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After graduating from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature, Ruth has spent her career in Sales, Marketing, Communications and Business Development. In the early 80’s she took two years out of her career to establish and manage a Wine Bar with two partners. For 25 years she worked for GE (General Electric) which she joined as a National Accounts Sales Manager, then moved to product development, marketing, communications and finally to lead the company’s volunteering strategy in the UK and Europe. Currently she maintains her relationship with GE as a consultant on business volunteering programmes for education and she also runs a small holiday let in Falmouth.
Originally from Falmouth, I lived in Australia for fourteen years running a successful textile business before coming home four years ago. I now run a Cornish lifestyle brand, Cream Cornwall. I am very proud of my Cornish heritage and have a strong family connection to The Poly.
As a small business owner I can think on my feet and am used to multi-tasking and getting the job done. As well as the usual skill set associated with running a business, I am particularly interested in design, IT and marketing.
I was voted onto the board as a Trustee in 2013. I have chaired the Collections Committee since October 2013. It has been a challenging period but I feel that we have made real progress at the Poly in the last few years and am optimistic about its future.
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.