Kim Conchie DL, FRSA - Chairman
Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics. After travelling, he developed a career in publishing. In 1986 he co-founded Brass Tacks Publishing which, under his stewardship, became one of the top ten UK customer magazine and website publishers. He sold the business to Chime Communications in 2000.
Returning to live in his native Cornwall in 2002, Kim has been CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce since April 2012. Kim is also a director of South West Investment Group and of Creative Kernow, a member of Truro & Penwith College Employment & Business Board and of WaveMAT, on the FEAST steering group and an advisory board member of Golden Tree Productions.
Outside of work his family, his garden, sport and walking the Coast Path are sources of great enjoyment. Kim currently sits as Chair for Cornwall Community Foundation.
Tim Smith - Vice Chairman
A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, Tim Smith runs his own accountancy business, Nevill Hovey & Co, in Boyton. He is Treasurer of the Cornwall Garden Society and Chairman of the Launceston Money Advice Centre. He is married to Jenny Scott-Hopkins whose father was MP for North Cornwall and has two sons.
Toby Ashworth considers himself Cornish through and through, however he is acutely aware he was not born in Cornwall. To rectify matters his grandfather flew him in a light aircraft back from Chatham to Cornwall with the old family nanny in attendance. Brought up on the north coast of Cornwall and he had some education outside of the county for a couple of decades – Radley, Dartmouth, RN Engineering College and a few warships.
Eventually he returned to Cornwall and became engrossed with the family business of hotels, ending up at The Nare Hotel for the last 25 years. He helped to found the C100 Club (business arm of the CCF), and has been a CCF trustee for 8 years.
He is married to Katie, a corporate lawyer. They have two teenage daughters and live in St. Ewe. As a hotel proprietor Toby is a self-confessed jack-of-all-trades master-of-none but enjoys hospitality, marketing, building, horses and boats; and most importantly the Cornish community.
Daiman Baker is originally from the U.S, he lived in London for the better part of a decade before moving to Hayle in 2012. Daiman was a lawyer in his native California and has an MBA. He became a British citizen in 2017. He currently works as a financial services consultant mainly with small financial institutions and family offices. He began his Cornish adventure with his two young children and ex-wife and knows they did the right thing by relocating here, loving surfing, cycling and running through the dunes near Hayle. Daiman served on the board of Cornwall Housing Ltd. for three years, which delivers landlord services to council tenants living across Cornwall and joined the board of Krowji in Redruth in May 2019. Daiman learned from an early age that when folks need help, we each must act, and we must act with purpose and focus. He supports the work of Cornwall Community Foundation because of its essential contribution to our friends and neighbours in need.
A 9th Generation Cornishman now returned to the county he is so passionate about. Having founded Sipsmith Gin Distillery in London in 2009, he is now Chairman of the brand that spearheaded the rebirth of gin in the UK. Married father of 3 (for a little while it was 3 under 3!) whose passions include the great outdoors, regenerative forms of agriculture, food & drink. Sam has great enthusiasm for closing the socio-economic divides and environmental sustainability; a topic of which he applies with great enthusiasm to the Cornwall Community Foundation Board. He is also Chairman of the Zoological Society of London’s Strategy and Development Board.
Jane Hartley DL
Jane lives in Cornwall where they have their family business, a holiday park, bringing up her family here for the last 30 years she has fallen in love with Cornwall and dedicated her time to making it a better place. In this time she has been High Sherriff, with a focus on raising awareness and funds for the community and mental health. Jane also chairs the Cornwall Christmas Fair, recently shifting its charitable giving to be for Cornwall Community Foundation. She chairs her family trust- The Albert Van den Bergh Charitable Trust, which has donated a fund to CCF supporting her local area, Newquay.
Sophie has 30 years’ experience working in the public sector, 25 of those in Cornwall. She is an experienced senior leader in local government. Currently she is a Strategic Director at Cornwall Council having returned to the Council in 2020 after 5 years in Devon as the Chief Executive of two District Councils.
Both at work and outside it, Sophie has a keen interest in promoting the sustainability of our communities, addressing inequalities and looking after our environment. Her previous Board experience includes being a trustee for the Cornwall Food Foundation (Fifteen Cornwall) and as Chair of Governors at Penair School.
She gained an MSc in Leadership and Organisation of Public Services from Bristol Business School, UWE, in 2008.
Sophie is well connected to the farming community through her husband Jeremy. They live on the farm at St Michael Penkivel where the Hosking family have farmed since the 1890s. They have 3 grown up daughters and a lot of dogs.
Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro
Philip Mounstephen has been Bishop of Truro since late 2018. Prior to returning to his family roots in Cornwall he led an international charity facilitating links across the global Anglican Communion, having previously led churches in both London and Paris. Shortly after he arrived in Truro he led an independent review into the Government’s response to Christian persecution, and is a Trustee of a number of other Cornish charities. He is married to Ruth and lives with her and Noggin the Dog on the Trelissick estate. He supports Newcastle United (‘the triumph of hope over experience’) and collects old vinyl albums
Despite a Cornish mining ancestry, Gill was born in Hampshire and grew up in Devon. Following her parents move to Trebah Gardens in the early 1980’s, Gill spent many happy holidays in Cornwall. Gill eventually moved to Looe with a young family in 1998 to run a hotel. After 10 busy years, Gill left hospitality to work firstly in the NHS and then in the charity sector, initially as Director of Cornwall Samaritans and currently as CEO of Citizens Advice Cornwall. Through her day to day work, Gill is acutely aware of the disparity between the picture postcard beauty of the county, its pockets of wealth and the areas of real poverty.
Verity is a Falmouth girl born and bred, now living over the water in Flushing with her husband, 2 children and much loved dog.
When not sailing and surfing, she works as a Partner and Board member of South West heavyweight law firm Stephens Scown LLP. As an experienced employment solicitor (qualifying in 2002) her day job involves resolving disputes between businesses and employees, whether before or through employment tribunal cases. She also works in partnership with businesses to proactively improve their HR practices, with a particular emphasis on ethical people management – to create happy and engaged workforces. She also is an expert on employment issues arising in commercial transactions.
As a committed Christian, Verity is passionate about fairness, sustainability and giving back – making our communities and planet a better place to be for all.
Having moved to a North Cornwall dairy farm when a teenager, Jeremy has spent most of his life in the county. After a spell as an investment manager in the City following university, he returned to Cornwall to take up a post as a stockbroker in Truro, developing the business to the extent that he and his team were able to establish their own firm. He is a past chair of the Princes Trust in Cornwall; he now chairs the investment Committee of the Truro Diocesan Board of Finance and is a trustee of the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust. He is married with three adult children, all of whom have moved away. He spends much of his spare time attempting subtly to lure them back with reminders of their Cornish childhood and anecdotes of what they are missing now.
Daphne Skinnard DL
Assistant Editor at BBC Radio Cornwall, she is the link between the community and the radio station, she also oversees BBC Radio Cornwall’s charitable appeals.
Daphne enjoys many aspects of Cornish life, including being a governor of Truro and Penwith College, a board member of Kneehigh Theatre, the County Patron for Cancer Research UK and Chapter Canon at Truro Cathedral. She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in July 2012.
She is passionate about the Cornish coast and countryside. Free time is spent sharing her enthusiasm of the local area and what it has to offer with family and friends.
Jane was born and brought up in west Devon and after a spell in London she and her husband decided to move back west. Since 1983 she has lived near Landrake and over the years been involved in various voluntary roles from Young NADFAS, the Primrose Appeal raising funds for the breast cancer unit at Derriford Hospital, treasurer of Saltash Tennis Centre and currently as a volunteer adviser for Citizens Advice Cornwall. Jane joined the Friends committee of CCF in 2017 and is now its chairman. For ten years she had her own interior design business in the county after which she did estate agency work. She loves living in Cornwall, enjoying all it has to offer from both land and sea.
Tom Van Oss
Tom Van Oss is based in London but lives in Cornwall, near Helford, for as much of the year as possible. He chairs CCF’s Cornwall Club. Tom is a trustee of UK Community Foundations and chair of its investment committee. He is particularly interested in contemporary art and education. He was a member of council and chair of the audit and risk committee at the Royal College of Art (2016-2022), on the audit committee of The Courtauld Institute (2015-2022) and a governor of Falmouth University (2007-2015). From 1998 to 2020 he had his own practice as a corporate finance adviser on mergers and acquisitions in the investment management sector. Tom and his wife Sarah have three grown up daughters.