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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 BS3 Community Development Audited Accounts 2021.


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 is married with two young children and has lived in Southville for over 10 years. His family have enjoyed numerous classes and activities hosted and run by BS3 Community. Pete is keen to ensure these opportunities continue to be available to people in the future along with the other valuable work the charity does in the community. Pete works in financial services and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. 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.

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 15 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 an 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 Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser for an education charity in Cambodia. Within BS3 Community, she chairs the Catering Sub Committee and is spearheading the redevelopment of the cafe at The Southville Centre. Isabel lives in locally with her young family.

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.