We are a group of local residents who have come together as Newlyn Fishing, Industry and Seafarers Heritage (FISH) Trust, which has been approved as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Reg.1188966), with the objective:
“To advance the education of the public in the history, culture and heritage of Newlyn, Cornwall, in particular but not exclusively through the provision of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, traditional crafts demonstrations and other events.”
Our short biographies, below, give a flavour of the knowledge, skills and life experiences that we bring to the Trust, in addition to being supported by a wider group of people and partner organisations enthusiastic about telling Newlyn’s story.
Board of Trustees
Derath Durkin (Chair)
Derath is a (loosely) retired Church of England vicar, who has also been the CEO of a mission organisation, as well as holding several senior sales and marketing roles. She continues to minister in a cluster of local churches, project manages their intern program and assists in policy writing. She is a Governor of a local school and has served on various Charity Boards.
Jamie Pallant (Treasurer)
Jamie is an Operations Manager with a large local daffodil Grower. Working in Horticulture for over 20 years, he is experienced in project management and procurement. Moving to Newlyn in 2015, he has become interested in the local fishing and associated industries with their long heritage and eye to the future.
Jeanette Ratcliffe (Secretary)
Jeanette is an archaeologist with 40 years experience in carrying out heritage projects in Cornwall and Scilly, and until recently she also had a private counselling practice. The daughter of a fisherman, born in West Cornwall, she has completed introductory commercial fishing training, helped fishermen access grants and is currently developing coastal archaeological tours.
Born and raised in Newlyn, after attending local schools, Cathryn joined the family fishing business, W Stevenson and Sons. An active member of the local community, who has held various positions, including School Governor of Newlyn Primary School, Cathryn enjoys playing badminton, helps run Mounts Bay Junior Badminton Club and is Chairperson of Cornwall Youth Badminton. She enjoys working with all those involved to bring the Trust’s ambitious project to fruition.
A member of an established local fishing family, Will grew up and still lives in Newlyn and works in the local area. He began his career in estate agency under the Government apprentice scheme, which he has now completed. In his spare time he enjoys playing sport and is a chairperson of a local sports club. He is keen to see Newlyn thrive in the future.
Growing up in Marazion, after Drama School and working in rep theatre, Mike opened record shops in Penzance and St Ives, living in Newlyn before moving to a smallholding near Lamorna. Alongside running his own estate/letting agency, Mike has been director of a youth theatre, the Golowan Festival and PZ Ritz Community Centre Trust, as well as a school governor and Penlee Lifeboat press office. Writing as “Old Mike” in The Cornishman, his published books include ‘The Rosebud and the Newlyn Clearances’ and ‘Penlee – The Loss of a Lifeboat’.