Nick Dixon

Chair of Brannel Local Governing Body, NET Director

Nick is the Head of the Launchpad Programme at Falmouth University. This is Cornwall’s innovative incubation programme designed to provide business opportunities for graduates in order to grow the local economy. Nick is a games industry veteran with over 15 years’ experience in game design, creative direction and pitching. Nick has created successful concepts for original IP and high-profile franchises, which have signed to generate over £30 million of development business. He has a keen interest in assisting the development of students, schools and the curriculum to build appetite, awareness and skills in sectors that will positively affect the local economy.

Sam PatmoreSam Patmore
Vice Chair of Brannel Local Governing Body

Sam lived in London for 39 years, working for London Underground. In order to further his own education, whilst working he gained City and Guilds Numeracy and English, ILM Certificate in Management Level 5 followed by ILM Diploma in Management. He also became a qualified Assessor in Continuous Management Systems. His area of specialism is health and safety policy and he believes that a healthy and safe working and learning environment is essential to help raise school standards. Sam is committed to ensuring that the school has the right equipment and resources to teach and develop every student – both present and future.


Kym O’Mara
Community Governor, NET Director

Kym is currently the Curriculum Lead for the Cornwall College Group and Deputy Head at Cornwall College St Austell. Her roles involve working operationally and strategically within six very different campuses within the Cornwall College group including international locations, supporting local community groups and businesses in a multitude of ways and managing a large staff team. Kym is a degree qualified Sports Therapist who works in local football.


Martin BuckMartin Buck
Community Governor

Martin qualified as a teacher in 1970. In 1983, he took a job with the English Schools Foundation and taught in Hong Kong for 21 years. He now designs and manages several websites and volunteers for a large national charity including organising outreach talks to local schools and groups. Martin is a committee member of the Friendship Force of Cornwall. Having taught all of his working life, he still has a keen interest in education and it was for this reason that he became a school governor.



Tracy CaffTracy Caff
Community Governor

As an ex-pupil of Brannel School, Tracy recalls how important the teachers here were at such a formative time in her life. Her time at the school inspired her to move on to St Austell College and then Cardiff University where she read Ancient History. Tracy originally joined Brannel’s LGB as a Parent Governor to support the school where her own two children were pupils. Although her children have now moved on to further education and employment, she is committed to ensuring that Brannel School continues to be as inspiring and supporting to current pupils as it was for her and her family.


Sarah Karkeek

Sarah is the Chief Executive Officer of Newquay Education Trust. She is an experienced chair of governors with a track record of implementing and sustaining effective governance in schools. She is a National Leader of Governance. Sarah is committed to ensuring that the children and young people in NET academies are happy, healthy, well prepared for the next phase of their education and capable of enriching and improving their communities.


Mr EdmondsAndy Edmonds
Headteacher of Brannel School

Andy joined Brannel School in July 2013 as headteacher. He taught mathematics in both the South-West and in East Anglia. His experiences include leading a department, working for a Local Authority and as a deputy headteacher before taking up his post at Brannel. He is driven to ensure that Brannel School and all those who attend achieve their potential academically and experience the very best opportunities that are on offer.


Mrs C Dyer (Small) (Custom)Carolyn Dyer
Staff Governor

Carolyn began working at Brannel in 1982 teaching PE, Special Needs and RE. She currently teaches PE, BTEC Work Skills and GCSE RE. She has been the school’s Work Experience coordinator since 1990. Carolyn achieved a BEd (Hons) from Warwick University specialising in PE and Geography. Her specialist sports were Hockey and Swimming. She now specialises in Netball and girls’ Cricket.



Laura Pedlar
Staff Governor

Laura is Brannel’s Extended Schools Programme Manager. She has over 10 years’ experience of working with external partners to secure external funding in order to deliver sustainable school enrichment programmes. Laura has significant experience in event management, marketing, communication & PR and staff training. She is the project lead for Brannel Alumni and the school’s student volunteering programme, which is being used as an example of best practice for secondary schools in Cornwall. Laura has an M.Ed in Continued Professional Development and achieved a First Class BSc (Hons) in Sports Studies with associated Health Studies from the University of Worcester.


Carol Moore

Parent Governor



Gary Batton

Parent Governor



Amanda Crowle

Parent Governor