Our Governors

Mr. Derek Rushton
Chair of Governors joint body (Robartes & Beacon)

Derek has taught in primary schools in three local education authorities from Lancashire to Cornwall, including two Headteacher posts in the Bodmin area.  In total, he spent 26 years in senior management in primary schools.  He launched the Childrens Fund/Sure Start in 2002 in North Cornwall and retired in 2008.  Derek is a Trustee for CN4C in Redruth and has been its Chair for five years – a community organisation committed to upskilling disadvantaged communities in an effort to return to the job market.  Derek is also a Trustee at Berryfields Community Association in Bodmin. 

Mr Rob Blackhall
Vice Chair of Governors joint body (Robartes & Beacon)
I have been a Governor at the Beacon Infant and Nursery School since 2014.  Before this I was a curriculum subject leader in a large Secondary School in Cornwall. Prior to my retirement, I have been working in education for more than 30 years. When I retired I decided to offer my services as a Governor because I have always enjoyed working, and believe that seeing young children develop their learning skills was a great privilege for me. I wanted to become a Governor at Robartes ACE Academy as I believe I have a lot to offer in terms of skills learnt as well as having an interest in further developing the links between the two schools for the good of the community.
Mr J Williamson
Community Governor
I am almost 70, married, one daughter and one grandchild aged 6 months. I am retired and live in Trefrew. I have been a Brand Consultant, Painter and Bee Keeper. Until 2005, I was a main Board Director of Wolff Olins and an external Director of Seymour Powell. I have worked as a Consultant for over 30 years for some of the world’s leading businesses including Aral in Germany, Athens 2004 Olympic Committee in Greece, Audi Worldwide, AVE in Spain, Beeline in Russia, Boehringer Ingelheim and E.on in Germany and worldwide. I have worked at GasNatural in Spain, Italcementi in France and Italy, Lufthansa and Mannesmann in Germany, Oresund in Scadinavia, Orange, Panasonic in Europe, Q8 internationally, Repsol in Spain, Saab in Sweden, Shell internationally, Sony, Suzuki, Tokyo Metro, Tohoku University in Japan, Veba and Volkswagen in Germany. I was a frequent Speaker, Commentator and Writer in the media on the subject of brand. Media participation included BBC, CNBC, Sky, Channel 4, Financial Times, The Economist and Wall Street Journal and my speaking engagements have included 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, World Economic Forum in Davos and the Financial Times World Mobile Conference in London. I have experienced at first hand almost every type of educational establishment including: Dronfield Infants Derbyshire Fleckney C of E Primary School Leics South Wigston Secondary Modern Leics Guthlaxton Comprehensive Leics High Wycombe Royal Grammar School Bucks Royal College of Art London Warwick University Warks I believe education is extremely important and I hope that I can bring my experiences to the role of Governor in Robartes ACE Academy.
Mrs. Emma Rawsthorne - Governor
I am mum to Poppy who is in Year 5. I moved to Bodmin from Bath just over 3 years ago. While I was in Bath I was the Clerk to the Governors of Poppy’s primary school so I have some working knowledge of how the Governing Body operates. I have a degree in Law and German and worked for a number of years in civil litigation. I’m good with the small print! I work part time in my own business. I am looking forward to joint working with our new governor group
Governor Contacts:
Chair of Governors:
Mr. Derek Rushton
c/o Clerk to Governors
Robartes ACE Academy
23 Barn Lane
PL31 1LU
Chair of Directors - ACE MAT:
Mr Phil Mason
c/o Company Secretary ACE MAT
St Columb Minor Academy
Porthbean Road
St Columb Minor
TR7 3JF 
Mrs A Harty - Staff Governor
Mrs M Giles - Parent Governor
I have a child at this school that recently transferred from another school in town where I was a Governor there for over 2 years. I was a member of their Finance and Health and Safety Sub Committees’ as I already work within a finance role for a local business, I am also responsible for Health and Safety at work. I have a proactive attitude to my own children’s education and I believe I can help them and other children in this role. I prefer to have a straight talking approach to any situation but I am also diplomatic and understanding to others opinions and will co-operate in group discussions.

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