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Active8 currently has 13 trustees: they meet every 2 months. Their role is to employ and support staff, make policy and financial decisions on behalf of the charity, and ensure it continues to serve the purpose for which it was set up. Some trustees are also members of some of the Active8 youth projects. All trustees are aged 18 and over and have undergone an enhanced DBS check.

Some trustees represent a particular group of people e.g. volunteers, parents, young people, and/or have a responsibilty for a particular area of Active8 e.g. Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Treasurer, Fundraising, Chair.



Chair of Trustees



Deputy Chair

Responsible for: Health and Safety

Hello, I’m Penny. I’ve been involved with Active8 since 2006 when my daughter was a member of the Acceler8 group. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to her life and how it continues to do so and so was really pleased to be asked to be a trustee about six years ago. In my other life I’m a sports massage therapist (although I’m possibly the least sporty person you’re likely to meet!) In my spare time I sing in a couple of a cappella choirs and love going to any type of theatre.




Responsible for: Managing charity finances, banking & payments

I moved to Cornwall in 2013 when I retired from full time work, after many years visiting the area. I am a chartered accountant and have always been keen to support the local community. Since becoming involved with Active8 I have been impressed with the activities of the charity and the difference it is making for the young people. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities, including tennis and walking.



Responsible for: 

Voice of a member.

Hi, I'm Lauren, a previous Active8 member turned trustee. The work that the charity is instrumental in building our young people's confidence and independence! It's because of Active8 that I was brave enough to leave home and go to university, I'm now pressing a career in writing. Some of the friendships and experiences I've had with Active8 will stay with me for a lifetime. I strongly advise that you check us out, we can show you a lot more in person than I could ever hope to put into words!

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Responsible for: 

Voice of a member.

Hello, I’m Nick and I’ve been a trustee with Active 8 for over 10 years. I went right through Active 8 starting with weekends at Churchtown and doing the DOE Bronze and Gold. It was really great to be able to take part in activities and residentials that probably I may not have done otherwise. Skydiving and abseiling for the charity was excellent. Now I can reflect on my time in Active 8 and hopefully use those experiences to help in my role as a trustee.




I moved back home to Cornwall in 2017 after many years working overseas in my own business developing leadership skills within organisations. I am passionate about enabling young people to lead full and satisfying lives and that’s why I really enjoy being involved with Active8. I am an outdoors person and regularly walk the coast path with my dog whilst, in the summer, sailing and camping are high on my list of priorities.


I have been a trustee since April 2017 and have had a fantastic time working with Active8. I try and take part in the activities when I can because of the enthusiasm and fun which both staff and the young people bring to every event. My professional job is a family solicitor helping families and children. I am also a Lieutenant in the Army Cadet Force running Camborne detachment and teaching First Aid in the ACF throughout the county. I’m a trustee for Pentreath, a charity working with people recovering from mental health difficulties. In my spare time I like running, kayaking and going to the gym. I also take part in Bodmin Musical Theatre Company  productions.

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Hello, I'm Mark!! I've been involved in Active8 since 2006 where I was a member of Acceler8. I loved my time in Acceler8 and met some of my closest friends there. I have been a Trustee for over a year now, and love seeing the charity grow and grow. Outside of Active8 I work Truro & Penwith College as a College Sports Activator. Basically I encourage students to be more involved in physical activity by delivering daily activities. Sport is my passion and wheelchair basketball is the sport I love most. I currently play and coach the only Cornish team.


Responsible for:

Staff support.

I have known about Active 8 since the beginning, as I was Liz Olive, its  founder’s, partner!  My role was usually to stay home and look after the dogs ..but you can’t live with someone for 25 years and not get involved at some level with their  great interest and passion!

My role is staff support - so lots of cups of coffee and hot chocolate! I am now Active 8’s greatest fan ..I am SO impressed with what great work the charity does and with the wonderful young people who are part of it all.


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Hi I’m Heather!  I’ve been involved with Active8 since 2006 when I accompanied two young people on a tall ship voyage, since then there’s been other trips and I’ve fulfilled other roles.

It’s been such a life experience, the 2012 Paralympics and 2014 Tall Ships festival were highlights, so exciting to see how inspirational they proved to be.

I love tall ship sailing, travel and also volunteer at The Maritime Museum in Falmouth.  I ran a smallholding with a bunch of animals but now have just one dog!  I’ve seen what fun Acceler8 can be for young people, so now very pleased to be a Trustee and continuing my involvement.  



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Voice of a parent

My name is Dawn, I moved to Cornwall 22yrs ago. Before having my 2 children I worked as a therapy assistant supporting adults with learning disabilities to become as independent as possible. My daughter has CP and I adopted the same approach and now have an incredibly independent 18yr old.

I have known of Active8 for a number of years and was delighted that my daughter had the opportunity to spend 2 yrs with acceler8 and is now an active member of illumin8 . She has achieved so much and has grown is confidence.

I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to help in supporting this wonderful charity.



Responsible for:

Voice of a member, Technology & GDPR

Hey guys, my name is Alex and I have been involved with Active 8 since I was a member of the Acceler8 programme way back in 2006. Over the years, I have been very fortunate in attending various events and have made life-long friends in the process.  

Witnessing first-hand how the charity has empowered and enriched many young people's lives has inspired me to become a Trustee. 

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the charity and I look forward to contributing to it moving forwards.  



Responsible for:

Voice of a parent

Hello, I’m Cheryl.  I first became involved in Active8 when my daughter became a member of the group.  She absolutely loved it, having a fantastic time and making some great friends.   So I was delighted when I was asked to be a trustee, having seen what an amazing job the charity do for young people.  I work as a teacher, teaching English to foreign students.  I love travelling and am always trying to plan the next adventure! 



Responsible for:

Safeguarding & Care advice

I’m Nic and I’ve been involved with Active8 for 3 years as a care workers for the Accerler8 Project.

In my official capacity I am a Paediatric and young persons Care coordinator at Stayathome.

In my role as a Trustee, I hope to bring my experience and knowledge of the care sector to ensure the care needs of our young people are supported and person centred.