Rich Stever, MEd, Chair
Originally from New York, USA, Rich and his Cornish wife moved to Cornwall in 2015. He is a retired primary school teacher, administrator, testing coordinator and curriculum development specialist with a long-term passion for Earth Education, making it the hub of his curricular wheel. He has been an adjunct professor of science at Washington State University and worked for the US Department of Energy as an Environmental Education curriculum designer. He helped develop and publish an Earth Education Programme called SWOOPE, Students Watching Over Our Earth.
Rich volunteers in the Educational Program at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance. He was Executive Producer of 'Voices' of Cornwall series of CDs, a collection of stories and songs. This project earned him National Volunteer of the Year 2018 for the Fishermen’s Mission. For pleasure Rich swims in the sea, sings, plays guitar and hikes.
Mike was a law lecturer & A-level Manager at Cornwall College where he also took his master's degree in education. He also taught Media Law on the Post-graduate Broadcast Journalism course at Falmouth University. Before moving to Penzance, he was Head of the Charity Commission’s Registration Division in London having been with the Commission for over 14 years. Mike has been on the Trustee Board of a number of local charities including Kneehigh, Golowan, The Acorn Theatre, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penlee Museum & for the last 20 years he's been a trustee of the Minack Theatre. He is a year-round sea swimmer & sings with the local acapella group Boilerhouse as well as with Marazion Apollo Male Choir.
Rosie is a native of Cornwall. She is a graduate of Loughborough University (2019), gaining a bachelor of honours in the field of psychology. She has been involved in management of restaurants in Southwest Cornwall for 8 years and loved gaining rapport with each community. She currently is employed by the NHS, at a local Surgery, as an administrative assistant. Rosie hopes this position will lead to opportunities in working with NHS Mental Health patients. She has Advanced DBS clearance and works regularly with current Safeguarding policies.
She has spent many years volunteering as both a coach and umpire in youth sport, in particular netball, where she was assistant coach for the England Netball Southwest Division in 2015. Before the pandemic, she would volunteer at the junior netball league in Truro every week, helping children in their own netball journey.
She feels that it is of high importance that children learn how to care for our planet, as they are the ones who are needed to carry on positive change, and that we can facilitate that change by educating them.
Associate Members of the CIO
Sue is a local Cornish girl who feels privileged to live with her family by the sea, coast and close to nature in Newlyn, Penzance. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) who specialises as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in Occupational Health (SCPHNOH); Sue is also a Mindfulness Now teacher and supports her local community regularly whenever time permits. Cycling, swimming, foraging, wildcrafting, walking the coastline and visiting Cornish ancient sites are her great pleasures. She does this as regularly as possible for her work life balance. Sue is also passionate about Our Planet and how to live a sustainable life in partnership with it.
I have worked for 25 years in education, currently as a lecturer at Penwith College and previously working for a charity designing bespoke education packages for young people who find education a challenge. I have worked with many different local authorities and understand the challenges faced. I seek to overcome these with alternative ideas, such as embedding earth education into everyday ĺearning, assisting young people to access nature and improve their wellbeing and mental health.
I moved to Cornwall 3 years ago, following many years of visiting and admiring the county's beauty. I am passionate about helping to preserve what I feel is a precious commodity and am very excited to be invited as an Associate Member of the EGG Trust CIO.