St Austell Market House Management Team


Find out more about the St Austell Market House Management Team, how the CIC operates, its Board and other management members.

The Company

The St Austell Market House CIC is a Community Interest Company limited by Guarantee (No 6231251). The Company was formed in 2007 following the repeal by Parliament of the St Austell Market Act 1842. The freehold of the property, the St Austell Market House, is owned by the Company. For more information go to Companies House here.

The Company’s Object

The Company’s object is to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to ensure continued trading activity in and around the Market House, enhance the community use of the building and increase awareness of the building’s heritage commensurate with it Grade II * listed status.

Directors and Management

There are currently eight Directors on the Board of the St Austell Market House CIC. The role of Director is voluntary and each Director is also a Member of the Company. The day to day management of the tenants is done by Lewis Property Consultants, and there is a part time bookkeeper.

Read on to learn more about the people involved.

The St Austell Market House Management Team

The members of the Management Team are all passionate about the Market House and its future.

They also bring a diverse range of skills and experience to bear.

In 1965 I got my first proper push bike from Barlows in the Market House, it is such a magnificent building which requires protecting for future generations.

I want to use my commercial and management experience to ensure that the building is refurbished & revitalised providing a sustainable future with wide community use and a sense of growing local pride.

John Kneller

Chairman , St Austell Market House CIC

I have loved the Market House all my life since accompanying my mother buying fresh chicken or fish & cream & vegetables & how I loved the knowledge of the stallholders, the Cornish characters who shared in the banter & the sociability of the exchanges in what I realised early on was such a unique & inspiring building.

On returning to St Austell in 2002 I was saddened to see the decline of the old girl as well as much of our heritage so, firstly, as a member of the new Town Council where I was able to lead on extending the town’s Conservation Area & then joining the Board I was determined to see this wonder of St Austell restored again to the heart and life of our town.

Wendy Earl

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

I was asked to join the trustees,because of my retailing experience, and was pleased to do so, as my grandfather Sydney Grose had taken a big interest in the building when he was mayor of St Austell and Urban District Council in the 1930s and it is such iconic part of our heritage.


My career in retail spans over 40 years and I use this experience on the Market House Board. I started my retail career as a trainee buyer with Harrods, later managing a small boutique in a hotel in Bermuda. In 1970 I moved back to Cornwall and joined the family retail business in St Austell.  In 1984 I opened a ladies wear shop in Truro, Toad Hall.

Sandy French

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

Having served 16 years, I am now the longest serving Commissioner/Director of the St Austell Market House. I was involved when the Market House became a CIC.

I have always been interested in the past and the future of the Market House.

Keith Lintern

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

Tony Lewis

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

Since my college days of the late 1980’s and being runner up in the design competition for the current signage at the Market House, this iconic building has been an integral part of my life and a reliable fall back for much of my cycling, hardware and even New Years Eve fancy costume needs over the years.
Now as a director of a local architectural practice (ALA Architects Ltd) with long standing associations with the town, it is a privilege to continue this involvement and bring to the Board my Architectural and design experiences within the commercial, retail and leisure sectors – exciting times indeed for the Market House and wider St. Austell area.
Gavin Davis

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

I always loved the Market House as a child, and was delighted to learn that my fourth Great Grandfather was one of the original Commissioners named in the St Austell Market Act 1842.

My experience with projects and programmes gives me skills that I believe will help the Heritage Regeneration Project.

Anne Chapman

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

I’ve known the Market House for over 30 years and I’m excited to see this iconic building have a new role in the future life of St Austell.

My background in economic development, skills and management as well as my involvement in a range of regeneration projects gives me experience to support the Market House.

Bill McCardle

Director, St Austell Market House CIC

The Market House has always been part of my life, from buying my school uniforms to my beloved Raliegh Chopper back in the 70’s.

As a property manager and agent, I am keen to see the building fully used and playing its part in the continuing history of my home town.

Mark Lewis

Managing Agent, Lewis Property Consultants

The Market House is such a beautiful historic building with so much potential it would be sad to see it lost to future generations.

As such I am delighted to be involved in helping to fund raise and get the project started to bring the building into the 21st Century.

Jackie Kneller

Internal Accounts and Admin, St Austell Market House CIC


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