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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, this year in the form of a short film, 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

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. Prior to that he oversaw supported housing and community development services at Knightstone Housing Association then (following its merger) LiveWest, and social enterprise development for Bath-based social inclusion charity, DHI. Mark is also a non-executive board member at Advance Housing & Support and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee at Bristol City Funds. 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 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 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.

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.

Sally Jaeckle

Sally is currently the Head of Early Years Services in Bristol. She has previously worked as an early years’ teacher, both in the United States and the UK, a lecturer in early childhood studies in Further and Higher Education and as an Early Years Advisor at a national regional level. She contributed to the development and implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory guidance and supporting resources. and has a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of provision for children from birth to five. She is passionate about working in partnership to develop community services that make sense to families and give every child a good start in life, particularly those facing the greatest challenges. Sally lives in Bristol and has three children – she was awarded an OBE for services to Early Education in 2015.