Brigstowe are proud and thankful to have a skilled board of trustees from various disciplines and backgrounds managing the overall strategic direction of the organisation. Here’s a little about each of them.
James Brereton – Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees
Born in Bristol, James completed his secondary education at the city’s Cathedral School and took A Levels at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School. Having graduated with a degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Kent at Canterbury, James returned to the West Country in the late 1990s to work for Bristol City Council, in human resources. Following spells at English Heritage (now Historic England) from 2008 and Gloucester City Council from 2010 (both in human resources), James re-joined Bristol City Council in 2013. James lived in Bristol for a decade until 2016, during which time he was governor of one (and briefly two) local primary schools. Having been a carer for someone living with HIV for a number of years, James came to know Brigstowe in the late 2000s and joined the Management Committee (now Board of Trustees) as a trustee in 2012. After 5 years as Chair of Trustees, and having recently ‘escaped to the country’, James is preparing to hand over the Chair’s reins, while retaining a role as a trustee.
Diane has been a trustee for Brigstowe since 2002 when the project operated as a landlord and was just embarking on developing a Housing Related Floating Support Service. She had been working in Social Housing for 20 years in roles relating to Practice and Service Development, Information Services and Training & Development, during which time she worked in the HIV organisational lead team for Service Development and Training & Development of staff, in relation to HIV and AIDS. More recently Diane has been working in Senior Operation roles in the Social Care sector.
She joined Guideposts Trust in August 2011 as Director of Services to take operational responsibility for all services including Quality and Health and Safety Systems and Policies. She is interested in the changing landscape and modelling of services to continue to meet needs.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and gained an MSc in Management Development and Organisational Change in 2004.
Diane is interested in the visual arts and holds a BA (Hons.) with the Open University. She enjoys making ceramics, gardening, designing and making jewelry and has some interest in photography.
Alison is originally from Manchester and studied history at Bristol University. Following university she worked for an accountancy firm, then Bristol City Council in a variety of teams, including managing benefits, homelessness, rents, repairs and now tenancy management, which includes lettings and tackling antisocial behavior. She is also responsible for a youth project that includes refugees and care leavers. Alison brings useful knowledge of housing and commissioning. When she is not busy working, Alison enjoys watching football.
Simon has over 10 years fundraising and marketing experience in the voluntary sector and is currently the Individual Giving & Legacy Manager for Above & Beyond. Born in Bristol, he is passionate about the city and equality.
Vita is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at the Open University. She has a long standing interest in the voluntary sector and has actively participated in different capacities, including as a policy researcher, volunteer and mentor, and has been a trustee at Brigstowe since 2015. Vita has been researching the voluntary sector for over ten years with a particular interest on current debates, the complex and challenging external environment, and how these are shaping the sector. She believes that small/ medium sized organisations are undervalued for the key role they play in providing welfare services and more emphasis should be on supporting this subsector. She is completing an ESRC funded Social Policy PhD at the University of Birmingham and is affiliated with the Third Sector Research Centre. Her PhD research project investigates how asylum seeker and refugee third sector organisations navigate these challenging times, with particular focus on organisational change, and bringing back the role of actors and agency. Vita brings to Brigstowe a broader knowledge of the sector, research skills, and emphasis on producing robust monitoring & evaluation systems and demonstrating impact.
Henroy was born, raised and part-educated in Jamaica, where he completed his secondary education. He went to college in Bristol.
He is a qualified chef and ran his own restaurant and catering company for several years. He is also a trained motivational speaker and the Chair of the Ethnic Minority Group for THT South West. Henroy is involved in lobbying with MPs regarding HIV issues and works with young people from a variety of backgrounds.
Sheila was born and educated in Zimbabwe. She has been a qualified nurse for 24 years both in Africa and in the UK. Sheila worked for 2 years in HIV and AIDS awareness in Zimbabwe with special interest in mother-to-baby transmission and management of HIV+ under 5s.
Sheila has volunteered at THT for several years and helped to run the Positive Women’s Group and also the Black and Ethnic Minority Group.
She is currently in the process of setting up and establishing her own home care business.
Dominic Eastham – Treasurer
Dominic is a not-for-profit accountant. In his own words, he is ‘trying to make the world a better place one spreadsheet at a time’.