Cornwall has such a rich ecology of creative people – you can always discover more amazing folk to make things happen.
We cherry-pick the very best from our wider gang of associates, making sure the right talent is on board for whatever project is cooking.
Here is our core team…
Will calls himself a ‘cultural entrepreneur’; he says he tries to earn a living from doing stuff he loves to do. Sometimes he’s a filmmaker, sometimes an author, a musician or an educational consultant, sometimes there’s not really a word for what he does. His major interests are Cornish language and identity, traditional music and culture, community celebration and ‘place-based’ learning.
Will’s previous incarnations include performer, director and musician with Kneehigh Theatre, professional storyteller and deputy-head of a large primary school. Recently he’s been spending a lot of time building Cornish hedges…
Vicki is Company Manager and the glue that holds our projects and people together. Having qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, she’s had a variety of roles over the years including working as a Bank Clerk, Finance & Admin Manager for Devon & Cornwall Police and Operations Manager for TRAC, a Regulatory Affairs Consultancy.
Vicki moved to Cornwall from the Midlands when she was eight years old. She is married with two kids and a collie called Luna. In her spare time, she is a horror fanatic and loves a good scare (especially if zombies are involved).
Pol Hodge B.Eng, PGCE, was born in Redruth in 1965. He obtained distinction at the highest level of Cornish language exam and was barded in 1991. The 2021 Gorsedh Kernow ceremony included the installation of Pol Hodge, Mab Stenak Vur, as ‘Bardh Meur’ (Grand Bard). Pol has been a Community Educator for over 30 years, and worked for Kowethas, Kesva as well as the Cornish Language Office.
Pol has performed at nearly 400 poetry gigs and lives in Lambriggan with his Cornish speaking wife, Jane.
At Golden Tree he is ‘Tebel’ (Santa), Kap’n Pol, and a chef who can’t speak English. He does all things ‘Kernewek’ (Cornish).
Jess is currently leading on the Kerdroya Community Engagement Programme as Project Delivery Officer. She has over 15 years’ professional experience ‘making good things happen’ across both the community and private sectors; her specialisms are in producing live events, volunteer management and partnership working. You can see more about her previous work, here.
Currently Jess is also doing an MA in the Poetics of Imagination at Dartington College of Art, studying and making art response to the history of human imagination, with Martin Shaw from the West Country School of Myth.
Bethia is a marketing consultant, helping brands to deliver meaningful communication concepts and reach their audiences. She has over ten years’ international experience working for a variety of clients, from book publishing houses and charities, to digital agencies and creative businesses. She holds a first-class BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter and an MA in Communication Design from Falmouth University.
Bethia works part time for Golden Tree, and has delivered communications strategy for the Man Engine Resurrection Tour 2018, Go Cornish and Kerdroya.
Sean’s media career started over 15 years ago in broadcast at Sky Television. Now working in Content Creation and Digital Marketing for some of the South West’s top brands, he is often spotted around Cornwall with a camera in one hand and a coffee in the other.
Adding to his list of amazing Cornish businesses, Sean now works part-time for Golden Tree as Digital Marketing Manager.
Eve began work with Golden Tree as a Community Engagement Intern on the Kerdroya project, after studying in Live Events Management.
She is now Office Administrator and spends her time organising educational and community events, maintaining the office administration and assisting with brand communications and marketing.
Morgi is a fully trained office dog and the Golden Tree Wellbeing Officer. He takes us out for regular walks, eats our apple cores and speaks fluent Cornish.