Introducing our trustees
The Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation is run by a board trustees who are all volunteers.
As you can see from the brief descriptions below our trustees bring a wide range of knowledge and skills to the charity.
The trustees will work with our Director, Charlee Bennett, to put in place the necessary plans and policies to allow the charity to meet its aims of bringing improvements to parks and green space in both Bristol and Bath.
Derek is a barrister practising in criminal, regulatory and Public law from Albion Chambers in Bristol and Taunton. Derek is an active member of the chambers management committee. Away from work, Derek loves to be out in the open air, whether it be cycling, walking, playing sport or just playing the park with my 4 and 2 year old children “I like to think that I approach life with a can do attitude and to that end am always interested in new challenges”.
Lynn is the Director General of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). She is an experienced senior executive having held key senior leadership positions in the technology, built environment, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. As an experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director Lynn is Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol, UK.
“Thirty years leadership in broadcasting have taken me all over the UK and the world”. Tim was the Managing Editor of BBC Radio Bristol until 2014 and patron to the ambassadors of ‘Bristol Learning City’ in 2015, with a particular interest in the educational attainment of BAME pupils. Tim is equally keen to encourage and promote engagement with nature and open spaces amongst young people in general and BAME residents in particular. Originally from Birmingham, Tim has lived in Bristol and North Somerset since 2006.
Lisa is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, married with three grown up children and lives in Bathwick. Lisa has a passion for improving public health in the food safety arena, protecting people when eating out or at home and is a Trustee of the Royal Society for Public Health and the International Scientific Forum for Home Hygiene. Lisa is a regular contributor on radio and television news stations and understands the power of social media to raise awareness. “I love brainstorming, thinking creatively, working with others and I love the great outdoors!”
Catherine is Founder and Director of new Bristol-based PR consultancy Strike Communications. She was previously Director of Corporate Communications and Creative Strategy at UWE Bristol, where she was responsible for driving strategic communication, brand and philanthropy. Catherine has spent most of her career in Bristol and the West of England, and has built up a strong network across the business community, higher education and public sector. On a personal level, Catherine is a keen runner and spends many of her weekends running in Bristol’s parks.
Karen has lived in Bristol since moving here for University in the 1980’s and considers herself very lucky to live in such a great city where she brought up her family, using the local countryside and open spaces on a regular basis. Karen is self-employed as an HR and Change consultant, so she is particularly keen to see the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation support the physical and mental health agenda which is so important in today’s working environment. “I hope to bring lots of ideas and enthusiasm to the group and expand my own knowledge and skill set through our work.”
Suzie is a commercial lawyer at Ashfords LLP and has spent the last 9 years working with a range of businesses in the Bristol, Bath and Weston regions, as well as nationally. Suzie launched the Arabella Group in Bristol in 2018 which celebrates and inspires local business women. The network itself is not just for women but is set up to hear about the experiences of local business women and local female leaders. Suzie is a passionate fundraiser assisting with bigger fundraising events as well as personal fundraising initiatives, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Children’s Hospice South West.
Laura is a freelance fundraising and events consultant, specialised at raising income from individuals. She has supported the voluntary sector for over 15 years as a volunteer, consultant, staff member and a trustee. The charities she has worked with include large international causes such as Amnesty International and VSO, as well as smaller local charities including Bristol Women's Voice and the Marmalade Trust. On moving to Bristol in 2017 she became more interested in helping initiatives that support the local community, and this is why she has joined the board of the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation.
Rob was born and brought up in Warwickshire but has lived in Bristol since he came here to go to University in the 1980s. Professionally Rob worked in construction, before leaving in May 2017 for a career break which became early retirement. Rob has been involved in parks in Bristol since 2003 when he was a founding member of Friends of Troopers Hill. Later Rob became Secretary of the Bristol Parks Forum. Rob had a lead role in the successful 2018 bid process for the Rethinking Parks project which provided the funds to set up the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation.
Pat left the BBC in May of this year, after 27 years, to take a short career break. Most recently Pat had the dual role of Director of BBC South West and Head of Development & Events, UK. Pat began her media career in Bristol so was delighted to return with her husband and two sons in 2015. A life-long lover of gardening, Pat has been studying horticulture for 10 years. Her passion for the environment fuelled her to become a Trustee for the charity. Pat is also a board member for The Natural History Consortium and The Bristol Music Trust.
Mark is “a resilient, passionate and agile marketer who has succeeded and (critically) failed within world-class brands (Apple, Cunard, Lego) in global/regional roles in Asia, Australia, US and Europe”.
Matt is an experienced Chartered Accountant who has been working within the charity sector in Bristol for more than a decade, including senior management roles. Matt is an advocate of the benefits of spending time outdoors and is involved with various community organisations.