Penny has had a working life that spans across health and social care as well as education. She holds qualifications as a teacher, trainer and a social worker. She has held senior posts in local and central government. She was a senior board member in Cornwall Social Services responsible for occupational therapy and joint working with the Health Authority and a Children’s Adviser for Department of Education.
In 2003 she was appointed as lead inspector with expertise in health and social care for the Adult Learning Inspectorate. She later joined Ofsted and led teams of inspectors across the country inspecting further education. Her areas of expertise were safeguarding and SEND.
From 2006 to 2010 she worked for the Department of Education as Children’s Services Adviser to the local authorities of Somerset, Torbay, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Poole, Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
She provided challenge and support to directors, councillors and staff, and reported to ministers.
Penny holds a MEd in Training and Development and has been a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is married with three sons. She and her family have been involved with the college both as learners and teachers. She is a local Parish Councillor and chair of the Environmental Sustainability Group.
Penny worked as a consultant to the college in the area of SEND prior to being appointed as Governor in January 2022. She is a member of the Curriculum and Quality Committee and is committed to values of inclusion and diversity.