Interim Executive Board (IEB)

IEB Members

The Local Authority has disbanded the Governing Body and in its place constituted an Interim Executive Board (IEB). This will provide the necessary urgent and consistent focus on the drive and monitoring of improvement necessary to secure rapid school improvement.

The IEB will meet monthly and operate as an enhanced governance entity, driving improvement with the school leadership and monitoring progress.

The IEB members are:

  • Liz Brand (Chair)
  • Dr Pat McGovern
  • Jennie Walker

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Liz Brand (Chair)

Liz has had a long career in education as a teacher and then as Headteacher of three schools in Cornwall, including one which  the Local Authority asked her to lead when it had gone into Special Measures. She has also been involved in LA governance of a Special Measures school. After retiring from headship Liz has continued to work as an independent adviser and for the Local Authority as an Associate Consultant, Local Leader of Education and Professional Partner. She also chairs the governing body of the Virtual School for Children in Care.

Dr Pat McGovern

Pat has worked extensively in schools and has recently retired as the Principal of Helston College which is the largest secondary school in Cornwall. He was the Chief School’s Adviser in Plymouth and now works as an independent consultant as well as facilitating leadership training for the National College.

Jennie Walker

Jennie is the CEO of The Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi Academy Trust, which is a Trust of 7 schools and over two thousand children. She is a qualified and practising Ofsted Inspector. She was previously the Principal at St Columb Minor Academy, Newquay. This was her third headship after having been a Headteacher in Peterborough and Lincolnshire. Before joining St Columb Minor she worked for Cornwall Local Education Authority as a School Partnership Officer. Over the years, she has lead training in a number of fields including School Self Evaluation, School Improvement Planning and Curriculum Development. She is passionate about developing ‘International mindedness’ in schools and has delivered training on this in many countries.

IEB Meeting Minutes: 

Minutes of IEB meetings are available upon request from Diane Bransgrove, Clerk to the IEB, at

Register of Interests:

IEB Register of Interests 2017-18




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