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Board of Trustees

Kirsty Arthur, Chair

Kirsty moved to Cornwall from Scotland in 2011 to live with her grandmother in Carbis Bay and never looked back. She started working as a Community Engagement Officer in 2012 and then joined the police as an Independent Advisor as their woman’s advocate in 2015. Kirsty later entered the foray of local government and was elected as a local councillor in 2018.

Following her passion for women and maternity care, Kirsty began to work as a Maternity Support Worker at The Royal Cornwall Hospital alongside her regional Community Engagement role with the Co-op. She was on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic until May 2021 when she stepped into the role of Mayor of St Ives. 

More recently she has been working for Tesco in a national role leading their community engagement strategy, and finally retired from mayoral chains in May 2023 which allowed her time to focus on her passion for supporting women and led her to WCWA. 

In her daily life Kirsty spends most of her “free time” on working for the “taxi of mum” by taking her 2 young children to various after school clubs and kids parties.

Rhiannon Jones

Rhiannon is a Court of Protection and Community Care solicitor based near to Penzance. She is originally from Chester and moved to Cornwall in September 2017. Before moving to Cornwall she worked as a social welfare solicitor is Leeds specialising in Housing, Public Law, Welfare Benefits, Gypsy & Traveller law and community care/Court of Protection. 

Prior to training as a solicitor Rhiannon worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau and specialised in debt advice including housing and welfare benefits. 

 In 2020 Rhiannon was appointed as a Fee paid Tribunal Judge of the First Tier Tribunal Social Security Chamber (benefit appeals) and in 2023 she was appointed as a fee-paid Judge in the Court of Protection. 

Outside of work Rhiannon can mainly be found walking her two Greek rescue dogs and swimming in the sea.

Emily Harrington

District nurse for Penzance Qualified as a nurse after moving to Cornwall to flee domestic violence. former resident of WCWA Recently joined the WCWA team as a trustee member.

Ellen Rudge

Ellen works in marketing and communications for Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) – a charity known as the voice of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; its aim is to work with others to create a thriving and effective voluntary sector. She has more than 10 years’ experience working in a variety of PR, marketing and communications roles in charity and higher education settings and having previously worked in a students’ union has run several campaigns advocating for equality and women’s rights including #MeTooOnCampus and International Women’s Day events. During her free time, Ellen also volunteers with The Wave Project, a children’s mental health charity, spending as much time in the sea as possible.

Sue Penna

Sue is Cornish and has lived in Newlyn for the last 24 years. She has been immersed in the DA sector since 2005 and was previously a WCWA trustee from 2001 – 2004 and is delighted to be back.

Gemma Pople

Gemma works as the Operations Manager for Konnect Communities - a Cornish based CIC known for their work supporting people in the criminal justice system. Gemma has over 25 years’ experience of working with people facing multiple barriers in education and community settings and in project management and leadership. 

Away from work Gemma enjoys CrossFit and hiking.

Rachel Garside

Meghan Field

Thalia Marrington

Martyn Crouch

Cat Allinson

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