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Principles and governance

The trustees are all volunteers and are elected for a period of three years.  At the end of that period they can stand for re-election. A Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is also when we present our Annual Review and Audited Accounts.


Peter Bird

Joint Chairperson

Peter is an experienced commercial architect, married with two children, and has lived in Southville for over a decade.  Over the years, he has enjoyed various activities and events at the Southville Centre and appreciates what a valuable contribution the charity makes to the life of our community. Both of his children have experienced some happy times at the Southville Nursery and continue to use the after school and holiday club facilities. He hopes to be able to apply his professional skills and experience as local parent to help and guide the charity in its plans for the future.

Pete Phillips (he/him/his)

Joint Chairperson

Pete moved to Southville ten years ago with his wife and two young children. His family have enjoyed numerous classes and activities hosted and run by BS3 Community in recent years and Pete is keen to ensure these opportunities continue to be available to people in the future. He is aware of the challenges that charities face, and as a qualified actuary, he wants to use his experience to help further develop the charity’s risk management and financial planning to allow it to continue to grow and support the local community.

Jenny Brown

Joint Vice-Chairperson

Jenny lives in Southville and is now retired having previously been a long serving senior manager at City of Bristol College.  Jenny’s connection with the Southville Centre goes back to 1972 when she started her first teaching job at Ashton Park School; the Southville Centre was then the lower school.  More recently Jenny worked as Head of Quality Improvement at City of Bristol College. As a grand-parent, Jenny is particularly interested in supporting and promoting the work of Early Education & Childcare

Mark Coates (he/him/his)

Joint Vice-Chairperson

Joint Vice-Chairperson A local resident, Mark decided to put himself forward as a trustee having been impressed with BS3 Community’s community development activities plus the outstanding quality of its nurseries, which his children attended. In his ‘day job’ he is CFO for Creative Youth Network, a Bristol-based charity that supports marginalised young people to achieve their potential. Mark is also involved with a range of other social purpose organisations, being a non-executive board member at Advance Housing & Support, a member of the Investment Advisory Committee at Bristol City Funds and a non-executive director at BBRC Homes. Passionate about social justice and a firm believer in the power of community, he has been happily residing in Southville since 2011 along with his wife, children and fat fluffy cats.

Cate Hector


Cate has recently moved to Southville after living in Somerset for 30 years, but grew up in Co Durham. Cate is keen to become involved in city life including becoming involved in community activities. Cate runs her own practice as a chartered accountant and enjoys helping a variety of people with their own small businesses. She has two grown-up children, and her hobbies include horse riding, walking her gorgeous dog, and gardening.

Zoe Rice

Zoe lives in Southville and got married at the Southville Centre in 2016. Through this, she became familiar with the charity's work supporting the local community and was inspired to get involved. Over the past 12 years, Zoe has worked in the drug and alcohol treatment sector, initially as a frontline worker and then in a range of leadership roles. She currently works for national charity 'Change, Grow, Live' as their National Quality Lead. The role involves continuously and systemically improving the quality of service provision across the organisation, in order to provide service users with the best possible care and support.

Rosie Tomlinson

Rosie is a Bristolian but spent her teenage years in Edinburgh attending school and the College of Art. She returned to Bristol to do a PGCE and taught ceramics and art in secondary school. She left teaching to get involved with sailing activities for young, unemployed people. Then she worked for many years for Barnardo’s with young people aged 8-16 and their families, then a community learning tutor teaching photography and IT; since retirement she has been able to pursue that passion, taking photos of local events and projects. Her two daughters are now pursuing careers and independent home lives, giving her and her husband great joy and more time, so she joined the BS3 Community board to support our early years work and senior and community activities. Rosie is particularly excited by the arrival of the new Chessel Centre right on her doorstep.

Sarah Hughes

Sarah is originally from Essex and moved to Bristol in 2001. She has worked in HR for over 20 years and currently works as an HR Business Partner for a Government Agency. She has volunteered in a number of disaster affected communities around the world and co-founded a disaster relief and recovery charity which has worked with communities in Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal. Now settled in BS3 she wanted to use her HR experience to help a local charity and was really impressed on hearing about the work of BS3 Community so decided to get involved.

Isabel Kearney (she/her/hers)

Isabel has been working for international and local charities and social enterprises for the last 14 years, mainly in project management, communications and fundraising. Locally, she set up a community interest company which supported parents with flexible childcare and coworking; is a street warden keeping our local pavements clean and obstruction-free; and set up a pocket park and noticeboard on her street. She is also a Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs and has a Masters in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods. Isabel’s work has taken her from managing a UK government funded educational entertainment project in Rwanda, to evaluating HelpAge International’s global age discrimination campaign, and researching child marriage eradication programmes in Nepal. Isabel currently works as a Fundraiser writing grant applications for an education charity in Cambodia. She’s keen to use her skills to support BS3 Community to continue to have a positive impact, and is particularly interested in monitoring and evaluation, gender and community development. Isabel lives in Southville with her young family.

Elsa Maters

Elsa lives in BS3 with her husband and two young children. She first got to know BS3 Community through its outstanding childcare services. Elsa has spent years working in university admissions services acquiring, amongst other skills, experience in management, compliance, policy writing and implementation. More recently she has been co-running a business consultancy. Elsa values the strong community feel of BS3 and was keen to support one of the local charitable organisations that makes the area a great place to live. She is particularly interested in the community outreach work of the organisation and fully supports its efforts to be an inclusive community hub.

Jess Woodsford (she/her/hers)

Jess is a local resident and mum of two. Both her children attended the Chessels centre for a number of years before moving on to school. Jess is a professional coach, trainer and facilitator, with a passion for equality and social justice. Jess is the Co-Director of Inclusive Futures CIC, a non-profit community interest company, which provides coaching programmes to supporting underrepresented groups to access and succeed in higher education. Jess is also the Director of SEER, the Specialist Evidence, Evaluation and Research Service. In this role she supports organisations to better understand and evidence the impact of their work. She is also an experienced project and programme manager.

Elizabeth Normand

Elizabeth has lived in Southville for seven years. Previous to her move here, she was a solicitor, training manager, then primary school teacher in London. This was followed by five years teaching in Barcelona and then volunteer work in Guatemala, before settling in BS3. She has worked in three different schools in Bristol and has now become a SENCo. Elizabeth is keen to be involved in a local charity which makes a clear contribution to the community, and is particularly interested in the Early Years work, and connecting with the older generation.