Our Trustees

The Board of Trustees is elected from the membership of the organisation at the annual general meeting of the charity. Trustees meet every eight 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.

Alice Clarke (member of the Infrastructure sub-group)
Alice has lived in Bristol since 2009 and is now lucky to be a neighbour to the farm. She is a member of Somewhere Housing Cooperative Association. She has worked at Bristol Refugee Rights since 2011, where she has gained extensive experience including volunteer and staff management and adult safeguarding.  She is passionate about spaces that bring people together to improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation and has experience of working with many social and environmental justice campaigns and projects.

Susie Dunham (Safeguarding lead)
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.

Stephen Frost
Stephen has lived in Windmill Hill since 2016 and been a regular at the farm ever since. His son now attends the nursery and considers the farm to be a second home. Stephen is inspired by the role the farm plays in the local area connecting people to nature and to each other, and keen to support the organisation’s work with other neighbourhoods in Bristol beyond the farm site. In his day job, Stephen works as a researcher for a national charity with a focus on responding to the climate and nature crises, public participation and improving how transport works for people and the environment. He is also a member of the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change.

Gemma Instrall
Gemma moved to Bristol with her family in 2022. She has worked at the Association of Charitable Foundations since 2019 where she is Director of Membership. Gemma’s daughter attends the farm nursery and she frequently visits the farm with her family. Gemma believes that the farm should be a place where everyone feels welcome and that city farms offer both innovative and long-established solutions to some of our biggest challenges including wellbeing, social isolation, and the climate crisis.

Claire Jeffwitz
Claire is a frequent visitor to the farm with her two young children. She’s lived in Windmill Hill for six years and loves the community at the farm and what it does for the wider community in BS3. Claire’s a lawyer with a particular interest in good governance and business and human rights.

Jonathon Lund (member of the Finance Sub-group)
Jonathon has been a resident of South Bristol for over 15 years and currently lives in Knowle.  He has a two year old son.  Both love the Farm and visit here most weeks. He also has a 13 year old and a 10 year old who have many happy memories from the Farm. Jonathon is passionate about the value of community assets such as the Farm and has enjoyed seeing how the Farm has grown and evolved but stayed true to its core mission.

Jonathon is a senior finance manager, working in the NHS in Bristol.  He applied to become a Trustee because he has reached a point in his professional career where he wants to start giving back some of his time, experience and skills to his local community. Jonathon brings a wealth of experience to the Board and will be providing support to the senior leadership team in areas of business and financial strategy and in the role the Farm plays in supporting and enriching the South Bristol community alongside public services such as NHS and social care. Jonathon is pleased to be joining the Farm at an exciting time in its history with the partnership with Heart of BS13 at Hartcliffe City Farm; and the Bedminster Green and Mead Street developments

Isobe Wales
Isobel has been part of the community for almost 20 years and the farm has been a consistent, joyful and essential part of her family life. Isobel is passionate about the value such a wonderful organisation brings to the health and enjoyment of people in the local area and hopes to continue to expand the farm’s reach and support its successful leadership within the community.

Passionate about local and global sustainability, and as the Director of Operations at a Bristol and Ottawa based engineering firm, Isobel has spent the last 15 years of her career delivering large carbon reduction projects to global manufacturing organisations.

Liz Warren
Liz has lived in Bedminster since 2010. Her eldest son had a place at the Windmill Hill City Farm nursery and Farm Adventurers whilst she was a resident in Windmill Hill. Liz is a cultural leader and consultant with a wealth of experience in running small charities and project consultancy within the screen and festival sector. Liz has extensive knowledge and understanding of managing not for profit organisations and has developed business and strategic skills working for creative companies including in her current role as Managing Director for Live Cinema, the country’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create amazing experiential cinema events. She has a love of culture and the arts and a long term passion for film and festivals.

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