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Goodbye from Oliver Baines

28 February 2017


After a wonderful 12 years as a trustee and, latterly, the Chief Executive of the CCF, it’s well past time that I moved on. It’s been a great experience, working with a team of such friendly, generous and committed individuals, from all walks of life and from outside as well as inside Cornwall. So this is my opportunity to say thank you – to Friends, supporters, donors, volunteers, trustees and staff, to all of you – for contributing so much to this great organisation and, through the CCF, to Cornwall, and for making my time at the Foundation such a complete pleasure.

For all of us the most important aspect of our work is knowing that what we do has an impact locally on people’s lives and well-being, and on the viability of voluntary organisations across Cornwall. The strength of our communities, in spite of all the changes of the last decades, is one of Cornwall’s great attributes, and the knowledge that the Foundation has played its part in sustaining them is ample reward for our work.

I know that the future is bright for the Foundation, though Cornwall faces many challenges – not least by its many voluntary groups, who provide such an amazing network of social support to its communities.

I feel I leave the CCF in a good place, with a highly competent and committed new Chief Executive, a strong Board of Trustees, and an experienced and dedicated team in Launceston. I savour the time I have spent with the Foundation. Good luck to you all.