Child Protection/Child in Care/Safeguarding link governor: Liz Hackney.
SEND link governors: Sue Tym currently training Kelly Grigg to take on the role.
Pupil Premium link governors: Andy Brumby & George Keast.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment link governors: Liz Hackney & Clare Ridehalgh.
Blended Learning & Catch Up link governors: Laurie Goodlad & George Keast.

Parent IAB members
Liz Hackney

Chair of IAB

Liz helped on the PTA before joining the Interim Management Board as a parent/community representative. She is interested in raising achievements and aspirations for all children. For the last twenty years Liz has owned an independent retail and picture framing business and is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses. She is gaining training and support from the CEO in the role of Chairperson.

Sue Tym

Trustee of Kernow Learning

Sue is a Trustee of Kernow Learning with a focus on wellbeing. She was previously a member and Director of The Learning Academy Trust (TLAT).

Previously Sue was the Chair of Trenance Learning Academy’s Governing Body Achievement & Standards Committee and has been a Governor at Trenance for over 13 years. Her professional background is as a manager of a specialist tour operator servicing a global market. Sue has a particular interest in special educational needs and disabilities, and has established and developed a voluntary group in the community to promote understanding and support in this area.

Sue was actively involved in writing the LAB Induction Policy and Procedure for TLAT and was instrumental in the development of the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SEF has been written from the National Standard Framework and adapted for Academies from the Governors Kite mark and comprises a rigorous self-evaluation process.

Sue has been appointed to Foxhole by the Trust until a governor specialising in SEND can be trained and the full number of parent governors are recruited.

Matt Oakley


Matt is Headteacher at Foxhole Learning Academy. He has a wealth of experience teaching from EYFS to KS4. This is his third headship in primary and he has worked for a national charity Achievement for All as an Achievement Coach. He is particularly interested in learning outdoors and the benefits on wellbeing.

George Keast

Year 5/6 Teacher

George has taught at Foxhole Learning Academy since 2016, leading classes across Key Stage 2. He is currently the writing lead and is leading a project to improve Oracy across the school.

Kelly Grigg

Community Governor

Kelly is a Community Governor. Her background is that she is an experienced Family Law Solicitor, specialising in divorce and children matters. She is hoping to bring her experience of assessing safeguarding concerns in her profession to the Trust to help them ensure that the safety and well-being of the children are at the forefront of any decision making process. Kelly lives within the local community and wishes to help each and every child within the school achieve their potential; whatever that may be. Kelly comes from a working class background and was the first of her family to attend University. Kelly really does believe that if you put your mind to something, you will achieve it, even if the odds are against you.

Laurie Goodlad

Laurie wants to help schools to succeed as they help their students to succeed. He believes working in education is a privilege and schools need people who understand their business to both challenge and champion their work.

His understanding of schools and experience of working with young people means he is ready to challenge
and champion schools as they help their students.

He is excited by the prospect of working alongside colleagues that are determined to provide young people with outstanding classroom experiences

Andy Brumby

I have developed a strong connection with the school’s children and families having previously supported there when working for TLAT and Kernow Learning. The children who attend this school are wonderful and deserve the very best educational experiences we can provide. I consider it a privilege to contribute to this school and am confident that my knowledge, experience and skills will be of value to Foxhole as it continues its journey of achievement and success. I aim to serve the children and community of Foxhole by being an intelligent and sensitive critical friend to the school, always appreciative of the efforts of staff and children yet also able to pose challenging questions which enable leaders to critically reflect. I am a conscientious, diligent and optimistic person who enjoys being part of a team and learning from others. I think that these qualities - along with warmth and humour - are essential for effective governance, especially in challenging times like these, and I will endeavour to bring them to my voluntary role as governor at Foxhole.

Clare Ridehalgh

Clare is currently employed as Chief Operating Officer of CELT. Clare’s ability as an operational leader is recognised locally, and regionally. Clare is designated as a Specialist Leader in Education for Academy Transition and Business Management. She has undertaken the project management of the conversion process to academy of 18 schools, at the request of the RSC supported the mergers of complex MATs , provided operational support to the rebrokering of academies within MATs. Clare has an excellent track record in leading on human resources, policy development, financial management, risk management, income generation and estate management. She has led on the development of structure and systems for compliance and governance in Multi Academy Trusts and provided advice and guidance to Directors and Trustees to enable them to make decisions with due regard to statutory and regulatory frameworks.

Prior to becoming involved in education and the development of academies, Clare’s previous experience was in voluntary sector development work focused on trustee development and volunteer involvement. As National Development Director of SOVA she was responsible for development of innovative projects and the management of complex partnership projects with statutory and voluntary sector partners and as Director of MIND she was responsible for the operational and strategic management of a local voluntary sector mental health service.

To contact the Chair of Governors please write to the Clerk to Governors or telephone the school office on 01726 822416 or 
Liz Hackney
c/o Clerk to Governors
Foxhole Learning Academy
Goverseth Road, Foxhole,
St Austell, Cornwall,
PL26 7XD