Trustees are co-opted and vacancies are advertised publicly when they arise. None of the Trustees is paid or in receipt of allowances. The Trustees are listed below.
Chair Andy Bishop
Andy Bishop was born on the Rame Peninsular and has lived in Looe for most of his life. He attended both Looe Junior and Secondary schools. He is married to local girl Alison and has two grown up children. He has worked for Devenport Dockyard for 42 years and is still employed as a Commissioning Engineer. He joined the Trust in 2009.
"I love the Wooldown, it's a little piece of countryside minutes from the centre of Looe. I loved being up there as a child and still do to this day. I joined the Trust to help preserve this and the Town's other assets for future generations to be able to enjoy them like I have."
Vice Chair Brian Galipeau
Brian Galipeau has served as a Trustee, Vice Chair and Chair of the Trust. Looe was home-from-home for Brian for thirty years before he and Beth moved to Old Barbican Cottage in 1999. They have two married children and four grandchildren. A Caradon District Councillor for Looe from 2003 to 2009 Brian has always been driven by the need to improve the economy of the town, and to preserve its heritage, especially by protecting the Conservation Area. Served for eight years as Hon. Treasurer for Looe RNLI, he is a keen photographer, trains two labradors.
"I jumped at the chance to serve as a Trustee to help keep some of the town's most historic assets safe for the future, and serve the charitable purposes of the Trust. I also want to do what I can to draw our various town organisations into working closer together for the benefit of all."
Mr Phil Gibson
Phil Gibson, a local businessman, has previously served as Chair and Vice Chair and is the Trust's longest serving Trustee.
Sam has become a trustee in 2021 - though he has lived in Looe for all his life - only barring his years at the University of Exeter studying & researching Human Behaviour and Sustainable Development. Sam is also the Founder & CEO of the Looe based environmentally-positive business and research group and also is a Junior Managing Partner with his family business.
“My family have been proud for many generations to call Looe home and I just hope I can be helpful to the trust in its efforts to safeguard the environmental refuges they manage and continue promoting the living-heritage of our historic town.”
Sara became a Trustee in 2021. Sara has lived in Looe since 2017, a slow migration from St.Day, via the rest of the world, due to her military career. Sara retired from the British Army in 2017, and now lectures full-time at Plymouth University, she is a founding member of the Collaboration for Compassion in Healthcare Education.
Connecting with Looe – Sara spent many Sunday School ‘Tea Treats’ visiting Looe and returned as an adult to volunteer with the music festivals. During the Covid-19 Lockdowns – Sara has been working at Old Bridge Surgery and has supported the LTC volunteer activities.
Community Interests – As a healthcare professional, Sara is keen to explore how the Trusts community projects can support the mental health of the local population.
Petra Stephenson grew up in Durham and studied at the Royal College of Music in London. She has been a violinist and teacher both in Berkshire, Suffolk and now Cornwall, and is the Chair of East Cornwall Bach Choir, as well as playing and singing with several ensembles in Cornwall and Devon. In 2016 she was asked to take over the management of the Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol in Looe, and in that time has been awarded several grants to enable the museum to modernise and improve the way that it displays our many artefacts.
"It is a privilege to live in this special town, and to be a Trustee on the Board, and I look forward to continuing to safeguard the Heritage of Looe and involving our Community in the work of the Museum."
Mr Sam Tanner
Having been in the local area for over 12 years but only recently moving into East Looe in June 2018. I wanted to give something back to the local community and when I saw the vacancy to become a Trustee I jumped at the chance! I am involved in the Agricultural industry as a Director of an Agricultural Merchant business. This should come in handy with regards to the beach tractor! I look forward to my time of being a Trustee on East Looe Town Trust.
John Warne CB
John Warne joined the Trust in 2009 and was the Chairman from February 2011 until October 2017. Having been born in Pensilva, attended Liskeard Grammar School and with relatives in the area, he has a long and close association with Looe. John spent most of his working years in Whitehall and retired in 2002 as Director General at the Home Office. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in The Queen's New Year's Honours List 2000 for services to the public. John and his wife, Elaine, had no doubt that they would spend their retirement years in Looe. They count themselves as fortunate to be able to do so and feel very much part of the local community.
"I had a bit of spare time on my hands (it doesn't feel like that now!) and was looking to do some voluntary work when the opportunity to join the Trust arose. It is my modest way of putting something back into a town that has given me and my family so much pleasure over the years."