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Principles and governance

BS3 Community Development is governed by a Board of Trustees that employs the Leadership Team to plan and deliver the strategic direction of the charity.

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 our Audited Accounts.

Jill Walsh

Joint Chairperson

Jill lives in Southville and has a keen interest in the development of our community. She has two children in a local school who have regularly attended activities at the Southville Centre over the years. She currently works for the University of Bristol as School Business Manager for the School of Arts. Before working at the University of Bristol, she managed her own business running a field studies centre in Spain for university study groups, and taught English in Japan. Jill is interested in how not-for-profit organisations can be run in a sustainable way which allows the achievement of their key objectives and BS3 Community is a great example of such an organisation.

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.

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

Joint Vice-Chairperson

After initial careers as a solicitor and in the music/creative industries, Mark spent six years at a local social inclusion charity, DHI, before moving to his current post at Knightstone Housing Association, where he oversees their supported housing and individual/community empowerment services. Mark decided to put himself forward as a potential trustee having observed some of its fantastic work in the local area and seeing how much his daughter enjoyed her time at the nursery. He has been happily resident in Southville since 2011, along with his wife, two young children and two 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.

Celia Phipps

Celia lives in Ashton Gate and has two sons and a daughter who also live locally. A retired nurse and health visitor, she worked in the community for over 25 years and has a particular expertise in working with older people, specifically to promote independence. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health, a special interest in community development and is a member of several local groups. Celia is also currently a city councillor for Bedminster Ward. She loves the garden, her family, cats, and talking to people.

Malcolm Brammar

Malcolm is a Bedminster resident. After a long career in broadcast production and management in Sheffield, Cornwall and Bristol, followed by ten years in higher education at UWE, he’s currently both Chair of the Bedminster Lantern Parade, which delivers the colourful illuminated Parade to our streets each year, and the Friends of Parson St Railway Station (FoPSRS). In addition he's a Steering Group member of WoW, the West St. BS3 Neighbourhood Group.

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.

Maria Forsythe

Maria has lived in Southville for over 30 years. She works at Ashton Gate Primary school as a teaching assistant and her children went to local schools. She's very interested in young people and education, has a degree in early years education and is keen to support the young people’s work here at BS3 Community. She is interested in outreach work to reduce loneliness and isolation and wants the BS3 community to be an organisation that is inclusive and welcoming for all people regardless of their backgrounds.

Rosie Tomlinson

Rosie is a Bristolian but spent teenage years in Edinburgh attending the College of Art. She returned to Bristol to do a PGCE and taught ceramics and art, then got involved with sailing activities for young unemployed people. After time working for Barnardos, she became a community tutor teaching photography and IT; since retirement she has been able to pursue that passion, taking photos of Southville Panto & Let’s Walk Bedminster. Her two daughters are now pursuing careers and independent home lives, giving her and her husband great joy but 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.

Alex North

Alex is relatively new to the local area, having moved here from Wiltshire three years ago. From his experience as a community development worker he has a good understanding of the value of bringing people together and the importance of comfortable, accessible spaces to do this in. In his free time he makes music, plays several sports and tutors mathematics and would love to get more involved in the local area. He has joined BS3 Community to explore ways of reaching out to all corners of the community and is excited to work with the team to see how he can support this.

Jess Woodsford

Jess lives in Bedminster with her partner, two young children and her cat Dotty. Since moving to Bedminster four years ago, she has enjoyed various classes and activities at The Southville Centre and her children attend one of the BS3 Community Nurseries. Jess has a keen interest in equality and diversity. She currently works for the Office for Students, where she works with universities and colleges to support under-represented groups to enter and succeed in higher education. Her expertise is in project management and policy development.