Board of Trustees

PK Porthcurno is a registered charity, governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who work with the senior staff to agree the organisation’s strategic direction and monitor progress to achieve this.

Chair

Professor Gareth Parry FREng

Professor Gareth Parry is a retired emeritus professor of physics at Imperial College with a background in optical communications and now an interest in the history of communications.  He held professorial positions at UCL and Oxford before settling at Imperial. He is chair of the board of PK Porthcurno.

Trustees

Professor Polina Bayvel CBE FRS, FREng

Professor Polina Bayvel is the Head of the Optical Networks Group in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UCL.  Her research interests are in optical fibre communications and networks ranging from trans-oceanic links to intra- and inter-data centre communications and routing.


Tamsin Daniel FMA, FRSA

As Principal Historic Environment Officer for Cornwall Council, Tamsin is responsible for leading the strategic direction for the management of the council’s heritage services and providing leadership, influence and outreach to promote the value of heritage and our historic environment to Cornwall’s future. For nearly a decade she was also a key member of the council’s Culture Team, leading on capital projects that including collaboration with museums, archives and heritage sites.  Tamsin is Deputy Chair of PK Porthcurno.  


Dave Foot

Dave held a number of senior management positions during his career with the Cable & Wireless organisation, many of them overseas, before retiring.  He has been involved with the museum at Porthcurno from its inception and played a key role in ensuring secure funding from Cable & Wireless in the early days. He was Chair of the Boards of Trustees and Directors of what was then known as the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.


Chris Fyles

Chris is a tax expert who was latterly a partner at KPMG and continues to advise clients such as General Motors, with a particular specialism in VAT.  He chairs the Audit Committee of PK Porthcurno and has been a trustee since 2014.


Andy MacLeod FREng

Adam is now an industry consultant having retired from the Vodafone Group as Regional Technology Director for the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific Region. Prior to that, for ten years, he was Vodafone’s Group Chief Networks Officer and served as the CTO of Verizon Wireless in the US.


Rick Perry CBE CEng, FIET

Rick is Head of Subsea Partnerships for Vodafone Carrier Services. Previously he was Head of International Network Development at Vodafone. A two-year apprenticeship with Cable & Wireless in 1974, based in Porthcurno, kick-started his career in their foreign-based staff. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 and a CBE 10 years later, both for “Services to the Telecommunications Industry”.


Deborah Tritton MA

Deborah is the Archive Services Manager at Kresen Kernow, in Redruth, the new home for Cornwall’s archive collections. She has over 20 years’ experience as an archivist and was the Project Lead for the Kresen Kernow project.

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