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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 has been 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 and a Schools Poster Competition. Her background is leadership, management and development in the voluntary, community, social enterprise and education sectors.
Amanda 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.
Henk is joint Managing Director of Pendennis Shipyards in Falmouth and is a long time supporter of The Poly, having been chair of the Finance Committee for many years.
Dave was born in Bude and trained in graphic design and art history at Redruth School of Art 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 and for the last 27 years he has been creative director of a brand and web consultancy in Truro.
As well as volunteering as a Trustee for The Poly, Dave 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, 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.
As well as being a trustee of The Poly, Sarah often volunteers as a Fire Warden, and both recognises and benefits from the significant role that the Poly has as a cultural and educational venue in Falmouth and beyond.
Sarah has worked in the charity sector for twenty years and has 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. Sarah worked on the successful crowdfunding and corporate fundraising in 2017 to ‘Transform the Poly’ and is now working to engage with corporates to create a sustainable funding stream and explore opportunities to maximise their Gift in Kind partnership potential.
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.
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.