Chair of Governors
Mrs Sue Rowe
Sue is a former Headteacher at St Joseph's School and has recently worked for the Independent Schools Association as their Regional Representative for the South West. This involved visiting schools and supporting Headteachers within ISA schools.
Sue has considerable experience of teaching Junior and Senior age groups in both the Independent and State sectors.
Sue has three children who all attended St Joseph's and also runs a self catering holiday business with her husband.
Sue is a member of the Academic, Pastoral and Personnel Committees. Sue is our whisleblowing Governor.
Sue is in school at least once a week to meet with the Bursar, Head Teacher and Deputy Chair.
If you have any questions that you would like to discuss with Mrs Rowe, you can contact her directly on:
Or in writing to St Joseph's School, St Stephens Hill, Launceston, PL15 8HN
Clerk to the Governors / Bursar
Mr Ian Barton Bsc(Hons), ACA
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, Ian moved to Deloitte, Haskins & Sells for a short period before being seconded and ultimately employed by Norcros plc in 1990.
In 1992, he was appointed group head of taxation for this FTSE250 company and in late 1994 moved to Nortel Networks as Director of European Tax. Nortel was the largest Canadian company and by the summer of 2000 was the eighth largest company as measured by market capitalisation anywhere in the world with total global revenues exceeding US$33bn with US$8.4bn being generated in Europe.
Ian was a Board director for Nortel Networks plc in the UK and also a member of the UK pension fund management committee. After a short spell at KPMG in London as a senior tax consultant, he decided the time was right to run his own business and bought a hotel, bar and restaurant in Yorkshire.
In 2006 he moved with his family to Cornwall after selling the hotel as a development opportunity.
Ian took over the role of Bursar in August 2011 and has helped to make significant changes both in areas of financial control, the fabric of the school buildings and the grounds.
Ian can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundation and Parent Governors
Mrs C Amankwah - Parent Governor
Cara grew up in Cornwall, and returned with her family 5 years ago. She has two children at St Joseph’s, a daughter in the Senior School and a son who is currently in the Junior School.
Her early career in London was in Public Relations, where she worked for an independent consultancy for 12 years reaching the level of ‘Operational Director’. Cara worked on a wide variety of successful marketing campaigns for brands such as Budweiser, Disney, P&O Cruises and Haagen-Dazs, as well as campaigns for what was then the Department for Education, promoting Foundation Degrees and the launch of Diploma qualifications.
After the birth of her son, Cara started working for the family businesses: residential homes for adults with learning disabilities and a nursing and domiciliary care agency. Her role is largely compliance, ensuring that the companies’ documentation and practices meet the stringent regulations and standards set by the Care Quality Commission.
Cara is an active member of the St Joseph’s PTA and sits on the Marketing Committee.
Mr C Bacon- Parent Governor
Dr A Doe - Foundation Governor
Alan is a former Headteacher of St Joseph's, now retired from a career in teaching. Together with his wife Carol they live on the Isle of Wight and enjoy coastal living. Alan has had 30 years volunteering with the RNLI at Bembridge serving on both the inshore and off shore boats after which he became a member of the Shore Crew. He is now the Water Safety Officer for the station spreading safety messaging throughout the local community. Alan also volunteers at the RNLI Headquarters at Poole in the Data Analysis Department, running a national water safety campaign for the institution. Alan also has spent 40 years volunteering on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway where he is both a Train Guard and a Signalman. He is also a dedicated member of the Bembridge Heritage Society helping to piece together the history of the village. Alan and Carol have a son and daughter along with five grandchildren. Their daughter is a Yr2 teacher in an Independent School in West Sussex.
Mr P Hicks - Foundation Governor
Paul moved from his home town Camelford to Launceston in 1987. He has worked in insurance all his career, having previously been employed by the Pearl Assurance Co. and farm insurance specialist, Cornish Mutual. In 1993 he gave up the relative comforts of being employed and started his own Insurance Brokers in Launceston.
Outside of work Paul enjoys dog walking, football and cricket. He has been secretary of Werrington Cricket Club since 2002.
Paul joined the Board of Governors in July 2015 and is a member of the Finance Committee.
Mrs L Holmes - Parent Governor
Louise has had an exciting and rewarding career in the hospitality and retail sector since leaving full time education. Primarily she trained as a chef but later specialised in training, development and general HR. The majority of her employment has been in the London hotel scene, where she was responsible for training all levels of staff to deliver 5 star standards and the development of the business standards of performance. She went on to set up a training and development department at a London pub company where she wrote and delivered training programmes designed to empower and support new employees to run successful hotels and pubs within the capital and the Home Counties. Louise went on to write, deliver and train the Foundation Degree in retail hospitality for those in the pub industry as part of the British Institute of Inn keeping initiative and she is also a registered food safety consultant, trainer and examiner for the Royal Society of Public Health.
Louise moved to Launceston in January 2015 with her family from their home town in Bournemouth. She is married to Greg and together they have one son, Harvey, who is a pupil at St Joseph’s. She now runs an award winning B&B, Caravan Club CL site and holiday cottage business, where she puts into practice all that she has trained others to do for the last three decades!
Louise is a keen gardener, loves to entertain her friends and where time permits, she enjoys days out with her family.
Louise is Vice Chair of the main Board and Chairs the Finance Committee.
Mrs E Mann - Foundation & Safeguarding Governor
Lis is a former Deputy Head of St Joseph’s who, as well as having the day-to-day responsibility of running the Senior School, oversaw Pastoral Care jointly with the Junior Head. During her 28 years as Director of Music at the School, she had experience of teaching pupils from those in the Nursery right through to Year 11.
Lis has been involved as a volunteer with the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for some 35 years, and as well as being a Controller, Signalman, Guard, Fireman and Chief Traffic Inspector, she is a Talyllyn Railway Holdings Board member and is the Operating Director for the Talyllyn Railway Company Board. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Guard on the Isle of Wight Railway – and the Launceston Steam Railway too.
Lis is a member of the Launceston Choral Society, and is an accompanist for the Launceston Male Voice Choir, both choirs being directed by her husband, Jonathan – a role reversal from her time at St Joseph’s!
Lis is a member of the Academic and the Pastoral/Personnel Committees.
Commander D Tilley - Foundation Governor
A Launceston resident since 1995 and former Parent Governor at St Joseph’s, Duncan re-joined the Governing Board as a Foundation Governor in 2020.
A former senior naval officer, Duncan served in many vessels, from minesweepers to aircraft carriers, on operations world-wide before specialising as a hydrographic surveyor. Between 1985 and 2005 he commanded three warships, was promoted to Senior Rank and progressed to shore service. He held various Naval Staff appointments at MoD HQ in London and Navy's Personnel Department in Portsmouth, and was Second-in-Command of the Navy’s premier Air Station at Yeovilton in Somerset. In 2011 Duncan was loaned by the Navy to the Government of Oman as National Hydrographer, heading up the Sultanate’s Maritime Safety Charting Service in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. During the 2 years he lived with his wife in the Middle East he successfully led the digital transition of the Oman Hydrographic Office. He retired from Naval Service in 2017.
Duncan now works Ad Hoc in Teacher Regulation with the Teacher Management Unit, based in Coventry. He also assists the Care Quality Commission with its Service Inspections in Cornwall and Devon. Duncan sits on the Boards of a local Health and Education Consultancy and a Supported Living Accommodation development in the Plympton area.
Mrs M Warren - Foundation Governor
Margaret was a parent governor in the 1990’s for St Joseph’s when her son and daughter attended the school, and returned again in 2007 to become a Foundation Governor. Margaret was Chair of Governors for 7 years from 2012 - 2018 and has recently handed over to Mrs Rowe. Margaret will remain on the Board as a Foundation Governor.
Her private business life is in the creation and running of one of Cornwall’s top private farming and meat industry businesses. Her practical experiences in her working life are transferred through to the day to day running of the administration of the governance of the school.
Mr T Watkins - Foundation Governor
Trevor first worked in Launceston 40 years ago and has lived in the town for over 30 years. He joined the Board of Governors as a Foundation governor in 2010 following a 37 year career with HM Revenue and Customs, the later years being spent as a Senior Manager across the South West with responsibility for in excess of 100 staff.
He is currently on the Finance Committee.