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The Team

Take a look below for some information on our board members

Anne Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Anne brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, having begun her career as a nurse in the 1980s, developing a specialism in diabetes, and going on to spend many years working at senior level in the adult health and social care sector.

More about Anne

She was the Senior Manager at the Surrey County Council, responsible for local authority-owned care homes, and prior to that was the Adult Health and Social Care Services Manager, working for both Surrey County Council and the Primary Care Trust in delivering joint services. Anne has been an Executive Director for over 8 years, responsible for Linc Cymru’s Health and Social Care Division, Linc Care, before taking up the post of CEO at Cornwall Care.

Anne attends the following meetings:

  • CCL and CCPL Boards (Attendee)
  • CCSL Board (Member)
  • Audit and Risk Committee (Member)
  • Fundraising Committee (Member)
  • Quality and Innovation Committee (Member)
  • Finance and Infrastructure Committee (Member)
  • People Committee (Member)
  • Remuneration Committees (Attendee)
  • Nominations Committees (Member)​​​​​​

Sally Taylor

Chair and Trustee

Sally was the Chief Executive of St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth for nearly 22 years and is the current vice chair of Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust.

More about Sally

A qualified chartered accountant, Sally’s impressive list of achievements include establishing new services, leading successful bids, increasing fundraising income and winning national recognition for an integrated specialist palliative care service at St Luke’s. She and her team have also set up a social enterprise to deliver domiciliary care and launched a new crisis team.

Sally attends the following meetings:

  • CCL Board (Chair)
  • Remunerations Committee (Member)
  • Nominations Committee (Member)

Justin Day


Justin is an experienced senior Solicitor and Company Secretary with a vast amount of experience at board level in the public sector and at Partner level in the private practice.

More About Justin

He has exemplary leadership skills demonstrated by holding two judicial appointments.   He has experience in the not for profit and healthcare sectors, having worked for various sized NHS Foundation Trusts over his expansive career, as well as strong academic and teaching qualities. 

Justin attends the following meetings:

  • CCL Board (Member)

Helen Bennett


Helen has an experienced background of innovation, management of change and changing care delivery.

More About Helen

Not only is she a Trustee at Cornwall Care but also a Gamian Europe Board Member, a member of NICE and a member of an independent Oversight Panel for the Cabinet Minister for Health and Social Care. Helen has an extensive knowledge of mental health nursing and provides specialist nursing advice to various organisations. 

Helen attends the following meeting:

  • CCL Board (Member)

And Chairs:

  • The Fundraising Committee

Derek Law


Derek, previously a social worker, is an experienced Executive Director and Non-Executive Director of various organisations within Care, Health and Housing sectors.

More About Derek

Derek has held a number of senior leadership roles in Social Care in Local Government over the past three decades including the role of Director of Adult Social Services in Cornwall, Greenwich, Southampton, Jersey and North Yorkshire which, on Derek’s watch, was officially defined by the Audit Commission as ‘A good place to grow old’. Derek was awarded the MBE in 2010 for exceptional achievement in Local Government and in 2018 won the “Outstanding Contribution to Social Care” honour in the National Great British Care Awards Finals.  

Derek attends the following meetings:

  • CCL Board (Member)

Thelma Sorensen


Thelma is an OBE FRSA who has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Health and Social Care sector and is currently involved with various companies.

More About Thelma

Not only is she a Non-Executive Director and Board Member for Cornwall Care, but also the Chairperson of the Cornwall Business Partnership and the Vice Chairperson (Cornwall) for the South West Business Council. 

Thelma attends the following meetings:

  • CCSL and CCPL Boards (Member)
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Nominations Committee (Chair)​​​​​

Peter Stewart


Peter is an experienced Executive Director with over 35 years of experience in marketing, behaviour change campaigns and business development across a wide range of sectors, including both charity and corporate.

More About Peter

He is a Board member of the award winning educational charity and social enterprise – The Eden Project and has led and managed campaigns, marketing, charity and community initiatives throughout his career.

Peter attends the following meetings:

  • CCSL Board (Member)
  • People Committee (Chair)

Ian Harris

Non-Executive Director

Ian has a wealth of experience and expertise in the corporate and charitable sectors, having run a well-reputed financial company for 20 years.

More About Ian

Ian is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chairman who will help to connect health care to the business community.

Ian attends the following meetings:

  • CCSL Board (Member)
  • Audit & Risk Committee (Chair)
  • Finance & Infrastructure Committee (Member)
  • Remunerations Committee (Attendee)​​

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