Meet the team

At Promas CIC, we believe that every carer should be valued and cared for.

Our team has extensive professional experience and we’re committed to ensuring
unpaid carers have access to skills training and the emotional support they need.

Bernie DeLord
Executive Director
Bernie is one of the Directors at Promas CIC. Her working background has been in mental health and social care for the past 33 years, working in the UK and New Zealand where she first began working with carers organisations. When she returned to the UK in 2009 she met Jenny and they became interested in working with unpaid carers. They started this work in 2011 and started the company in 2013.

Jenny Tarvit
Executive Director
Jenny is one of the Directors of Promas CIC and has over 20 years of teaching experience in voluntary and public sectors. Jenny has managed a variety of projects funded by European Social fund, Department for Works and Pensions and the Skills Funding Agency supporting people to move forward with their lives through education, advice and assistance.

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Derek Jones
Non-Executive Director (Volunteer)
Derek is a retired sales & marketing professional with 45 years experience in high profile, commercial environments. He’s worked in roles up to director level within large teams throughout the UK and Europe. Derek also operated his own sales consultancy for 6 years, creating and implementing business plans on behalf of SME’s in the service industry.

For almost 20 years Derek assisted his wife as a part-time carer for his adult son, diagnosed with psychosis. For the last four years they’ve both been full-time carers.

Matthew Stone

Non-Executive Director (Volunteer)

Matthew has over a decade of experience working in the fields of design, communications and project management. He has professionally collaborated with several non-profits, including the RNLI, ShelterBox, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, ChildFund and Cornwall Hospice Care.

He is the Creative Director of the communications agency Doodlemore, as well as an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University. He has a passion for working with organisations that are trying to make a difference to individuals, the community or the world at large.

Matthew has joined the team at Promas CIC as a non-executive Director to help build on the fantastic work that the Community Interest Company has been achieving since it established. He brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to the team, notably a strategic view on communications and project management, creative thinking and a strong network base in Cornwall.

When not designing, Matthew is also a Beach Lifeguard with the RNLI – a role he has held for 14 years. He is also part of the international training team with the charity, travelling to developing countries to teach lifesaving skills, helping to reduce the global drowning rate. He co-founded Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club and was elected as Chairman for 10 years, stepping down from the role in December 2018. He is a voluntary lifeguard trainer with Surf Life Saving GB and was recognised for this dedication by being presented with a distinguished ‘Services to Lifesaving’ award. He is also a sports coach at Truro School and a call-out member with West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team.

Alison Jones

Office Manager

Alison has over twelve years’ experience as an administrator, working on international policy conferences in Sussex. She was responsible for moving conferences forward from conception to delivery, supporting the directors and managing operational aspects during events. Prior to this she worked in the aviation industry.

For the last seven years she has been a carer for her mother and has experienced the emotional and practical challenges this involves.

Sophia Halling
Course Tutor

Sophia Halling has run community choirs in Cornwall for 10 years now. She currently conducts Raise the ‘Ruth in Redruth, Barbed Choir in Penzance and The Riverside Singers in Devoran. She has also worked as a singer at The Eden Project and for Wildworks on some of their productions including Wolf’s Child. It is her firm belief that everyone can sing, even those who are adamant they cannot!

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Trevor is a self taught professional artist, maker and teacher who spends most of his time in either his workshop or studio. He graduated from London College of Printing and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and has a broad range skill set including: designing and making, artwork, pyrography, freehand engraving, sculpting, printing, bookbinding, leather work, woodturning and woodworking.

With over ten-years’ experience in the adult community mental health service, complex care and dementia, memory cafés, schools and community centres across Cornwall, he has developed a special interest in creativity and the variety of ways in which it serves to increase people’s wellbeing. His approach to teaching is gentle, enjoyable, down to earth and is largely focussed on helping people develop their own understanding of applied creative processes. He operates with the underlying philosophy that you can’t actually get learning wrong because, with time and practice, anyone can discover their creativity.


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My career in social care began in Cornwall in 2004 after graduating from a BSc in psychology, supporting young people with autism

In 2011 I relocated to London and used my experience to begin working for Dimensions as a Performance Coach, providing direct support to services and the people they support to provide high quality care In 2012 I worked for an organisation where they supported people with a range of needs including people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and drug misuse. The focus of my role was to improve quality and delivering and facilitating training was a significant part of this.

In 2014 I relocated back to Cornwall to set up my own business. As a result, now work across a wide variety of settings and deliver bespoke training and provide consultation on all aspects of delivering a high-quality package of care.

Linda Cleary

Course Tutor

Linda chiefly offers online and live Creative Writing courses, writing holidays and literary events as well as a proofreading, editing and mentoring service for writers. She is a Literary Arts Consultant with a theatre background and Diploma in LAMDA Speech and Drama, a Diploma in Recreational Studies from Manchester Metropolitan (specialisation Creative Writing) and a HND in Theatre Studies. She is also Literary Arts Coordinator and Publishing arm for the Hypatia Trust, and works in Adult Education (teaching certificates: PTTLS, C&G Teaching in Adult Education and TEFL) providing literacy, numeracy and IT support to a wide variety of students including adults with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Her own creative work is as a writer – and as well as working in poetry and short story she enjoys working in multidiscipline formats such as audio and voice, spoken word, poetry film and more.

Paula Fairweather

Course Tutor

Working in Mental Health since 1983 and being interested in meditation since 1985, it seemed likely that I might end up training in, and offering, mindfulness. I have been teaching courses for both the NHS and privately for Mindfulness Cornwall (a not for profit, Community Interest Company CIC) since

Mindfulness is usually offered as an 8-Week course; MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy) or MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction). Having taught over 60 of these courses now, I am even more passionate about this kind and effective approach and am delighted to be offering a morning of mindfulness for Promas CIC; a `taster`.

As a partner, daughter of aging parents, and mum to a young man with cerebral palsy I love the mutuality of this approach – we are all in `this` together; `this` being the human condition!

Kelly Bennett

Course Tutor

Kelly Bennett set up Walk Kernow in 2012. After experiencing the benefits that

Nordic walking gave her, she wanted to share her love for the sport and its physical and mental benefits. Not long after Kernect Social was also started, as so many of her walkers enjoyed socialising together. Walk Kernow has become a whole fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle group.

From then she has had team members join her all with a love of Nordic Walking and all of which have completed their Nordic Walking qualifications and first aid courses and are fully insured.

Together Kelly and her team bring you safe, well planned, fun Nordic Walks across the Cornish Countryside.

We also have a small team of volunteers who help organise our events.

Rachel Creed, Irene Stevens, Jean Cowsill, Carol Miles and Lyn Bearman.

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Our upcoming events

Book your place at one of our fun and caring social events.

Edies Kitchen, St Austell

6th June 2020

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