Our Team

Our Team

We strive to be:

Forward thinking, ambitious, balanced, open, committed, friendly…and fun!

Andy Parsons

Chief Executive

My working week is spent in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, leading an innovative and fun charity – alongside colleagues who are passionate about looking after our environment and getting people out and about enjoying the great outdoors. Then I go home to the Cotswolds and relax with my wife and four children (and two dogs) in beautiful countryside.

Contact Andy : aparsons@swlakestrust.org.uk


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 : jplatts@swlakestrust.org.uk


Diane Bassett FCCA

Corporate Services Director

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 : dbassett@swlakestrust.org.uk


Colin Vallance

Managing 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 : cvallance@swlakestrust.org.uk


Neil Reeves
Head of Countryside and Recreation


Ben Smeeth
Head of Angling

Emma Scotney


Phil Timings
Head of Business Development


Mike Weaver
Cafe Manager


Lisa Tame
Impacts and Engagement Director


Rosie Vine
Public Relations and Campaigns Officer


Beth Martin
Administration and Bookings Officer