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Young Bristol Team

Lee Williams DL

Chief Executive

Lee combines his wealth of experience from working in the Private Sector for over 20 years in a range of management roles with a lifelong passion for supporting community based voluntary sector youth provision. Many years ago Lee was a club member and progressed onto becoming a part time Club Leader.

In 2002 Lee joined the Young Bristol staff team and in 2012 became its Chief Executive overseeing the Charity through a period of significant change. Lee remains committed to providing and developing high quality, safe but fun youth provision and programmes that are freely accessible for all young people.

Lee was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol on 6th July 2020.

Sue Williams

Office Administration, Finance & DBS

Sue has worked at Young Bristol as Administrator since 2001 and is the longest serving staff member at present! She tries to keep everyone in order here – sometimes unsuccessfully!

Sue deals mainly with DBS (Criminal Record Checks), finance, as well as helping with the fundraising events and other YB functions – it’s a really busy office where no two days are alike!

Lucy Saunders

Development & Fundraising Manager

Lucy has 11 years experience of working in the charity sector. She has a wide range of fundraising and development experience gained whilst working for both national and local charities. Lucy’s role at Young Bristol will include playing a key role in shaping and implementing the Development and Fundraising Strategy of the charity to ensure we can drive forward existing and new initiatives whilst ensuring long term growth and sustainability. Lucy is passionate about making a sustainable difference to the lives of young people, families and local communities across Bristol.

Matt Donnelly

Outdoor Activities & Programmes Manager

Matt has a lifetime of experience in the business, having grown from a youth club member to a volunteer then a leader in one of Young Bristol’s community youth clubs after following in the footsteps of his parents.

Matt has built a wealth of knowledge and experience from front line work with young people.

He has a strong passion for the outdoors and enjoys getting out in natures playground. When it comes to work not only does he strive to provide as many opportunities for young people but also enjoys developing the learning of young people to equip them with the best possible skills, qualifications and experiences.

Phil Harris

Outdoor Instructor Training Coordinator

Phil has been delivering outdoor activities to young people and adults for over 15 years. His work and passion for the outdoors has taken him all over the world including Africa, Russia and America. He is a qualified instructor in rock climbing, mountaineering, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, mountain biking and archery. When he is not training young people on the Instructor training scheme he can probably be found climbing mountains or paddling Britains coastline in his sea kayak!

Lisa Gunton

Outdoor Activities Coordinator

Lisa gained her qualification in kayaking 21 years ago, becoming a freelance kayaking instructor, before joining Young Bristol in 2013. Lisa works as an Outdoor Activity Instructor and has qualifications in Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Archery, and Caving. Lisa has a wealth of experience in the outdoors, working with young people and adults, including development projects with disengaged young people, refugees and young people with Special Educational Needs. Lisa enjoys helping young people to develop new skills, and reach their potential. Lisa can often been seen out in the Mendips, caving or mountain biking and in Devon or South Wales whitewater kayaking.

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Faye Keane

Creative Programme Lead

Faye has worked with the Young Bristol Creative Team facilitating projects across our club network since 2014. Since graduating from University College Falmouth, Faye has combined her love of the arts with her enjoyment working with people. She has over a decade of experience working with Children and Young People; including work with families, young people with Special Educational Needs and community groups. She enjoys working in partnership with other organisations to develop new & exciting workshops as well as creating longer lasting connections around the city.

Faye’s area of expertise is traditional film photography and darkroom printing.

Phoebe Sutcliffe

Creative Programme Assistant

Phoebe studied photography at university, then decided to use her creative skills to help children and young people develop emotionally.
She studied Art Therapy Foundation level at Roehampton University and 4 years as a Thrive Practitioner. ‘Thrive’ looks at the connections between neuroscience, creative arts and emotional development. Phoebe supported children with social, emotional and behavioural needs build up positive attachments and develop confidence using creative means. Young Bristol has opened up the arts to a whole new level where the process is uniquely important but the young people also have a final “product” at the end which is very exciting! She is also a practising artist focusing on mandalas.

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Shea Stew

Mobile Provision Lead

Shea has worked within youth and community work for sixteen years and has been very lucky to work in some amazing places with some amazing people. Shea started his career in his late-teens as he was headhunted to work with young people within DJing workshops. From there he started his true passion in life; Youth Work! Throughout his career, Shea has worked in schools and youth services and has even taught the wider-community practical skills. His skill-sets are extremely diverse, but he feels most at home engaging young people from the streets and promoting fun, health and wellbeing.

Michelle Matson

Michelle Matson

Mobile Provision - Assistant Youth Worker

Michelle joined Young Bristol as the Assistant Youth Worker for the mobile youth provision in February 2020. Michelle has been involved in youth work for 2 years, working as an NCS Leader in Cornwall, spending 6 weeks guiding and mentoring groups of young people whilst they partook in the NCS programme. Michelle has always profoundly enjoyed working with young people, especially those who need extra support, which is where the role struck some passion within her. Michelle is currently studying towards Psychology Bsc at UWE with the prospects of integrating her degree with youth work. Michelle loves all things creative, and enjoys cooking, video games and dance.

Hannah Somers

Marketing, Communications and Programmes Administrator

Hannah has over 7 years of experience working in marketing and administrative support within the charity sector, working across the generations supporting both older and younger people.
Hannah joined Young Bristol in 2019 as Marketing, Communications and Programme Administrator, leading on the development of the charity’s platforms and data reporting across Young Bristol’s programmes.
Hannah herself gained employment through an Apprenticeship scheme in 2013, and so is extremely passionate about alternative pathways into employment, and the benefits and opportunities it can provide to young people.

Romaine Murchison

Romaine Murchison

Community Youth Clubs - Sports Worker

Romaine has been involved in community and voluntary work since the age of 14, and has always had the desire to work with young people of a similar societal background to himself, having grown up in Youth Centres. Romaine’s experience includes representing young people within the Youth Justice Sector, taking part in various consultations and engagement projects across the country, directed at highlighting flaws and solutions in the Youth Justice system. Romaine’s current role as Sports Programme Lead sees him engage with young people across Young Bristol’s Youth Clubs, encouraging them to participate in physical activities, but also to support and guide them where he can.

Will Payne

Community Youth Clubs Lead

Will was first associated with Young Bristol as a young person attending holiday camps. He then progressed from a volunteer, to a Youth Worker, then Assistant Youth Leader and Club Leader, whilst studying. Will became more involved in Young Bristol as an NCS Team Leader and then a year later as a NCS Assistant Manager. Once he had graduated from Bath Spa University with an Education Degree, Will left to pursue a career in teaching. After four years away, Will hopes to use his PE teaching and sport background to inspire young people in Bristol.

HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE CStJ

Patron

HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE is a highly experienced, award winning Executive and Non-Executive Director. She commenced the role of Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol on 23 April 2017.

As Lord-Lieutenant, her interests include mental health, widening access to opportunities for those most disadvantaged in society, education, social justice, volunteering and poverty. In the commercial sphere she is interested in research and development, science and technology-based enterprises as well as sustainability and environmental protection.

Peaches is the Independent Chair of the Bristol Water Customer Challenge Panel, Non-Executive Consultant of Moon Consulting Ltd and a Trustee of the ss Great Britain. She won the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business in Bristol and Bath 2015’ award and was England’s first black High Sheriff, serving the County and City of Bristol in 2010-2011. She led on regional and national campaigns regarding corporate responsibility for Business in the Community (one of The Prince’s Charities) from 1994 to 2011.

Peaches was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to minority ethnic people in the South West. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary MBA and, in 2017, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of the University by the University of the West of England.

Jonathan Webb MB ChB FRCS (Orth)

President

Jonathan is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in all types of knee surgery. He works in the Bristol Nuffield Chesterfield Hospital and the Fortius Clinic in Marylebone, London.
Jonathan’s charitable interests include the Society of Merchant Venturers, the Society of St Stephens Ringers, and the University of Bristol campaign for resource.
Whilst training to be a surgeon Jonathan played rugby in the amateur days, winning 33 caps for England, playing for Bristol University, Bristol and Bath. During this time England won 2 grand slams and reach the final of the 1991 Rugby World Cup. In 1992 Jonathan was awarded the Rothmans Player of the year award. In 2011 Jonathan joined the RFU Council, he is now the World Rugby representative and sits on the Board of the RFU. He also chairs the Medical Advisory Committee and the Concussion Risk Management Group.

Trustees

Jamie Cameron

Chair

Jamie is a Senior Associate at Burges Salmon specialising in employment law. Jamie is also the firm’s Head of Community Engagement – helping to develop and implement Burges Salmon’s responsible business strategy, with a particular focus on the community aspects of this. In this role, Jamie was one of 120 people from Burges Salmon who volunteered on a week-long project helping to develop Young Bristol’s outdoor activity centre.

Jamie has been a trustee since 2011 and became Chairman in 2017, working on the development and delivery of the new 2020 strategy. Jamie joined Young Bristol because he believes strongly in the need for community based activities and opportunities to be available for all young people locally around Bristol. During his time as a trustee Jamie has supported the development of Young Bristol’s first land based outdoor activity centre, and is looking forward to building on the success of this over the next few years.

Jamie supports a range of charitable interests both in and out of work and is currently working on the Bristol City Challenge Leadership programme – looking at how to support people with complex mental health issues and multiple needs.

Lindy Tasker MBE

Vice Chair

Lindy is Chairman of Young Bristol’s Fundraising Committee and a major fundraiser running a number of events across Bristol. Lindy has an MBE, awarded in 2015 for services to young people.

Dr Lee Everson

Treasurer

Dr Lee Everson is the Head of Large Corporate Banking at Barclays Bank. Previously based in London, he re-located to Bristol in 2015.

Lee also enjoys running & cycling in his spare time and is passionate about providing opportunities and pathways to employment for young people.

Carolyn Jenkins

Trustee

Carolyn has many years’ experience across a broad range of commercial disciplines and industry sectors. She currently divides her time between working on commercialisation projects at the University of Bristol, holding roles as Director/Observer on the boards of various University spin out companies, and other freelance and charitable activities. Carolyn joined Young Bristol as a Trustee in December 2019, and is committed to Bristol and supporting the development of young people in the city.

Zoe Tomison

Trustee

Zoe began her career in the computer industry then, following time out to study for an MBA, she set up and ran the European subsidiary for an American manufacturer. Following her early retirement she was involved in a youth mentoring project linking business with local schools. Zoe is excited to now work with Young Bristol. In her spare time, she is cycling or playing her saxophone.

Kassim Hanid

Trustee

Kassim currently works in specialist education and alternative learning provision within Bristol City Council.

A Youth and Community worker by profession; Kassim has worked with families across the City and has served on a number of voluntary sector management committees. Kassim has coached youth football for over twenty years.

Luke Bigwood

Trustee

Luke Bigwood is a marketing and communications professional who lives in south Bristol. Luke has 18 years’ experience across the public and private sector in PR, marketing, media, events and digital communications. Luke is a qualified Fitness Instructor and enjoys many sports including football and boxing. He also has a keen interest in sustainability and environmental issues. Luke is proud to be from Bristol and wants to see opportunities for all young people to succeed in the city.

Sabreena Grant

Trustee

Sabreena recently graduated from the University of Bristol and is now specialising in law. She currently works supporting young people with complexed learning needs and challenging behaviour at a specialist residential school in Bristol. Sabreena has a keen interest in improving the provisions and opportunities for the young people of Bristol through social mobility schemes. Outside of Young Bristol, she engages in a range of other charitable works; primarily around access to justice and supporting victims of domestic violence.

Louisa Pharoah

Trustee

Louisa is fundraising professional who lives in North Bristol. Louisa has over 20 years’ experience working in a number of charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, a children’s hospice in Windsor, and more recently the SS Great Britain when she moved to Bristol in 2011. Currently working at the Soil Association, Louisa uses fundraising best practice to diversify and grow income. Louisa joined Young Bristol as a Trustee in 2021 and is committed to supporting the young people of Bristol.

Victoria Matthews

Trustee

Victoria joined the Board of Young Bristol in 2021, she currently oversees the management of the Bristol & West of England Initiative at Business West, bringing together city and community leaders. Victoria works with stakeholders across the city, representing employers and key sectors across the economy, to ensure our region is the best place to live, learn and work. Victoria helps shape and influence our city and also sits on the Bristol Women’s Commission. Victoria previously studied politics at Cardiff University and is passionate about ensuring equality and diversity is at the heart of decisions and making sure our city’s young people have a voice. Out of work you can find Victoria walking her dog, baking or cycling.

Charles Wyld

Trustee

Charles joined the Board of Young Bristol in 2021, having previously been involved through Bristol Youth and Community Action. He has served as Trustee/Governor for a number of organisations in Bristol and elsewhere, and was Chair of St George’s Bristol for 6 years. Following a career in Law, Charles now acts as Consultant/Adviser/Trustee to a range of businesses, families and charities; helping with governance and strategic planning. He was High Sheriff of the City of Bristol in 2019. As a father of three sons, he knows the value of activities in the outdoors!

Marcus Graham

Trustee

Marcus Graham is the head of Transaction Services at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office. Marcus had various positions in not-for-profit organisations in London before relocating to Bristol with his young family in 2016. He is committed to Bristol and to contributing his skills to support the provision and development of opportunities for young people in the city.

Mark Hammond

Trustee

Mark spent four decades working in social and private sector housing and support, focusing particularly on meeting the needs of young people leaving local authority care. He has chaired and served on the governing bodies of a range of community-based charities and voluntary organisations. Growing up in coastal Kent, Mark spent much of his spare time at the local youth club and outdoor pursuits centre. He learned there about the importance of safe, supportive environments that enable young people to be challenged and develop through new activities.Mark moved to Bristol in 2019 to help care for his new granddaughter.

Vice Presidents
  • Alderman Alan Tasker JP
  • Andrew Gregg
  • Andrew Nisbet
  • Anne Nisbet DL
  • Ben Hardy
  • Bob Durie OBE
  • Charles Lucas
  • Chris Patterson
  • David Sutton
  • Dr. John Savage CBE
  • Geoff Matthews
  • Gill Loats
  • John Garland
  • John Ledbury
  • John Pontin OBE
  • Karl Tucker
  • Lisa Overton
  • Martin Sessions Hodge
  • Maureen Whitmore
  • Nancy Chambers
  • Pat Ledbury
  • Peter Moreman
  • Peter Prater
  • Robin Geller
  • Sir David Wills Bt
  • Sir Jay Tidmarsh KCVO MBE JP
  • The High Sheriff of Bristol
  • The Lord Bishop of Bristol
  • The Lord Mayor of Bristol
  • Trevor Jones MBE
Fundraising Committee
Mrs R Annesley Liz
Mrs H Archer Helen
Mrs P Cooper Nikki
Ms A McArthur Alex
Mrs L Tasker MBE Lindy
Mrs A Tomison Zoe
Mrs P Townsend Pam
Mrs J Webb Amanda
Mrs R Yates Rosemarie
Ms J Greenacre Jemima
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