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Who we are

Volunteer Cornwall is a charity (Registered Number 1069957) and a company limited by guarantee (Company number 3562830) which develops individuals and communities through voluntary action.

Objectives and Activities of the Charity

We are a charity dedicated to building social capital and developing the wellbeing of individuals and communities in Cornwall. We do this by working in collaboration with a wide range of organisations to promote and support active citizenship and voluntary action covering the emotional, social, environmental and economic needs and opportunities in Cornwall.

From our Head Office in Truro, and our sub-offices in Liskeard and Redruth, we provide support to all aspects of volunteering across the county. As you explore our website, you will see the range of projects and services we are involved in.


We have explored and defined out a set of values which we developed with our staff and stakeholders:

To be bold and passionate. To work reciprocally with collective purpose promoting neighbourliness.

We relate these to our daily work by being enabling, creating opportunity, innovating, providing proactive leadership and being inclusive.

Board Members

Our strategy and direction is set by our Board of Directors / Trustees (they are one and the same) who are:

Chair: Emma Rowse


Emma’s background is in local government, where she spent 10 years in a variety of leadership roles primarily focused on project management, business planning, performance and information management and outcomes measurement. Her local government experience covers a range of different areas including Adult Social Care, Strategy, Elections and Community Development.

Since 2014 she has worked as an independent management consultant leading on the development of outcomes, performance and evaluation frameworks for NHS England, Age UK, NHS Kernow, Public Health Wales and the South West Academic Science Network.

Emma also runs Lime House Yoga studio in Cornwall and on her days off she can be found either in the garden or cooking for 20+ yoga students!

Linked in - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/emma-rowse/13/173/142 
Twitter - @EmmaRowse
Twitter - @limehouseyoga
Instagram - @limehouseyoga

Vice Chair: Kim Mundy


Kim currently works for Cormac as their Lead Policy Officer; responsibilities include safeguarding, equality and diversity, freedom of information, customer care, volunteering and general project work…as well as writing policy!

Kim also works for HM Prison and Probation Service and volunteers with the Youth Offending Service. Having a degree in Public Relations, Business and Media had little bearing on Kim’s varied career as she previously worked at HMP Exeter, in drugs rehabilitation and high risk offending environments, as well as working for Trading Standards and Cornwall Council.

Kim is also the Director at Cornwall Football Association for inclusion; she also chairs the Associations Inclusion Advisory Group trying to help increase participation in football across the county. In her spare time she is a fanatical golfer and can often be found on one of the many stunning Cornish courses.

Treasurer: Janet Popham No photograph or biography available

Dr. Peter McGregor


Peter is Visiting Professor of Animal Behaviour at ISPA University Institute, Lisbon – but based in Cornwall, as he has been since 1998. His research and teaching interests in the natural environment, particular behaviour, give an understanding of emerging environmental issues and potential solutions. Of particular interest to him are the interrelationships between volunteering, the environment, society, and physical and mental well-being. He founded the charity CINNG (cinng.org.uk) to develop the effectiveness of these relationships. He is a member of a United Nations Environment Programme specialist working group on social behaviour and migratory species.

His volunteering has been Wadebridge-based - as parent governor and chair of the community primary school and a founding member of WREN (wren.uk.com). It continues with Wadebridge Plays.

Most of his activities involve the coast, most often sea kayaking in the Greenland kayak he build in the living room while the Christmas Tree was still up.

Dr. Mike Leyshon


Michael Leyshon is a Senior Lecturer in Social Geography at the University of Exeter. He has published widely in the area of young people’s geographies and has a particular interest in theories of embodiment and identity formation. His research explores, and seeks solutions to, the ways in which young people become socially, politically and economically excluded from society.

Prof. Kate Leyshon


Catherine was born in Coventry and grew up in rural Warwickshire. She has worked for the University of Exeter since 1996 and has been based for the last 14 years at the Penryn campus. Her career as an academic geographer has seen her research subjects as diverse as religion, film, and literature as well as social care, climate change and social innovation.

Catherine did no exercise of any kind for 39 years before taking up running, sea swimming and biking. She has since completed four marathons, several triathlons and numerous road and multi-terrain races, most of which she came almost last in. Catherine enjoys cooking and frequently tries out new and sometimes experimental recipes on unsuspecting friends and colleagues. Catherine is married to fellow trustee, Michael Leyshon, and they have a daughter, two guinea pigs and a dog.

The Rt Revd Tim Thornton – Bishop at Lambeth


Tim was Bishop of Truro from 2008 to 2017.

He then became Bishop at Lambeth and is also Bishop to the Forces and responsible for the Anglican presence on the Falkland Islands.

Tim has been ordained since 1980 and has served in several dioceses and contexts. He was Principal of the North Thames Ministerial Training Course and served as Chaplain to Bishop David Hope both in Wakefield and London.

He was born in Yorkshire and is married to Sian who is an HMI (Schools) and they have two grown up children and three grandchildren.

Phil McVey


Phil McVey is the retired Director of a consultancy based in Cornwall that specialised in European policy and funding programme advice.

Before setting up the consultancy in 2011, Phil was responsible for European funding programmes across Cornwall and the South West within the South West Regional Development Agency and, previously, Government Office for the South West and has 19 years’ experience in this field. He has worked across Europe, including an enjoyable spell in the Czech Republic helping with preparations for EU membership.

Up until 1999, Phil was a District Manager for Jobcentres, working in Devon and Cornwall and has worked on a variety of employment and training programmes across the area. Also a Trustee of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Phil was born in Cornwall and loves the place and its people. He is a regular conservation volunteer and can usually be found on the coast somewhere.

Linda Emmett


Linda works as a freelancer offering advice and support for businesses as community groups to access funding.

Previous to this she worked on a community led economic regeneration EU programme, with spells in Cornwall and Devon. Linda started her career as a chartered librarian, working in higher education and the civil service, before becoming a Research and Information Manager at the personnel and training professional body. Linda has a Masters in Information Management.

Volunteering has always been important to her, something she has always tried to find time to do – but not always successfully. Being a trustee is fun, and she hopes her practical slant and skills brings something to the board. Linda lives between Camelford and Launceston, up on the moor. Her spare time is spent taming the wilderness that says is her garden, growing vegetables, brewing beer and drinking it. Linda also volunteers for a village hall committee.