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Sue is the Chair of Trustees for The Poly, having been a Trustee and Box Office volunteer since 2013.
Sue is passionate about developing a business plan as a blueprint for delivering a shared vision for the Poly to ensure that trustees, members, volunteers and the wider community come together to achieve the goal of becoming 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.
With a background is in social housing and community regeneration at a senior level, Sue's 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. Sue now practices as a horticulturalist and garden designer, and lives with her husband Bill in Falmouth, after studying at the University.
Amanda was an active volunteer at The Poly for many years, supporting the development of the History Group including writing a development plan, budget management, organising Fun Days, Schools' Poster Competitions and the award-winning Falmouth History Week in 2017. She was actively involved in the development of HR processes. Her background is leadership, management and development in the voluntary, community, social enterprise and education sectors.
Sadly, a brain haemorrhage in 2018 has left her with limited mobility and whilst she can no longer access the building, she remains committed to the organisation. She is 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.
Louis has been involved in The Poly for many years, and has served on both the Finance Committee and the Programming Committee.
Louis 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.
Tim was elected as a trustee in 2016 and currently serves on both the Board of Trustees and the HR committee.
With a life-long interest in the Arts, Tim is particularly interested in helping The Poly to reach new audiences with an innovative offer in improved premises and in engaging Poly members in shaping the future.
As a trustee Tim brings 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, including strategies to engage the wider community, programming activities and events, working collaboratively using good interpersonal skills, recruiting, training and working with volunteers, staff recruitment and management and development and successful refurbishment of a listed building.
Colin Midson has worked with books throughout his adult life. He started out as a publicist at Bloomsbury Publishing before working as a commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster. He set up his own publishing PR consultancy, Bookshaped, in 2013 and has worked with authors including Gloria Steinem, Khaled Hosseini, Jeffrey Eugenides, Buzz Aldrin, Eleanor Catton and William Boyd.
He was Creative Director at the Port Eliot Festival where he programmed the literary line-up and compered many events, and has also hosted author talks at Latitude and the Henley and North Cornwall Book Festivals.
Colin is the director of the Falmouth Book Festival, which launched in autumn 2021. He’s also the Creative Producer-in-Residence at the School of Communications, Falmouth University, and Associate Programmer for the Charleston Festival 2022.
Lauren Hogan is currently Head of Marketing and Communications and a member of the Senior Management at Tate St Ives. Since moving back to Cornwall Lauren has held previous marketing roles at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Eden Project, Visit Cornwall, and Eden Project, after several years in marketing, communications and CSR at The Body Shop.
Passionate about Cornwall, access to arts and culture for all, and the importance of arts and culture to wellbeing and local communities, Lauren is keen to support The Poly through it's next phase as a vital part of Falmouth's community.
With a background in technology based business and music, Jones joined to assist The Poly is moving further towards digital support in building its propositions as part of its broader strategic objectives.
As a trustee, Jones brings experience gained in a long career in technology sales leadership across a number of verticals including business information, legal technology, telecommunications, director and founder of technology start-ups as well asa number of medium sized enterprises.
Jones has volunteered as a business mentor and school governor utilising his experience creating and executing plans to deliver operational and top line growth.
Tom has been a photographer and teacher in Cornwall since graduating from Falmouth College of Art in 2003. With 18 year’s experience in education, he has delivered photography workshops in primary schools, worked as a classroom teacher in secondary school, and taught on BA and MA courses. His current position is Senior lecturer on BA(Hons) Press and Editorial Photography at Falmouth University.
He has particular interests in participatory photography, visualising networks in the environment and designing activities that help engage communities with local archives.
Tom is also part of the Environmental Futures research programme at Falmouth University and a member of Art.Earth in Dartington.