Lord St Levan – Chairman
James St Levan’s initial career was with merchant bank Kleinwort Benson, including spells in Tokyo and New York. He subsequently moved first to Devon, then Cornwall, preferring the more intimate environment of working with small and developing businesses. He is the founder chairman of Pirate FM, which won the first independent radio licence for Cornwall. From this grew UKRD Group which operates some 20 radio licences across England and incidentally in 2011, 2012 and 2013 was ranked first in the Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’. James is now concentrating on working with his wife, Mary, and the senior management team to develop the businesses of St Aubyn Estates and St Michael’s Mount.
Lady St Levan – Director
Mary St Levan has lived and worked in West Cornwall for nearly twenty years. Her early career was in social work, which followed through to directorships of two charities in Cornwall and 12 years serving as a magistrate. She joined the Board of the family company in 2003. Mary is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall and a member of the National Trust’s Regional Advisory Board. Welcoming family and friends to the Mount, nurturing the beautiful garden and walking the coastal path fill the weekends happily.
Ramon Van de Velde – Chief Executive Officer
Ramon is Chief Executive Officer at St Aubyn Estates, having responsibility for strategic planning, and is the National Trust Representative for St Michael’s Mount.
Ever since Ramon left his native Holland, where he was a Management Consultant, he has slowly made his way west. He started his UK career in London where he worked in the music industry, looking after the event security at a number of the major London venues. He continued his career as Operations Director of the music arena and leisure centre Plymouth Pavilions where his team obtained a number of prestigious quality awards.
Before joining us he was responsible for the visitor experience of the Eden Project. Ramon read Health Care Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and HR at Plymouth University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and can’t get enough of exploring Cornwall with his wife and three young children.
Keith Marshall - Finance Director
Keith is the Finance Director for St Aubyn Estates, responsible for the financial strategy, planning and reporting of the Estate. He is a Chartered Accountant and brings with him over 20 years of Board level experience. Before moving to Cornwall, Keith was Finance Director for 12 years for a Bristol based Stock Exchange listed company. In 2006 he moved to the south west, heading up the Finance function of Tresco Estate on the Isles of Scilly for a number of years, and most recently as Finance Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay. He recently completed a MBA at Falmouth University. Away from the office, Keith enjoys walking his two dogs (a black Labrador and a feisty Jack Russell) and enjoying the Cornish coastline.
Aletha Mays, Head of Marketing
Aletha manages the marketing activity and strategy across the portfolio of St Aubyn Estates businesses. This includes marketing, internal communications, press relations, digital strategy, event development and research.
Born in Australia, Aletha has split her time between Sydney and Cornwall - the beach lifestyle very much a key part of her life. Studying history and anthropology at university, and completing a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Sydney University, arts, heritage and history has been a passion and one that she is thrilled to be continuing through her work at St Aubyn Estates.
For the past fifteen years, Aletha has held positions in marketing and communications in tourism, arts, heritage and publishing.
She is looking forward to the next challenge, promoting West Cornwall as a prime tourist destination, and building the hospitality businesses within St Aubyn Estates, as well as working closely with the St Michael's Mount team to deliver a first class visitor experience.