New faces at Carrick IAP team

Rural Economic Partnership Ltd is pleased to welcome two new members of staff to the team responsible for ensuring that community groups in the Carrick area are able to access Objective One funding.

Ben Menadue and Sarah Ignjic joined the Carrick Integrated Area Plan Team in July and will work closely with the private, public and voluntary sector to develop successful projects which will regenerate the local area. The team offers advice and guidance on whether projects are eligible for Objective One funding; assists with the preparation of business plans and guides applicants through the Objective One funding process.

Ben will be the new Development Officer for the Penryn and Roseland Area replacing Ben Bolton, who recently moved to the Chief Executives Office at Cornwall County Council. Sarah is providing maternity cover for Mel Richardson in Truro and the surrounding area, until December.

Ben, originally from Truro, left the county in the 1990s to travel and work overseas in the IT and tourism industries in the USA, Australia and the Caribbean. He returned to his native Cornwall in 1996 and subsequently worked as the Maritime Administrator for Carrick District Council until taking up his new post. Having travelled extensively, he still maintains that there’s ‘no place like home’ since you can have outstanding natural beauty without the mosquitoes! Ben says, “I am looking forward to the challenge of working in such a diverse role and being able to apply my Maritime experience to the regeneration of the Penryn and Roseland area.”

Sarah is from Australia and is currently spending some time with relatives in Redruth. She has been practising as a private economic development consultant in Australia for the past 9 years where she worked with many businesses and community groups from Far North Queensland. Sarah has also worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups from Townsville to Cape York and the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland as well as private development and mining companies within the same area. Sarah says, “It is great to be working here in Cornwall whilst getting to know my maternal family and it is fascinating to find that there are many similarities between the needs of the community in this area and my home area in Australia.”

The team currently has a portfolio of projects under development and is keen to hear from anyone in the district who has a project idea that will contribute towards improving the economic prosperity of the Carrick area. If you wish to discuss a possible project idea please contact the team on 01872 224428 or via e-mail at iap@carrick.gov.uk


Editors notes:

1. Carrick IAP Team is funded by Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and Carrick District Council. The team are employed and managed by Rural Economic Partnership Ltd which is a subsidiary of Cornwall Enterprise, a local authority company controlled by Cornwall County Council.

The Carrick IAP Team comprises a Programme Manager, an Office Assistant and four IAP Development Officers who are each responsible for covering the following geographical areas and act as a first point of contact for project ideas:

  • North Coast Area - George Collinge (01209 891783)
  • Truro Area – Sarah Ignjic (01872 224604)
  • Falmouth Area – Sarah Kerkin (01872 224568)
  • Penryn & the Roseland Area – Ben Menadue (01326 376171)

    The IAP Officers work from offices within the community whilst Cath Horton, the Programme Manager, and Helen Parsons, the Office Assistant, are based at Carrick House in Truro and can be contacted on 01872 224428, or via e-mail at iap@carrick.gov.uk. Further information can be found on-line by visiting the SPIDER website at http://spider.carrick.gov.uk.

    For further information:
    Contact Cath Horton, Carrick IAP Programme Manager on 01872 224541

  • Jason Clark
    Communications Manager
    Objective One Partnership Office
    Castle House
    Pydar Street
    Truro TR1 2UD
    Tel:01872 241379
    Fax:01872 241388