Plymouth CAST Board of Directors

Rt. Hon. Lord Burnett

Director (Chair)

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.

Fr Mark O'Keeffe


Father Mark O’Keeffe studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary Wonersh and was ordained as a priest in 1992. Since his ordination he has worked as a curate in Truro and Torquay and was an Army Chaplain for 11 years. He was on the Directing Staff of RMAS, involved with the teaching curriculum.
Father Mark has been parish priest in Newquay, Cornwall and Morrinsville, New Zealand, and is currently serving as Parish Priest in Paignton, Devon. He was appointed as Episcopal Delegate for Schools for the Diocese of Plymouth in 2015.

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."

Fr Richard Meyer


Canon Richard Meyer is Parish Priest of Bridport in Dorset. He is a qualified teacher, and before ordination taught at the cathedral school in Gloucester, Leweston School near Sherborne and St Mary’s School at Ascot. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 and served as the Priest Chaplain back at Leweston until moving to Bridport in 2010. He became a Canon of Plymouth Cathedral in 2017. He is an Oblate of Buckfast Abbey.
Fr Richard was formerly a Church of England minister, ordained in 1973, serving parishes in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Vale of Evesham. He has been involved in the governorship of schools since 1977. He was trained as an Independent School inspector and was an ‘A’ level examiner in the Philosophy of Religion. He was a Canon of Worcester Cathedral. He resigned from the Church of England in 1994 and was received into the Catholic Church at Downside Abbey shortly afterwards.
Fr Richard is a widower; his wife died in 2014. He has a son and a daughter and there are five grandchildren ranging in ages from 13 to 23.

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 and a Fellow of the British Institute of Facilities Management, the Institute of Administrative Management and the World Productivity Congress.
He has worked in many management services roles throughout his thirty year corporate career with Royal Sun Alliance in London, Horsham, Liverpool and Bristol encompassing many roles - project and change management, information technology, quality and customer service management, continuous improvement, transformational change, facilities management, due diligence and office and work relocations associated with company mergers and acquisitions. Since retirement he has built up a portfolio of Further Education College Governor, Housing Association NED, University Student Union and Charity Trustee roles. Graham also covers “Change Management and Facilities Management” pro-bono support to Charity, Voluntary and “Not for Profit” organisations in the south-west and south-east Wales.

Mr Chris Coward


Born and raised in Hull, was educated at Marist Catholic College before attending Nottingham University and gaining a BA in Economics. Joined Northcliffe Newspapers in 1983 as a Graduate Management Trainee at his local newspaper the Hull Daily Mail and progressed onto many senior Board positions in both the UK and Europe for DMGT (Daily Mail and General Trust) and Trinity Mirror. His most enjoyable time was Managing Director of DMGT’s international division in Eastern Europe based and living in Budapest.

Came to the South West in 2002 and was Managing Director of the newspapers in South Devon before joining the central Group management team in London in 2009 but with a family loving life in Devon has endured the hard commuting life until October 2017 when he completed the merging of two major regional businesses as Integration Director at Trinity Mirror and has now set up his own consultancy business. He is also a Trustee of Young Devon and a Director of Plymouth Albion Rugby Club

A committed practicing Catholic and married with two teenage children Chris sees sport, history and travel as his main interests outside work and counts being present at Hull City's Wembley victories to qualify for the Premiership amongst his most memorable moments.