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Honorary graduates 2018

Dr Barbara Vann DL (DSc)

Monday 23 July 2018 1:15pm

After 23 years as a headteacher of two secondary schools, Barbara became Chair of Cornwall NHS Partnership Foundation Trust in 2015. Barbara holds an MA from the University of Leicester (1993) and a PhD from the University of Tasmania (2006). She was Chair of the National Council of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society and an executive of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Management (CCEAM).

A former Governor of Truro and Penwith College, Dr Vann has chaired the Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers, the Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training steering committee and the Schools' Forum. She has been a trustee of the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and the Hall for Cornwall. Currently she is Chair of the Duchy Health Charity and a patron of the Peninsula Medical Foundation.

Dr Vann has published in academic journals and speaks at international conferences. In 2008 she was awarded a CCEAM Fellowship and became a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall. In 2010 she was awarded the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award.

Professionally, Dr Vann has focussed upon the link between health and education, which has led to the establishment of School-Based Integrated Health Centres on six secondary school sites across Cornwall as well as reviews of curriculum and styles of teaching and learning that support good health and wellbeing.

Dr Vann has three sons and seven grandchildren. She has a long held passion to help children and young people to be informed decision-makers and agents of change.