Brigstowe are proud and thankful to have varied and skilled board of trustees 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 but plans to continue as a trustee.


Diane Perry

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 and Development and had during that time worked in the HIV organisational lead team for service development and Training and 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 of Guideposts Trust 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 have a BA Hons with the Open University. She enjoys making ceramics, gardening, designing and making jewelry and some interest in photography.


Alison Scott

Alison is originally from Manchester and studied history at Bristol University.  Following university she worked for an accountants 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. She also enjoys watching football.


Simon Purkiss 

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 Terry

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, 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 this is 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 and evaluation systems and demonstrating impact.


Henroy Brown 

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. He is involved in lobbying with MPs regarding HIV issues. He works with young people from a variety of backgrounds.


Sheila Ollis

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 positive 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.


Nomusa Khumalo

Nomusa was born in Zimbabwe and came to the UK when she was 24. She is interested in mental health and how experiences and other conditions may impact upon mental health. This interest led her to volunteer for The Bristol Drugs Project, a role which has given her a good insight and understanding of how addiction and mental health are intertwined. She completed an NVQ in Health and Socal Care and is currently continuing with studies which will enable her to go to University and further explore this area of interest.


Dominic Eastham – Treasurer

Dominic is a not-for-profit accountant. In his own words “trying to make the world a better place one spreadsheet at a time.”