We have a team of part-time staff and volunteers supported by the many other regular volunteers from the local community. Why not join us? Contact any of the colleagues below to find out more.


Head Grower

Hugh, along with his partner Alice, moved to the Farm when Bosavern CommunityEnterprises was first established and together they began the huge undertaking of setting up the vegetable growing production, while also renovating the Farmhouse and outbuildings.  Hugh has been tending the vegetable crops and caring for the hen flock ever since. Passionate about organic farming, wildlife and education in sustainable agriculture, Hugh is also a keen photographer. He has recorded numerous farm activities over the years in an expansive photo library and blog.

01736 788454

Andrew / Otta


Affectionately known as ‘Otta’, he has been working with Hugh growing vegetables and caring for the flock of 300+ hens for over 3 years. With a background in wildlife conservation, and many years’ experience as a chef, Otta produces delicious meals from perishing vegetables in a mission to eliminate food waste. Otta also manages the Wholesale orders, talking to chefs in restaurant kitchens across West Cornwall about our seasonal produce.

01736 788454


Bosavern Training & Work Experience

Having attended Cape Cornwall School in her teens, Katie studied Environmental Sciences at Derby University, worked for Friends of the Earth Parliamentary Unit, gained substantial community development here in W.Cornwall and qualified with a PGCE for teaching adults in informal settings. In her spare time Katie enjoys reading, moorland walks and folk singing. Katie co-ordinates our referrals, training and work experience placements.

training@bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk 01736 272367


Finance and Project Manager

01736 447230

For many years, Dilys has worked for not-for-profit organisations and community-based projects, she provides the financial backbone for the farm operations, managing day to day accounting, invoicing, year-end reports, tax returns and pay roll. Dilys has been instrumental in securing funding for our projects and continues to keep our funders happy by managing claims and reports with support from Julie.


Cookery Tutor

Ali has spent her whole career managing staff within the catering industry. As well as sharing her love of cooking, Ali is a keen gardener herself, growing her own veg as well as keeping goats and chickens. Ali teaches food preparation and cookery skills at Bosavern Training & Work Experience on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from The Cabin, catering for all the key-workers on site.

Tom Jane Management Board, Chair & Director until February 2022

Raised down on the Lizard Peninsula, son of a local fisherman, Tom studied Business at Plymouth University and has an Exec. Diploma in Management. He has worked in the Community Development and Charity sector for over 10 years. Tom also trained and worked as a primary school teacher and now home educates his own children near Newlyn. In his spare time he enjoys a stank across West Penwith, rockpooling, snorkelling, tending his meadows and trees, and playing folk music as Gaffer for the Raffidy Dumitz Band.Tom says “We are a brand new board and we’re full of enthusiasm. I’m really excited to support and encourage all the wonderful things that happen here.” As well as Chair, Tom heads the Funding Subgroup, the IT Task Group and reports back to the Board for the Allotments and Community Garden.

Chris Denly

Management Board Director, Secretary & responsible for HR and Safeguarding

Chris has worked with young people for over 20 years and has been a school leader for over 10 years, including as Deputy and Head of School at Cape Cornwall. He is a St Just Town Councillor and works with young people who do not access mainstream education for medical reasons.
Chris lives in Trewellard with his family.

Holly Whitelaw

Management Board Director

Holly has led a varied career alongside her environmental and academic pursuits, including photography for national papers; retail; telesales; renewables; cleaning; gardening; event organising and fundraising. Currently Holly is a Researcher for Sustainable Food Cornwall; runs Compost for Carbon Trials and delivers educational material on Regenerative Agriculture. Holly is Director of Regenerative Food & Farming; assists The Cornwall Gleaning Network, and helps to run Cornwall Climate Action Network. Locally, Holly volunteers for St Just in Bloom and the local Climate Action group.



Growing Activities Leader

Ross brings a wealth of gardening and horticultural experience to Bosavern Training & Work Experience having worked at St Michael’s Mount; at Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Scillies; as private gardener to Lord St Leven and in recent years he managed Kernow Inferno, producing a range of chili products. Ross has a calm and kindly manner which is perfect for supporting and teaching growing skills on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Julie Project

Finance Officer

Along with her volunteer role at Bosavern Farm, Julie has had a long and trusted record of working in both finance & administration within the Voluntary & Community sector for over 20 years. Julie’s role is to assist Dilys with finance and reporting to ensure that funds are spent in line with the specific project requirements.

Yvonne Bristow

Management Board Director & acting Chair from February 2022


Yvonne studied French and Russian before embarking on a career in non-fiction book publishing, becoming editorial director of several leading London publishers. After moving to Cornwall in 2002 with her late husband, Yvonne co-founded Cornwall Editions specializing in books about the county. Yvonne established the Pendeen Farmers’ Market and started the shop here at Bosavern; keen to further develop our farm as a significant food hub, contributing to local food security and the building of a self-reliant, environmentally friendly food economy in this part of Cornwall.

Florence Browne

Management Board

Florence is a keen bee-keeper, filmmaker, audio artist and freelancefundraiser/project manager based in Cornwall. Florence holds a BA in Music from Durham University, an MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film from UCL.
Together with her audio and visual story-telling abilities, Florence advises the Board on project development and funding applications having gained experience of securing funds from National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Cornwall Heritage Trust, Screen Cornwall, Cultivator, FEAST Cornwall and the European Regional Development Fund.

Ian Curnow

Management Board Director

CEO of Konnect, Ian has a wealth of current experience in managing European-funded employment projects across Cornwall. Ian reports to the Board on the Training & Work Experience project and sits on the finance sub-committee.

Martin Kerrison

Management Board Director

Martin joined the Board in summer 2021. He has a background in education, training and strategic planning and lives near enough to the farm to see his allotment from his window.


Construction Volunteer

Dom has an Environmental Science degree and a background in eco-construction. He volunteers his skills at Bosavern as well as supporting a number of other environmental causes.

Caroline Streat Volunteer Allotments Co-ordinator


After studying Russian at university, Caroline organised trade missions and trade exhibitions to Russia, Eastern Europe and Vietnam before moving to the New Forest and embarking on a new career as a Sport Massage therapist and Bowen Technique practitioner.  Once the children had flown the nest, she came to Cornwall, renovating two Grade II Listed barns with her husband and getting involved in community projects.  She joined Bosavern in Spring 2020 to help during lockdown, took on an allotment with her friend Lucy.

Alan Bancroft

Management Board Director & Treasurer

Alan spent most of his working life at the BBC. He became Finance Director for BBC Broadcast Ltd, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Along the way he had spells working in HR, at BBC Outside Broadcasts and the Open University, as a premises manager at Television Centre, and as a commercial policy advisor in the BBC’s Legal Department. Other than his involvement with Bosavern Farm, Alan has left the world of work and is currently doing a PhD on Harold Wilson’s last government.

Hannah Smith

Management Board

Hannah studied Land Management at university and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with many years of property experience drawn from the diverse backgrounds of private, public, voluntary and community sectors. Today she is interested in sustainable, environmentally responsible construction and has recently been involved in a straw bale barn build. She has a Masters in Executive Coaching and has completed a Practical Residency in Sustainable Horticulture at Schumacher College. Here she learned the benefits of growing annual and perennial crops in an agroforestry system using organic principles, no dig/minimal tillage and with a focus on healthy soil care. She is passionate about the role local food and regenerative farming can play in building resilient communities, improving health and wellbeing and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Ailsa (community volunteer)

Penwith Tree Planters

07881812227 or johnsonyoung305@btinternet.com
Ailsa is a member of the Penwith Tree Planters who meet weekly on Sunday afternoons to look after the trees planted in Bosavern Woodland. As well as weeding, mulching and removing guards from the trees in the woodland, they have helped the Bosavern allotmenteers plant windbreaks round the allotments.