Board of Directors

Jill Stein
Jill Stein


Jill Stein, for many years the driving force - along with Rick - behind the success of the Rick Stein group, is the chairperson of Visit Cornwall, taking over from Lord St Levan whose four-year tenure has brought strong leadership and financial stability to the organisation.

Since opening The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow with Rick in 1975, Jill has been instrumental in developing the company into what it is today, with restaurants in Porthleven, Falmouth and Fistral as well as accommodation, all of which Jill has designed.

“I am enormously honoured to become chair of Visit Cornwall,” said Jill. “I intend to use the next three years to do everything I can to work on behalf of the people of Cornwall and the businesses of Cornwall so that together we can make this beautiful part of the world even more dynamic and attractive to visitors and to investment.”

Jill Stein will be supported by the Board and by the newly appointed Deputy Chair Tim Light.


Malcolm Bell: CEO

Malcolm is Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall. A passionate brand ambassador for destination Cornwall, Malcolm is a key spokesperson across the world for tourism issues and sits on European and national advisory boards. He is also a member of the Forestry Commissions Regional Advisory Board, a Director of South West Lakes and a Governor for Cornwall College. 


Tim Light: Vice Chairman

Tim is Director of Fal River Cornwall, a tourism network which integrates local river, road and rail transport. Tim sits at the heart of Cornwall’s developing marine transport sector following a long career spent in various parts of the globe with Her Majesty’s armed forces.


Nigel Carpenter

Nigel is Proprietor of St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth. Following a successful career in marketing and general management he purchased St Michael’s in 2001 with his wife Julie and they have since invested £5 million in transforming the hotel into one of the top four star hotels in Cornwall. Nigel’s next ambitious project is the redevelopment of the old Falmouth Beach Resort site with a flagship ‘Liner’ building. He also has plans to re-develop Old County Hall in Truro to create Truro’s first four star Spa Hotel.


Will Ashworth

Will is Managing Director of Watergate Bay having taken over the running of the Watergate Bay hotel from his parents in 2004. Under Will’s guidance Watergate Bay has seen significant regeneration to become a ski resort on a beach. It is now a recognised destination brand for Cornwall, complete with an accommodation portfolio, range of restaurants, leisure facilities and events calendar.


Zoë Curnow – Director at The Minack Theatre

Zoë grew up in Cornwall, and first worked at The Minack Theatre as a student. After a successful few years working at senior management and chief executive positions in theatres in the South East, Zoë returned to Cornwall nine years ago to manage The Minack Theatre – one of Cornwall’s most recognisable landmarks. Zoë is also an executive committee member of the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, a member of the Porthcurno Coastal Community Team and chairman of her local nursery.


Julie Towers FCA CTA AIIT – VAT Partner at PKF Francis Clark

Julie is a VAT partner at PKF Francis Clark splitting her time between Truro and Exeter and is responsible for all areas of VAT within the firm. She offers proactive and practical advice on VAT, ranging from compliance to complicated technical issues. Prior to joining PKF Francis Clark, Julie was director of VAT Services for a medium sized firm of accountants in Oxfordshire and UK VAT Manager for Siemens plc.  


Jon Hyatt

Having grown up in Cornwall Jon is now a Director at Hendra Holiday Park, one of Southwest’s premier holiday parks, offering holiday homes, lodges, pods and camping throughout a 100-acre landscaped site. At it’s summer peak Hendra accommodates in excess of 4,000 guests and is recognised as an industry leader for innovation, quality and sustainable practice.

As a family run business the philosophy is to offer great family holidays for all budgets at the highest, 5-star, quality standard. As part of the third generation Jon has a particular interest in recognising Hendra’s responsibility to the environment and to sustainable tourism, driving many initiatives and investments within the business to this effect.


Nathan Cudmore