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.
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.
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 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.
Since moving to Bedminster in 2019 Fran became aware of the farm during the first lockdown as it was one of the only outside spaces that provided activities throughout that period of time for the community. She is privileged to be able to support this local resource and input into its strategic direction and development to make a real difference. Fran has worked in both the private and public sector working in the events and projects space and is passionate about improving the areas of which we live.
As a farm’s daughter, Liz spent many happy hours on her Grandfather’s farm and now realises how important it is for children to experience farming and gardening especially within an inner city. Liz moved from North Bristol to Windmill Hill in 2016. Exploring the local area and discovering Windmill Hill City Farm was a wonderful surprise to have access to this gem within our community. Liz enjoys special times visiting the farm regularly with grandchildren who both access the WHCF Nursery. Liz is a retired Director of Care and was a community children’s nurse who worked for a Bristol children’s charity, Jessie May Trust which provided hospice care at home for children with life limiting conditions. Liz has experience of working for a charitable organisation and knowledge of safeguarding, clinical governance, and inclusion for Children and Young people with special needs.
Jonathon has been a resident of South Bristol for over 15years 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
Phillipa moved to Bristol in February 2021 and spends a lot of time visiting the farm with her son, who also attends the nursery. Phillipa’s professional background is in arts and culture. She was Director of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival before returning to the UK in 2019. Prior to this, she worked for an arts festival in London. Phillipa currently works as a Relationship Manager for Arts Council England, providing advice and support to arts and cultural organisations in the South West. She is passionate about social equality and the importance of strengthening local communities.
Karina is a resident of Windmill Hill and mother of two daughters who have attended the WHCF Nursery. Karina has a background in the arts, and is focused on tackling global environmental, health and development challenges. She currently works as a Fundraising Manager for an NGO, which improves the quality of and access to education. Karina wants to ensure the farm thrives and continues to be a vital asset for the community, and identifies wholeheartedly with the farm’s mission of inclusion, diversity, equality and sustainability.