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 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.

    Tamas Haydu

    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.

    Amy Buzza-Blackwell

    Katie Heard - Marketing Assistant

    Following her undergraduate degree in Drama, Katie followed her passion for marketing with a MSc in Digital and Social Media Marketing while working for Exeter Students’ Guild. Having grown up in Cornwall, Katie is pleased to be giving back to the wonderful County now she has joined the foundation. Her role as Marketing Assistant includes helping with campaigns, writing news articles and handling the social media accounts.

    Katie Heard

    Sarah Holdaway - Grants Officer

    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.

    Sarah Holdaway

    Kirsty Philpott - Grants Manager

    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.

    Kirsty Philpott

    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.

    Angie Springall

    Colum Taylor - Grants 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.

    Colum Taylor

    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 as Chair and has been a volunteer for many local organisations and campaigns.

    Jeremy Ward

    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.

    Donna Wheadon