curriculum development across a local authority and supported initial teacher education programmes. She has particular expertise in leadership and management, English, religious education, drama, physical education and sport, careers and work related learning.

Kate Wilson

Trustee, (Finance)

Kate worked in Sales and Marketing before successfully running a holiday park in Cornwall with her husband for the previous 14 years.
Kate has two daughters; one with no health issues at all and the other with a severe learning difficulty who attends Nancealverne where she was the Chair of Governors until recently. Kate also chose to be the Chair of Governors at the mainstream primary her daughter attends alongside her other responsibilities. Kate has a passion for inclusion and brings this to all her roles, including that of Local Parish Councillor.

Tim Hooper

Trustee (Finance)

Tim has been a Trustee for the Special Partnership Trust since September 2019. During this time, he has been appointed as Chair of both the Finance Committee and Audit Committee.

Tim’s employment is with the Aspire Academy Trust as their Director of Finance and Operations. Following working within the Cornwall LA education finance team, Tim moved to Aspire in 2011 and since then, has overseen the growth and change from a SAT into a 3 academy MAT in 2013 and now to 28 academies. The role has evolved over time and although it is predominantly finance based, Tim also oversees all of the support services for the Trust. It has also included the application and financial planning of opening the new free school at Nansledan near Newquay which opened in September 2019.

Tim was also accredited as a SRMA for the DFE in January 2019 and has worked with both SATs and MATs in the South West of England since this time as part of this role.

Alison Cook


Alison worked as a Registered General Nurse from 1984 until she retired in 2020 as a Service
Director of Children’s Services at Cornwall Council.

Alison is a highly experienced senior manager with a history of working in the acute sector in both
the emergency department and intensive care (ITU) as well as in the community and mental
health. She gained invaluable experience working for seven years in ITU in a demanding and
challenging healthcare environment in Los Angeles, California. In 2001 Alison has also obtained a
Masters Degree in Advanced Nursing Studies from the University of Exeter.

On moving to Cornwall in 2003, she worked as a Community and Primary Services Manager for
NHS Cornwall. After working as an Associate Director Children’s Services at Cornwall Partnership
Trust for twelve years, Alison moved to Cornwall Council as the Service Director for Children’s
Health and Wellbeing. Within this role she was responsible for the management of children’s
community health services, Early Years, Special Educational Needs and the county Educational
Psychology team.

Alison is an enthusiastic, focussed and highly motivated individual who understands the
challenges of working within a constantly changing environment. Whist working as a senior
manager Alison was an active member of the Safeguarding Children’s Board representing the
health aspects of children’s health and wellbeing. She actively promoted and championed the
integration of services for the benefit of children and young people in both Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Wendy Hannon


Wendy has recently retired from a career which has been colourful and varied. The last 20 years she has worked in Public Health specialising in Sexual Health which included HIV and then Teenage Pregnancy covering the County of Devon. She then went to Plymouth Health Action Zone and became a Commissioner for Drug and Alcohol Services.

For the final 6 years she worked as Operations Manager at a Charity providing services for people with multiple and complex needs. This included an onsite school in partnership with ACE (Alternative Complimentary Education). The partnership was a mix of teaching and youth work provision for young people who were struggling to manage their behaviour in a school setting. The Charity also had a family team so where possible we would try to engage the whole family, taking a trauma informed approach, offering a safe and welcoming place. Also present on this site was ACE Wrap Around Service for young people with a diagnosis of Autism.

Special Partnership Trust,
Registered in England and Wales: Company Number 7724160
Registered Address: Pencalenick School, St Clement, Truro, TR1 1TE
01872 520385