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 involves 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 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

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.

Mrs K Flashman Kitson - Foundation Governor

Katherine was born in East Cornwall and has lived and worked in Cornwall all her working life. She is a solicitor with over 25 years’ experience and a Director in the main solicitor’s firm in Launceston, Parnalls that has been providing legal services since 1780.


Katherine has broad legal knowledge and experience but specialising mainly in litigation matters. Katherine is the chosen legal advisor to the Board of Governors and the School.


Educated herself in independent schools in the West Country from the age of 8 to 18, she then attended Keble College Oxford to study and was awarded the top First, thereafter also gaining Distinction at Law School.


Katherine has a long association with St Joseph's. Her sister attended the Senior School as a boarder and her two daughters attended from nursery.


Katherine is committed to independent education as the best choice to help each child reach their full potential, whatever their abilities. She believes in high standards of academic excellence. Katherine’s first daughter is now following her footsteps studying at St Catherine’s Oxford having just been awarded the top first in her Moderations and is therefore now a Scholar.


Katherine has a broad range of hobbies when she is not juggling her professional and family life to include dance, art, reading, walking, music etc.



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. 


Mr D Jasper - Foundation Governor

David has always lived in the local area, being raised in the farming community of South Petherwin. He is a local businessman, having spent his career helping to develop the family business into one of the largest independent meat companies in the South West, which is synonymous with quality and high standards.

David is the father of 6 children; this means he has lots of experience and spent a lot of time involved with school life over the past 28 years. Therefore when David’s youngest daughter joined St Josephs he was pleased to be able to bring the experience and knowledge he has gained over many years of parenting and running a successful business, to the role of Governor.

David sits on the Health and Safety Committee.


Mrs S Lewis - Foundation Governor

Having lived locally for most of her life Sue joined the Board of Governors in July 2012 and is a member of the Finance, Personnel, Pastoral Committee’s and governor of Safeguarding.

She has worked for most of her career in Finance and Information Technology and retired in May 2011 after some 48years of employment.

Sue enjoys looking after her great nephews and nieces at holiday time and her hobbies include gardening, cooking and reading, she is also involved in church activities.



Mr N Pockett - Foundation Governor

Neil is a director of an international consultancy company working mainly within Russia and South East Asia recruiting students for UK schools. Consultancy work also includes working with several schools in St Petersburg training teachers with aspects of teaching techniques and keeping them informed of educational developments in the UK.

Neil has long experience in education and was a Head in the UK independent school sector for 23 years. Neil led the UK school sector in the recruitment of international students, and in developing working programmes and routines to cater for them in the school environment. Other roles have included working for the Sports Council in an advisory capacity and also as a professional badminton coach/player.

Neil was an Independent Schools Inspector, has a degree in Fine Art as well as Physical Education and Mathematics and remains an active educator. He sits on the Academic Committee at St Joseph's School.

Mr J Thorns - Parent Governor

Jason is originally from London and pursued a career in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster. In this role he worked throughout the UK and eventually ran a business overseas for the US company Crawford & Co. He moved to Launceston in 2002 for a change of career and to raise a family.

He now runs a local family agricultural business whilst both his children have attend ed St Joseph's. His daughter is presently in Senior School whilst his son left this Summer after taking his GCSEs and has now moved on to attend higher education.


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.