No.81  - Winter - 1999/2000

Who's who

Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff

In front (L to R): Mark Nicholson, Callum Deveney, Paul McCartney, Ann Harris, Alison Vaughan, Andrea Toy,Tricia Hoskings, Alex Newark.

Behind (L to R): Stuart Hutchings, Nic White, Sue Hocking, Murray Taylor (reserves volunteer), Pamela, Tompsett, Jayne Herbert, Alan Juleff, Jo Wills, Terry Geater, Janet Dinsdale, Steve Adams, Caroline Arkley, Tim Crowe, Eula Eliades, Gavin Henderson, Ruth Adams, Cliff Mitchell, Jane Willis.

Some staff were not available on the day of the photo.

As the Trust expands, it's harder to maintain familiarity with the people behind the job titles. We'd like our staff, officers and members to know each other better, and hope the following section will be of some help towards this.

Ruth Adams - Biodiversity Project Officer

Born in Cornwall, Ruth graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1994 with a degree in Marine Biology and Conservation. After a year travelling the world, she worked at a marine research station in Ireland. She then won a scholarship to study on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia for 15 months. On her return to Cornwall she worked for the Environment Agency before joining the Trust in May 1999 as Biodiversity Project Officer. She currently lives near St Agnes and enjoys gig racing and scuba diving.

Steve Adams - Project Manager, Environmental Consultants

Steve moved to Cornwall from West Wales in January 1999 to join the consultancy. He had spent the previous five years in Aberystwyth, where he did an MSc course. He also worked for ADAS, monitoring the effectiveness of agri- environment schemes in Wales. He lives in Perranporth, where he is able to check the surf from his living room. Being unable to handle a surfboard, he has stuck to his plastic kayak for surfing.

Caroline Arkley - Project Manager, Environmental Consultants

Caroline has recently moved to Cornwall from Gloucestershire and started work with the consultancy in July 1999. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology in 1992 and then an MSc in Environmental Assessment in 1996. After spending a year in the Middle East, Caroline returned to the UK and undertook various voluntary positions including working in the reptile house at Bristol Zoo. Prior to moving to Cornwall she was employed by a consultancy in Swindon.

Pippa Cass - Sales Assistant

Born in Penzance in 1949, Pippa studied Sculpture and Fine Art at Bristol where she met her husband, Dan. After three years in London, they returned to Cornwall and had two boys, Michael (21) and Luke (19). Having just about survived that, Pippa started working for the Trust as Sally's part- time assistant in December 1997 and is now more able to recommence her artistic and other interests.

Steve Chudleigh - Cabilla and Redrice Woods Project Officer

Born in Redruth and brought up in Lostwithiel, Steve first worked with the Trust in 1983 alongside Stuart under the MSC scheme. After successfully completing a National Diploma in Countryside Recreation at Merrist Wood College, Surrey, he worked for a number of conservation organisations both here and abroad before returning to Cornwall to take up the position of Project Officer at Cabilla and Redrice Woods in 1997. A keen ornithologist, he lives just outside Lostwithiel with his wife Meriel, children Glyn (5) and Morwenna (3), and a varying number of ducks, chickens and pigs.

Tim Crowe - Reserves Assistant

Tim lives in Devoran and has worked for the Trust since 1990. He works alongside Stuart on the practical management of the Trust's nature reserves. He is an avid Star Trek fan and enjoys keeping up to date with the latest computer and Internet technology.

Callum Deveney - Wild Cornwall Project Officer

Callum joined the Trust in July 1998 having previously worked for the Devon Wildlife Trust and for an environmental consultancy in London. He has a BA in Geography and an MSc in Rural Resource Management. A keen sportsman and Arsenal fan, he lives in Falmouth where he plays football for Falmouth Athletic.

Janet Dinsdale - Assistant Senior Project Manager, Environmental Consultants

Janet grew up on a hill sheep farm in the Yorkshire Dales. She moved to the South- West to study for a BSc at the University of Plymouth and went on to complete a PhD in Plant Ecology and Conservation. Having migrated west to Helston with her partner Nick in 1997, she worked as a freelance consultant for a year before coming to work for the consultancy.

Trevor Edwards - Director

Trevor was born in West Cornwall and graduated from the University of London in 1978. He has held a variety of positions with the Trust over the last 19 years and is currently Director of the Trust and Managing Director of Environmental Consultants (CTNC) Ltd. He lives in Madron with his wife Lisa and son Adam.

Eula Eliades - Project Manager, Environmental Consultants

Eula has worked for the consultancy since 1998, specialising in mammal surveys and advice. She gained an MSc in Ecology from Durham University, where she completed a research thesis on otters. After travelling around the world for over a year, Eula worked for a private consultancy in Somerset. She now lives in Falmouth and her favourite part of Cornwall is the rugged north coast.

Terry Geater - Community Projects Officer

Terry was trained as an engineering draughtsman and spent 18 years with Rolls Royce. Always interested in natural history, he moved to Cornwall with his girlfriend, now his wife, Annie and has been broke ever since - but happy. Terry has worked as a volunteer with the Trust since the early 1980s and is now working on a short- term contract. The eldest of his two boys is in his first year at Cardiff University, studying computer science, and the youngest likes computer graphics. When not running courses for the Trust, Terry enjoys playing guitar, walking and art.

Ann Harris - Administrator

Ann joined the Trust in September 1991, having moved down to Cornwall from London in 1989. She is Administrator and Trevor's PA. Ann lives in Truro with her husband Alan, a Chartered Accountant. She enjoys cliff walks at weekends and now spends her holidays in Indonesia visiting one of her daughters who lives on the island of Lombok.

Sally Hawkins - Sales Manager

Born in Kent in 1971, Sally's family moved to Cornwall in 1975. After a brief spell as a student at Nottingham University and a publican in Bristol(!), Sally began working for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust in April 1995. She lives with her partner Simon and cats Brian, Smokey and Chrissie in Kehelland, Camborne. Her hobbies are gardening, cycling, Irish music playing and all things art and crafty.

Gavin Henderson - Volunteer Co- ordinator

Gavin was born and brought up in West Cornwall and now lives in Flushing. Having completed a BA in Geography at the University of Oxford, he spent two years volunteering and training with the BTCV in Gloucestershire and Cornwall. Gavin started work with the Trust in 1998 with responsibility for organising and supervising volunteers carrying out practical work on the reserves. In his spare time he enjoys eating and gardening.

Jayne Herbert - Education Assistant

Jayne moved down to Penzance from London two and half years ago, originally joining the Trust on a short- term contract as Membership Secretary to cover maternity leave. Jayne now works part- time as Education Assistant, which includes maintaining the Trust's ever- growing web site, administering Fox Club and raising funds through the bat and seal adoption schemes. Her main hobbies are cross- stitch and the compiling of the Trust web site.

Sue Hocking - Conservation Officer

After completing a BSc in Geology, Sue first worked as a botantist with the University of Bristol Lizard Project. She then spent a year working on a marine biological survey of the Helford River, before joining the Trust in 1987. Sue is now a Conservation Officer carrying out project- based work and also responsible for geological conservation. Sue lives in Illogan with her husband Richard and two young daughters - Emma (8) and Rebecca (3). When not busy renovating their old cottage, Sue enjoys gardening, horse riding, surfing and fossil hunting.

Tricia Hoskings - Administrative Assistant

Tricia was born in Cornwall and joined the Trust in February 1998. She works closely with Mark Nicholson on education and publicity, as well as providing admin support to various committees and groups, and is particularly involved in the Trust's marine group Seaquest South- West. She lives in Goonhavern with her two daughters, Katie and Laura, and is engaged to Mark.

Stuart Hutchings - Reserves Ranger

Stuart was born in Penryn and trained for six years as a yacht and boat builder. He became a professional lifeboat man with the RNLI but later returned to run the family business. Stuart is a keen ornithologist and photographer. He joined the Trust in 1983 as leader of the outside working group under the MSC scheme and now continues work with the reserves section of the Trust as Reserves Ranger. He lives in Penryn with his wife Kate, a community nurse.

Alan Juleff - Book- keeper

Alan has lived in Cornwall all his life. He joined the Trust in 1992 after spending over thirty years with English China Clays. He is responsible for compiling the Trust accounts and was involved in transferring the former manual system onto the present computer- based system. He lives in Newquay and spends his free time enjoying his various hobbies and taking walks along the cliffs.

Sheila McCann - Graphic Artist

Sheila was born in Sussex but brought up in the South- West. In 1990 she moved to Cornwall to take a BA (Hons) in Graphic Information Design at Falmouth College of Arts. She then spent three years working locally as a designer before moving to Plymouth to take a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Sheila joined the Trust in February 1999 and is now living back in Falmouth with her fiancé Peter.

Paul and Sarah McCartney - Records Centre Co- ordinator and Graphic Artist

Paul is a Cornishman who grew up in Penryn and has lived in the county for most of his life. He started working as a volunteer for the Trust in 1987, moved on to ornithological consultancy and has since been involved in a wide range of data management related projects. Sarah grew up near Totnes in Devon, took a degree in Sculpture in London and spent a further three years as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy. On moving to Cornwall in 1991, she joined the Trust as a volunteer, before becoming the Trust's artist. She is married to Paul and they have a six- month- old daughter, Helen. Both enjoy travelling within Britain and beyond.

Cliff Mitchell - Reserves Co- worker

Cliff has worked alongside Tim carrying out a wide range of practical nature reserves tasks since early 1998. Before then he carried out an extensive period of volunteer work for the nature reserves section. Cliff lives with his wife Anne- Marie in Mawgan Porth, overlooking the sea. In his spare time he rings bells for the local churches.

Alex Newark - Administrative Assistant (Five Acres Receptionist)

Born and brought up in Cornwall, and currently living in St Austell, Alex has recently joined the admin staff in the role of receptionist and clerk. She has previously worked for Restormel Borough Council and in recruitment. She has an easy- going personality and sense of humour with a weakness for small fluffy animals.

Mark Nicholson - Education and Publicity Officer

Mark graduated with a degree in Zoology (Dundee University) and an MPhil for research on newts (Leicester Polytechnic). He has been on the Trust staff since 1991 and lives near Truro with his 14- year- old son Scott. He is a keen fan of Newcastle United (his home town team) and his big ambition is to marry Admin Assistant Tricia Hoskings.

Nick Phillips - IT Manager

Nick joined the Trust in 1995 and has stoically maintained the computer systems for the Trust and consultancy. He has a degree in English and American Literature and postgraduate diploma in Cartography. He has worked in St Louis, USA, and as a GIS consultant. His hobbies include cycling and hillwalking.

Jim Roberts - Aquatic Mammal Project Officer

Jim lives in Falmouth and is currently working with Kate Stokes, mapping the distribution of semi- aquatic mammals in Cornwall. He has only recently joined the Trust having graduated in summer 1999. Jim is a keen artist and an avid Chelsea fan, so naturally he was pleased when they recently stuffed Man U five goals to nil.

Nicola Roberts - Senior Project Manager, Environmental Consultants

Nicola graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Environmental Science in 1983 and is currently completing an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment. She lives in Falmouth with husband Ben, a geophysicist, and two children Louis (4) and Merryn (four months). Her hobbies include sailing and swimming.

Kate Stokes - Otters and Rivers Project Officer

Kate moved to the South- West when she was ten. In 1991 she graduated with an Honours degree in English/ Anthropology, including a thesis on the woolly monkey at the sanctuary in Looe. She then spent six months studying primates in Borneo. She subsequently worked at both the Surrey and the Devon Wildlife Trusts. Having completed an MSc in Environmental Management, with a thesis on water voles on Dartmoor, Kate is now delighted to be in Cornwall and living by the sea.

Pamela Tompsett - Conservation Officer

Pamela was the only staff member of the Cornish Biological Records Unit to transfer here when the CBRU was merged with the Trust in 1997 and ERCCIS was formed. Her work has included organising many of our recorders' workshops. She is Co- ordinator of the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area Group and is active in the Bat Group. Pamela lives with husband Andrew in Illogan and is a keen grower of cacti and succulents. Her son Richard is a forestry scientist.

Andrea Toy - Administrative Assistant (Membership Secretary)

Andrea started work for the Trust as Administrative Assistant in June 1992. After the birth of her first daughter she returned as part- time Membership Secretary in March 1995. Andrea lives in Penryn with her husband Kevin and their daughters Jessica and Emily.

Alison Vaughan - Business and Resource Manager

A psychology graduate, most of Alison's career has been as a personnel manager in industry, becoming director of a medical instrumentation company. She then worked as a personnel consultant from her home near Liskeard, and took on the administration of an environmental body. Alison joined the Trust full- time in August 1999 and now lives near Porthtowan. In her spare time she enjoys indulging in good food and wine, walking off the results along the coast and painting.

Nic White - Information Co- ordinator

Nic has worked for the Trust since starting as a reserves volunteer in 1997. Having been brought up in Nigeria, he made Cornwall his permanent home ten years ago. He now works as Information Co- ordinator, a role that includes heading up the Trust's wildlife information service. Nic is kept busy at the weekends enjoying managing ten acres of woodland, wet pasture and wildflower meadows at his home near Blisland where he lives with his fiancée Ginny. In any spare time he finds his way around Cornwall hillwalking and backpacking, and his interests in scuba and parachuting allow him to see the county from all angles.

Victoria Whitehouse - Conservation Officer (Reserves)

Victoria has worked for the Trust since January 1994. Brought up in East Yorkshire, she moved north to complete a BSc at the University of Newcastle- upon- Tyne. She then completed an MSc in Ecology at Aberdeen University and moved to Cornwall to volunteer for the Trust's reserves section before starting work as Reserves Officer. She lives very happily on the Lizard Peninsula with her husband Justin and small brown dog Rusty. She enjoys gardening, pottery and exploring the Cornish coast.

Jane Willis - Administrative Assistant (Boscawen House Receptionist)

A Cornish girl through and through, Jane is one of the most recent additions to the Trust. Graduating only a few months ago from the University of the West of England with a 2: 1 (with which she is very pleased), Jayne now works for both the Trust and Environmental Consultants at Boscawen House.

Jo Wills - Records Centre Assistant

Jo joined the Trust on 1st September 1999, having just gained a BSc Honours degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Derby. She studied as a mature student following seven years spent in administrative and financial positions in the private sector in her home county of Hampshire. Voluntary work at a local country park in Hampshire allowed her to combine her joint enthusiasms for conservation and working with the public. Having just moved to Cornwall, Jo hopes to take up her interests of swimming and horse riding.

A gathering of some of the Trust Council members.

In front (L to R): Grace Mason (Kerrier Branch), Jane Richardson (Hon. Secretary), Jean Smith (Chair, Education Cttee). Behind (L to R): Kay Hocking, Nick Tregenza, John Gowenlock (Chair, Reserves Cttee), Frank Smith, Trevor Edwards (Director), Derek Giles (Hon. Treasurer), Philip Corbet (Chair, Conservation Strategy Cttee), Howard Curnow (Council Vice- chair).

Trust Council members


Contents - Wild Cornwall - No.81  - Winter - 1999/2000

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