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Team: Trustees

Our trustees play a very important role in making sure that Cornwall VSF is run in the interests of the people it is there to support. In our case, this is the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) Sector.

Our trustees have the important job of overseeing and managing our organisation. They use their skills and experience to help us achieve our goal of connecting, supporting, and promoting the VCSE sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Joe McEvoy


St Agnes

Joe said: “I am the Chair of Trustees at Cornwall VSF. I am also the Group Director of Innovation and Digital for the Priory Group of Companies. I have over 30 years experience working in Health and Social Care as a Health Care Assistant, Nurse, Manager and Leader, working at local, regional and national levels. I worked in the NHS in Cornwall between 2003 and 2013.

“I have also worked voluntarily for a number of charities since 1995, most recently for my local surf lifesaving club. A passionate advocate for the third sector, its role in levelling inequalities, its critical role in supporting local communities and providing access to services, it is a privilege to work alongside the team at Cornwall VSF. As a mental health nurse I am passionate about expanding support for people that widens access to help for people of all ages whatever their challenges might be.”

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Nick Fripp



Nick said: “I am privileged to be in a position to learn from all involved in Cornwall VSF and engaged in community based action across Cornwall.  I hope I can find ways of using learning from over 40 years in public services to support the work of the Charity and those it serves and supports.”

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Mel Colton-Dyer



Mel said: “I am a Social Sustainability Specialist working with Balfour Beatty in the South West. This means I get to devise inspiring legacy projects for the community, business and the environment.

“As a Cornish lass, I have worked in training, business and local government for over 30 years and have a wealth of strategic experience. I am inspired and excited by the work of the voluntary sector and has been a trustee of multiple charitable and educational organisations.

“I am also a Cornish Ambassador promoting Cornwall to the rest of the UK and beyond. My passions are people, creativity and the environment and I believe in responsiveness, trust and open communication.”

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Sam Hudspith



Sam said: “I have lived, studied, volunteered and worked in Cornwall all my life. For almost 10 years I’ve worked in the voluntary sector, managing and supporting volunteers in local and national charity roles. My background is in service development and volunteer engagement.

I am a Volunteering Best Practice Partner at Cats Protection, where I support colleagues and volunteers to continuously improve the volunteer experience.

I’ve been a Trustee of Cornwall VSF since 2021 and am passionate about supporting communities, volunteers and the sector in Cornwall.”

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Andrew Walkey


Andrew said: “I am a lead on NCVO’s Membership and enterprise activity, having joined in 2008, I am particularly interested in the development of cross sectoral relationships for the benefit of civil society. I lead growing the NCVO membership of over 16,000 members and am keen to develop partnerships with fellow membership bodies to help the voluntary sector thrive.”

Andrew has:

  • built strong partnerships with Mind, ACRE, NUS, FSI and Rotary to name but a few
  • developed a number of strategic business partnerships
  • built a comprehensive and strong package for NCVO’s members
  • been interested in helping voluntary sector organisations get the right level of appropriate support. It’s not always about best practice, often it’s about understanding what people need to make sure they are compliant.