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The Trustee Board meets quarterly with the Museum’s Management Team to consider issues of strategic significance and to review progress against the Museum’s Plan.

Bert Biscoe- Honorary Secretary

Bert Biscoe is a Cornishman. The RIC has been part of his life since he was five, when his dad brought him in to get out of the rain and admire the minerals – Anthony Payne is one of his earliest memories!. Having served an apprenticeship touring with a number of unheard of and forgotten rock bands he is now a Cabinet member at Cornwall Council, a long-standing member of Truro City Council, a poet and songwriter.

David Bishop

David Bishop was a senior partner with KPMG, the accountancy and management consultancy company. He first visited Cornwall when two weeks old, his father was born in Trelights and he has lived in Cornwall for 24 years.

He was a founding trustee of the Cornwall Community Foundation and is the Treasurer of Endelienta, fostering Arts and Spirituality in North Cornwall


Ian Doble- Chairman

Ian is the MD of L. Doble Ltd and a director of Newdowns Developments Ltd. Born in Redruth and educated at Redruth Grammar School, Harper Adams Agricultural College  and has an OU degree. He is married to Jenny and has three grown up children and lives in St. Agnes.

Mark Chanter- Vice Chairman

Mark is a Partner at Foot Anstey Solicitors and worked in Truro since qualifying. He has a keen interest in all things Cornish. Besides being Deputy Chair of the Trustees, he is Honorary solicitor of the Royal Cornwall Show and Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. He is married with 3 children.

Nicholas Johnson, MBE, MA, BSc, FSA, MCIfA

Worked in Cornwall since 1975; County Archaeologist 1988-2010; led the team that achieved World Heritage Site status for Cornish Mining in 2006; awarded MBE in 2008 for services to archaeology in Cornwall; Member of the RIC since1977; RIC Council 1977-2004; RIC Trustee from 2013.

Peter Stethridge

Peter Stethridge is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers who has held a number of senior posts with Cornwall County Council. He is Chairman of the Buildings Committee a member of the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee. He is also a former Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of nine books of travel, history and fiction, including The Bronski House, The Levelling Sea and Rising Ground. ‘He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Cornwall with his family and a number of boats.

Richard Robinson- Honorary Treasurer

Richard Robinson is retired having previously  been a partner with a local firm of chartered accountants in Truro where one of his specialisms was advising charities. He is a trustee of several other local charities. Richard was born in Redruth and educated in Cornwall.

Martin Brooks

Martin was educated at Truro Cathedral School and Newquay Grammar School. After university and service in the 7th Gurkha Rifles, he was an executive at a national newspaper, thereafter chairing a quoted software company and the Cornwall Development Company until 2015. He currently chairs the Gurkha Museum Trust.

Julie Seyler

Julie has been the Chief Operating and Finance Officer at Hall for Cornwall from 2017. She is currently part of the leadership team tasked with delivering the ambitious £20 million capital scheme.  Prior to this Julie was the Culture Programme Lead at Cornwall Council for 15 years with responsibility for arts, archives, creative industries, the Cornish language, museums and the World Heritage Site, raising over £30million for the sector. She is also Executive Director of Creative Kernow and the General Manager at Kneehigh Theatre.

Ruth Gripper

Ruth Gripper is a freelance charity consultant based in Cornwall. She joined the RICS/RCM board in 2019.

Ruth grew up in Cornwall before moving away for work and study. After a degree in International Studies and time teaching in English in France, she served as parliamentary researcher to the MP Norman Lamb in Westminster. Ruth subsequently worked in policy and public affairs roles in the charity sector before joining New Philanthropy Capital’s research and consulting team in 2015. She spent three years with NPC advising charities and funders before returning to Cornwall in 2018. She is currently supporting the Stone Family Foundation managing grants in the water and sanitation sector overseas.