Staff team

    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 a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Education (Visual Communication and Photography) and a BA (Hons) in Geography and Art. Tamas lives in Launceston with his family and enjoys travelling and kayaking.

    Sarah Holdaway - Grants Administrator

    Sarah moved from West Sussex to the West Country in 2000 and now lives in Cornwall. Sarah has had many senior administration and PA roles, with over 27 years’ experience. Sarah has been with the Foundation since 2014. Involved in the heart of our grant making, Sarah provides invaluable support to the community groups during each step of the process. In her spare time, Sarah is very passionate about horses and will often been seen at County Shows with her daughter as well as supporting others in her riding instructor role.

    Kirsty Philpott - Grants Manager (on maternity leave)

    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.

    Wendy Reading - Grants Manager

    Wendy has joined CCF from SITA Cornwall Trust where she has worked for the last fifteen years as Fund Manager for the Landfill Communities Fund. She brings with her a wealth of local community knowledge and extensive experience of grants management and capacity building. She is looking forward to broadening her experience with the large number of funds that the Foundation operates. She has lived in Cornwall since 1998 and in her spare time likes to keep fit and stay healthy. She is a fanatical theatre goer and music fan. She has two crazy dogs and a long-suffering husband along with a daughter who is now a Musical Director in Surrey.

    Jo Riley - Philanthropy Director

    Originally from Northern Ireland, Jo worked in London in recruitment and HR before moving to Cornwall in 2003, when she and her husband decided to bring up their young family by the sea. She worked initially for a local holiday letting specialist, before leaving to set up her own retail business with online, mail order and bricks-and-mortar operations. After selling the business, she developed a career coaching consultancy prior to joining the Foundation. She holds a Masters in Modern History from Oxford University plus qualifications in coaching and counselling. She can usually be found walking her dog on the coast path or the Camel Trail, or battling the elements in her hillside garden.

    Angie Springall - Administrative Officer

    Angie grew up in rural Oxfordshire and moved to North Cornwall with her family in 2004. In 2013, she achieved a BSc (Open) with the Open University after gaining awards in science, finance & environmental courses.  Angie joined CCF in April 2007 and is now in her twelfth year with the Foundation. She supports fund development, finance, governance, office and grants activities. Angie’s work with the Fund Development team encompasses Friends’ admin and events coordination, as well as recently the new General Data Protection Regulations.  Other priorities include; donations’ processing and board meetings’ preparation. In 2017, Angie organised the governance documents for the UK Community Foundations Quality Assessment process. On a personal level, Angie is a keen gardener, animal and nature lover. Angie says that Cornwall is an ideal place to work, learn and be happy.

    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 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He also has a Master degree in the Sociology of Education. 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 twelve years, including nine as Chair and has been a volunteer for many local organisations and campaigns.

    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.