Carl Harding becomes a Cornish Ambassador

21st January 2022
Carl Harding becomes a Cornish Ambassador

Cornwall Place Board has launched a new campaign to bring together people who care about the future of Cornwall and who wish to actively promote the Duchy as a great place to live and work.

The aim is to recruit 20,000 Cornish Ambassadors. Their mission is to help develop and promote Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and be proactive advocates of the County to help influence how it is perceived and portrayed.

“Cornwall already has a vibrant visitor economy and high profile as a leading tourism destination. It has a large number of highly successful businesses across a wide number of sectors, but the perception of Cornwall remains more of a place for holidays and leisure, rather than of cutting-edge technology and enterprise. By promoting our businesses, culture and spirit together we will have a much stronger voice, and potential customers and investors across the UK and further afield will start to take notice.” – Cornwall Place Board

Divisional Director, Carl Harding, has recently been selected to join the growing team of Cornish Ambassadors:

“Having grown up in Cornwall, I left to study and was lucky to travel and work in leading Architecture practices all over the world. I returned home a number of years ago and I’m now proud to lead Stride Treglown’s regional headquarters in Truro, giving opportunities for year-round, highly-skilled jobs in the County.” – Carl Harding, Divisional Director

Working in Stride Treglown’s Truro office has given Carl the best of both worlds. He gets to live by the sea (handy for a keen surfer) but also work on diverse and large-scale projects which are helping to shape Cornwall’s future.

Back in 2012, Carl led the project to transform World Heritage Site Heartlands from a collection of disparate former tin-mining buildings into a leading visitor attraction in West Cornwall. He has also worked with the ‘must-visit’ Watergate Bay Hotel on several award-winning projects including Watchful Mary, a stunning beachside bar which also accommodates an RNLI Lifeguard facility and Surf Life Saving Club.

But his work in Cornwall, goes far beyond the hospitality sector.

Carl’s experience in the Education sector has seen him create a number of high-quality teaching environments in the region, most recently Helston Community College. He even had the opportunity to return to his old school, Newquay Tretherras, to work on their new build extension.

In Penzance, Carl is currently overseeing the delivery of The Creative Cluster which is set to reinvigorate the town centre by providing flexible workspace for creative sector businesses ranging from high tech digital companies to visual and performing artists.

Whilst over at Cornwall Airport Newquay, the Truro team are over the moon (excuse the pun) to be working with Spaceport Cornwall to deliver The Aviation Centre as part of their Centre for Space Technologies, a £5.8M development that includes a satellite integration and mission operations facility.

“Whilst the tourism industry is important for the Cornish economy, I’m keen to promote the potential for a diverse and balanced year-round employment base to allow more opportunities for young people to develop a career in a fantastic place to live. I strongly believe in promoting opportunity for One and All – or ‘Onen Hag Oll’ as we say in Kernow!” – Carl Harding, Divisional Director

Listen to Carl’s Life at Stride Treglown podcast to find out more about his life and work in Cornwall.

Apply to become a Cornish Ambassador here.

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