Active8 currently has 8 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

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.


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.


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Voice of a member.


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Voice of a member.


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Responsible for: Safeguarding

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.


Responsible for: Minuting meetings.

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