West Cornwall LAG

Aims

In West Cornwall we are looking to fund inspirational and innovative projects that will enhance economic opportunities for the local people and businesses.

Objectives

In order to achieve our aims we will:

  • Assist and inspire the local community to find solutions to the issues faced in West Cornwall
  • Fund innovative projects that address barriers to accessing work and training opportunities within West Cornwall’s rural communities and town centres, as well as challenges caused by the areas transport network
  • Support projects that will lead to business growth, work opportunities, and educational progress

Meet the chair

Julian Rand MBE has a professional background in Finance and Company Management and was part of the initial working group that helped to secure funding for CLLD. In the last fifteen years, he has worked to support economic development across Cornwall and he is the current Chair of the West Cornwall Local Action Group delivering LEADER funding to our communities and was Vice Chair through the previous round of Local Action European Funding, successfully securing investment of over £2m for the local economy. Julian is a County Councillor in West Cornwall and sits on a wide range of strategic committees.

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Meet the team

Rissa 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.”

07538 259509

rissa.parsons@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk