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.
Anne Sharp (Chair of Trustees and member of the Finance Sub-Group)
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 Jones (Vice Chair of the board and chair of the Personnel Sub-Group)
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.
Jamie Darwen (chair of the Finance Sub-Group)
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.
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.
Stefan Edwards (member of the Finance Sub-Group)
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 and roller discos to gigs and 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.
Laura Evans (member of the Personnel Sub-Group)
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.
Susie moved to Bristol in 2005 and has lived in Bedminster since 2016. She first came into contact with the city farm when her son joined the wonderful farm nursery. Susie loves the proximity to nature and sense of community that the farm provides for the local area and is privileged to support this to flourish, as a trustee.
Susie’s professional experience is in the sustainability field, across public, private and third sectors. She works for UK walking and cycling charity Sustrans as Director of Impact, and is passionate about the role that walking and cycling can play in making places healthier, and people happier.