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

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James Platts

Policy and 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

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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

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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

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Neil Reeves - Devon
Head of Countryside

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Ben Smeeth - Cornwall
Head of Angling

James Parkin
Natural Environment Officer (SSSI)

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Phil Timings
Head of Sport and Recreation

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Donna Saunders
Head of Catering and Hospitality

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Lisa Tame
Development Manager

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Rosie Vine
Communications Manager

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Beth Martin
Admin Assistant