The Board of Trustees is elected from the membership of the organisation at the annual general meeting of the charity. Trustees meet every six weeks to undertake the board business. These board meetings are open for members to observe. Members wishing to attend should inform the Chief Executive at least one week in advance of the meeting.
Anyone interested in joining the board should contact the Chair through Windmill Hill City Farm reception.
Beccy has been involved in city farms for many years – from playing on the derelict land that was to become WHCF as a child, to a student placement at St Werburghs City Farm, and then regularly bringing her son to Windmill Hill when he was little (he’s now in his 20s). She was youth development worker for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and visited city farms across the country, including London, Liverpool, Manchester and Gloucester. More recently she did a year of reception/admin cover here at Windmill Hill. Beccy is really proud of WHCF’s amazing staff and volunteers, and the fantastic social value the farm brings to the community in South Bristol. A trustee since 2015, Beccy hopes to use her experience in youth and community work, and in green and social publishing, to support this incredible local asset.
Chris Heaton (Chair of Trustees)
Chris’s original career was in infrastructure management (holes in the ground), mostly with British Gas, and then with a cable communications company. Following redundancy, he had a number of jobs, including building and lorry driving. Chris worked at the City Farm as a member of the Site Services Team for 18 months in 2003-2004, when his wife’s career brought them to Bristol. In 2005 he joined Emmaus Bristol, a St Philips-based charity supporting formerly-homeless people. Since retiring in 2012, he has kept busy with volunteer minibus driving, walking football, U3A, boating and plenty of travel.
Emily returned to Bristol in June 2012 from London, where she worked as a solicitor specialising in health and social care. She had previously lived in Bristol for the duration of her university degree. Emily now lives in Windmill Hill and became involved with the City Farm after learning how much it has to offer as a community resource. Emily is particularly interested in helping to develop community engagement projects and is volunteering at the City Farm in this area. She joined the Board of Trustees in September 2012.
Emma joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, when her son started attending Farm Adventurers here. She was inspired by the friendly atmosphere of this natural sanctuary in the heart of urban Bristol, and wanted to help grow this valuable community asset. Emma’s day job is with a firm of environmental consultants, planners and landscape architects, where she advises government bodies and businesses on issues including climate change, sustainable planning and the natural environment. In her limited spare time, Emma attempts to grow vegetables in her tiny garden, and is in awe of the Farm’s thriving allotment and apparent lack of slugs.
Harry has been a regular visitor to the farm since he and his wife moved to Windmill Hill in late 2011 to start a family. His first experience of the farm was through helping out on a neighbour’s allotment and since then his children have loved going to both Farm Adventurers and the nursery at the farm. He decided to become a trustee in 2016 as he feels the farm is a wonderful and unique resource that needs protecting.
Jamie was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees in September 2010, having recently moved to the local area. Before moving to Bristol, he was for four years a trustee of a community venture in the Midlands which had a similar ethos and range of services, and he is passionate about the ways that organisations like the City Farm can empower people and help to build stronger communities. In his professional career, Jamie has worked with a wide range of voluntary and public sector organisations – particularly around the involvement of volunteers.
Melissa has recently returned to Bristol from Warwickshire where she was working as a practitioner in the areas of social return on investment, community learning and engagement. She has also been leading a campaign to save her local community centre from developers for the last four years which involved nominating the building as a community asset and creating a detailed business proposal for community asset transfer. Melissa was inspired to join the City Farm after hearing very positive feedback from the users first hand and hopes to put her skills and experience to ‘good use’.
Sally Jones has been a trustee at the Farm since 2010. She is a local resident who has been a regular user of the Farm with her two children who have used many of the services on offer. Sally believes that the City Farm is the hub of the local community for many people and is proud to be involved in its development. Sally is the office manager at Bristol Refugee Rights.
Anne moved to Bristol in 2015 after spending most of her working life in the financial services industry in London, mainly in risk and financial management. Since moving to Bristol she has pursued her keen interest in horticulture and now runs her own garden design consultancy. She has a particular interest in social and therapeutic horticulture, and has been a schools mentor with the RHS. Currently a volunteer gardener at National Trust Tyntesfield, she has previously both volunteered and worked for Citizens Advice, was a mentor with African Caribbean Diversity in London, and has been a Trustee of the English National Ballet School and a board member for Suffolk NHS Mental Health Trust.
Sally moved to Bristol in 2016 and is still enjoying exploring the city and discovering new things to see, do and eat! She has been a civil servant for seven years, working first on environmental issues and then more recently in education, having previously been a teacher. Sally lives close to the farm and was struck by how special a place it is for the local community, so was delighted to take up the opportunity to join the board of trustees. She joined the board in July 2018.