Our People


Joel Rutter (chair) – teacher, special education expert, outdoor activities trainer

Soad Ali - local community groups leader and participant

Fiona Castle – childcare, parenting & family support worker, forest school leader

Louise Emerson (secretary) – participant, filmmaker & forest school leader

Sylvia Vincent – youth & community worker, BME attainment adviser, outdoor leader

Kendall Noyes – parent & family support worker

Lizzie Tubbs – social worker

Pommy Harmar – domestic abuse & mental health manager, environment education leader, community radio presenter

Elaine Randall (treasurer) – foster carer, project manager, business advisor


Further input and support comes from our 'advisors' – an informal body of relevant experts and professionals from partner organisations.  This acts as a virtual ‘steering group’ for advice and guidance as needed.

Rachel Degarang - Dancer, teacher and diversity trainer 

Angela Lawrence – Parent & kinship carer, community worker

Philippa Beale - Family and systemic psychotherapist, North Bristol Health Trust

Julian Davis - Artistic director of St Paul's Carnival, Ujima community radio presenter

Steve Wilkinson – VCS childcare manager & business manager

Deasy Bamford – ex Imayla Chair, Tribe of Doris, artist, event organiser

Sandra Barefoot – Visible Thinking - artist researcher, mentor, facilitator

Rhiannon White –artistic director of commonwealth theatre company, youth worker, workshop leader

Nigel Drew - teacher, mental health support worker, woodworker 

The Work Team

Fiona Castle - Programme Manager

Sylvia Vincent - Events and Engagement Coordinator

Bea Oliver - Office and Finance Administrator

Deasy Bamford - Creative Evaluation and Media Support

Jak Ollett - Media Manager

Child, Youth & Family Workers:

  • Joel Rutter
  • Soad Ali
  • Tiffany Lawrence
  • Nathan Donaldson
  • Jordon Murdoch
  • Chiara Giribaldi
  • Rachael Norrish