Governor Biographies


Julie Curtis


Brenda Moore

Brenda has been teaching for 16 years. She completed her Bachelor in Education with Science (Hons) at Exeter University before beginning a Masters in Education through Bath Spa University.  Brenda became an Assistant Headteacher at St Mellion in 2007 before becoming  Head of Schools for both St Dominic & St Mellion Primary Schools in 2015.  As her role necessitates, she is a member of every Committee

Sue Morrish

Joined the governing board in 2016 as a Foundation Governor and is currently Chair of the Governing Board. Sue is also Vice Chair of Personnel Committee and a member of Curriculum and Management Committees.  

Before retiring in 2014 Sue worked as a Director and Business Manager in an Enterprise Agency, managing teams of business advisors and trainers across the south west region and playing a leading role in the development of national quality standards for business.

Sue lives in St. Dominic and is keen to harness all the expertise available on the governing board to add value to the teaching and learning provided within the Federation. 

Siobhán Lavelle


Siobhán joined the governing body in 2012, first as a Parent Governor and now as a Foundation Governor. She is Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Personnel Committee, a member of the premises and management committees and supports the federation’s PR and Communications activities.

Outside school life, Siobhán is a PR consultant and runs her own business. She brings a range of business and management skills to her work as a governor. Siobhán has a particular interest in creativity in cross-curriculum learning, as well as supporting children to develop confidence and a community spirit. 

Sam Ogalo

Sam is a Staff Governor who has been a teacher at St Dominic School for the past 9 years. She teaches Class 1. She is a Foundation Stage Moderator in the county and has a responsibility for Maths and the EYFS across the federation. She is a member of the curriculum committee and supports the federation’s PR and Communications activities. 

Graham Walker

Graham joined the governing body for the federation of St Dominic and St Mellion schools in 2017 as a parent governor. He is a member of Curriculum, Finance and Premises committees. He supports the federations communications activities.


Outside school life, Graham is a serving member of the armed forces and also a member of St Dominick parish council. He is committed to ensure that the children of the federation of the two schools can achieve their best. He has a broad and varied skill set that can support the aspirations of the schools becoming top of the educational table in Cornwall. 

Andrew Corfield

Andrew has been a Parent Governor, and more recently the Local Authority Governor, for 7 years. He was initially on the Governing board of St Mellion school and was part of the team which developed the current Federation of St Mellion and St Dominic. He is Chairman of the Premises committee and also on the Personnel and Finance committees.

Andrew retired to Cornwall from the NHS - and brings experience of managing regular government changes in that environment to the equally challenging Primary School situation. He is passionate about maintaining real quality in local schools which serve the community. 

Brian Fisher

Brian is retired, after a career mainly in road passenger transport, finishing as Managing Director of local operator, Citybus. He then took up the Chief Executive role of Plymouth law firm Wolferstans, in addition to being a Trustee and member of the Board of Management, Theatre Royal Plymouth. He became a Governor in summer 2017, sitting on the finance and management committees. He hopes his managerial skills and experience, developed in successful public and private companies, will benefit both schools. He has lived locally for over 30 years, being in St Dominick since 1998. 

Andrew Harris

Andrew joined the governing body as a Foundation Member of St Dominic and St Mellion schools in 2016. With many years experience as a magistrate in both youth and adult courts, has taken over as Safeguarding Governor. He also serves on the Premises and Finance Committees, drawing on his extensive working background in the construction industry.

As a resident in South East Cornwall for 42 years, he is active in the community as Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Councillor, understanding local needs. With two grandsons of primary school age, he is acutely aware of children’s development needs, and fully backs the Federation in its progress to become outstanding. 

Geoffrey Postles

Geoffrey has been a school governor since 2016. He is now the Chair of the Finance Committee and is also actively involved in the Premises Committee. For the previous four years he was a Parish Councillor in St Mellion, which he has now relinquished in order to devote more time to this role.

He is a retired Chartered Building Surveyor and has had a career in both the private and public sector, where he was responsible for managing a large capital and revenue budget. He brings to the role of governor a considerable breadth of knowledge and experience of financial probity, building maintenance and refurbishment, health and safety and personnel management. 

Mike Gill

Mike joined the governing body in May 2016, first as a co-opted Governor and now as a Foundation Governor. He is a member of both the Personnel and Curriculum committees. Additionally, he is the Governor for Pupil Voice and attends the School and Eco Council meetings.

Mike retired from the Royal Navy in 2001 where he specialised in Logistics Support and Personnel matters. He is an active Rotarian and over the past years has helped both schools with the annual Youth Speaks competition.   He has a particular wish that the children become involved with the local community. He is pleased that the St Dominic pupils are able to make good use of part of his allotment opposite the School field and displaying produce at the Autumn Show. 

Bernard Rosser

Bernard has been a Foundation governor for ten years, initially as St Dominic school; since Federation at both schools. As secretary of St Dominick Church PCC Bernard is able to provide a close link between the school and our two churches.

Before retirement and his move to Cornwall Bernard taught Maths for 30 years as a lecturer and latterly as a school teacher in North London.

Bernard serves on the Premises Committee and as Maths/Science governor on the Curriculum Committee. Coming from a non-business background, meeting and helping the children in class is where he believes he makes the most useful contribution to school life.  Also with the church connection, being present at school services gives him a great opportunity to interact with the children and staff.

Rev Christopher Painter

Rev Chris has served on the governing body since he took up his post as Rector in 2015. Before that he has served on governing bodies across the country since his ordination in 2000.  He looks after seven churches, with their communities, between Calstock and Landulph.  Chris has also spent 18 years in the science industry as a technical writer and trainer where he developed skills in communications and management.


As parish priest Chris sees his role as being supportive yet critical friend to the school, and encouraging the whole school community (including staff and parents) to explore how Christian faith and teaching, as revealed in Jesus Christ, helps us relate to the challenges of our world.


When time allows, ‘Rev Chris’ enjoys running and the gym, history, and music. His combination of Britney Spears, Rihanna and Wagner must be one of the most unusual on an iPod!


Sarah Davies

Sarah joined the Governing Body in September 2018 as a Foundation Governor. She retired from a career in teaching in 2011 having taught in Early Years, Key Stage 2 and a variety of special needs situations.She has experience working in a small school as well as part of a larger school community. She has lived and worked in England, Scotland and Malawi, Central Africa.Sarah and her husband moved to St Dominick from Hythe, Kent in 2016 and is a member of St Dominic parish church. She is keen to encourage links between the school and the church.Sarah is currently on the Curriculum and Finance committees.


Rob Hingston

Rob joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in June 2019.  Rob moved to Cornwall from Devon 10 years ago and in his spare time he likes to cook and play darts.  Rob has three children and currently has two attending St Dominic School. Rob used to play football and has managed his own Under 9's team.

Rob says that "as a Governor I look to work with parents, teachers, the Headteacher and other Governors to help drive the Federation to the continued improvement needed for the children to succeed".