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Plymouth CAST


Appointed by Diocesan Bishop.

Sandy Anderson

Graham Johnson

Fr Mark O’Keeffe

Veronica Towers

Maria Edwards




Appointed by Foundation Directors (must be governors of CAST schools).

Dan Rogerson

(Governor – Bodmin)

Fr Francis Straw

(Governor – Buckfast)




 Appointed by Directors (no further restrictions).

Nick Appleby



Who's Who 


John Mannix - CEO

Prior to becoming CEO of Plymouth CAST, John had served as Diocesan Director of Schools since 2001. In this post he was responsible to the Bishop and Trustees for all aspects of Catholic school provision across the maintained and independent sector. This included liaison with the seven LAs and two CE Dioceses that fall within the Catholic diocesan boundaries, and compliance with all statutory requirements incumbent on the diocesan trust as a partner provider of state education. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Management Consultant across the UK and Ireland in both the private and voluntary sectors, specialising in organisational design & effectiveness. Earlier still, he was a Secondary school teacher and manager for 12 years.

He has Master’s degrees in Psychology and in Business Administration and has been an Ofsted Inspector, External Adviser for Head Teacher performance review and an Investors in People Adviser. He is 53 years old, married with two children and lives in Exmouth.


Helen Moram - Office Manager


 Tel: 01364 645450

I joined Plymouth CAST at the end of July 2014 as Office Manager, prior to this I worked in a Primary School in Cornwall as School Administrator for 7 years and have been a school governor.  During my time in school, I obtained School Business Management qualifications through the National College of School Leadership to the level of Advanced Diploma.  I previously worked for a local authority in various departments including Personnel, Finance, ICT and Libraries mainly in administration/secretarial roles, I started by working life as secretary for a Building & Quality Surveyors company in Plymouth.

My role as Office Manager is varied and includes ensuring that the support office have policies and procedures in place to support schools, deal with telephone enquiries, maintaining central records including foundation governor appointments and re-appointments, organising training events, updating the Plymouth CAST website, supporting the Finance, HR Officers and Area Advisors, to name a few.



Sarah Adams - RE Advisor

Sarah has had a wide ranging career having started in Education in 1978 as a secondary school teacher of English, Drama and RE. After a number of years in secondary schools and having trained as a drama therapist she made the move to primary special schools working in London with children dealing with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. It was in this field that she became an acting deputy head of a special school. During this time she continued her therapeutic studies, qualifying as an Educational Psychotherapist in 1997. She spent three years in Brighton as the Deputy Director of a new residential therapeutic home for children who could not be cared for in foster homes or local authority care. Sarah moved from here to work for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service working as an Educational Therapist and as a consultant to schools helping them to work with challenging children. Always passionate about music and liturgy and fully involved in parish and diocesan life across three dioceses, it became clear that this was an avenue to be explored further so in 2000 Sarah took a career break to travel to Ireland where she studied for a Masters in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology at the National Centre for Liturgy and Pontifical University of Maynooth while working as the Director of Music and Liturgy for the Redemptorists Pastoral Centre in Dublin. She returned to England to take up the post of a secondary school lay chaplain where she stayed for six years before her successful application to be the RE adviser for Plymouth Diocese in 2008. She describes her current role as the most rewarding, enjoyable and enriching experience she has ever had. Sarah has been a member of a variety of commissions including the Youth Commission for Arundel and Brighton, Diocesan Pastoral Council for Brentwood Diocese and until recently a member of the Liturgy Commission for Plymouth Diocese.The book that has continued to inspire Sarah from the beginning of her career is 'Children with Emerald Eyes' by Mira Rothenberg.Sarah has many interests including poetry, photography, writing, music and long distance walking. Sarah lives on a farm in the middle of Devon with her two cats, Hamish and Toby. Her long term ambition is to be a shepherd.


Paul Jones - Finance Manager


Tel: 01364 645405

I’m an experienced accountant with a “sleeves up/hands on” attitude, who has been blessed to have worked in many different business sectors, including Manufacturing, Automotive Retail, Financial Services and Charitable.  I’m knowledgeable in all areas of a busy finance department; from controlling the prime books of entry, to completing financial returns, constructing and reviewing management accounts, completing statutory accounts and preparing business plans.  However, I take my greatest professional satisfaction from developing systems, processes and procedures that support businesses, which enables them to make well-informed decisions and support sustainability.  

Originally, from Smethwick, near Birmingham; I now live in Plymouth with my Wife, Sarah and my two Sons, Thomas and William.  In my spare time, I enjoy everything about cycling…but especially tinkering with bicycles.



Jon Wood - East Area Advisor


Jon has been in education since 1996 and has a diverse range of experience.   He began his career in multicultural Slough, in a middle school, before moving to Singapore for 4 years teaching in an international school with an attached special education needs unit.  He returned to the UK to take up a Deputy Headship in Bristol and trained as an ICT Mark Assessor.  Following four successful years he moved to the United Arab Emirates in a school improvement role, leading a team of 20 advisors working across 12 local schools on the implementation of a new curriculum.   In 2009 he took up a Headship in North Somerset and chaired the local cluster of schools in 2011, forging a closer working relationship between the cluster schools.  

Prior to becoming an Area Adviser for Plymouth CAST, Jon worked for a multi academy trust as an Academy Improvement Officer.  Jon is 41 years old, married with 3 young children.   He enjoys spending time with the family, all sports, travel and when time permits, scuba diving. 


Neil Maslen - West Area Advisor


Neil has been in education since 2002 and has taken on a range of leadership roles within the schools in which he has worked.  He began his career in a large Secondary School in South East London and was quickly promoted to the Head of the largest school Geography department in the country. Neil was then promoted again and began leading the Humanities Faculty with the pastoral care of over 300 students.  Following four successful years in these roles, Neil was appointed as the head teacher of a small school of just over 400 students.  Although most of his experience is in the secondary phase, Neil has been a governor of a primary school for six years, leads on the transition from primary to secondary and chairs regular meetings of five local primary schools in South East Cornwall.   He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Acorn Academy Multi-Academy Trust.  Prior to taking on the role of Area Adviser for Plymouth Cast, Neil worked in a secondary school in South East Cornwall.    Neil is 37, married and has a daughter who arrived in November 2014.  He enjoys most sports, walking, kayaking and has just bought a small motor boat, much to the disdain of his wife.



Mary Cox - Central Area Advisor




Richard Thorns - HR Manager

Sandy Anderson

Sandy has recently been appointed chair of the governing body of Our Lady's school in North Devon. He has been a Governor of Our Lady's previously and was a major mover in getting a pre-school started there to try to ensure that the intake each year justified the continued existence of the school - they are now adding a classroom to cope with demand. He was also a parent governor of Ilfracombe Comprehensive and North Devon Technical College.

Sandy’s previous jobs have included the management of electronic companies around the world, MD of Coutant Electronics Ilfracombe, MD of Weir Electronics Bognor Regis, President of the Lambda Group for Europe, Main Board member Lambda - major manufacturer of power supplies around the globe and his responsibilities included operations as far afield as New Zealand, China, Japan, Mexico, California and Europe. He has a Master's degree in metallurgy and management.

He retired but was then asked to recover a company from bankruptcy in Belgium where he has spent the last 3 years. He is now 68 years old, retired (again), and married, with 4 very successful children and 8 grand-children at the last count. Sandy became a member of the Catholic Church 8 years ago, he has great Integrity, he is a team builder and likes to get things done.