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Our Board

Our Board of Directors provide help, guidance, and advice on all aspects of our work. Their expert knowledge within the sector helps us to improve our approach and continually develop our services to museums.

  • Fiona Morris


    Fiona Morris


    Fiona is Creative Director and Chief Executive of The Space, a digital development and commissioning agency set up by Arts Council England and BBC to help support the UK arts and cultural sector make great art and reach new audiences using digital media, content, and platforms. She is a broadcast producer with over 30 years’ experience in the television industry commissioning and producing performance, documentary and entertainment programmes that have received Prix Italia, Emmy, Grammy and BAFTA awards.

    She has extensive experience working with cultural institutions in the UK and has provided consultancy services on the arts and the digital world to organisations including Arts Council England and English National Opera. She is a former chair of climate change charity Cape Farewell and Trustee of the Wales Millennium Centre.

  • Colin Vallance

    Heritage and Environment Director at South West Lakes Trust - Managing Director at Wheal Martyn Trust

    Colin Vallance

    Heritage and Environment Director at South West Lakes Trust - Managing Director at Wheal Martyn Trust

    Colin has worked for South West Lakes Trust since 2000, initially within hospitality. In 2007, he graduated through the Trust’s Supervisory and Management Development Programme. In 2010, Colin was appointed as General Manager of Wheal Martyn Museum following its merger with the Trust. 

    In the first two years, he worked hard to re-engage Wheal Martyn with key stakeholders and re-energize the volunteer and paid workforce, increasing visitor numbers, turning its trading subsidiary into profitability, and successfully raising funds to employ curatorial and education staff and commissioned a Conservation Management Plan for the site. 

    Now, as Managing Director of Wheal Martyn, he leads a small and dynamic team working to realise the potential of the museum. As Heritage and Environment Director for South West Lakes Trust he leads the Countryside team, managing conservation of the environment and built heritage, grounds maintenance and forestry at nearly 50 lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset as well as maximising car park revenue and developing the Trust’s angling business.

  • Libby Buckley

    Director at Leach Pottery

    Libby Buckley

    Director at Leach Pottery

    Libby Buckley is the Director of the Leach Pottery. Previously, she worked as the Director of the Telegraph Museum for five years, and oversaw the recent and highly successful £3.2 million redevelopment of the museum. This led to the museum going on to win South West Cornwall Tourism’s 2014/2015 Gold Award for Museum and Industrial Attraction of the Year.

    Libby has an MA Honours in Classical Civilisation from Glasgow University, and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and has over fifteen years of experience in the arts and heritage sector. She previously worked at the British Postal Museum and Archive, and the British Museum in London, the Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos National Museum.

    She also set up and chaired the Cornwall Museum Group, which provides opportunities for museum staff and volunteers to get together and exchange ideas as well as apply for joint funding.

  • Chloe Rickard

    Head of Communications at Kneehigh

    Chloe Rickard

    Head of Communications at Kneehigh

    Chloe’s career in communications began at Kneehigh, the international touring theatre company based in Cornwall. In 2019 she returned there as Head of Communications. She is passionate about the transformative power of the arts in rural and marginalised communities.

    Chloe previously worked with Cool Earth, the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. She developed their communications strategy and used digital opportunities to reach and engage new and current donors.

  • Sarah Trethowan

    Institute of Directors Chartered Director

    Sarah Trethowan

    Institute of Directors Chartered Director

    Sarah Trethowan has recently sold TRAC, the business she co-founded in 2001, and is currently focusing on her other roles. Sarah is an Institute of Directors Chartered Director has been involved with economic development activity since 2008, firstly as a non-executive director with CPR Regeneration and then with Cornwall Development Company.

    Sarah left Cornwall in 1990 to attend University in London. She graduated in 1994 with a first class honours degree in Applied Biology. In 1995 Sarah joined Post Office Counters Limited on their graduate training programme. Sarah was with The Post Office until the birth of her first child in 2001.

    Following the birth of her daughter Sarah returned to Cornwall with her husband, Jonathan, in 2001, to establish TRAC Services Limited, a regulatory affairs consultancy providing a range of professional services to businesses operating within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

    In the 17 years Sarah & Jonathan ran the company, TRAC grew from a home based business to an established and respected award winning consultancy employing 20 people, and working with some of the leading names in the pharmaceutical industry. This growth was achieved in no small measure, as a result of Sarah and Jonathan’s strong entrepreneurial skills and ability to identify opportunities, manage risk and create an extremely strong team ethic.

    Sarah was named Entrepreneur of the year at the Cornwall Business Awards 2012; Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year for the South West in 2013 and Cornwall Business Leader of the Year at the Hub Awards in 2014.

    When not at work, Sarah likes to spend time with family and friends, shopping or a trip to the cinema or a good restaurant. She is also trying to keep fit by running and cycling so she can keep up with her two children.

  • Tamzyn Smith

    Principal Lead for Culture and Creative Industries at Cornwall Council

    Tamzyn Smith

    Principal Lead for Culture and Creative Industries at Cornwall Council

    Tamzyn is currently on Secondment at the Hall for Cornwall as Interim Operations & Team Development Lead.
    She has been seconded from the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) where she is a Specialist Consultant in Arts & Culture. Having worked on the Creative Partnership contracts in Cornwall and Plymouth, Tamzyn was one of the very first RIO employees.

    With experience spanning the cultural sector, education, business support, social enterprise and curating, she specialises in providing consultancy, support and training for a wide range of businesses and organisations across the south west. These include cultural, creative, social enterprises and local authorities. She has experience of delivering contracts for clients such as Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.
    Tamzyn is Vice Chair and Director of Borlase Smart John Wells Trust which manages two artists studios in Newlyn and one at Porthmeor Beach in St Ives and is a Co-Opted School Governor at Nancledra Primary School. She was previously a board member of the South West Museum Development Partnership Board.

    She has a BA Hons in Architecture and a Masters in Curating Contempory Design from Kingston University and the Design Museum.

    Outside of work Tamzyn loves spending time with her family giving them a true Cornish upbringing involving beaches, food, rugby, friends and humour.

  • Ellie Collier

    CEO of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

    Ellie Collier

    CEO of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

    Ellie is Senior CEO of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. She is a Personal and Executive Coach and a Clore Fellow.

    She previously managed the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Programme for Cornwall, working with over 70 museums and heritage organisations. She has 10 years’ experience in museums and heritage, including being Project Manager at Salisbury Museum where she managed an extensive £2.4 million HLF capital and activity project; Project Development Officer at Croome, National Trust where she managed a successful £4.8 million bid to HLF; and HLF Project Officer, Limestone Journey for Creswell Heritage Trust.