Plymouth CAST Board of Directors

Rt. Hon. Lord Burnett

Director (Chair)

Lord Burnett is a Liberal Democrat politician and was a Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon between 1997 and 2005 general elections. He was a commando with the Royal Marines for seven years, a cattle-breeder, and remains a solicitor specialising in tax matters.
In April 2006 it was announced that Lord Burnett would be created a life peer to join the Liberal Democrat ranks in the House of Lords, and on 31 May he was created Baron Burnett, of Whitchurch in the County of Devon.
During his time in Parliament Lord Burnett took posts as Shadow Spokesperson for Home Affairs and then Justice along with sitting on various committees.
Lord Burnett has supported many organisations as Trustee, President or Governor alongside his successful career in Parliament including; Launceston Collage MAT, Royal British Legion, Royal Marines Association, Mencap and Charitable Giving.

Mr Andy Nicholls

Director (Vice Chair)

Andy joined the CAST Board in March 2017 and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Andy’s career was in the Defence industry, mainly in the Naval Marine sector, initially with MoD then with DML and for the last 8 years of his career with Babcock International Group before retiring in July 2016. Andy held a number of Director level appointments with responsibility for various business operations at different locations including Devonport Royal Dockyard, Bristol and Canada. He has an engineering degree from Liverpool University and an MSC from University College London. Andy was a foundation governor at St. Boniface’s College for 14 years up to 2008, including 7 years as Chair of Governors. He is married with 3 grown up children and lives in Plymouth.

Mr Raymond Friel

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Sandy Anderson


Sandy has been on the CAST Board since December 2013 and was appointed Chair of the Trust in November 2016. Sandy’s career was in the management of electronic power supply companies having been MD of Coutant Electronics Ilfracombe, MD of Weir Electronics in Bognor Regis, President of the Lambda Group for Europe, Main board member for Lambda a major manufacturer of Power Supplies around the globe and his responsibilities included operations as far afield as New Zealand, China, Japan, USA, Mexico and Europe. He has a Masters degree in metallurgy and management. He retired but was then asked to recover a company from bankruptcy in Belgium where he spent three years. He is now retired (again) is married and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Ms Maria Edwards


Maria Edwards was educated by the Marist Sisters; completed a Law degree at Bristol University and studied for a PGCE in Secondary Education at Newman College. Maria’s career in Further Education started as Lecturer in Law and Business at Exeter College and then as Head of Finance and Management at Abingdon College. In 1997 she became Deputy Principal at Strode College, where she led developments in student services, curriculum and quality; managed European funded projects; and oversaw the delivery and quality of education in nine prisons in the South West. Maria then became Principal of Havant Sixth Form College. In 2004/2005 Havant was judged by OFSTED to be “one of the most successful colleges” and was included by the Chief Inspector of the Adult Learning Inspectorate in his Best Providers list.

In 2006 Maria moved back to Devon, leading East Devon College into a successful merger with North Devon College. In 2008 she returned to full-time study completing a Masters in Personnel and Development at Plymouth University and became a Trustee of the Diocese of Plymouth. More recently Maria has combined family responsibilities with employment as MBA Administrator/ Athena SWAN Project Manager at the University of Exeter (until 2015) and voluntary work.

Mr Dan Rogerson


Dan was born and brought up in Cornwall attending St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bodmin. After graduating from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth he worked in local government policy and then university administration in Bedford, serving as a Bedford Borough Council from 1999-2002. He was elected as Member of Parliament for North Cornwall in 2005 and served for 10 years during which time he spoke for his party on a number of issues including education (2010-13). Dan covered the Academies Act 2010 and was a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Education Act 2011. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DEFRA from 2013-2015 as Minister for Water, Forestry, Rural Affairs and Resource Management. He took the Water Act 2014 through Parliament, represented the UK at European Environment Council and the United Nations Environment Assembly. He was responsible for a number of Government agencies and involved in the appointment of board level post holders. He was a regular member of the Government's emergency COBR Committee and briefed the Prime Minister and Cabinet committees. After leaving Parliament, Dan was appointed Chair of the Wessex Water Partnership and has joined the trustees of two charities. He is married to Heidi and two of their children attend St Mary's Bodmin, their eldest having moved on to secondary education. Dan is Vice Chair of Governors at the school and a reader in the local parish."

Mr Terry Stockley


Terry joined the CAST Board in September 2017. He has a first class Honours degree in Chemistry from London University but chose to make his career in business management.
After early training in Sales, Marketing and HR he worked as an HR specialist in Unigate Dairies before being asked to run one of their businesses in South Wales. This was a turnaround situation which worked well and paved the way for Terry to take on a number of other turnaround and development roles in Companies such as the Burton Group, Express Dairies, B.E.T plc and N.F.C plc. During his career he has been responsible for businesses throughout Europe and was a main Board Director of N.F.C plc. He was also a non-executive Director of two French companies and one in Ireland.
Working with “Business in the Community” he provided mentoring support to head teachers over a two year period.
Since 2000 he has concentrated on N.E.D. roles working in a mix of companies and sectors, as either Chairman, Senior Independent Director or N.E.D. These companies included plc’s, private equity backed businesses and family owned companies.
He is now working mostly in the charity sector but also offers advice to SMEs in Dorset, where he lives.
He is married with two grown up sons. He is a keen sportsman and musician.

Mr Graham Briscoe


Graham is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Certified Management Consultant; a Fellow of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and the Institute of Administrative Management; and a medallist of the World Productivity Congress. He has worked in many management services roles throughout his thirty-five year career with Royal Sun Alliance in Bristol, London, Horsham and Liverpool, along with positions in the USA, Mexico and South Africa, encompassing many roles – project and change management, information technology, quality and customer service management, HR and Talent Management, facilities management, continuous improvement, transformational change, due diligence and office relocations associated with company mergers and acquisitions. Since retirement he has built up a portfolio of University, Further Education and Awarding Body Governorships along with NED and Trustee roles with Housing Associations, University Student Unions and various Charities. Graham also covers Change Management and Facilities Management pro-bono support to Charity, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations in South-West England and South-East Wales.

Mrs Ann Harris


Ann joined the CAST Board in September 2018. After graduating from La Sainte Union College of Education, Southampton in 1966, Ann spent her working life in education, following a varied path which included being a teacher, headteacher, an adviser and inspector working for Berkshire Education Authority and running her own Consultancy Company. Finally, returning to the headship of a school in challenging circumstances, in her mid-fifties. Throughout her career Ann worked at both local and national level, including representing primary phase on the National Curriculum working party for Physical Education, being a member of the British Broadcasting Corporation Primary Programmes Committee, contributing to television programmes for schools and writing materials for use by teachers. In 2005, she received an OBE for services to education.
Since retiring, Ann has been Chair of Governors at three schools: Manorside Primary, Bearwood Primary and Nursery and, more recently, St Mary’s RC School in Poole. Recognised as a National Leader of Governance she became the Advocate for Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth in 2016. In this role she became a member of the steering group establishing education provision across the new authority of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
Ann is a practisng Catholic and plays an active role in her local Parish of St Catherine’s, Wimborne. In 2012, she joined the Board of the St Vincent de Paul Society as National Vice President. Returning for a second term in 2017, as Board lead on membership training.
Ann is married with three adult children and eight grandchildren.
In her spare time she enjoys painting, gardening, walking and taking holidays with her husband Paul.

Mrs Jacqui Vaughan


Jacqueline joined the CAST Board in September 2018. Jacqueline has spent her career in both Further and Secondary Education. Her career in Further Education started as Lecturer in Plymouth College and then as Head of a Vocational Training Academy in Devon, which was judged to be outstanding. Jacqueline completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management and the University of Plymouth and in 2010 became an Assistant Head at Westlands School in Torquay where she led curriculum developments, quality and timetabling. In 2012 Jacqueline became Head of Post 16 Education and oversaw the delivery and quality of Post 16 education in the school. During her school career Jacqueline worked at both local and national level including being part of a vocational steering group for the implementation of the 14-19 Diplomas in the South West.
Jacqueline now works for a non profit organisation leading on education programmes and initiatives for Local Authorities, LEPs , schools and colleges across the wider south region. She has served as a Governor for both Primary and Secondary schools and is married with two children. Jacqueline is a practicing catholic and is a reader in her local parish. In her spare time she is an Assistant Director for a ladies acapella chorus which is run by her Father, is learning to play the piano and enjoys caravanning with her extended family.

Mrs Laura Sprackman


Originally from the West Country, Laura studied Commerce at The University of Birmingham (1998-2001), followed by a research Masters in Innovation Management at the same institution (2001-2002). She qualified with a first class Bachelors degree and Master of Science. After enjoying a gap year travelling around South America and building up work experience, she joined Unilever’s Graduate Scheme in 2003 as Finance Graduate. Laura qualified as a Management Accountant under the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants in 2005. In the final qualifying paper, she achieved fourth in the world.
During 12 years building her financial career at Unilever Laura worked extensively in both management and financial accounting. She has significant change management and project experience, including financial system implementation and optimisation. Her portfolio includes financial integration of acquired companies.

Fr Richard Edwards