Patron:  Matthew Taylor, Lord Taylor of Goss Moor


President: Professor Keith Atkinson

Keith is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and as the first Cornwall Provost was responsible for establishing the university’s Cornwall Campus at Tremough.

Keith was Head of the Camborne School of Mines from 1994 to 2002 and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1997 to 2000. He has served on the councils of both the Geological Society and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (now the IMMM). He is also a Past President of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall and was awarded their Bolitho Gold medal in 1998 for services to Geology. In 1990, Keith and his co-authors were awarded the Goldfields of South Africa IMM Silver Medal for work on the treatment and restoration of contaminated land in Cornwall. He has published over 80 scientific and technical papers in refereed journals and co-authored a major textbook on Ore Deposit Geology.

Chairman: David Edmondson

David is a previous chair person of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West last year and has been a member of the Institute for over 20 years. He is currently Strategic Developments Manager at Cornwall Council, responsible for major planning applications across the county.

He has worked in both the public and private sectors and has served in policy and development management roles for several local authorities. He has a passion for providing affordable housing, for renewable energy and for sustainable design and construction. He Chairs the Board of the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT) and is on the Board of Devon & Cornwall Housing Association (Cornwall CIC).

Mark Williams

Mark is the Director of Apprenticeships and Work Place Learning Projects at Cornwall College.

Christine Coonick

Chris Coonick is Senior Consultant at the BRE National Solar Centre, based at the Eden Project. She has been working in the renewable energy industry since 2010 following the completion of a Masters in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology. With a background in Electrical Engineering, her experience includes developing a solar powered vaccine refrigerator for UNICEF, designing hybrid renewable energy systems for UN agencies, and more recently, completing low carbon technology research for DECC. Through her role at BRE she has been involved in a number of funded research projects, working with a wide variety of organisations, universities and stakeholders in the solar PV industry. As a STEM Ambassador for Cornwall, member of the Cornwall Clean Energy Industrial Advisory Group and Director of WREN, Chris is passionate about giving the next generation and her local community the opportunity for a sustainable low carbon future and encouraging women into engineering roles.

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