Trustees

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

Guy Chappell

Executive Director

gchappell@specialpartnership.org

Guy has worked in both the commercial and private sector . He has twenty years’ experience of working within education strategic development, finance, capital and administration management.
Guy has a degree in Economics and Politics and a Masters in Education in Change Management within Education. Guy previously held the post of Director of Business and Enterprise at Penair School, has been the Head of Commissioning for Cornwall LA, the CEO of the SWGfL Trust, and Head of IT for Cornwall LEA. Guy has previous experience of working with and developing Multi-Academy Trusts, has been a Chair of Governors at two Primary Schools and a Special School and is currently the Chair of Trustees of a Children’s Charity and a Specialist Leader in Education. Guy is very committed to maximising the use of resources to deliver the best learning experiences for all children and young people in Cornwall.

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.

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.

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.

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