Posted on: October 14, 2016
At the Charity’s Annual General Meeting on 11th October, we said goodbye to Dr Lizzie Sheridan, who has been a trustee of the Board since 2010 and took over as Chair at the AGM in 2011.
Prior to joining us, Lizzie had been volunteering as a Counsellor at Gwellheans and was also a Justice of the Peace in Cornwall.
Lizzie has guided the charity through a number of necessary changes with the unusual mix of vision and compassion, and has overseen the successful application for funding to build a new unit that will open its doors to treat families and young people in the new year.
She is pictured here receiving a gift of an original piece of artwork from local artist, Helen Prudames, entitled ‘take it easy’. This was presented to her by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Bolitho OBE – the charity’s president.
Lizzie gained a PhD in biophysics at Imperial before taking up roles in the Cabinet Office and Treasury. She later joined BT where her jobs included general manager for the Home Counties and Regional Director for the SW. She has since qualified as a counsellor and works in private practice and the voluntary sector.
She is succeeded as Chair by Gail Hunt – a Chartered Accountant who brings with her a wealth of experience, both in running a number of businesses, and in working in the voluntary sector, including the post of Finance Director for a homeless charity in the Midlands. Since coming to Cornwall 16 years ago, Gail 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.
We wish Lizzie a long, healthy and happy retirement, and welcome Gail to our fold.
Her work as magistrate initially bought her into contact with Bosence – she came along to the initial opening of Boswyns, wearing her magistrate’s hat, and got drawn in!