Creative Kernow

We’re seeking new board members

Creative Kernow is Cornwall’s key cultural and creative industries development and delivery organisation.  You may not immediately recognise our name, but you’ll probably have come across the work of at least one of our projects:

Carn to Cove and C Fylm – our performing arts and cinema schemes for rural communities across Cornwall

Cornwall 365 What’s On – our cultural listings business

Cultivator – our £5 million skills and business support programme for the creative and cultural sector

FEAST – our community arts investment scheme

Krowji – our creative workspace hub in Redruth, the largest creative cluster west of Bristol

Open Studios Cornwall – an annual celebration of visual arts and crafts

Screen Cornwall – our very new development agency for the film, TV and screen-based sector in Cornwall

We know that 2020 will be a year of development and challenge for us as we look ahead to changes in our leadership team, so we are keen to find people who’d like to help to guide our vision and activities for the next few years by becoming a member of one of our governing boards.

We are seeking people with a range of experience as well as the skills, knowledge and commitment to support our existing work and to ensure that our boards represent the widely varied communities that we try to serve.  We think that the best organisations have a diversity of voices, so we’d like to hear from anyone regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

There are some areas of expertise that we’re keen to have represented on the board, particularly by people who have legal, marketing, educational or digital skills in order to strengthen these aspects of Creative Kernow’s delivery, but we are much more interested in your experience and commitment than your formal qualifications.

Creative Kernow is a registered charity, governed by a board of unpaid trustee directors, and receiving regular funds from Arts Council England (we’re a ‘National Portfolio Organisation’) and Cornwall Council, as well as from Europe.  We have three wholly-owned subsidiary companies – Cornwall Arts Marketing Ltd, Krowji Ltd and Screen Cornwall Ltd – with their own boards which report back to the main Creative Kernow board, passing their trading profits back up to the parent enterprise.

If you are interested in joining the board of Creative Kernow or one of our subsidiaries, please write us a short letter – 2 sides of A4 should be enough – outlining your interest and skills and send it, along with a CV, to by 12 noon on Friday 31st January 2020.

For an informal discussion about the roles, please contact Ross Williams, Director of Creative Kernow, on 01209 313200 / 07779 467640 or John Pulford, Chair of Trustees, on 07771 905300.

Board of Trustees 

John Pulford MBE – Chair

John lives in Truro.  He has an MBA from Cranfield and worked as a management consultant for 12 years with the company which is now Accenture.  He has wide experience of the manufacturing and service industry sectors.  Since retirement he has undertaken private and pro bono consultancy work on community regeneration.  John has been actively involved in the voluntary sector since his youth.  As well as chairing Creative Kernow, he was for many years Chair of CSV, the UK’s largest volunteer agency, Chair of Ex Cathedra, a leading early music group in Birmingham which has ACE NPO status and was a school governor for many years. John is currently the chair of the Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness Trust. Through direct experience supporting members of his family he has a great deal of knowledge of disability issues.  John is the Diversity and Equality Champion on the Creative Kernow Board.

Dinah Graffy – Vice Chair

Dinah worked for 14 years in a senior management role at United International Pictures at their head office in London handling multi million pound campaigns on a worldwide basis for Paramount, Universal, MGM and Dreamworks. In 1997 she moved to Cornwall with her husband Roger and their family and bought Mylor Yacht Harbour, then a small business in a beautiful location in need of investment and restructuring. Over the next 5 years they expanded the business through the construction of a marina, associated dredging and new buildings ashore creating over 60 new jobs. This was a joint public and privately financed £5 million project which was part funded by the South West RDA on a gap-funding basis. Since then Mylor Yacht Harbour has continued to thrive and grow, including the construction of the privately funded £1.25 million Mylor Yacht Club formally opened by HRH Princess Anne in July 2011.

Kim Conchie – Trustee

Kim graduated with joint honours in English Literature and Economics from Cardiff University. After a few years travelling and a number of commercial roles within publishing companies, he founded Brass Tacks Publishing in 1986 and ran it until he sold the company to Chime Communications plc in 2000. He was chairman of the industry’s trade association and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

Kim is chief executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and is also a trustee of BF Adventure (a young people’s charity), the Chair of Cornwall’s Raising Aspiration & Achievement Strategy, a member of the Employment & Skills Board, a school governor and a non-executive director of South West Investment Group (SWIG).

Simon Harvey – Trustee

Simon is an actor, freelance director and producer based in Cornwall. He is resident Associate Director for Kneehigh Theatre and Artistic Director of o-region, a theatre and film production company.

Eleanor Jubb – Trustee

Eleanor  is a researcher, economist and evaluator who has extensive experience of working across the creative and economic development sectors.

Mark Smith – Trustee

Mark is the Director of Development at Birmingham City University where he is responsible for creating their range of services to business. He has more than 20 years’ experience of supporting businesses.