Rob has worked in Higher Education for the last 10 years and is currently Head of Employability at Falmouth University, having previously worked in a similar role at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol until 2020.

Day-to-day, Rob’s role is predominantly learning and teaching focussed: supporting students into work and further study  – with experience supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Rob has significant experience managing large teams and budgets.

Rob has a Masters’ degree in Education and a Post-graduate qualification in teaching. Rob has previous experience as a manager in the private sector, and previously worked for Connexions in Cornwall. Rob lives with his family just outside Truro and has one daughter at Penair School.

Craig is a local Commercial Bank Manager with over 18 years’ experience.  He has supported businesses across the County with their financial requirements which has created a diverse portfolio of businesses across a variety of sectors.  These include Renewable Energy, International Trade, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Construction, and Hospitality.  This has led to Craig developing strong relationships within the local community.

Craig is married to Tanya and has two children attending Penair School.  In his parent governor role Craig is able to use his professional skills to support the school to provide the best support to the students.


Marie has always lived in Cornwall, and currently works for Cornwall Council managing a team that provides statutory payroll services to Cornwall Council directorates and schools, as well as academies and other employers who purchase a payroll service from the Council.

Marie has had first-hand experience of the unique educational, extra-curricular and pastoral support provided by the school as both of her daughters are past students.

Marie has been a Governor since 2014 and is currently the Safeguarding Governor.  Marie also served as Vice Chair for a number of years.  Marie feels privileged to serve on the Governing Board and gain a greater understanding about the work undertaken by the Headteacher and his staff in making continuous improvements to the school.

Marie would like to ensure that all students receive not only the very best education but also leave the school as “well-rounded” individuals who have had a positive experience of school.

Elizabeth is a healthcare governance improvement specialist with wide experience in leading and managing turnaround programmes in risk, assurance, regulatory and governance matters. Elizabeth set up her own independent consultancy in 2011. 

Elizabeth was born in Cornwall and went to school in Truro before building a successful track record working in financial management roles in local government and the private sector, and inspection and regulation with the Care Quality Commission. She has held director-level governance posts in NHS and private healthcare provider organisations in both the acute and mental health sectors, giving her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by those working to deliver high quality outcomes for the people they serve. Her particular strengths are working effectively with director-level teams, and managing and developing multi-disciplinary teams. Elizabeth is skilled in building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Elizabeth joined Penair in 2016 and is passionate about the quality of the education and personal development opportunities offered to pupils during their time at the school. Elizabeth uses her experience to ensure the school’s governance and assurance arrangements effectively contribute to maximising the potential of every pupil who attends Penair School.

Elizabeth has been Chair of the Board of Governors since December 2019

James started his teaching career sixteen years ago at Humphry Davy School in Penzance, and has lived in Cornwall ever since. He was later employed at Mounts Bay Academy as Director of Sport and then Assistant Headteacher. In 2010 he joined The Roseland Community College as First Deputy Headteacher where he held both pastoral and curriculum responsibilities. 

James lives near Perranporth with his wife and young daughters and completely understands why, as parents, we want the very best for our children. He feels very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world and take advantage of this by spending time with his family on our wonderful beaches and in the countryside. He continues to pursue competitive sport particularly surfing, triathlon and golf. 

As someone for whom education has made a real difference, he is thrilled to be leading a school which provides such fantastic opportunities to young people in the Truro area. 

James is a firm believer that young people learn in different ways and in diverse places both within and beyond the classroom. He has an excellent local knowledge of the challenges that face the students and staff. Our young people are our community’s future and there is no greater responsibility than helping them to find their way to the right career for them, developing their social skills and their moral compass. 

James was delighted to be appointed Headteacher of Penair School in 2015. It has been an exciting time for him in this role, building further on the many fantastic academic, pastoral, creative and sporting achievements of the school. James feels it is a great privilege to lead such a highly committed staff who he knows are determined to get the very best for all students. 

Carolyn has been a primary school teacher for 24 years and has taught in a variety of schools across the country. She still loves teaching and the thrill of seeing a child succeed and enjoy learning. She has also been a governor for 12 years through her leadership role at Archbishop Benson. Carolyn’s governor experience has included working with the governing body and with committees on Curriculum & Assessment, Finance and Communication & Engagement.  

As a teacher, Carolyn is passionate that our children continue to build on the great foundations in learning that they have experienced in their earlier years at primary school. She recognises that our education system is currently facing great challenges, including financial pressures, changes to curriculum/ assessment and reductions in support to schools and welcomes the opportunity to support the governing body in continuing to develop and build on their successes.  

As a parent, Carolyn has been really impressed in how well the students at Penair are supported socially as well as academically, provided with opportunities to enrich their learning experiences and are inspired to do their best.  

As is every working parent, she is pretty good at prioritising and thinking on her feet!  

To relax, Carolyn enjoys exploring and camping in our beautiful county with her family. She’s also partial to a potter in the garden.