Jonathan works for Cornwall Council. He is also a volunteer fundraiser for several Cornish charities and organisations; having raised over £200,000 in total. Jonathan has been a keen advocate for the Cornwall Air Ambulance for many years and as a Board Member of the New Heli Appeal helped raise nearly £100,000 towards the AW169. Jonathan is also Chairman of St Allen Parish Council and a Justice of the Peace. Jonathan is Chairman of the Philanthropy Forum.
Occupation: Philanthropy Forum
Despite spending the last 40 years living and travelling to different places around the UK and internationally, Cornwall is and will always be, home. My parents, family and close friends still live in Cornwall and it’s definitely where my heart is – there is nowhere as special and I’m honoured to have been asked to be an Ambassador for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Having grown up in Cornwall, I know that there are also challenges, none more important than the long distances to hospitals, the difficult roads and traffic congestion. That’s why the Cornwall Air Ambulance is so important. My mum was airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and it was a big relief to my dad and myself to know that she was in such good hands – they not only make a difference to patients but to families too.
I’ve got to know the whole Cornwall Air Ambulance team and I’m in awe of the paramedics, the pilots and the teams who support them. I was delighted to be able to raise over £95,000 to buy the pilot’s seat in the new heli last year with help from my company, Comitti Boats UK & Caribbean and favourite partners, including Clarendon Fine Art, Maranello Ferrari, Bollinger, Rick Stein, Sheree Valentine Daines and Stephanie Millward MBE.
Comitti Boats UK & Caribbean have also just sponsored the new pilots’ uniforms and I’m committed to supporting Cornwall Air Ambulance, both through personal donations as well as leveraging my partners and teams to deliver exciting fundraising initiatives, including The Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge in 2020.
Together we can keep the Cornwall Air Ambulance flying – saving lives and keeping families together.
Jackie is a successful and well-known businesswoman within Cornwall. Jackie has personally contributed to the appeal and was the inspiration behind the charities first London Gala Dinner, which took place in January. This wonderful event raised £130,000 and showcased the charity to our London supporter base who were joined by Cornwall donors for this spectacular evening. Jackie continues to support the charity as a member of the newly formed Philanthropy Forum.
Barbara is an ex Managing Director of The Body Shop International and of Dorling Kindersley Publishing. A former trustee of The Body Shop Foundation and International charity Children on the Edge. More recently Barbara ran her own very successful consultancy business. A judge for Cornwall Business awards for 3 years, she is a passionate supporter of women in business and was proud to mentor the founder of The Aspire Foundation helping women and girls globally to achieve more business, social and economic freedom. Barbara has also held non-executive advisory roles. She is proud and delighted to serve as a trustee of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, and felt privileged to Chair the New Heli Appeal Board in raising £2.8m to bring the new Heli home. Barbara continues as a passionate fundraiser as a member of the Philanthropy Forum.