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Board of Trustees

Nigel Hyde

Chair of the Board

Nigel is a retired Police Officer, having worked for Devon and Cornwall Police for 30 years. Nigel’s role involved working with young people who were at risk of, or who had, offended. In October 2014 Nigel joined the safeguarding team at Wave Multi-Academy Trust where he holds the position of Family Support Manager at Glyn House in Truro. He is also the Deputy Safeguarding Lead and part of the senior management team.

Nigel was delighted to be able to become a Trustee of the MAT post retirement from the police force. Nigel brings a wealth of safeguarding knowledge and experience to the role. He is the Trust’s safeguarding trustee, monitors Behaviour and Attitudes and Personal Development and is Chair of the Board.

Nigel was born in Exeter, but moved to Cornwall when he was young. He went to school in Truro and has since lived in the local area. Nigel has 3 children and in his spare time enjoys reading, listening to music, travel and walking the lovely Cornish coastal footpath with his wife.

Morag Cunningham

Vice Chair of the Board

Morag grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to Christchurch, and gaining a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Canterbury. After embarking on the big ‘overseas experience’ to the UK, she settled in London for 10 years and held various marketing and account management roles within multi-national accountancy and consulting companies.

Morag brings her business experience to the Board and ensures that the Trust continues to constantly strive for improvement. As a Parent Trustee, Morag’s interest lies in ensuring high standards and opportunities for all, with a particular focus on Quality of Education.

Morag lives in the local community and has two sons who attend Tregony Community Primary School and The Roseland Academy.

Caroline Williams

Caroline’s career started in the public sector locally, before moving to London where she worked for a national property consultancy and fine-tuned her business processing skills.

Caroline returned to Cornwall and completed a degree in Combined Social Sciences. She has spent the past 10 years working locally for several businesses in the private sector before recently launching her own business consultancy service. These roles have been at senior management level, focusing on process, efficiency and quality as well as other business systems. In particular, Caroline has experience of project management, creation and implementation of in-house induction and training programmes, ensuring compliance along with strategic key performance indicators.

Caroline grew up locally and attended The Roseland Academy. Caroline’s area of focus for the Board is Quality of Education.

Lisa Michell

Lisa graduated from Keele University with a BSc Hons degree in Biology and Psychology after which she completed a PGCE at The College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth.

Lisa’s first primary teaching role was at St Teath Primary School before moving to Tregolls School in Truro at which she became Assistant Headteacher. From Tregolls, Lisa took up her first Headship at Ladock Church of England School where she stayed for 11 years. Whilst undertaking the Headship at Ladock, Lisa became Executive Headteacher of both Ladock and Veryan Primary Schools before taking on a role which involved overseeing five Church of England primary schools within the Celtic Cross Education MAT. Following a serious accident, Lisa took early retirement from her Headship career but has remained committed to education through her role as Chair of Trustees for the Special Partnership Trust and as Trustee for The Roseland MAT.

Lisa was born in Truro but grew up in Devon and Somerset before moving back to Cornwall after graduating. She has two children who attend Ladock Church of England School. Lisa is a horse enthusiast and registered para dressage rider.

Paul Grayston

For the past 24 years Paul has worked as a Site Manager for a large house building company across Devon and Cornwall, working on speculative and social housing developments.

Paul was a governor at Tregony Community Primary School for 17 years, including as Chair. He has seen many changes to the educational landscape over this time and is understanding of the current challenges which schools face. As well as his Chair position, Paul monitors health and safety across the MAT.

Paul is originally from Merseyside, but has lived in Tregony for the past 35 years with all his children attending Tregony Community Primary School and The Roseland Academy. Paul likes to spend time outdoors, sailing or windsurfing and has travelled all over the UK and Europe with his children who have been part of the RYA windsurfing squads sailing for GBR.

Tom Mainwaring-Evans

Tom is a Chartered environmentalist and graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc Hons degree in environmental science. Now working as a Project Manager for Natural England, the Government’s advisers on nature.

Tom performs a variety of volunteer roles, such as a Director for a Community Interest Company and previously a Councillor on Truro City Council.

Originally from Birmingham he moved to Cornwall in 2011, he is a keen sea swimmer, fisher and enjoys reading.

Mark Braham

Mark is originally from Yorkshire but moved to Cornwall at a young age before starting secondary school at what was then known as ‘Newquay Treviglas School’. He has stayed local ever since, and lives just outside of Newquay with his fiancé, daughter and two dogs!

Mark currently works as an Enterprise Architect at a large national IT provider and Microsoft Partner, bridging Sales and Delivery teams to lead discussions on ROI, IT strategy, and deployment. His previous roles included digital transformation, M365 adoption in the NHS, and various IT, management, and strategic positions in education, culminating in his role as CIO for a Multi Academy Trust.

In previous roles, Mark formed close partnerships with Governance colleagues and aspires to contribute similarly as a Trustee of The Roseland MAT. Mark aims to bring collective experience and insights to support the board and the schools we assist. Mark also seeks to be a ‘critical friend’ and ‘challenge partner’ to ensure the best outcomes for staff, students, and the community in their local schools.

Name Category Term of Office
Nigel Hyde, Chair of the Board Co-opted 21.06.20 – 21.06.24
Morag Cunningham, Vice Chair of the Board Member appointed 03.01.21 – 03.01.25
Caroline Williams Member appointed 10.02.21 – 10.02.25
Lisa Michell Co-opted 26.01.20 – 26.01.24
Paul Grayston Member appointed 01.03.20 – 01.03.24
Tom Mainwaring-Evans Co-opted 17.04.23 – 17.04.27
Mark Braham Member appointed 20.09.23 – 20.09.27
All Trustees and Members can be contacted by using the details provided on the contacts page of each individual school’s website, or by emailing the Governance Office, Camilla Fox.