Governing Board

Members of the Governing Board

Mrs Helen Giblett

Appointed by Members 04.09.2014 / Accounting Officer / Head Teacher

Helen grew up in the west of Ireland and is one of six siblings. Having worked in London for 12 years as a teacher and deputy headteacher, she moved to Cornwall in 2001. Prior to taking up the headship of Archbishop Benson Primary School in 2014, Helen had the privilege of being the headteacher of two other schools in Cornwall. After more than fifteen years of headship, she still remains enthused and excited about how schools can make a real difference to the life opportunities of children. She loves Truro and the special place that Archbishop Benson holds within the local community.

When away from work, Helen enjoys the chance to relax and spend time with her husband and daughter. A perfect day would involve some sight-seeing, a nice walk, a beach BBQ (weather permitting!) and the chance to read a good book.

Melanie Grose

Appointed by Members 13.11.2023 – 13.11 2027

Mel was born in Truro and attended ABB (both infants and juniors). She is an Appointed Governor who joined the panel in Autumn 2017 and also has 2 daughters with the school. Mel is also a Class Representative and member of FABB.
Mel’s qualified as a solicitor in London and worked in the City until 2005 when she returned to Cornwall and is now a Partner at Coodes Solicitors. Any free time is spent with her husband and daughters.

Rev Will Harwood

Parish Incumbent Appointed 12.11.2020 - 11.11.2024

Will was born in Penzance and spent his childhood in Devon and Cornwall. He attended Archbishop Benson as a child and is delighted to now have two children at the school.
Having studied Biology at university Will taught for 14 years in a range of schools, ending up as a Head of Science at a large secondary comprehensive in Surrey and writing A Level Biology papers for OCR.
Having been an active Christian since university Will trained for Anglican Ministry in Oxford in 2016-2019, where he gained a BA in Theology and an MSt in Philology. He is now curate at St Kea Church where he leads the Truro congregation who currently meet at Penair School.
Will is married to Naomi and enjoys exercising and Cornish beaches, though he has yet to master surfing!

Mr Jonathon Wood

Appointed 07.10.2021 to 07.10.2025

Jonathon was born in Truro and lived here his whole life. Jonathon’s daughter has just started her journey at Archbishop Benson School. He Qualified as Financial Adviser in 2007 working for an international bank and has run his own Wealth Management business for the past 9yrs, of which the last 4 years became an Independent Financial Adviser. Jonathon enjoys time out on his boat, co-managing a family small holding with livestock and spending time with his Family.

Mr Matthew Weeks

Designated Safeguarding Governor Appointed by Members 13.01.2022 to 13.01.2026

Matt grew up in Truro before moving away to study Mathematics at the University of Bath. He returned to Cornwall following his degree where he undertook teacher training. He now has over 14 years combined experience teaching Mathematics, first at Penair School and currently at Richard Lander School. Matt has two sons, the eldest of which has just started his journey at Archbishop Benson. In his spare time he is an avid fan of Formula One and rugby union, as well as having a history of performing with a local male voice choir.

Mr Pete Batten

Appointed by Members 20.02.23 to 20.02.2027

Pete spent much of his childhood in Cornwall before attending the University of Cambridge and gaining a Masters in Astrophysics. Pete has spent much of his working life in the education sector, most recently working as an education data analyst within Cornwall Council's Data & Statistics team. When not at work, Pete enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, or attempting to solve a cryptic crossword (or Rubix cube!)

Mrs Judy Allies

Appointed 24.10.2023 to 24.10.2027

Judy was a Secondary school teacher of Biology for 15 years in Bath and then worked for Bath and North East Somerset Council in the School Improvement team as the Healthy Schools Lead for the Authority. She moved to Truro 6 years ago and is currently self-employed as a Health and Wellbeing Consultant, training school staff to support children in this area.
Judy and her husband are avid Bath Rugby supporters. In her spare time, she sings in a local community choir, enjoys Pilates weekly and walking her dog while exploring the beautiful countryside and beaches of Cornwall.

Chair of the Governing Board:

Mandy Hoare

Vice Chair of the Governing Board:

Jenny Webster

Designated Safeguarding Governor:

Matt Weeks

Designated Health and Safety Governor:

Pete Batten

Designated SEND Governor:

Mandy Hoare

Disability Governor:

Jenny Webster

Whistle Blowing Governor:

Melanie Rowson

Webpage Governor:

Matt Williams

Pupil Premium Governor:

Matt Williams

Sports Premium Governor:

Matt Williams

Parish Incumbent Representative:

Rev. Will Harwood

Development/Mentoring Governor:

Jenny Webster

Lee Moscato (Diocesan Corporate Member)
Jeremy Miller
Father Chris Epps
Recently Resigned/End of Term Governors
Mrs Amanda Colwill

Parent Governor Appointed by the Full Governing Board 11.05.2021 – 21.07.2023

Mrs Mandy Hoare

Appointed by Members 27.01.2022 – 27.01.2024 / Chairman of Governors

Mandy was born and has lived in Truro all her life. She went to St.Paul's School (Archbishop Benson's predecessor) and the County Girls Grammar School in Truro (now Sainburys).

Mandy is a local business person. She currently owns and runs with her sons the popular Zafiros -Bar/Restaurant - and the Office Nightclub.

All of Mandy's close family have been to the school, her grandson is at the school at the moment.

Mandy is a Members appointed Governor, she is currently the Governing Board’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Governor. She sits on the Governing Board's Personnel, Pay & Pastoral Committee and on the Governing Board's Focus Group for School Improvement Data.

Mandy is a trustee of LARF Cornwall a charity set up in memory of her daughter to help support teenagers and adults undergoing cancer and leukaemia treatment. The charity has raised over £140,000 to date for more details go to www.larfcornwall.co.uk

In what spare time she has Mandy likes to escape to the sunshine in Spain, despite her love of Cornwall.

Jenny Webster

Vice Chair of the Governing Board Development/Mentoring Governor 31.01.2019 – 21.03.2027

Born in Cornwall, Jenny has two daughters at Archbishop Benson School. She qualified as an occupational therapist in 2001 and specialises in working with people, both as an occupational therapist and case manager, who have sustained catastrophic injuries. Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Mr Matt Williams

Webpage Governor Appointed by Members 28.01.2020 – 28.01.2024

Matt grew up in Truro and despite spending several years away chose Cornwall as the place to raise his family. He has a child who has just started their journey at Archbishop Benson and another who can’t wait to start. Matt has worked in a variety of educational settings over the past 10 years, teaching in the Middle East, working with children in care, secondary and post 16 before deciding that primary was the age group for him. He is now an Assistant Headteacher in a large school in Newquay overseeing Data and Assessment. Matt enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports

Mr David Galler

Appointed 09.06.2022 to 09.06.2026

David worked in horticulture managing garden centres for many years before moving to Cornwall and changing career to become a primary school teacher for 18 years, the last 11 of which he was Assistant Headteacher here at Archbishop Benson up until December 2021. In January 2022, David left education to support his partner with their busy hospitality business and to focus on developing his own new ventures as a commercial bee farmer and professional masseur.
When he is not face-down in a hive full of 60,000 bees, David enjoys time with his rescue dogs and supporting the charity they came from by fostering those whose behavioural needs make finding a long-term forever home tricky. He is passionate about his garden, adventurous travel and high-altitude trekking in the mountains. Finally, but by no means least, he also has a very sweet tooth and has been known to bake the odd cake or two!

Mr Andy Dyer

Appointed 03.09.2022 to 03.09.2026

Andy was born in Truro, and his son currently attends the school.
Andy returned to Cornwall after spending time working and living in London and now resides with his family in Perranaworthal.
He currently owns a business based in Truro working within the Financial Investment sector and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws degree.
In his spare time Andy enjoys walks in the countryside with "Charlie" the Cavapoo, and can be found on Sunday mornings at the local football field coaching his son's football team.

Mrs Caroline Thomas

Appointed 10.2023 to 10.2027

I was born in Camborne and have lived in the area all my life. I worked for 28 years at Portreath School, progressing from Lunchtime Supervisor, to 1:1 Teaching Assistant to covering PPA teaching ICT to finally business Manager. In the time I trained as an ICT technician, and in turn completed my Certificate in school business management as well as my AAT.
In 2016 I went to work as Finance Manager of Crofty Multi Academy Trust, where I still work - Portreath School is part of the Trust.
I have two children who live locally. In my spare time I am treasurer of the Portreath Improvements Committee and I enjoy walking my dog.

Mr Mike Williams

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Natalie Croot

Finance Manager (by invitation)

If you are interested in becoming a Governor please download the application form above:
If you wish to see the Governors minutes, please request them through the clerk: clerk@archbishop-benson.cornwall.sch.uk
Business and Compliance Committee
Lead Governor: Jonathan Wood
Helen Giblett
Melanie Rowson
Mandy Hoare
Andy Dyer
Caroline Thomas
School Lead/Link: Helen Giblett & Natalie Croot (Finance Manager)
Quality of Education Committee
Lead Governor: David Galler - Quality of Pupils Outcomes SIP Priority 3
- Quality of Teaching SIP Priority 2 - School Lead Carolyn Power
Matt Williams - Quality of Curriculum SIP Priority 1 - School Lead Carolyn Power
Mandy Hoare - Leadership and Management SIP Priority 1 - School Lead Helen Giblett
David Galler
School Lead: Helen Allies & Matt Thomas
Ethos Committee
Lead Governor: TBA - Admissions - School Lead Helen Giblett
Matt Weeks - Inclusion, Safeguarding and Welfare SIP Priority 7 - School Lead Helen Giblett
Rev Will Harwood - Behaviour and Attitudes SIP Priority 5 - School Lead Jen Barnard
Jenny Webster - Personal Development SIP Priority 6 - School Lead TBC
Pete Batten
Judy Allies
Committee School Lead: Carolyn Power DHT and Helen Giblett HT
Strategy Group
 Lead Governor: N/A
 Mandy Hoare - Chair of Governors
 Jenny Webster
 School Lead: Carolyn Power DHT and Helen Giblett HT