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MEET THE TRUSTEES

Andy Bell, Chair

Andy has over 30 years experience in a variety of central government roles, specialising in finance for the last 18 of those. A Chartered Management Accountant, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of the West of England, Andy completed his Masters degree at the University of Worcester in 2004 and has been a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians since 2001.

A Worcestershire transplant into Bristol for over a decade, Andy was seeking an opportunity that offered different challenges and perspectives from his day job, whilst giving something back to an area that has been very good to him personally and professionally. Andy was attracted to BREAD by the obvious enthusiasm exhibited by the team for the invaluable service they provide to the young people of Lawrence Weston.

Helen Embleton, Deputy Chair

Helen recently moved from London to North Somerset after leaving an extensive acting career to follow her passion in community work. Helen now works as a project officer focusing on community development where she thrives on helping the local communities develop positive projects.

Helen currently volunteers for the Alzheimer's society on a weekly basis and has supported this charity for a number of years in a personal capacity. As part of the Bath Roller Derby Team Helen has used her interpersonal and communication skills to help develop the Welfare committee and offers support for team members in need of emotional support.

When her volunteer role with Brightside as a mentor for young people came to an end, Helen was keen to continue her work with an organisation that supports young people in their local community and listens to their needs and priorities.  After taking time to research into local charities she came across BREAD, it is everything Helen is passionate about and she hopes she can use her passion for helping and developing others in her role and is excited about the future of the organisation.

Hannah Walsh, Trustee

Hannah has recently moved from Devon to Bristol. She is a qualified secondary teacher and has experience of working in both the state and independent sector. Before becoming a teacher, she worked for an educational charity in London, providing educational workshops to students in disadvantaged areas. She has also helped to set up and run a series of summer schools for young people in an isolated mountain village in Lebanon.

Hannah feels passionately about addressing educational inequality and raising the achievement of all students. As a relative newcomer to Bristol, she was shocked by the extent to which the life chances of young people seem dependent on the area of the city in which they grow up. She joined BREAD as a trustee because she was impressed by the passion and dedication of its staff team and she wanted to support the valuable work they do in improving opportunities for young people in Lawrence Weston. 

 

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