The Wave Project has appointed Ramon Vande Velde as its new chief executive officer.

Having previously held the position of managing director at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, he arrives with a wealth of leadership experience.

Prior to his stint with Heligan, Mr Vande Velde also held positions with St Aubyn Estates, the Eden Project and Theatre Royal in Plymouth.

In addition to his leadership roles, the new CEO is recognised as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and holds a masters in Personnel and Development.

He further contributes to South West business life as a non-executive director of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions and as a college governor.

Born and raised by the beach, Mr Vande Velde attributes significant importance to nature and the beach and is an ardent advocate for the positive impact they have on mental health.

His new role with The Wave Project commences in mid-March.


Falmouth Packet: His new role with The Wave Project commences in mid-MarchBrett Simpson, acting Chair of The Wave Project, said: "The Trustees are thrilled to welcome Ramon.

"At The Wave Project we are driven by our mission to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing through our award-winning Surf Therapy program.

"Ramon is a truly values-based leader who will take a strong foundation and bring new energy and leadership to an impressive and dedicated group of employees and volunteers all focused on impacting an increasing number of young people’s lives across the broader UK.

"We’re all very excited as we enter this new chapter in the evolution of The Wave Project story."

Sharing his thoughts on his appointment, Mr Vande Velde said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO of the amazing Wave Project.

"Since 2010, the charity has been improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people through surf therapy, and this is something very close to my heart.

"My personal journey has given me a great drive to use my leadership experience to make a big impact for young people who need it.

"It is an honour to continue and build on the great work done by the Wave Project’s staff and volunteers, to ensure that ever more young people will be able to benefit from the impactful work the charity does.

"This is needed now more than ever."