Carlos has recently joined our board and will be developing a new Governor role focused on how our school engages with parents and the community. He brings with him over 20 years of operational leadership experience that has spanned financial services, construction and the legal sector; specialising in people, process and stakeholder management.

Carlos is married to Sadie and they currently have two children attending Penair School, with a third set to join in September 2024 cohort. Having lived and worked in the Truro area for the last 30 years, Carlos has a deep rooted interest in seeing the local community grow.


Mat was at sea in the Merchant Navy for a number of years before coming ashore where he worked in various maritime operational and safety based roles. He is currently working for an international fuels and energy company, having strategic and budgetary responsibility for marine terminals and vessels.

He aims to use his experience in managing risk, infrastructure and Health and Safety compliance to support the strategic direction of the school estate.

He lives north of Truro, is married and has a daughter at Penair School.


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