Trust Board Biographies

Mr Will Hermon CEO

Chief Executive Officer of ADMAT, Mr Hermon has taught for over twenty years; for the last ten years he has been a successful head teacher in a range of primary settings across Devon and Cornwall. In 2013 whilst employed as Head teacher of St Stephens Community School the school received an OFSTED rating of outstanding in all areas.

Mr Graeme Barriball

Graeme Barriball lives and works in the community, and has previous experience as a governor.

Mrs Claire Paul

I have been involved with governance at St Stephens since 2003 when my daughter joined the reception class. I was a parent governor for a number of years and remained a staff governor until 2013 when the An Daras Academy Trust was created. I was Chair of the Personnel committee at St Stephens for a number of years which allowed me to draw successfully on my previous experience as a senior manager in the pharmaceutical industry. I have worked at St Stephens as a volunteer and teaching assistant before being appointed in February 2012 as a dedicated Child Protection and Safeguarding Manager, a new role for the school and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed developing. It is a role I will be extending across the An Daras Trust this year. I was invited to become a staff director earlier in 2014 and I believe my previous management experience and commitment to supporting the needs of the whole child will help me to support and challenge the MAT as it works hard to achieve its shared vision.

Mr Peter Hague

I was employed by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for thirty six and a half years.
For the first dozen or so years I had several posts; including central finance and central traffic prosecutions. In 1989 I was the first Administration Manager to work at Uxbridge division and when the division merged with the south of the borough to form a borough unit in 1992, I took up the role of Finance and Resources Manager for the borough. In 2009 the MPS started a process of centralisation and downsizing, and I moved to a central location as a Finance Manager, latterly having responsibility for the Royal Borough of Westminster and Royal Parks Police. I left on retirement in June 2013. I have experience in budgeting, forecasting and providing detailed management information, using MS Excel, Word and SAP (Business Intelligence) packages. In January 2015 I moved with my wife to Cornwall and we love the area. I joined Rotary last year and also work once a week in the Rotary shop in Launceston where a significant amount is raised for charity each year.

Mr Stephen Tavener (Chair)

Having originally trained as an Electrical Engineer, I have been in Project management roles throughout my career. I have been lucky enough to have worked for and been involved in many exciting projects. I worked for British Caledonian Airways and managed their property portfolio throughout their network. More recently I have been the Project Director on major projects in London, the East Midlands and a spell in the Middle East. All of which puts me in a good position to bring to the AnDaras MAT a wealth of senior management experience. I have recently moved to North Devon with my wife and we are thoroughly enjoying West Country life. Our children are all married and live in different parts of the country. I was involved with the primary school my boys attended and am very much looking forward to renewing my connection with the education sector and working with you all.

Mr Jonathan Sharpe

I started my career in banking and then moved into the education sector 20 years ago. Initially, a Business & Facilities Manager in a Secondary School, I then became a School Business Manager and, later, a Performance Manager at Devon local authority focussing on school places expansion and major improvements. More recently, I was involved in the setting up of a local SEN School. I have an in-depth knowledge of school finances, premises and management and have been a member of School Senior Leadership Teams. I have also run my own bookkeeping business for many years.

Ms Trudy Rudge (Vice)

I have worked within the education sector for the last 7 years with my most recent role being that of a schools link coordinator for The Cornwall College Group. From mock interviews to careers fairs I have had the opportunity to interact with students of all ages in a range of activities and I have found that every day is different but amazingly rewarding. Primarily my role looks at the aspirations of young people and how best the group can help and encourage students to reach their full potential. My previous roles in both the finance and recruitment industry have given me an insight into a range of different sectors and provided me with a particular skills set that allows me to maximise the relevance of the advice and guidance I am able to provide to our young people. With my experience of post 16 study I am able to provide significant insight into those key skills and achievements that are important for future study.

Mr Ian Wilkinson

As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the FUJIFILM Ink Solutions Group, I lead an international team of 600 across multiple manufacturing sites in the USA, UK and India. I believe the real power of what we can achieve when people are supported to perform at their best and work in active collaboration with all stakeholders. A central part of this is investing in our people. I believe, as a father of five and an avid runner myself, that self-care is one of the absolute cornerstones of success both in our private and professional lives. My family and I have recently moved from Buckinghamshire to Cornwall (Bray Shop) and we are now undertaking a farmhouse renovation project. I am married to Jackie (a geography teacher) and in my spare time (aside from running) I’m a keen golfer and a ECB qualified cricket umpire.