The MAT Board

MAT Board

 Elaine Marshall, Chair of Governors A previous student at Launceston College and Exeter University, I joined the Board of Governors in 2009. At that time I was the serving Police Commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly and in charge of all policing for the County. This role led me to be part of the Cornwall Strategic Board and the chair of both the Crime & Disorder Board and the Domestic Violence Strategic Group. Earlier in my Police career I worked in North Devon, Penzance, Exeter and Plymouth both as a uniformed officer and as a detective. I was lead investigator on a number of high profile murder enquiries and investigations in the West Country and in Northern Ireland. In 1999 I worked with a National Task Force to tackle Police corruption and set up the first anti-corruption investigative team in Devon & Cornwall.I retired from the Police in October 2010 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with the Peninsula Community Health, the Company that operates Community Health services alongside the 14 hospitals in the County.   I believe in good quality public services and educational opportunities for everyone living in Cornwall.  During my 4 years as a Governor I have been actively involved in the financial management of Launceston College and in May 2015 I was privileged to become Chair to the Board of Governors.
Colin Webb Colin Webb was born in Erith, Kent, England in 1937. He received the degree of BSc (Physics) at the University of Nottingham in 1960. On completing his DPhil at Oxford in 1964 he became a member of technical staff of Bell Laboratories in New Jersey USA where he was responsible for much of the early development of the argon ion laser. He returned to Oxford University in 1968 to take up a Research Fellowship and to head the Laser group at the Clarendon Laboratory. In 1970 he became a University Lecturer and in 1971 he was elected as a Tutorial Fellow of Jesus College. In 2004, after serving for 28 years as a tutor of undergraduates at the College he was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship of the College (
Over the years, in research at the Clarendon Laboratory, Colin supervised 35 graduate students who successfully gained their doctorates. Their research projects led, for example, to the discovery of numerous new laser transitions in the visible and ultraviolet regions as well as the development of practical excimer and high power metal vapour lasers. In 1977 together with colleagues and former students he set up Oxford Lasers Ltd. ( and has served as Chairman of the Company from its beginning. The Company is today recognized as a world leader in High-Speed Imaging and Laser Micro-machining technology.
Until his retirement in 2002, Colin Webb was the ad hominem Professor of Laser Physics at the University of Oxford, and from 1995-1999 he was Head of Atomic and Laser Physics. For many years he held visiting Professorships at Cranfield and Salford Universities. He was awarded the honorary degree of D.Sc. by Salford University in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Optical Society of America serving as Director-at-Large from 1991-1994. From 1992 until 2011 he was a member of the Optoelectronics Advisory Committee of the Rank Prize Funds. In 1991 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 1997 he founded and was the first President of the UK Consortium for Photonics and Optics (UKCPO), a post which he held until 2002. In January 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to the UK Laser Industry.
Colin Webb is the editor-in-chief of a three-volume encyclopedia entitled “The Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications” published in 2003 by the Institute of Physics (now distributed by Taylor and Francis). The book includes contributions from more than 140 authors from around the world. Together with Prof. Simon Hooker, Colin Webb is co-author of the textbook ‘Laser Physics’ published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
After retirement Colin moved to Chilsworthy, Devon in 2007. In 2010 he founded a branch of the international organization Café Scientifique ( in Launceston. This provides a forum where visiting scientists can explain and discuss their work with members of the public. 
Ashley Shopland Having left Launceston College in 1985 post A-Levels, Ashley joined the then English China Clays (ECC) company as a Finance Trainee. After gaining his professional qualification as an accountant, he then moved through various roles in the company including an 18 month spell in the HQ near London. Today, Ashley is now the General Manager of the company, now Imerys, responsible for the whole of the china clay business globally served from Cornwall and Devon.

With 2 children, Ashley has always followed a keen interest in the education sector and has served as a Governor, including as Chair, at both St Dennis and Carclaze primary schools. Within both of these the schools underwent amalgamations, with Carclaze incorporating a complete new 420-pupil school build in 2010.

Ashley currently also serves as a member of the CBI South West Council and also sits as a Trustee of South West Lakes Ltd. responsible for such locations as Roadford just east of Launceston.

Dick White I have two daughters who were educated at Launceston College, starting in 2004, when my family and I returned to the UK after 7 years living in Demark. I was first a parent governor, then a local authority governor since 2008. My professional background is in IT and Human Resources. I was head of human resources, Europe and Scandinavia, for a large management consultancy firm. These days I am self-employed, working part-time in woodland management for a variety of private woodland owners. I live in Lifton with my wife Indira and younger daughter.
David Humphries  My varied and rewarding career in education began in 1976 as a mathematics teacher at a large comprehensive school in London. In 1979 I moved to northeast England to take up the post of Head of Mathematics at Bedlington High School , where I was subsequently promoted to Deputy Headteacher. In 1990 I was appointed headteacher of Southfield School in Workington, West Cumbria and led the school successfully through a period of many changes, including the completion of a major building programme, the initial round of Ofsted inspections and increasing financial delegation.

In 1997 I moved to North Devon as Principal of Ilfracombe College. During the following years standards rose markedly, culminating in a Department for Education Achievement Award in 2003 shortly before I left the College to join Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). After gaining substantial experience as a frontline inspector of schools and initial teacher training, I became a member of Ofsted’s senior leadership team, responsible for managing complaints about school inspections across the south of England. In 2009 I moved to a key role in the development of school inspection policy and practice, working closely with Ofsted’s Executive Board and government officials.

Following my retirement, I undertook a range of voluntary work on behalf of Healthwatch Devon before joining the Governing Body of Bideford College in 2014. In January 2015 I was elected Chair of Governors and when Bideford joined the Launceston MAT in March 2016 I was appointed Chair of the Local Governing Body and, in that capacity, am a member of the MAT Board. After a rewarding and successful career in education I am glad that I am still able to put something back into the system!

Jack Jackson Appointed as CEO of Launceston College Multi Academy Trust in January 2016 having been Principal at Launceston College since September 2007.I started at Launceston College as Principal in September 2007, immediately prior to this appointment I was seconded to St James School in Exeter, for one year, to support the school out of special measures, previous roles include Deputy Principal at West Somerset College, an Education Advisor for Plymouth LA and head of maths at Hele’s School in Plymouth.
I qualified as a section 10 Ofsted inspector in 2002 and retrained as a section 5 inspector qualifying in 2015. In a recent Ofsted inspection at Launceston College I was described as “an outstanding and visionary Principal”. I have completed The Future Leaders Trust Executive Educators programme and am committed to ensuring that as many young people as possible experience the high quality education which they deserve.



Peter Crispin
Elaine Marshall
Steven Phillips