White Gold Cornwall Foundation Board
John Cousins – Trustee
Although born in Dorset where he grew up, John has studied and worked in the West Midlands, Devon and Cornwall. He has worked in a range of settings including the Catholic Church, the Probation Service and Youth Offending Services. He was managing the Youth Offending Service for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly when the Cornwall Community Safety Committee agreed an assertive outreach pilot scheme to work with young people who were at risk of offending. It was named White Gold Cornwall. The project grew and continued to be funded by Central Government and John was the Chair of the Advisory Board that was charged to oversee the work with Colleagues from Police, Probation, Children Social Care and the Youth Service. The original project is now a Charity and although retired John continues to Chair the Board of Trustees.
Bob Crossland – Trustee
I have spent most of my working life as a Probation Officer. I qualified in 1981 and first worked in Bristol both in the community and in prison. We moved to Cornwall in 1987 where I worked in Camborne and Truro. I became a senior probation officer, managing a local team, in 1989. In 1998 I left the probation service to become the Drug and Alcohol Action Team Manager for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I spent the next 14 years, until my retirement from full time work, commissioning drug and alcohol services.
I have been a Governor at Truro and Penwith College since 2002. I am currently Vice Chair of the Corporation and Chair the Business and Employment Committee. I am also a Director of the Truro and Penwith Multi Academy Trust which is sponsored by the college.
I have spent most of my working life involved with the criminal justice system and have seen the difficulties caused by drugs and alcohol to young people and families. I believe that given the right opportunities young people can both change, aspire and reach their potential. I also believe that only by working in partnership can change happen. White Gold Cornwall helps to provide that opportunity which is why I am involved.
Stephen Biggs – Associate Trustee
I was a serving Police Officer with West Midlands Police for over 30 years and held many different positions which brought many challenges. I have assisted with War ravaged countries and supported people with life threatening issues. I have personal knowledge of trauma which can be cruelly inflicted on others, which is very challenging to manage. I am a highly qualified diver, which has allowed me to travel the World and experience, wonderful sea environments. A common theme amongst White Gold is an interest in rugby, which I also have in vast amounts. I have played rugby to a senior level and I also am an active member of Wooden Spoon-Worcester. I enjoy being part of a team and I am fortunate to have some really good people around me.(including my wonderful partner Linda). While I am currently not living locally, it is my hope in the near future to move to Cornwall, as it is a special place.
Geoff Tate – Trustee
After London University I trained as a teacher and worked in further education. Later I was an Education Officer with Cornwall County Council and then Assistant Chief Executive. I had particular interests in Community Safety and Youth Offending Services.
My work with Services for Young People taught me how much could be achieved by intervention and support of the right kind; so when I was given a chance to come onto the White Gold Advisory Board it was a great chance to continue with that. White Gold strives to help young people make the most of themselves. Now that White Gold Cornwall is a charity I am pleased to become a Trustee.
I enjoy travelling, especially to see family in Italy and also work in Cornwall with the St Petroc’s Society for the single homeless community.
Judith Dumbrell – Trustee
I qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant whilst working in accountancy practice in Somerset in 1995. After moving to Cornwall in 1999, I changed direction to management accounting, getting more involved in the day to day accounting and finance requirements of local businesses and charities. Since 2013, I have been working in the voluntary sector as Director of Finance at St Petroc’s Society, a local charity working with single homeless people in Cornwall. I was delighted to be invited to become part of White Gold Cornwall and support its work to help young people overcome challenges and reach their potential.
In my spare time I enjoy being outside, taking in the Cornish landscape and especially walking and kayaking.
Miles Topham – Associate Trustee
My name is Miles Topham, I am a serving Police Partnership Inspector working in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have previously worked in response, neighbourhood, domestic abuse and custody teams. I am delighted to be involved and support White Gold in its aims, objectives and successes to support vulnerable young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The mentoring it provides to young people helps not only those directly involved, but their family, friends and the community as a whole
Howard Stevens – Trustee
I am a member of the White Gold Cornwall Advisory Board and a retired Detective Inspector. I spent all of my 30 years Police Service within Cornwall and became involved in many drug and alcohol diversion programmes with my now White Gold colleagues Bob Crossland and John Cousins.
Since my retirement I have been involved in delivering off road motorcycle training and maintenance programmes to young people in recovery from drug and alcohol issues. To deliver such training I am a National Trials Instructor and Assessor, a professional motorcycle technician and a qualified member of the Engineering Council UK. My lifelong sport is motorcycle trials and I am the Chairman of the Camborne and Redruth Motorcycle Club where I personally run the Cornwall Oset Championship this caters for young riders between 4-12 years riding electric trials bikes, this is a great introduction to the sport and is brilliant to see their skills riding over rocks, rivers and of course glorious mud.
I am particularly pleased to be a small part of White Gold Cornwall and assist the great work that is being achieved in supporting and developing vulnerable young people here in Cornwall.
Chris Dennis – Accountant
CASK was established in 2010 by Chris Dennis who has worked in Cornish charities for over 12 years as a volunteer, fundraiser, administrator and a Director. Chris holds a postgraduate certificate in Charity Finance and Accounting from London South Bank University. This specialist qualification was developed by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting).
John Green – Trustee
I retired from Devon and Cornwall Police in March 2016 after 30 years Police service in 3 forces. In 17 years in Cornwall I held various command posts and was the Chair of the Cornwall Community Safety Strategic Group. A former trustee and team leader of Shelter Box and former Chair and Director of the Ocean Housing Group, I have broad experience of managing organisations with a focus on people of all ages and backgrounds.
I am a keen sportsman although I take a less of an active part now as a National League basketball referee. I live with my wife, Helen in the St Austell area.
Larry Sharma – Trustee
I served with the Royal Navy (FAA) for 24 years mainly with the fast jets. Having retired from service in 1995, I was appointed as a Programme Manager for the Level three BTEC Public Services course at Truro College and was an External Examiner for BTEC. In addition, I was appointed as the Health and Safety Officer for Truro and Penwith Colleges for several years.
In 2013 I was seconded to Plymouth University and lectured with the team for the BSc (Hons) Public Services Programme under the leadership of Prof’ John Dixon. At the time I was also the Programmer Leader for the FdSc Public Services Programme.
I had the pleasure to have worked with Alan Milliner since 1995 and when I was invited to become a Trustee for White Gold Cornwall Foundation, I accepted the invitation with great pleasure.
Geoff Bond – Trustee
I have lived in Cornwall for many years and I have had opportunity to travel the world, but I know my home is Cornwall. I am delighted to be a Trustee of White Gold Cornwall and I really embrace the purpose of the organisation. I have spent most of my life as a helicopter pilot for my family’s business, Bond Helicopters. I have flown as the Cornwall Lighthouse relief for many years. In 1987 I was part of the original crew to fly the first Air Ambulance in Cornwall and the country. I also helped with Fifteen Cornwall when it was in its infancy. I am a supporter of Truro RFC, helping where I can, off the field.
Finally, I understand there are many challenges for children and young people in times of huge social change. I believe White Gold is a genuine organisation that really helps and I am proud to be a part with a tremendous team.
Jo Duncan – Trustee
Although I am a Cornish girl, born in West Cornwall and have spent most my life in this beautiful County, I have travelled extensively and lived and worked abroad. I have worked in the Private, Voluntary and Public Sectors. I have also owned a business. I studied law at University and then qualified as a Solicitor where I predominately practised Family Law.
I have worked for Cornwall Youth Offending Team and with Devon and Cornwall Police where I have been involved in Restorative Justice and Mediation. Through my background, work and other voluntary involvements I believe I have a deep understanding of the complexities of this County and ever increasing challenges that young people are faced with.
I am thrilled and honoured to be involved with White Gold because it has strong values and has already established itself as an invaluable service provider. ‘It doesn’t just talk it delivers’.
I am a Mum of two young children and enjoy outdoor pursuits, travel, running, painting, floristry and horses