Bristol Charities continues to operate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Although our Head Office is shut and most of our Head Office staff are working from home, you can contact us by email or by phone on our Head Office phone number 0117 930 0301. We continue to run our Almshouses and Extra Care scheme, with staff on site. Our Grants Programme is running, please keep checking our website for details of when we are accepting applications for Grants. Although our Community Development for Older People Projects remain on hold for now, we hope to start activities again soon when it is safe to do so.

Bristol Charities is committed to working to provide support to people and communities throughout these complicated and taxing times.

Dear Bristol Charities,

I cannot thank you enough for helping me get a proper bed. I have been on a camp bed for 5 weeks. I have a spinal problem...that has got worse. Today I got an orthopedic three quarter bed, with a nice metal frame. It is so comfortable. Thank you so much. I medically needed a bed and I am looking forward to sleeping in comfort.

With gratitude.


Ms R. R
Grant recipient

Our Patron and Trustees

Mary Prior

Mary Prior was Sales and Marketing Director of Alexandra plc, an international supplier of workwear and uniforms until she retired in 1997. She is a partner in a family beef farm and Director of a small property company. She has held a number of Trusteeships and continues to support a wide range of local organisations as Patron or President.

Richard Gore

BA (Joint Hons)
Chair of Trustees
Richard is a Director at Gregg Latchams Limited in the firm's Dispute Resolution Department and joint head of the practice’s Digital Media and Technology Sector. He advises on dispute resolution with particular expertise in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, professional negligence, corporate insolvency and banking litigation. He is also an accredited commercial mediator.

Paul Staples

ACA, BSc (Hons)
Trustee (Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit & Health and Safety Committee)
Paul is a chartered accountant, working in practice for Grant Thornton. His background is statutory audit and corporate finance work. Nowadays though he works with financial services clients supporting them with their regulatory and compliance challenges. ‎ He holds another trustee role for a great, small charity in London - The Choir With No Name which run 5 choirs around the UK and where members are homeless or have experienced homelessness.

Jonathan O'Shea

Trustee (Chair of Assets and Finance Committee)
Jonathan is The Alternative Board’s facilitator for the Bristol North region. This means he is working with businesses in the centre of Bristol as well as businesses based in places around Bristol such as Kingswood, Almonsbury, Stoke Gifford, Yate and Chipping Sodbury. Jonathan has over 30 years of business experience having spent the first 10 years as an accountant in public practice and the subsequent 20 years in the not for profit sector either as Finance Director or Chief Executive.

Nolan Webber

Chartered FCSI
Trustee (Chair of Investment Management Subcommittee)
Nolan is an Investment Director at Rathbone Investment Management where he manages portfolios for private clients, trusts, pensions, companies and charities since 2001 after three years in a similar role at Greig Middleton. Nolan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI); where he is also past president of the CISI Bristol, Bath & South Wales Branch Committee. Outside of work Nolan is a member of MENSA. His interests include cricket, films, music, hiking, travel and great food.

Harriet Bosnell

Harriet is the Director of Health Care and Support at Curo, where for the last 10 years she has developed and lead innovative health and support services including the Wellbeing House, Stepdown from Hospital units and Community Connectors delivered in partnership with GP surgeries. Curo is an ethical housing association with 12,000 homes across Bristol, B&NES and the South West. Prior to that Harriet was Head of Operations at Merlin Housing Association and Regional Manager at The Big Issue Foundation.

Michelle Meredith

Michelle is a Network Co-ordinator at ITC Compliance. She has previously held positions at the African & Caribbean Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise and Mirage Asset Management LLP. Michelle is a member of Stapleton Road Traders Association and Stapleton Road Working Group and has a dedicated interest in BME organisations.

Rachel Howell

Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist and a qualified Coach. She has worked locally within the NHS for more than 35 years where she was ultimately responsible for establishing and managing a team of psychologists delivering care within the acute medical setting of one of Bristol’s large hospital trusts. Since retiring in 2017 she has continued to work as a psychologist focusing on staff well-being initiatives, coaching and supervision. She is also currently a school governor within a local Multi-Academy Trust.

Olivia Spencer

Olivia is an Architect and Planner with more than 30 years experience of housing, urban design and the conservation of listed buildings. She began her career as a sociologist working with homeless families and after qualifying as an architect spent a number of years working with tenants on refurbishment and redevelopment of former local authority estates in London. Subsequently, in a planning role, she worked with a wide range of stakeholders on small and large scale developments across England.

Andy Mennell

Andy has been active in social housing for over 40 years, with the main focus of his experience on the management and development of supported housing for a range of client groups including older people. In recent years he has worked as an interim manager and consultant based in Bristol. In addition to being a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, he has an MSC in Housing.

Patrick Finch

Patrick is a chartered surveyor, who has spent most of his professional career in the areas of land and property development & estate management. Patrick was educated in Bristol, studied at Reading University and later pursued an MBA at Henley Management College. In a career spanning 40 years, Patrick worked for such diverse organisations as the Government Valuation Office, English Estates, Natwest Group and for the last 18 years Patrick was employed as a Director in the University Sector.

Keith Low

Keith is an Associate Director at BNP Paribas Real Estate in the firm’s Building Consultancy department. He is responsible for providing a wide range of surveying services with a particular specialism in dilapidations and technical due diligence building surveys. Other experience includes project management, planned maintenance reviews, insurance valuations and contract administration. Keith is also involved with the Bristol & Bath Local Members Group of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).