The Charity was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on the 2 August 2001. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, currently comprising of 8 people, who are charged with the responsibility for directing its affairs in accordance with its objects and rules as set out in the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association. The broad object of the Charity is “To relieve poverty, sickness, distress, and the provision of temporary accommodation for those in necessitous circumstances with particular regard to those who are affected by addiction to drugs and alcohol misuse”.
Gail Hunt – Chairman
Gail qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the 70s concentrating on family property businesses, including purpose built Nursing Homes in the 80s and 90s. She then entered the voluntary sector, initially for a Homeless Charity in the Midlands, where she was the Finance Director. Since coming to Cornwall 16 years ago, she has worked for the Health Authority, the Learning Disability Partnership Board and has been on several charity boards, including Penwith Housing Association, which she chaired for six years. Gail is a Rotarian and a member of Penzance Rotary Club.
Dr Malcolm Jones – Vice Chairman
Now retired, I was previously a local GP at Sunnyside Surgery in Penzance from 1989 having moved to Cornwall in 1983 for a six month hospital placement and then never leaving! Over the years I did other work alongside general practice including medical input into St Julia’s Hospice for 3 years, representation on the Local Medical Committee and the Chair of a Primary Care Trust Professional Executive Committee. I developed a particular interest in addiction and was Primary Care Clinical Lead for Substance Misuse Services in Cornwall until 2013, helping to set-up drug & alcohol services provided by GPs in the county. I was a GP with Special Interest in Substance Misuse, providing care for clients in the Camborne Redruth area, until January 2014 when GP commitments meant I had to give up the post but I continued to provide care for patients with drug or alcohol problems at the practice until my retirement. I am married with two grown up daughters and have recently entered the joyful world of being a grandparent! In my spare time I enjoy walking and road cycling to try and keep fit, try and paint whenever I can and follow the Cornish Pirates rugby team.
Clive Harrold – Treasurer
I am married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I worked in Local Government finance for over 30 years for various authorities in the East Midlands and finally with the former Penwith District Council as Deputy Treasurer. My last position prior to retirement in 2010, was as Head of Finance for Penwith Community Development Trust where I was involved with the finances of many local community and voluntary organisations (including Bosence Farm at one stage). I served for 10 years on the board of Penwith Housing Association and I am currently the Treasurer of Penwith Volunteer Bureau, a trustee of Pengarth Day Centre, the Treasurer of Penzance & District Mencap Society, a board member of GOFA and the Chairman of Penwith Gateway Club. I love all kinds of sport, actively playing hockey for 30 years, and I am a lifelong supporter of Norwich City (my home town).
Born in 1937, Mary trained at the Central School and Speech and Drama, London and qualified as a Speech Therapist in 1959. Married in 1960 and ‘rather quickly’ produced 7 sons and 1 daughter; the boys created rugby history in 1993 by making up an entire team in the Penryn Invitation Sevens tournament representing their school and going on to win the tournament. They returned the following year and safely defended the title. In all the brothers reached the final five times, winning three times and twice being runners up. Mary and her family moved to Cornwall from Surrey 27 years ago, where she became involved first as Publicity Officer for the Cornwall branch of the British Red Cross; Mary was then invited to join the committee to raise the money to build the Mermaid Centre, which is now a successful One Stop Breast Care Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Following this, Mary became the Area Organiser for Cornwall for the British Heart Foundation. She is also a trustee for the Duchy Health Charity.
I count myself fortunate to have worked in many different and varied organisations both as an employee and in a self-employed basis with all sectors including public, military, private business, voluntary and community.
Originally training as a Registered Nurse I also have experience as a therapist specialising in substance misuse and service delivery. It is a source of pride that, just over 15 years ago, I initiated, co-developed and co-facilitated the first formal post-detox programme for alcohol in the county when the in-patient provision was at RCHT with a very limited number of beds and the only other residential setting for drug detox was a psychiatric unit.
I’m passionate about finding ways to create, develop and enhance connections through meaningful relationships and see the work at Bosence Community as a great example of what caring, nurturing healthy relationships can bring to change the lives of people moving on from dependency and co-dependency on any one and anything.
Today I’m involved in values-based culture change working with individuals and organisations in identifying those business behaviours that enhance or conversely hold an organisation back from success. As an executive coach work I work with leaders and teams to effect sustained change at all levels from the inside, being part of the system to find solutions, rather than being on the outside looking in. I also have the privilege of developing new coaches to postgraduate level and supporting them as they develop and grow their skills and their practice.
Ruth moved to Cornwall in the last few years where she carried on her work in strategic planning and organisational development on a consultancy basis. She retired in 2020, after some 36 years in her field working in the Health Service, local government and the charity sector. She is delighted that she now has some time to take on voluntary roles such as working with the Bosence Community while also taking on one or two short term consultancies when appropriate.
She enjoys cooking and entertaining, sewing, knitting, and spending time with family, all of whom live a long way from Cornwall, apart from their grown-up married daughter who lives in Somerset, so not too far.
Ruth lives with her husband, who is still very much working, and they have a delightful Westie called Noggin who keeps them active.
Lucy has lived in Cornwall all her life. She studied for her Bachelors degree and Masters degree at Plymouth University and has worked in education for 17 years, lecturing in psychology and health and social care and managing various academic and pastoral teams in further education colleges. Now, as a part of the senior management team at Truro and Penwith College she has responsibility for the students at the Penwith campus and has a passion for providing student support that breaks down the barriers to education and helps to improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged young people in Cornwall. Lucy has a long-term interest in addiction and rehabilitation due to supporting a family member through alcohol dependency and through her work with young people who struggle with substance misuse during their time at College. Lucy is a twin and in her spare time she enjoys hiking the coastal path with her sisters and friends. She is a keen Formula One fan and she lives nearby to Bosence farm in Hayle with her partner and their two cats Fred and Loki.
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