The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) has welcomed three new members to its Board, bringing invaluable expertise from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Imerys and Cormac.
Group chief executive and principal, Raoul Humphreys said he was delighted with the new appointments and was “looking forward to their contributions to a successful future”.
“It’s great to be able to welcome such experience and expertise onto our Board at such an exciting time for the Group,” he continued.
“We continue to train and develop talent from the region and beyond, and Tracey, Patrick and Geoff will ensure we leave no avenue unexplored in our pursuit of providing incredible opportunities for all our learners, communities and business partners.”
Tracey Hooper, former company secretary of the Cormac Group, practising equestrian enthusiast and sheep farmer, has held senior appointments in both the public and private sector.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a talented team at what is shaping up to be an exciting time for the Group,” Tracey said.
“With opportunities to work more closely with local employers, charities and our communities, the Group is well placed to deliver outstanding results for learners who will play a key role in sustaining our economy now and in the future. I look forward to supporting the continued development of the Group, as the career college of choice.”
Tracey also holds an MBA, is a member of the Institute of Directors and achieved Chartered Fellow of the Institute of People Development in 2016. She currently produces performance ponies to national level from her own equestrian yard. She is married and in her spare time enjoys show jumping and working hunter classes and walking in the Cornish and Devon countryside with her husband and dogs.
Patrick Newberry is a chartered accountant by profession and he spent 25 years as consulting partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement in 2013. He also served as a member of PwC’s Supervisory Board.
He is a past president of the Management Consultancies Association, is a non-executive director of Paragon Banking Group PLC and Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP and was recently appointed as the Commissioner for Historic England.
Married with four children, he enjoys sailing a classic yacht and researching and writing architectural history.
Also boasting a background in accountancy, Geoff Warring recently retired from Imerys where he was financial controller of the calcined kaolin business based at St. Dennis.
His career includes working in the light engineering, baby food and pharmaceutical industries. In the latter he also became involved in the strategic planning of worldwide Ibuprofen manufacture for Boots and global planning and PR for the launch of an anti-obesity drug for BASF.
On returning to Cornwall in 2002 he joined Imerys whilst buying a B&B business with his wife Suzanne in Falmouth and these ran in tandem until the business was sold in 2009.
“For me there were two distinct reasons for becoming a Governor,” Geoff explained.
“I was educated at St Austell College of FE for A levels and my first job was for ECC where the St Austell campus now sits. Second, having worked for Imerys in Clay Country and subsequently with what I have learned, the importance of the College to its students and local community is huge, and definitely something we need to ensure thrives.”
Geoff has two grown up children who live and work in Plymouth. He is treasurer of his local community hall and he enjoys walking, travel, reading and almost every sport, if only in a watching capacity these days.