The Board

Meet the St Ives Town Deal Board

We’ve put together a great board of people who are positive about St Ives and want to see the town move forward! They represent the public, private and community sectors. Please click to read the St Ives Town Deal Board terms of reference and to read the code of conduct.

Lucy Davis

St Ives Town Lead

Information coming soon

Sarah Stevens


It’s my hope that St. Ives makes the most of this opportunity and that the money benefits those that need it most – It’s challenging but I’m really enjoying it.! I’m not interested in the politics and I have nothing to gain from being on the board, I just thought it was time to put my money where my mouth is. I have lots of skills to bring to the table and at the heart of this is working alongside communities and developing partnerships with organisations to get things done.

St Ives is my home and fishing is in my DNA. I work full time and have two young daughters who attend school in the town. I appreciate time is precious nevertheless please do get involved if you can spare the time.

Steve Cross

Vice Chair

Information coming soon

Cllr Linda Taylor

Cornwall Council Carbis Bay & Lelant

Retired HSBC Bank Manger.

LGA Board Member Economy Environment Housing and Environment

Treasurer Lelant Village Hall/St Ives Community Fund/Friends of Edward Hain

Cllr Andrew Mitchell

Councillor Mitchell represents St Ives West Ward at Town level and St Ives West Ward at Cornwall Council.

Cllr Tony Harris

Tony is the St Ives Town Mayor 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Member of St Ives Town Council as a councillor for Lelant & Carbis Bay.

Tony has lived in Lelant for around 20 years and has been an active member of the Lelant community as Chairman and Secretary of the Lelant Village Hall, Chairman of Love Lelant, founder and publisher of the Lelant village newsletter and co-founder and organiser of the Lelant village fayre.

His key role as Mayor has been to champion and support the voluntary sector.

Derek Thomas MP

Member of Parliament for St Ives.

Neil Davis

Neil Davis. Retired software engineering manager. Married with 3 daughters and 4 grandsons.

A Christian and a Kentish Man (look it up), lived in St Ives since 1995.

James Butterworth

James Butterworth is a committed Head of School passionate about educating and supporting the life opportunities for students at St Ives School and in the St Ives community. He is dedicated and motivated to encourage student and staff growth through carefully monitored academic progress with a drive on developing effective mindsets. James is focussed on designing an effective school curriculum which inspires, challenges and motivates students to achieve their potential.

Emily Kent

Head of Economy, Skills and Culture

Cornwall Council SRO for St Ives Town Deal.

Libby Buckley

Libby is Director of the Leach Pottery, St Ives Cornwall. Libby was previously the Director of the Telegraph Museum for five years. With an MA Honours in Classical Civilisation from Glasgow University and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, she has over twenty years of experience in the arts and heritage sector. 

Rowenna Swallow

Experienced business consultant and programme director for cultural, social, environmental and enterprise projects for the public, private and voluntary sectors; in particular around strategic planning, fundraising, philanthropy and project management. Lives and works in St Ives; Co-Author of St Ives Local Economy Plan and Director of St Ives Workstation CIC.

Poppy Naylor

Poppy is a charity fundraising and marketing consultant with almost 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. She has recently joined the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Board and is looking forward to helping unlock the exciting set of opportunities that the Town Deal presents St Ives.

Ian McChesney

Ian has lived in Halsetown since 2007 and works in the energy and carbon sectors to address issues of climate change.

The Town Deal is a great opportunity for us to follow up on the Neighbourhood Plan and bring about the kind of improvements we would all like to see in the Town and surrounding villages.

Gareth Tudor

Gareth is a primary school teacher at St Ives Junior School and is committed to improving and providing opportunities for young people in St Ives.


We are looking for more Directors to join the St. Ives Town Deal Board

 St. Ives is one of 100 towns selected across the UK to access £25 million to deliver great ideas to enhance the community and add to economic success. The St. Ives Town Deal Board is looking for Directors to join the board and add their voice to how the money can be spent and deliver ideas. The board is particularly keen to add voices from families, the elderly or vulnerable and young people. If you feel you could join the conversation (you don’t need to have ever been on a board before) then contact Lucy Davies from The Town Deal for more information or a chat. This is your deal for your town so get involved.

Email: or call Lucy on 07395 836210.


View the full specification of the role here