North Cornwall Learning Trust

Kingsley Keat

Name: Kingsley Keat

Background:

I was born in Launceston and have lived my entire life in North Cornwall except when I lived in London whilst doing my law degree and solicitors exams in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  I currently live in St Teath and have two children that attend two of the schools in the North Cornwall Learning Trust.  I am part of the committee of a local youth football team and manage the under 10’s team for which my son plays.

My family hail from Blisland and St Tudy and have a number of family connections in the surrounding areas.

Work experience/Qualifications:

I attended Mid Cornwall College where I obtained a BTEC National Diploma in Business and Finance, A Level Law and A level Business and Finance.

This allowed me to complete my LLB (Hons) Law degree in London and to go on to pass my Law Society Finals at the College of Law London.

On returning from London, I took a temporary post at North Cornwall District Council in the finance department. I actually spent almost 7 years in various roles in this department before moving to the Legal department where I completed my traineeship and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. I have spent the last 20 years as a solicitor in Cornwall working in Local Government, initially for North Cornwall District Council (Wadebridge), then for Caradon District Council (Liskeard) and currently for The Cornwall Council.

Why a Trustee?

Whilst I do not have any specific experience of school governance, I do have a raft of experience of Local Government in Cornwall.  I have spent most of my life living in the locality and have a real understanding of the problems that families in Cornwall experience.  Having two children going through the academy, I am aware of the challenges that parents, and children are experiencing in these difficult times.

I believe that this insight will be of benefit to the academy and the children that attend the various schools that make up the academy family.  I have a firm belief that every child should be nurtured and encouraged to meet their full potential and that they should be given the opportunities that I was lucky enough to be given.

The role that the schools within the academy play, in partnership with parents and carers, is integral in the development of every child so that they can thrive and develop and I hope that by being a small part of the academy organisation that I will be able to help to improve the life chances of the children that we are lucky enough of having some involvement in steering through part of their educational lives.