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.
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.
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.
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 since 2008, 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.
Tim has recently joined as a trustee and is a retired Chartered Surveyor, with a background in property and facilities management, though he did spend much of his early life on a farm. He has lived in Bristol for 27 years, having married a local girl from Withywood. He works as a volunteer keeper at Bristol Zoo one day a week and keeps active by playing walking football, cycling and hiking. The Farm is an integral part of the local community and a great asset for Bristol as a whole and Tim is keen to support its continued success.
Bonnie moved to Bristol in 2009 and has lived in Bedminster for five years. She spends at least one a day a week at the farm where her daughter attends both Farm Adventurers and the nursery. A country girl at heart Bonnie loves the peace and sanctuary the farm provides and the opportunities to explore and play outside it offers her daughter, as well as the excellent coffee from the cafe!
Bonnie works for Power to Change helping to support the development of community businesses that can address the needs of their communities. She has worked for charities, local authorities and small businesses across a number of sectors, including cultural heritage, the arts, environmental sustainability, and eco-tourism.
Emma has recently moved to Windmill Hill and visits the farm on most days with her daughter who loves the farm and really enjoys the nursery. Having been brought up on a working farm, Emma is so pleased to be part of such a wonderful and successful community setting.
Emma is a strategy consultant with over 20 years’ strategy, delivery, development and change experience. Her specialisms include social change, development, fundraising and financing, community transformation programmes and sustainability. Emma has advised many Third Sector, Government, Commercial and Public Sector organisations to develop and implement sustainable strategies. These have contributed to national policy and systems change, regional capacity development and significant operational performance improvements.
Allie Gillot Dillon
Allie has worked in the heritage sector for 17 years and she is based at Bristol City Council as City Archivist at Bristol Archives. After moving to the city from London, she has lived in south Bristol since 2012. She soon discovered the farm, which she values as a welcoming place which actively demonstrates the importance of sustainability, learning and local engagement. As a keen gardener, she is especially interested in the farm’s role in sharing the value of growing to support vulnerable people and promote well-being in the community.
Stefan moved to Bristol with in 2016 and soon became a frequent visitor to the farm, especially after starting a family. Stefan’s background is in event management, having run several companies organising everything from immersive cinema & roller discos to gigs & music festivals. After moving to Bristol, Stefan set up a couple of food industry businesses and has become increasingly active in improving food ethics and tackling social issues such as food poverty.
Since moving to Bedminster from Surrey in 2019 Laura has been a huge fan of the farm, and visits multiple times a week to drop off at Farm Adventurers, get some work done over cake in the cafe or chase a pre-schooler through the mud. An experienced magazine editor, she specialised in helping charities with their membership communications before going freelance after her first child to focus more on the writing side of things. She’s proud to be supporting the farm as a trustee and committed to helping it continue to thrive as a brilliant resource for the community.