Our staff




    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

    Development and Finance Team

    Amy Buzza-Blackwell - Philanthropy Director (Maternity Leave)

    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

    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.

    Jeremy Ward

    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 fourteenth 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

    Evie Fairman - Marketing Assistant

    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 as the Marketing Assistant in May 2021.

    In her spare time, Evie enjoys walking her French Bulldog, Micky and finding the best coffee spots in the South West.

    Evie Fairman

    Grants Team

    Kirsty Philpott - Programme 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.

    Kirsty Philpott

    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.

    Colum Taylor

    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

    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.

    Genna Lloyd-Hall

    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.

    Alison Mitchelmore