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.
Jessica Slack – Finance Director
Jess is a qualified accountant and has held a number of roles in the public and private sector, covering audit, financial reporting, management accounting and policy advice. She has also taught English as a foreign language and has run many audit and accounting training courses. She is interested in languages and speaks Spanish, Polish and a bit of German.
Andrew Davey - Head of Land and Property
Andrew looks after the operational management of St Aubyn Estates land holdings in West Cornwall including the let estate.
Andrew attended the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, later qualifying as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor whilst working in private practice. He then began a successful career with the National Trust where he worked firstly in north Wales, and then in Cornwall and Devon. Here he managed a wide variety of estates and heritage properties open to the public across the two counties, particularly in Cornwall. Andrew’s spare time is filled mainly by water-sports, cycling, rock climbing and exploring the Cornish coast.