The Board

Meet the St Ives Town Deal Board

Members of our Town Deal Board are responsible for advising on the development and delivery of our Town Investment Plan.  They include representatives from business, education, community and voluntary sectors as well as local politicians. Please click to read the St Ives Town Deal Board  terms of reference and to read the code of conduct code of conduct

 We’ve put together a great board of people who are positive about St Ives and want to see the town move forward!  You can find out about our members below. 

You can  read more about what the Board discusses at their meetings on our Meetings page. 

Libby Buckley

Vice Chair (Private Sector Member) 

Libby is the Director of the Leach Pottery, St Ives Cornwall. Libby was previously the Director of the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno and has had a career working in Museums from Cornwall to the Caribbean. 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-three years of experience in the arts and heritage sector.

Andrew Baragwanath 

Chair  (Private Sector Member ) 

Following a short career in the merchant navy, Andrew returned home to St Ives to work in the family business, Ayr Holiday Park.  Andrew has spent over forty years in the tourism business and is a partner in Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay and previous owner of The Garrack Hotel. 

He is a Vice President of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association and a past chairman of St Ives RFC.

Naomi Copperwait

Private Sector Member

Steve Cross

Private Sector Member and BID representative

Steve owns and runs Cross Estates estate agency. He is active in the town, being a director of St Ives BID, and his family all live locally.

Karen Fielding

Community Member

Karen is a strategic consultant working with fashion, lifestyle and tech brands in Europe and USA.

Having holidayed in St Ives all her life, she was lucky enough to be able to move here full time 6 years ago with her young family.

Karen is grateful to live in such a special community and excited to be able to contribute in a small way to building its future

Cllr Andrew Mitchell

Cornwall Council Elected Member

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

Poppy Naylor

Private Sector Member

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.

Rowena Swallow

Community Member

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.

Derek Thomas MP

Member of Parliament

Derek grew up in West Cornwall and, after leaving education, Derek completed a Cornish Mason apprenticeship, enabling him to set up his own small construction business. He joined the voluntary sector, working as a development manager for the Mustard Seed charity. In 1997 he set up (and continues to run) Survivealive Youthworks, an outdoor adventure project for young people. Before becoming an MP, Derek served as Penwith District Councillor and on St Buryan Parish Council.

Pamela Vincent

Community Member

Johnnie Wells

Public Sector Member – St Ives Town Council 

Living in Lelant, Johnnie is the St Ives Town Councillor for the Carbis Bay and Lelant Ward, having joined the council in 2020. He lives in Lelant with his family and for the past 10 years has worked for as a project manager specialising in hospitality for a digital branding agency in St Ives. In a previous life Johnnie bodyboarded for the UK and can still be found in the sea at Porthmeor when there’s a wave.

Emily Kent

Non-voting Member – Cornwall Council

Head of Inclusive Growth and Skills

Cornwall Council SRO for St Ives Town Deal.

Lynn Fox

Community Member

Lynn brings a wealth of senior management experience from diverse sectors such as banking, live events and retail at local, national and global levels.

Having enjoyed many glorious holidays in St Ives while her family was growing up, Lynn fulfilled her dream of moving to the town three years ago.

She is looking forward to using her skills and passion for the town to make a positive difference in the community and support the town’s economic development.