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:

Richard WilliamsChair
Anna JayTrustee
Deborah HintonTrustee
Emma RowseTrustee
Joe McEvoyTrustee
Sam HudspithTrustee

Richard Williams – Chair

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.

Anna Jay – Trustee

Anna 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

Deborah Hinton OBE – Trustee

Deborah has spent her working life as a board member, trustee, employee and volunteer in both the voluntary and statutory sectors at a national and local level.  She has worked for organisations in a range of areas including special needs housing, mental illness, death and bereavement, criminal justice and the environment.

Statutory appointments include a three-year appointment to the National Parole Board; Justice of the Peace; Member of the Board of a Regional Health Authority. In 1994 she was awarded an OBE for ‘services to the community’.

Deborah is Cornish by descent. Leaving Cornwall at the age of 3 she returned after the death of her husband in 1997.  Since returning she has worked as a consultant for the Eden Project, as the grants assessor in Cornwall for the Henry Smith Foundation and latterly as a trustee and chairman of the grants committee for the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Deborah has actively supported the Cornish creative sector, in particular the performing arts.  She is fortunate to live in Gorran Haven where the renowned Kneehigh Theatre Company are based; she has taken the opportunity to support them as well as many of the other theatre companies based in Cornwall.  She is a patron of ‘Scary Little Girls’ an inclusive, imaginative, ever-evolving feminist production company.

Emma Rowse – Trustee

Emma Rowse Trustee

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.

Joe McEvoy – Trustee

Joe is the Group Director of Innovation and Digital for the Priory Group of Companies. He has over 30 years experience working in Health and Social Care as a Health Care Assistant, Nurse, Manager and Leader, working at local, regional and national levels. He worked in the NHS in Cornwall between 2003 and 2013.

He has also worked voluntarily for a number of charities since 1995, most recently for his local surf lifesaving club. Joe is a passionate advocate for the third sector, it role in levelling inequalities, its critical role in supporting local communities and providing access to services. As a mental health nurse he is passionate about expanding support for people that widens access to help for people of all ages whatever their challenges might be.

Sam Hudspith – Trustee

Sam is a volunteer manager with Macmillan Cancer Support, working across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. He has been working in the voluntary sector for almost six years, starting at Volunteer Cornwall in 2015. Prior to this he was in education, studying and then working at Falmouth University. He is passionate about local and community volunteering, and at Macmillan specialises in service development and user involvement.

Sam grew up in Cornwall and lives with his family just outside Newquay.