Meet the team
Meet the wonderfully enthusiastic individuals who make up CLLD, what makes them tick and why they are passionate about Cornwall.
Rissa Reyes Parsons
Projects Facilitator / West Cornwall LAG
Rissa hails from sunny California and has worked within community development projects supporting families, local organisations, and businesses with development, training, funding, and event planning. She ran a successful family food business, which prided itself with its focus on local suppliers, and implemented a marketing strategy that helped to increase business growth.
Rissa has worked on EU funded projects since 2016, including business support and providing digital training for SMEs. She loves ‘hands-on’ working with applicants and is passionate about helping their projects come to fruition, supporting them navigate the technical aspects of funding.
In her free time she plays roller derby for the County team, is learning Muay Thai kickboxing and enjoys yoga and cooking.
She loves Cornwall and recommends "Trencrom Hill, on a sunny day because you get the wonderful sight of both coasts. Just park up and take the easy walk up the hill there are massive granite rocks to climb on if you’re feeling adventurous and little sheltered nooks to have a picnic. It’s a great place to watch sunrises and sunsets. I’ve made the journey up there the past few years on the summer solstice in the wee hours of the morning to see the sunrise and then back again late into the evening to watch the sunset from the same spot.”
Projects Facilitator / Coast to Coast LAG
Naomi is Cornish born and bred and is passionate about the County. She started her career within the Economic Development Office at Cornwall Council where she gained experience of working with European funding. This led her to working as Project Lead for European funded initiatives and as a Community Regeneration Officer in the mining villages’ areas of St Day, Lanner and Carharrack.
She also has extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector and spent many years as the Development Manager at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
In her spare time, Naomi is the secretary of Porthleven Town Band and even plays a bit. She also enjoys walking her three dogs and propagating green fingers with her love of gardening.
She loves Cornwall and recommends, “Parking in Lizard village, grab an Ann’s Pasty for lunch, visit Lizard Lighthouse and then walk along the coast path to Kynance Cove and, depending on the tide, walk across the beach to the café for a cream tea!”
Projects Facilitator / Atlantic and Moor LAG
James has a background in business, working as an Operations Manager before moving to Cornwall in 2005. He has helped develop his family’s children’s swimwear business and enabled it to become a brand leader in its sector, operating in 25 countries worldwide. James also finds time to run two of his own businesses.
His free time is often spent as ‘logistics coordinator’ for his two sons; running them to numerous Bude Rugby, Football and Surf Life Saving events. When he gets time off time for good behaviour you will often find him on his bike looking for the illusive single piece of flat road in Cornwall!
James feels very fortunate to be able to live and work in Cornwall’s stunning environments. He loves the rugged beauty of the North Coast, in particular the low tide walk which takes the coast path from Crooklets Beach in Bude up to Northcott Mouth, then returning along the beach. “On a sunny, clear day, the route offers some of the most beautiful views anywhere in Cornwall especially when rounded off with a huge ice-cream at Rosie’s “
Projects Facilitator / South and East Cornwall LAG
Ffion is originally from Wales and has worked for the Voluntary and Community sector for the last 8 years, since graduating from The University of Plymouth. She’s been involved in a wide range of developmental projects across Cornwall and built up a strong skillset in navigating the paths to successful outcomes.
Her knowledge and experience of helping and supporting grass roots community groups with their networking, project development, and funding is a real asset to the team.
In her spare time she loves walking her two dogs, listening to music and playing hockey and in recent years has sat on her Hockey club committee and feels that this first-hand experience has really helped her to understand the challenges that Volunteer led projects have.
She loves Cornwall and recommends "My favourite spot in Cornwall is Perranporth beach! I love watching the dogs run across miles of beach and walking along the cliff tops, you can really lose yourself looking at the waves. At the end of a nice walk you can get nice and warm with a hot chocolate or a cold beverage if it’s a hot day! It is a lovely part of Cornwall".
Nolwenn moved to Cornwall over a decade ago, instantly falling in love with the county and enjoys calling it her home. She has worked across Cornwall on a broad variety of projects, funded by various EU and UK sources
Roles within Cornwall Council, Falmouth University, and for a charity have enabled her to gain a strong understanding of the regional funding landscape and local challenges.
Nolwenn's love for her adopted county means she is passionate about supporting Cornish communities and helping them to achieve their aspirations.
After ten years she, "still stumbles across new magical places" for her young family to explore (when she can prise the away from watching Peppa Pig on a loop). One of her favourites is, "walking the beautiful coastal path around Godrevy, soaking up the wild nature of this part of the North Coast, especially on a sunny day!".
Alan grew up just over the border in Devon but feels his credentials for working in Cornwall stack up as his maternal grandmother was a proud Pengelley and knew how to make a proper pasty! Alan has worked in the field of communications and marketing for over 15 years and has been responsible for raising the profile of a wide range of projects and initiatives on both a regional and national level. His career has also involved championing equality and diversity, and facilitating a wide range of training and developmental support for staff and organisations.
In his spare time he loves walking and has recently embarked on tracing the genealogy of his family, already finding some surprising skeletons in cupboards!
He loves Cornwall and recommends that, “As a self-proclaimed movie geek, I’d suggest hunting out some filming locations across the County, whether its Holywell beach which doubled as the North Korean coastline for 007’s 'Die Another Day', Anthony House the setting for Tim Burton’s 'Alice in Wonderland', or Tintagel used in ‘Knights of the Round Table’ back in 1953 with Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner no less.”