Pat WaltonPat Walton has spent a lifetime in education, counselling, psychotherapy and mental health. A professional trainer, she covers a wide range of issues including bereavement, dementia, mental health and safeguarding and has experience of running projects similar to the The Oasis Centre.

Pauline TurnerPauline Turner retired to Cornwall nine years ago having spent her working life in London first in HM Treasury then as a Police Officer, Probation Officer and finally, as a psychotherapist/ counsellor running a large Counselling Service in East London with Pat Walton.

Jeremy SimmondsJeremy Simmonds is a retired solicitor who worked as an adviser on charity law to national charities and was a senior partner of a London firm. He is a Trustee of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow and currently President of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain. For more than ten years Jeremy was a Trustee of Asthma UK.

Barbara Hough Barbara Hough, a retired Head Teacher, was instrumental in setting up Trevisker St Eval Community Centre and has been closely involved in producing St Eval's Neighbourhood Development Plan. She is currently senior steward at Wadebridge Methodist Church and has experience in policies and procedures, event management, risk assessment, and making grant applications.

Anne Walker Anne Walker trained as a teacher before working in primary schools and taught also English at a Further Education college. After a career break to bring up her family Anne worked as a supply teacher, as deputy housekeeper in a large hotel and at a camp site; she has always enjoyed working with people. After her children had grown up Anne began working in the care sector both in the community and in a care home, having had training especially working with people who have been diagnosed with dementia. She has served the local church both as a Church warden and a pastoral minister and is now retired.

Ian Gibson Ian Gibson has worked within the health service for over thirty years with wide experience in both hospital and general practice. Ian has worked in East Anglia, the Midlands and London as well as eleven years spent in Scotland. He has been a chief executive of an acute trust and head of investment for the NHS in London. He came to Cornwall ten years ago and Petroc Group Practice seven years ago where he is Managing Partner.

Helen BaberRevd. Helen Baber is the Rector of the Lann Pydar Benefice. She was ordained in Bristol Cathedral in 2013 having trained at Southern Theological Education Training Scheme (STETS) based at Sarum College in Salisbury. Helen chose a part time course over three years so she could continue to work full time; she felt that the job she did would be of value to her future ministry. Helen's career started as a Registered General Nurse, moving into General practice and working with predominantly young families. Latterly Helen was a training and development consultant for a large pharmaceutical company, working specifically with change management in the NHS.

William WoodWilliam Wood comes from a local farming family and worked as an agricultural engineer and in the mining industry before returning to farming in St. Ervan parish where he still lives in retirement. He has been Churchwarden of two local churches and also a Governor of a Church of England Primary School.

Chris MoncasterChris Moncaster grew up in St Eval and attended Trevisker and Newquay Grammar Schools before studying Geology at Southampton University. After retiring from 26 years of service as a navigator in the Royal Air Force Chris retraining and then completed 15 years teaching Physics at Truro School whilst also leading the school's extensive outdoor education program.

Anne Clare Anne Clare qualified as an accountant in the NHS before moving to the private sector working for KPMG with clients from the health, local government and education sectors. Anne has also spent time as a town clerk and a GP practice manager as well fulfilling the role of treasurer for various local charitable organisations. She has volunteered at the Wellbeing and Memory café for the last 12 months having recently moved back to Cornwall.


Betty HaleBetty Hale enjoys helping to create practical opportunities which lead to independence for local people by providing project development and funding advice. See for an overview of her previous experience and projects.

Pat HarveyPat Harvey has been involved with The Oasis Centre since its inception and was instrumental in helping to gain some early financial support. She is very closely involved with Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing with a special interest in the elderly and dementia care. Pat was the inaugural Chair of Cornwall Council.