Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum’s board of trustees is elected by its membership, and is representative of a broad range of voluntary and community sector organisations from across Cornwall. The current trustees are as follows:
|Karen Harris||Company Secretary||Independent|
Richard spent 38 years working in range of guises within Children’s Services, starting as an Adventure Playground/Youth and Community worker and for the last five years of his substantive career as a Director of Children’s Services. These experiences were gained both in the North West and South West of the Country. Throughout this time, he was driven by the need to change the way we all work ‘with’ our communities and with each other, both as individuals and organisations. The words collaboration, cooperation and change therefore underpin his thinking and are carried through into the work of the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum.
TrusteeAnna is MD of executive search consultancy Public Leaders Appointments where she works with not for profit and public sector organisations, advising on and leading Board and senior level appointments, nationally and regionally.
Anna relocated to Cornwall in 2015 and has developed a strong network in the County; working with numerous charities and Cornwall Council, making key appointments to their Boards and leadership teams.
She is passionate about developing new talent for organisations, both at Board and Executive level and recently hosted a development event for existing and new Trustees on the role of the trustee and ‘good governance’ alongside Cornwall Air Ambulance. Anna lives in Newquay and is a very active member of the local community, and runs a community garden. As someone who is focussed both professionally and personally on improving the wellbeing and development of the people of Cornwall, she is passionate about the critical role that Cornwall VSF plays on behalf of the sector across the County
TrusteeJane is the Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter on the Penryn campus in Cornwall. This is an interdisciplinary centre housing a range of academics exploring the ways in which natural systems can be supported to create sustainable futures.
By background, Jane is a Human Geographer and her previous research has been on topics such as the living wage, community organising and localism. She was part of Locality’s Commission on the Future of Localism (2017-2019) and have conducted research into the changing nature of local government in Cornwall. This has highlighted the potential for town and parish councils to develop stronger relationships with the voluntary and community sector in their area, and this approach fits well with the ambitions of Cornwall’s Voluntary Sector Forum.
In the past Jane has served as a trustee for London Citizens and is also active in a parent-led charity called Thinking Autism. She has a disabled son who attends Curnow School and has personal experiences of the challenges faced by people and families living with complex disabilities.
Trustee - Finance/ Company SecretaryKaren has worked in Senior Board positions within International Financial Services for over 15 years. She is a qualified accountant and Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Since returning to Cornwall 7 years ago Karen has worked on a pro bono basis for a number of charities and not for profit organisations as Chair, Trustee/Director and Treasurer and has recently taken up a Non-Executive Director position with Coastline Housing Limited.
Karen’s strengths lie in administration, finance and governance. She has been involved in and given advice to a number of voluntary organisations and also helped with start-ups including Truro Community Land Trust, Counselling and Benefit Support Limited and, more recently, her local residents’ COVID-19 response group.
Karen’s main areas of work are with organisations supporting those suffering with homelessness and poverty.
Emma has worked in the public, private and charitable sectors for the last 20 years including 10 yrs. in local government in a variety of leadership roles in Adult Social Care, Strategy, Elections and Community Development. Since 2014 she has worked as an independent consultant specialising in the development of outcomes and impact measurement of complex health and care transformation performance for clients such as NHS England, Age UK, NHS Kernow, Public Health and the South West Academic Science Network.
She has been a trustee of Volunteer Cornwall for 6 years and the Chair of Trustees since 2018, with lead responsibility for Data Security and Protection, Safeguarding and Impact reporting. She also runs Lime House Yoga studio near Perranporth, is a member of her local GP surgery Patient Participation Group and is passionate about the role volunteers and the voluntary sector play in supporting local people and creating community cohesion and resilience.
James started his third sector career at ShelterBox, where he worked across numerous fundraising streams including community giving, legacies and youth engagement. He later focused on major gifts, first at Save the Children before moving to Oxfam, where he was Head of Individual Philanthropy. In this role he was responsible for strategy development and delivery, team leadership, and personally securing six- and seven-figure commitments to tackle poverty. He was a member of the Philanthropy and Partnership Division’s Leadership Team, inputting into and implementation restructures.
In early 2019 he returned to Cornwall where he joined Cornwall Council’s Library and Information Service for 15 months, reviewing the Education Library Service to ensure commercial viability and developing further their collaborative approach to working with library partners. He has recently returned to the charity sector as Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Deputy Head of People and Engagement, working across membership, fundraising and marketing. He is passionate about championing a supporter-led approach to fundraising and marketing.
With over 33 years in the sector, Sam started volunteering in her local independent lifeboat crew in her teens. After an interlude of an arts education, Sam has worked for both national & Cornwall Charities. Most recently taking a step back from the professional side to the sector, Sam has been able to spend some time retraining & returning to get voluntary roots. Nowadays often found hanging about (literally) as Medical Officer and full callout member of East Cornwall Search and Rescue Team. Sam compliments that outdoor theme with working self employed as a gardener, and event medic/first responder. Sam also occasionally undertakes consultancy work in the sector and is employed in the summer months for Cornwall Council maritime section, working on the harbour patrol boats. Having spent several years as a Director & Trustee of Cornwall VSF, Sam is looking forward to seeing our ambitions realised.