Andy Parsons, Chief Executive

I have been involved with sport and outdoor recreation for over ten years. As Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, I want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from health giving experiences in the great outdoors - whether that's having a stroll, going for a bike ride or taking part in high octane watersports activities. My working week is spent in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, working alongside a brilliant team – working hard and having a lot of fun along the way. I live in the Cotswolds with my wife, four children and two dogs. I really enjoying cycling around the Cotswolds - lovely views, very little traffic and not too many big hills (at least not on the routes that I use!). I am the youth co-ordinator at Chipping Campden Cricket Club and I also play for them at the weekends - although I have to confess it now takes a couple of days to recover.

Contact Andy

James Platts, Partnerships and Business Development Director

I have enjoyed family time with my kids - camping, sailing, walking and eating ice cream at the lakes. I am fortunate that my work with our charity enables me to make sure more people can enjoy the land and especially the water – getting out there is a real tonic for our hectic lifestyles.

Contact James 

Diane Bassett FCCA, Strategic Director of Corporate Services

I never thought when I moved back to Cornwall that I would find such a great organisation to work for, especially a charity with such beautiful sites – it’s given me the opportunity to be involved in some wonderful projects. I love visiting the lakes to walk and cycle with my family and enjoy the ‘great outdoors’, especially when followed up with a delicious hot chocolate and carrot cake.

Contact Diane

Colin Vallance, Operations Director, Wheal Martyn

I love the variety of being involved in such a dynamic charity which combines my passion for the countryside with the opportunity to make a difference for people. It is a privilege to head up the Wheal Martyn charity, celebrating and making accessible the heritage of one of Cornwall’s most important industries, in such a special and unique place – I am continually inspired by the dedication and passion of our wonderful volunteers .

Contact Colin

Lisa Tame, Impacts and Engagement Director

I count myself as very lucky to work for such a vibrant charity with a clear passion for protecting our special habitats and wildlife and enabling people to explore and enjoy the lakes we manage. My family and I spend a great deal of time outdoors and I also love trail running (whenever possible), so many happy memories can be made whilst enjoying the great outdoors. I relish the challenge of such a varied role of Impacts and Engagement Director, leading our communications team and being responsible for our fundraising and the development of our charitable projects, which means I get to work across the region and with our fantastic teams at our lakes.  

Contact Lisa

Lesley Whitworth, Head of Finance

I love working here. Every day I come into work and learn something new: how to tackle invasive plants in my garden, how to identify different birds and butterflies that visit our lakes, the fascinating history of the clay industry in Cornwall and that there are some big fish lurking at the bottom of our lakes! I have recently purchased two paddleboards, so I am looking forward to spending some quality family time at the lakes, camping and splashing around!

Contact Lesley

Phil Timings, Head of Business Development

Working for SW Lakes is such a fantastic job for me. Having grown up enjoying adventures in the great outdoors, I take great fulfilment from helping others to have similar memorable and positive experiences. Having run the activity centres for several years, it has been amazing to see so many people and families having fun and making the most of what our lakes can offer. My role now means that I help across the organisation to develop new ideas, ensure that more people can access our lakes and that we are able to continue delivering our charitable work long into the future.

Contact Phil

Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling

I have been an ‘outdoors’ person my whole life and to be able to work within an area for which I have a lifelong passion is amazing. What I love most is seeing people enjoying themselves at the lakes and if I can have a positive impact on our visitors through my work it makes it more rewarding. I take great pride in what I do and enjoy sharing that with my young children who love visiting the lakes and enjoying such special places with me.

Contact Ben

Neil Reeves, Head of Countryside and Recreation

“It’s not a bad office you’ve got!”

You only need to look out over one of our lakes on a sunny day to understand why I do what I do. This, combined with a passion for the natural world and encouraging people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from it fills me with enthusiasm. I love living on Dartmoor with my family and working to deliver Conservation, Access & Recreation across the lakes of the South West with simply “the best” team of staff and volunteers is a real privilege. 

Contact Neil

Emma Scotney, Ecologist

Contact Emma

Nicola Morris, Invasive Species Officer

Contact Nicola

Annabel Underwood, Public Relations and Campaigns Officer

Contact Annabel

Will Samuels, Personnel and Training Officer

Contact Will 

Beth Cross, Senior Countryside Warden - Cornwall

Contact Beth

Kit Hancock, Senior Countryside Warden - Devon

Contact Kit