Trustees & Officers

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Chairman

Brian Jones is directly descended from two prominent Penzance families. He grew up and was schooled in the west of the county, firstly at Sennen then Penzance and finally at (what was then) Camborne Technical College.

Pursuing a career at sea he spent most of the next 14 years away from the Duchy. On returning to the county he established an Electrical Contracting business which he has run for the last 25 years.

He is a Licentiate of the City and Guilds of London Institute and a Member of The Institute of Engineering Technology.

Brian has a keen interest in Industrial heritage in general and large static steam plant in particular.

Jerry Rogers

Jerry Rogers

Treasurer

Jerry joined the society in 1971 after reading D. Brown’s book entitled The Cornish Beam Engine. This led to a burgeoning interest in the history of Tin and Copper mining in Cornwall and the many allied industries including explosives, fuses and the building of the engines.

Cornish born and bred, Jerry is also treasurer of Gorsedh Kernow and the Celtic Congress Cornish Branch.

Kingsley Rickard

Kingsley Rickard

Vice-chairman

Kingsley spent his professional career with Boots the Chemists initially training in pharmacy and agrochemicals and then transferring to the finance division where he was an internal audit manager travelling widely over the Southern England and South Wales in the course of his duties. An interest in Cornish industrial history as a teenager continues to this day and he does many presentations on the subject.

A Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd he is also a Past Chairman of the Kent Cornish Association and a Past president of the Bristol Cornish Association., Vice Chairman of the Homecomers Association, Vice Chairman of the Trevithick Society, Vice Chairman of the Camborne Trevithick Day Association, a Director of King Edward Mine Museum and a trustee of Harvey’s Foundry Trust and sits on the Camborne Regeneration Forum.

Dave Crewes

Dave Crewes

Trustee

From a farming background but joined Cornwall fire brigade where he served most of his working life as a firefighter.

A lifetime of involvement in the history and culture of Cornwall and was made a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 1988 for his services to Cornwall.

Served on the committees of many organisations locally and internationally and was twice President of Pan Celtic international an organisation that encompasses all the Celtic nations.

Graham Thorne

Graham Thorne

Publications Secretary

Born Redruth 1948, grew up in Plymouth, living in Essex for last 40 years. History & Politics degree (Reading University), followed by 33 years working for Royal Mail, took early retirement in 2003.

Society member since 1971, active since retirement, Publications Secretary since 2008, Journal Editor since 2013. Interested in all aspects of Industrial and Transport History.

Tracy Elliot

Tracy Elliot

Events Coordinator

Tracy Elliott born and bred in Cornwall. Spent 22 years in the Royal Navy. Have always had an interest in industrial archaeology (my Father dragged me around the old mine sites when I was at school).

I go underground most weeks as well as surface field trips. My main pastime is rock climbing and running my small holding.

Colin French

Colin French

Newsletter Editor & Crew on the Puffing Devil

Degree in Physical Geography from Aberystwyth, and PhD in Palaeoecology from King’s College, London.

I am a proud Cornishman and a bard of the Cornish Gorsedh. Despite not being an engineer, my interest in Cornwall’s Industrial Heritage is deep seated, being descended from a long line of engineers and foundry men, who worked at the Cornish Copper Company, Harveys of Hayle, the Tuckingmill Foundry, Bickford Smith’s Fuse Factory, Climax and last but certainly not least, Holman Bros. I am particularly interested in the ways in which wildlife has adapted to the mining landscape of Cornwall.

By profession I am a self-employed ecologist and computer programmer/database developer. As a volunteer I am the Recorder for West Cornwall for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders, and am part of a small group of botanists systematically surveying every 1km square in Cornwall in order to write the next Flora of Cornwall (I co-wrote the last Flora of Cornwall, which was published in 1999). I am also a Cub Scout Leader at 1st Camborne (Roskear) Scout Group.

Sheila Saunders

Sheila Saunders

Secretary and Membership Secretary

I became membership secretary about 3 years ago when my predecessors had to resign due to health issues. The only experience I had was using IT! Ashamedly I had no knowledge of the society.

Since being the membership secretary I have thoroughly enjoyed the contact with members and attending the AGM’s, where some of the members gather and we all have a very enjoyable time.

I have been a primary school secretary for 20 years which keeps me busy as well as helping with my 3 grandchildren..

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