Tamas Haydu - Chief Executive
Tamas has been chief executive of the CCF since March 2017. He joined CCF as Development Director in 2013 following a career of 15 years in sales, marketing and business development. Tamas spent four years with regional charity South West Lakes Trust before joining CCF, where he was responsible for marketing, publicity and managed successful development projects. He holds an MBA, a Masters in Education and a BA (Hons) in Geography and Art.
Tamas lives in Launceston with his family and enjoys travelling and kayaking.
Development and Finance Team
Amy Buzza-Blackwell - Philanthropy Director
Amy joined the Foundation as Philanthropy Director in January 2021. Born near Redruth, she went away to university and then spent several years living in Oxford, but was soon drawn back to her home county. She has worked as a fundraiser for a variety of charities ranging from the National Trust to Cornwall Air Ambulance, and has specialised in campaign management, the organisation of major events, and working with charities’ largest supporters.
When not working she enjoys climbing, baking and walking the Cornish coast path.
Tamara Sherston-Baker - Philanthropy Advisor
Tamara joined the Foundation as maternity cover for the Philanthropy Director position since she has thankfully decided to stay with the Foundation as Philanthropy Advisor. Although new to the charity sector Tamara brings over 15 years of experience in events, marketing and client management, most recently heading up sponsorship, events and corporate social responsibility for Royal Bank of Canda Wealth Management.
After growing up on the south coast and spending many years visiting Cornwall, Tamara and her family made the move to the county permanently in summer 2019 and now live in Newquay. When not working Tamara likes to explore the beaches and countryside of Cornwall with her two young boys.
Jeremy Ward - Development Director
Jeremy joined the Foundation as Development Director in April 2017. He has a background in marketing and business development, working for large and small organisations across the private and public sectors. He also has a Masters degree in Sociology and postgraduate qualifications in marketing and business management. Jeremy has previously worked for the Prince’s Charity, Business in the Community.
Jeremy has lived in Cornwall all his life, apart from going to University and his two first jobs in London. He has been a Councillor in his home parish of Week St Mary for many years, including twelve years as Chair and has been a volunteer for many local organisations and campaigns.
Evie Fairman - Marketing Officer
Having studied Events Management in Brighton, Evie came home to Cornwall in 2018 and started a position as Sales & Marketing Executive and Wedding Coordinator at Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club. Alongside work, Evie volunteers as a Youth Mentor with Little Hearts Matter, a national charity supporting members and their families with single ventricle heart conditions. Deciding she wanted to pursue a career within the charity sector Evie joined the Foundation in May 2021.
In her spare time, Evie enjoys walking her French Bulldog, Micky and finding the best coffee spots in the South West.
Rachel Mill - Administrative Officer
Rachel has lived on a Cornish farm all her life. Having studied Art and Design at Falmouth Art College and Art Metalwork and Jewellery at Plymouth Art College, she carried on her passion for jewellery making later in life and sold to local Craft Fayres in and around Cornwall.
Married a Cornishman, Rachel brought up three children. Whilst their children were at nursery she volunteered as the Nursery Secretary eventually finding an opportunity to work as an Accountants Receptionist/Secretary and continued this path for 15 years until making a change to join the Foundation in November 2021.
Kirsty Philpott - Programmes Director
Being Cornish, Kirsty has always had a passion for the County. Kirsty has been part of the Foundation since 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was employed by HM Revenue and Customs. Kirsty is responsible for overseeing the Grants Department and strategic developments.
Kirsty enjoys being involved in her local community, spending time on the family farm and being active.
Colum Taylor - Community Outreach Officer
Born to Cornish parents and having lived in the county since he was 3 years old Colum has a strong connection to the county. Colum has a background in the charity sector. Before joining the Foundation in September 2020 Colum had previously worked for Cornwall Rural Community Charity and Volunteer Cornwall.
During the summer, when he isn’t working for the foundation, Colum can often be found playing cricket for Newquay Cricket Club.
Donna Wheadon - Grants Officer
With a keen interest in Art and Design for most of her life, Donna attended Plymouth Art and Design College followed by the University of Falmouth to study Graphic Design. After finishing University, Donna came back to the family farm in North Cornwall. Keen to give something back to Cornwall, Donna volunteered at the Foundation for a few months working on the website before being offered a permanent position. Donna has been the Grants Officer at the Foundation since 2008.
In her spare time, when she is not running around after her beautiful triplets, she can often be found socialising, exercising and enjoying the Cornish countryside.
Genna Lloyd-Hall - Grants Officer
Genna grew up in West London, where she worked as a BT Engineer and an Early Years Practitioner. In 2017 she moved to North Cornwall to be closer to her family. Before joining the Foundation in September 2021, she began studying Counselling to broaden her understanding of mental health. This is where her interest in the voluntary sector grew.
In her spare time, Genna enjoys exploring the Cornish countryside and coast, exercising and family caravan trips.
Alison Mitchelmore - Grants Officer
Alison has a background in the charity sector. Before joining the Foundation in September 2021, she had previously worked for Cornwall Rural Community Charity and Volunteer Cornwall helping voluntary sector organisations to build their capacity and access funding.
She has lived in Cornwall much of her life and is married to a Cornish man who can trace his Cornish roots back several centuries, only to discover that he is descended from invading Frenchmen! Her favourite pastime is quilt making and hand applique.