New CEO at The Wave Project


Ramon Van de Velde has been named as the new CEO of The Wave Project.

Van de Velde joins the mental health charity following four years as MD of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. He has extensive leadership experience having also held the CEO role with St Aubyn Estates and leadership roles with the Eden Project and Theatre Royal in Plymouth.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has a Masters in Personnel and Development. He is also as a non executive director of both the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions.

Brett Simpson, acting chair of The Wave Project, said: “The Trustees are thrilled to welcome Ramon. At The Wave Project we are driven by our mission to “improve children’s mental health and wellbeing through our award winning Surf Therapy programme. Ramon is a truly values based leader who will take a strong foundation and bring new energy and leadership to an impressive and dedicated group of employees and volunteers all focused on impacting an increasing number of young people’s lives across the broader UK.”

Van de Velde added: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO of the amazing Wave Project.

“Since 2010 the charity has been improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people through surf therapy, and this is something very close to my heart. I grew up near the sea with the beach as my playground, fully experiencing and appreciating the beauty and healing powers of the ocean. And more recently my adolescent daughter has had significant mental health challenges.

“Connection with nature, a letting go of expectations, and lots of support as well as an abundance of positivity has helped her greatly. This is what the Wave Project does too, consistently. My personal journey has given me a great drive to use my leadership experience to make a big impact for young people who need it.

“It is an honour to continue and build on the great work done by the Wave Project’s staff and volunteers, to ensure that ever more young people will be able to benefit from the impactful work the charity does. This is needed now more than ever.”

Van de Velde will begin his role with The Wave Project in mid March.