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I have been a trustee of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society for nearly four years and currently hold the position of Vice-Chair. I serve on the Executive, Engagement, HR and Programme Committees.
My career has been in sales, marketing, communications and business development. In the 80’s I took two years out of my career to establish and manage a Wine Bar in Bristol and then for 25 years worked for GE (General Electric). My final role with GE was European Corporate Citizenship Manager where I lead the company’s volunteering and social responsibility strategy in the UK and Europe, part of that role being to recruit energise and manage volunteers to work in their local communities.
Before moving to Cornwall,I was part of a team comprising business leaders and Bristol City Council who set up the charity ABLAZE (A Business Learning Action Zone in Education) created to support business volunteers working with schools to support education aiming to help improve core skills and raise aspirations. I took a six month sabbatical supported by GE to form and lead the charity which is now well established.
Having been part of the development team for Transforming the Poly I am very positive about our future and feel that in the four years that I have been part of the Poly we have already made great progress towards our vision.
The ability of an organisation to adapt and develop is the single most important element that ensures its survival. We are fortunate at the Poly that the Trustees have a wide range of those necessary skills.
My employment background was in company startups covering finance, management and all the necessary day-to-day requirements required to get a company into profit within 6 to 9 months before moving on and repeating the process. This was mainly in the design and printing industry spheres.
Currently I am a member of the Finance Committee, Programming and Collections, I am also a Trustee of the Acorn in Penzance and Miracle Theatre. I have been working hard to develop ‘Regional Programming’ here in the South West, encouraging performers to come down to Cornwall where we have a number of enthusiastic theatres.
I was a founder member of the Cornwall Film Festival, a current Princes Trust Business Mentor which brings me into contact with young people and the difficulties they face and a documentary film maker.
I believe the Poly has a great future and I would like to use my skills and experience to contribute to its ongoing development.
My background is in social housing and community regeneration at senior level, but I now practice as a horticulturalist and garden designer. I live with my husband Bill in Falmouth and studied at the Uni. My family business invests in commercial property that will make a genuine difference to town centres in Cornwall through property improvement, job creation and support for fledgling businesses.
I am a box office volunteer and have been a Poly trustee since November 2013. My role has been to lead on finding out what our customers think of us and developing a business plan as a blueprint for delivering a shared vision for the Poly. I want to ensure that trustees, members, volunteers and the wider community come together to achieve this.
The Poly is very important to me from a heritage standpoint but also for what it is now – a fantastic arts centre with important archives and collections – and for what it has the potential to become – an innovative cultural community hub and social centre where people can experience, be inspired by and participate in the arts, history, science, technology and design.
I have been an active volunteer at The Poly for 5 years, primarily supporting the development of The History Group including writing a development plan, budget management, organising Fun Days and a Schools Poster Competition, coordinating publicity and even decorating the Chellew Room! I am keen to help to re-establish The Poly as a respected and vibrant centre for the arts, science and history in Cornwall and encourage a wider range of people to get involved. My background is leadership, management and development in the voluntary, community, social enterprise and education sectors.
Louis Turner is a specialist on Asian technology, having run high-level semi-official conferences with Japan, China, Korea (and Russia, Singapore and the Czech Republic). He was a long-time staff member (and Board Member) of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs). He has also written over ten books on various aspects of the global economy. Since moving to Cornwall, he has been a trustee of the Poly (Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society) and is currently running the 3D Kernow campaign to bring 3D Printing to Cornwall. He is a founder of the Asia-Pacific Technology Network.
Henk Wiekens is joint Managing Director of Pendennis Shipyards in Falmouth.
Dave Rickett was born in Bude and trained in graphic design and art history at Redruth School of Art in the late 60's. He has maintained his long term interest in the arts through the 70s and 80's in Bristol with the art cinema scene there and since returning to Cornwall has been involved on numerous local arts and charitable projects.
Throughout his career he has been involved in advertising, design and marketing in London and Bristol working for major advertising agencies on numerous national blue chip companies and for the last 27 years he has been creative director of Creative Edge Design a brand and web consultancy in Truro, again working on a wide variety of small local, national and international clients on a wide variety of branding, advertising, PR, website and marketing commissions.
He has also been involved in numerous charitable arts projects over the years and with his co director and wife helped to establish the Truro Schools Arts Project involving teachers and pupils from ten of the local schools - public and state in getting visiting artists to help deliver workshops on various local cultural topics, culminating in week long exhibitions of dance, craft and art in the Lander Gallery, Truro.
He has been a governor of a local school for seventeen years.
I worked in the NHS for 30 years, including 17 at Board level, mainly in operational management, before setting up my own coaching and consultancy business. My NHS career included seven years as Chief Executive of a Mental Health Partnership Trust, several years as an operations director of a large acute hospital and as a director of informatics before that.
I have extensive experience of leadership, strategy development, business planning, managing change and financial management (including, budgets, income and expenditure accounts and forecasting) and currently serve as a trustee on the boards of three local charities.
As a volunteer at The Poly as both a Trustee and a Fire Warden, I recognise and truly benefit from the significant role that the Poly has as a cultural and educational venue in Falmouth and beyond.
I have worked in the charity sector for twenty years and have a long history of working with corporates of all sizes who want to both raise vital charitable funds, but also want staff to use their skills in the community through volunteering. I have already supported the Poly’s fundraising ambitions by supporting the crowdfunding and corporate fundraising in 2017 to ‘Transform the Poly’. I now want to engage with corporates to create a sustainable funding stream and explore opportunities to maximise their Gift in Kind partnership potential to ensure that our customers and performers truly benefit.
I joined the Poly as a Trustee in May 2017 having enjoyed the wonderful shows and exhibitions over the years.
Originally from London, I moved to Falmouth in 2010 where I have made lots of friends, especially through walking my dog. I am proud to live in this vibrant town, where I have actively campaigned to save public spaces. Most notably, I ran the ‘Save Cornwall Libraries’ campaign with my son and Author/Illustrator husband – I even brought Michael Morpurgo to Falmouth to support us!
As a Human Resources professional from a commercial background, I have a broad understanding of business needs. Together with my keen interest in the Arts, I am applying this knowledge in supporting the Poly as a thriving charity promoting the Arts, Sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.
I was elected as a trustee in 2016 and currently serve on the Board of Trustees and the Programming and Human Resources committees. I also volunteer on the box office and as a fire warden.
I joined at the time of a major restructuring of the Poly personnel with new posts and a new CEO. I felt that the Poly was entering an exciting new phase in its life and that I would like to contribute to it as a trustee.
I have had a life-long interest in the Arts. I am particularly interested in helping the Poly to reach new audiences with an innovative offer in improved premises and in engaging Poly members in shaping provision.
As a trustee I can bring to the role a range of experience and skills gained during a varied career in Further and Adult Education (teaching and management), self-employment as a Quality Improvement Consultant and as a Director of a small company.
With reference to the Poly, these include understanding how organisations function, can be effectively run and how quality can be improved, business documentation, management information and accounts, strategies to engage the wider community, including young people, programming activities and events ,Working collaboratively using good interpersonal skills, recruiting, training and working with volunteers,Staff recruitment, management and development and successful refurbishment of a listed building.
When I moved to Falmouth, I was determined to be a contributor, not just a consumer.
So I volunteered at the Poly, and quickly fell in love with the place, its history and its potential.
Since being elected as a Trustee, I’ve been able to use my experience in advertising and marketing to work on projects including fund raising, engagement and programming. I’ve also painted the bar, spruced up the Library, and made numerous trips to the recycling centre during the office annex transformation.
The Poly is an important historical institution; I’m proud to be part of the effort make it relevant as one of Cornwall’s premier cultural venues today, and for future generations of residents and visitors.