Governors Biographies

Clive Bramley – Chair of Governors 

I am delighted to be working with Miss Meakin as Chair of the Governors to see Pool Academy grow from strength to strength.  Up until 2005 I was a Whitehall Senior Civil Servant and held senior positions in a number of Departments. Most relevant to this role was the Treasury/Cabinet Office, Dept Education and Ofsted.  During 2005 to 2014 I was MD of my own consultancy company and was also Director Early Years in Tribal Group plc. I have also Chaired a charity and been a governor in a primary school and now Pool Academy.

When students come into our Academy they know that we will help them to achieve their potential. This is a very exciting time for our Academy.

Frank Baker

I have been a Governor since my now grown up children were at primary school. I became a Governor at Pool Academy when they transferred to secondary school.  I know how important it is for each child to have respect, be able to aspire to achieve their dreams and be the best they can be. It is also important that every student at Pool Academy knows there is a place for them here.  Since retiring from my role as a clinical psychologist in the NHS I have more time to look after grandchildren and be a school governor.  I am committed to working for the success of Pool Academy and I know we all play a part in that.

Sarah Newham

I have worked for DWP for more than 30 years and have a broad range of skills which include people and office management and customer service. I have an extensive knowledge of business sectors, recruitment, employment and partnership. 

I have worked on a number partnership projects developing an extensive knowledge of economy, labour markets, funding, marketing and supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people.  I am a natural ambassador who enthusiastically drives engagement, career and world to work agendas.  Now in my fifth year as Governor, and as a parent myself of two children who have attended the school, I pride myself on providing challenge and encouragement to Pool Academy for each and every student to achieve their best.

I am passionate about ensuring Pool Academy creates fantastic opportunities for young people.   I am the Talent Development Manager at Hall for Cornwall and work with Theatre and Dance professionals across the county.  I manage several development programmes for Hall for Cornwall, including the Insight Events & Creation Space, working closely with HFC's Resident Companies and Associate Artists.  I have 12 years of experience in the education sector as a teacher and leader of Creative and Performing Arts.  I have also directed plays for young people for NT Connections which have been performed at Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, Plymouth Theatre Royal and The National Theatre.  I studied English & American Literature and Drama at the University of Kent, a MA in Theatre Education at Goldsmiths College and a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge University.  I am very happy to be part of Pool Academy’s journey going forward and I look forward to celebrating the successes of its students and staff.

kirsty cotton

I am very proud to be part of the Governors’ team at Pool Academy and want to make a positive contribution to the life of the students. Also to help develop skills that will assist students into their adult life.  I relocated to Cornwall over ten years ago and am the PA to the Management Team at PirateFM - a successful local multi-media business.  I previously worked as a PA in a large international manufacturing company.  I have a wide ranging business background and also specialise in Transport Management, Special Project Management, Health & Safety and have an ILEX Diploma.  I take keen interest in supporting the community with sporting activities and am on the board of trustees to several charities.

Allison Burton

I have worked in an education environment for the last 16 years and am passionate about giving young people equal opportunities in learning.  I was born in Cornwall and continue to enjoy living in my favourite county.  I went to school in this county before moving away to university. I then worked in the library service.  Sixteen years ago I started at Cornwall College as a member of the Learning Resource Centre team before becoming an English teacher.  My current role is Head of College at our Camborne campus as well as Director of English, Maths and Foundation Learning.  I am eager to see learning centred around ensuring everyone is given equal opportunity to education; be it young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and those who struggle to engage with learning to older learners who are recovering from mental health concerns or who find their time to learn is later in life.   

Vicky Cox

I became a Community Governor at Pool Academy four years ago and have just been re-appointed as a Staff Governor.   In the past I have been a Governor at Illogan Primary School, where my three children attended, and was also the Governing Board Chair for a time.  I was born in the local area and attended Trewirgie Primary School and Redruth School.  When I left I worked at a Builders Merchants before joining Devon & Cornwall Police where I served for 30 years.  The vast majority of this time was spent policing the Local and Force area as a Senior Investigator at Road Traffic Collisions. In my early years of service I was both a Neighbourhood and Response Officer working within Camborne, Pool and Redruth.  As a member of a local church for many years I have also been involved in many aspects of 'youth work'.

Nick Hamblin

Becoming a teacher was a very important decision for me. Supporting students to achieve their potential and making a real difference has been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences I have ever had.  I want to represent staff on the governing body so we have a voice and help navigate the future for the Academy.  I have been teaching for almost seven years at Pool Academy and have specialised in History, Media Studies, Photography and RE.  Prior to teaching my background is in business management and I have managed and supported within a variety of different industries such as property, hospitality and events.  Outside of school I love to travel and visit new places with my husband, explore the Cornish coast with our dog Tilly or create new design ideas and projects.


I am new to the role of governor at Pool Academy. I work in child protection and as such have a keen interest in all safeguarding matters. 

I live and work locally and believe that Pool Academy is a vital part of the community, I am committed to seeing the school succeed.


I became a Governor at Pool Academy because I passionately believe children have a right to high quality teaching and learning. I believe working together across the school community is vital if we are to achieve this.  I am a primary school teacher. During my career I have taken on various roles within education, including: Advisor for the Local Education Authority, Deputy Head, Acting Head teacher and Class Teacher.  My experience will enable me to offer support to the school, alongside being a critical and challenging friend.  I have three children, two attend Pool Academy. We chose Pool Academy because of the warm welcome we received from every single member of staff, the school's ethos and the vision of the Leadership Team.  As parents we had a strong sense that our children would not only receive a wonderful well-rounded education, but they would be recognised as individuals. They would be nurtured to achieve and their strengths and talents celebrated.  The children really are at the heart of Pool Academy.

Samantha Thompson

Being a School Governor is an important role for me.  I have one child at Pool Academy.  I grew up in a family dependent upon benefits in Redruth and lived in social housing.  I now have 13 years of experience in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector including senior leadership and management in health, social care and education.  I am Deputy CEO of Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change and Business Development Lead for Social Enterprise at Cornwall College. I am studying a Professional Doctorate in Education, specialising in the socio-economic and socio-political factors that cause entrenched issues of poverty in Cornwall, and how this impacts educational achievement. I also work part time as a Psychoanalyst from a Post-Lacanian tradition, with a focus to make psychoanalysis available to people in areas of multiple deprivation. I am a Qualified teacher with a brief time spent designing and leading Nurture Groups and alternative provision in Primary education, main teaching experience in post-16, FE, HE, Community Learning and delivery of Initial Teacher training and other professional qualifications, including CPD to GPs on how to use a socio-medical model to better solve core issues surrounding disability, long term illness and mental health issues. I am also a qualified lead Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) and Designated safeguarding officer.

Kerry St Leger

I am a Managing Partner of Anson Care Services.   I  qualified as a nurse with a Masters Degree in Policy Studies (Health).   Myself and my accountant husband own and manage residential care homes, in Redruth, Portreath and Penzance as well as a small domiciliary care and support agency providing care at home. 

I was previously Homes Director of a National Charity, The Teachers’ Benevolent Fund (now the Teacher Support Network) and before that was theatre sister at The Duchy Hospital. The first Registered Manager of Kenwyn Nursing Home in Truro, I have been heavily involved with lobbying on behalf of older people at both central and local government levels ever since, and I often attend the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) chaired by Lord Richard Best in the House of Lords.

I was President of Redruth and District Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2005, and again from 2007 to 2012, and was involved in the regeneration of the CPR (Camborne, Pool, Redruth Regeneration Company) area.  I am a former District as well as a current Parish Councillor; a Trustee of Headway Cornwall, supporting adults with an Acquired Brain Injury; and also current Chair of Trustees for a small Almshouse Trust, Bain Memorial, who have just two houses in Illogan.