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This project has been funded by Seafarers UK, The Fishmongers' Company and Trinity House. It is delivered by the Cornwall Rural Community Charities development arm, CCDL Innovation Ltd. The project is a direct result of the needs identified in the Fishing for a Future Report.

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Meet Our Team


Amy Thurtle

Amy is currently the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) animateur for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, but you will see her with us at events and port visits on occasion. She will be joining the team full time from the 1st January 2019. Amy holds a STCW Sea Survival qualification and will be working on a wide range of projects.


Chris Ranford

Chris has been involved with fishing projects and funding for over 6 years. He has been involved with supporting European Maritime and Fishing Funding (EMFF) from its beginning and he has supported many applications giving him a wealth of experience. He holds a STCW Sea Survival qualification and is happy to work with you on your project.


Rob Poole

Rob Poole FRSA has worked on fishing projects for over 20 years and has a wide range of experience with many funders including Lottery, Heritage Lottery, Government Funding, Charities and Trust Funds. His experience covers complex multiagency funding and problem projects around community issues.

What is an Animateur, how do they work and how can they help you?

Animation is a term used in some parts of the European fishing industry. Animation involves providing active, hands-on support from a dedicated individual from within the local industry to identify and work up the details of projects, with and on behalf of, fishermen.

Animateurs provide more than business support, as they work intensively with individuals and groups of fishermen to provide the expertise to achieve things which they would be unable to address on their own. In this respect the animateur’s role is much more than a facilitator or co-ordinator. Instead, it requires a relationship of trust to be established between the fishermen and the animateur to enable the animateur to gain the insight needed.

Nature of services

We are experienced project developers who can undertake research and an application on your behalf. We do not have any official links with the Marine Management Organisation, or other grant providers, but will act as an Animateur to you to assist in the project development process. All risk, liabilities and conditions of any successful grant offer remain with you, the applicant.

Note: The Animateurs are under no obligation to support projects which they feel are not viable/appropriate or safe. If a project is of a significant size (over £100,000) there may be a charge. The team is small and there may be a capacity issue we may be able to offer you telephone advice, but we can only deal with a limited number of projects at any one time. An example of our terms and letter of engagement are available.

Contact us

Call: 01736 362782 to leave a message about your project idea. 

Text: 07534580450 with your name, project theme and size of vessel.


Our Office

The Animateur project is based in Newlyn, Cornwall, but serves the UK. We are visiting fishing communities on a bi-weekly basis.