Meet the LAB Members

Mrs Nicola Soden

Chair of Governors

01/09/2018 - 31/08/2022
Nicola worked for Legal and General in their pensions department for 5 years. Soon after she joined, she was made deputy team leader and technical user. Nicola worked with their complaints department for a number of years clearing their suspense accounts.

Nicola then moved back down to Cornwall to set up a business with her parents and husband. She founded Kernow Chocolate in 2005 of which she is the Finance Director and Company Secretary and responsible for all the day to day finances and management accounts. In 2015 they moved premises and she over saw all the move including planning applications, liaising with the solicitors and sourcing all the utilities.

She then Joined Trevisker governing body in February 2014, keen to get more involved at Trevisker now both her children were attending there. She became chair of the LAB in September 2016 and also put herself forward to be a member of the board of trustees for TLAT.

Nicola's knowledge developed though working in the finance industry and running her own company has given her a great and different skill set to bring to the Board of Trustees.

After supporting the trust as a Trustee, and with the merge of ACE and TLAT to Kernow Learning, Nicola chose to use her strengths in the local community continuing to be Chair of Governors at Trevisker Primary School and was asked to become Chair of Governors for St Merryn School in 2018 and as a Super Chair in 2019 supporting other Chairs of Governors across the Trust.

Mrs Kaye Pitcher

Executive Head Teacher

Kaye Pitcher is Executive Headteacher of St. Merryn School and Trevisker School. She is the North Hub Lead in the Kernow Learning Trust.
She has been a Headteacher for seventeen years and had two substantive headships before moving into Executive Headship.
As part of the TLAT and ACE trusts she has had periods of Executive Headship at St. Kew, Foxhole and The Bishops’ Learning academy, when asked by theTrusts to assist in periods of capacity building, absence, recruitment or school improvement.
She has extensive experience in school improvement in many schools and has moved Good schools to Outstanding and Requires Improvement schools to Good. Her particular interests and strengths are in standards, metacognition and developing future leaders. In 2019 she was appointed as a Local Leader of Education.

Mrs Alison Brook

Head of School

Mrs Brook has been Assistant Head/Head of School for 11 years in total. Not only was Alison born in the village, but she attended this primary school. Alison has been at this school for 19 years and in education for 27 years.

Mrs Victoria Golay


24/03/2022 - 24/03/2026
I am a teacher here at St Merryn School, I have taught Starlings and now Robins. I am the EYFS Lead and I am really enjoying this role within the school. This is my second term as a governor, the first being through Covid restrictions.

Mrs Jane Myles

Community Governor

21/11/2019 - 20/11/2023
As a grandparent I am thrilled to have been asked asked to become a community governor. I am passionate about the role grandparents play in school life and education and would love to use all my skills and contribute. I have a degree in Russian and a year teaching English in Sweden. For 35 years I wrote and edited material for pupils from 7-18 learning English as a foreign language and travelled doing many workshops and conferences. I am now retired and looking forward to my new challenge as a governor.

Mrs Kelly Dennis

Parent Governor

21/11/2019 -20/11/2023
I am Kelly Dennis, I have two children at St Merryn School and live in the village. I am a local girl married to a local farmer, I also run my own business from home. I am very passionate about St Merryn School and always keen to get involved, so becoming a governor is a great way to give something back to the community which I love.

Mrs Hannah Foden-Clarke

Parent Governor

21/11/2019 - 20/11/2023
Hi, I'm Hannah, I am a LAB member at St Merryn School. I have a local business and two children in the school. I am from St Merryn and went to St Merryn School as a child. I am passionate about giving the children a good education and have volunteered at the school before becoming a governor. I hope to bring many qualities to the board and look forward to becoming more involved with school life.

Mrs Vicky Worrall


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