Our Governors

Mrs Nicola Bray


My Name is Nicola Bray and I'm headteacher here at St Mary's. I have worked at St Mary’s for several years, first as class teacher, then deputy head and finally in post as head. The school is an exciting place to work with every day being different. We have a fantastic team of staff and parents and amazing children! I live in North Cornwall in a small village with my young son and husband who runs the local fish and chip shop – which we love! I have a twin sister who I spend a lot of time with. I enjoy running and camping with my family. Oh and shopping! I also have a love of books and enjoyed studying a degree in literature before training to be a teacher. Working at this school has been a real privilege and one I hope to continue for many years!

Mrs Lisa Smith-Walker

Local Authority Governor

05.10.16 - 04.10.20
My name is Lisa Smith Walker. I was born and bred in Cornwall, but having trained and worked in Medicine I have lived in London, Australia and other parts of the UK. I have 3 children all of whom are at St Mary’s, and I currently work as a part time TA at Truro Nursery School. I enjoy spending time with my family and our puppy, walking, at the beach, and in my garden.

Mrs Mary Ann Trethewey

Foundation Governor

10.11.16 - 09.11.20
My name is Mary Ann Trethewey.I have always worked in early education, first as a teacher and now as childminder support for the Local Authority so I have a strong interest in early years. My three sons all attended St Mary's and I have been a governor since 1991.There have been many changes during that time! St Mary's is a vibrant and exciting place but the school has not lost its 'family' ethos and I am particularly proud of the recent developments in wellbeing and good mental health and the care staff and pupils have for each other. I am a pastoral visitor for Kenwyn with St Allen church, enjoy music and reading and have taken part in the Great North Run twice raising funds for Mind and Cornwall Search and Rescue.

Mrs Alison Laity

Staff Governor (co-opted)

04.09.17 - 03.09.21

Rev Christopher Parsons

Foundation Governor

(Ex-Officio Foundation Governor) 05.02.09 onwards

Mr William Robinson

Chair of Governors

01.04.15 - 08.05.20
My name is Bill Robinson. I have lived in Cornwall all my life. I have worked for British Telecom and DEFRA in management positions. During this time I gained valuable experience in Project Management, planning, quality management, staffing and Health and Safety. I am a member and past chairman of Kenwyn Parish Council. I am married with a son and daughter, both of whom attended St Mary’s. I enjoy walking, have a large garden for vegetables and relaxation. I regularly attend school camps.

Mrs Louise Stevenson

Deputy Headteacher, Co-opted Governor

28.09.16 - 27.09.20
My name is Louise Stevenson, the deputy head teacher at St Mary's School and became a co-oped governor in 2016. I strongly support that our school nurtures and creates a lifelong love of learning. My experience in my role at St Mary's includes examples such as safeguarding, assessment management and analysis and strengthening community links. My husband and daughter are Cornish born and bred and we enjoy embracing all the wonderful advantages of living in Cornwall from homemade pasties to winter walks on the beach.

Mr Alexander Marples

Parent Governor (co-opted)

20.11.16 - 19.11.20
My name is Alex Marples. A love of Cornwall began as a youngster while staying at my Grandparents' in Pensilva; eating pasties and running on the moor! Marrying a 'Bodmin Maid' happily sealed my fate and - after 15 years working in 'the City' - in 2013 we fulfilled our long-term wish to move back West and raise our children in Cornwall. I am self-employed; managing investments & property. I'm on the Board of Directors at Kernow Credit Union and Vice-Chairman of Truro Running Club. My areas of interest within the school include Finance, Sport and Mathematics. I ran the London Marathon in 2015 to raise funds for FLEET (de-fibs) and will run the Eden Project Marathon this year. We have 2 daughters at St Mary's.

Mrs Penny Francis

Parent Governor (co-opted)

01.02.18 - 31.02.22

Mr Ellis Luckhurst

Parent Governor (co-opted)

05.03.19 - 04.05.23

As a governing body we have statutory responsibilities for the school. Our main roles are to: 
  • Provide strategic leadership to the work and improvement of the school.
  • Support and evaluate the effectiveness of the school.
  • Ensure as a critical friend that progress in the standards achieved and the quality of education are maintained.
Ours is not an operational role: that function is the responsibility of the Headteacher and her staff. Our job includes providing the appropriate amounts of support and challenge to ensure that the school provides the best quality of education for the children. The appointing body for our Governors is Cornwall Council. The terms of office for each Governor is listed below their picture.

Monitoring is essential if the governing body is to ensure the school is moving in the right direction. We carry out monitoring visits across the classes and subjects at St Mary's every term. The feedback is invaluable to helping the Governing Body make decisions.

If you have any concerns or queries for any of St Mary's Governors, you can contact them through the school office.