Dear Ms Anketell, 

Once again, we would like to thank you most sincerely for the help you have provided for two of our "self-builders". We in SSAFA are most grateful for your continuing support, especially to these worthy ex-military lads. I am so glad that they will now shortly be able to move into their own accommodation and have the chance of a new life. 

Mr M
Support worker for grant recipients at SSAFA

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.

Andrew Hillman

Trustee (Former Chair)
Andrew assumed the role of Chair of Trustees for Bristol Charities in 2011 after 4 years as a Trustee. He joined the Partnership of Deloitte LLP in 1988 and was based in the Bristol office. He built up the firm’s now formidable Corporate Finance business in the South West and South Wales and was involved in transactions, many in the UK but also across Europe and the USA. Andrew retired in 2006 and has since acted as consultant to a number of businesses, including a substantial regional law firm. Andrew is also Governor of Red Maids' School.

Laura Claydon

Vice Chair of Trustees
Laura Claydon is a partner at Burgess Salmon LLP Bristol. She heads Burgess Salmon's EU and competition practice and has conducted many merger cases and competition investigations before the OFT and Competition Commission (now the CMA). Laura advises on mainstream competition matters and regulatory issues arising in various industry sectors including retail, transport, food production, dairy, manufacturing and sport. Leisure interests include owning point-to-pointers.

Paul Staples

ACA, BSc (Hons)
Chair of the Audit and 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.

Nolan Webber

Chartered FCSI
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.

Jonathan O'Shea

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.

Kamala Das

Chair of the Grants Committee
Kamala previously practised in London chambers where her practice involved landlord and tenant, banking especially land charges/mortgages and insolvency, personal injury and family work. After a career break, during which she completed postgraduate studies, she worked at community projects and was employed at London University on access to justice. She returned to the Bar in Bristol joining St John's Chambers in 1996 specialising in family law.

Tony Harris

Tony Harris is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters degree in Business Studies. After a varied career in Industry, Tony became a Managing Director of Elisabeth the Chef Ltd supervising its eleven fold growth in turnover and profitability before negotiating its sale to a Venture Capital company in 1999, when he was appointed Executive Chair. Since his retirement in 2004, Tony has undertaken a number of interim management and consultancy projects.

Dr Ros Kennedy

Ros worked as a GP Principal for 31 years, in practices in London, Henbury, Bristol University Student Health Service and finally Nailsea Family Practice. After retiring as a partner in 2009, she carried on doing GP locums for a while, completed a part-time MA in History of Art at Bristol University, and became Vice-Chair of the Overview Panel for the Confidential Inquiry into the Deaths of People with Learning Disability in the Bristol area. Ros is currently High Sherriff of Bristol for 2015/16 and involved in many other local charities.

John Webster

John Webster is a founding Director at Atkins Walters and Webster Architects of London, Bristol and Plymouth having joined in 1984 and served as Practice Director until 2008 and Chair until 2012. He continues as a consultant providing urban design advice to Public Authorities and Developers as well as Expert Witness at Planning Inquiries. He is also a trustee of Prior Park (Schools) Foundation, a member of Bristol University Estates Committee and an Adjudicator for the RICS Annual Awards.

David Watts

David Watts has been a Trustee of Bristol Charities since 1997. David is a former MA, Honour School of Jurisprudence, Oxford and retired Chartered Surveyor and Auctioneer as a member of the RICS. David was a partner at Pritchard & Co. (1970-1982) and Hoddell & Pritchard (1982 - 1989). He was a Magistrate until aged seventy and still remains a J.P. David is also a Director of Bristol Grammar School Enterprises, former Governor (and Chairman) of the Governors of Bristol Grammar School and a member of the Rotary Club of Bristol.

Dudley Lewis

Trustee and former Vice-Chair of Trustees
Dudley is a retired Local Government Lawyer/Manager from Walker Morris Solicitors, and a former Director of Training LGG Limited. He has also been a Committee member of BUPCC and a member of The Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal, National Trust, Bristol Rugby, Bristol Savages, Bristol Law Society (past president), Rotary Club of Bristol (past president), B and C Golf Club, Pink Elephant Club, Clifton Club and Patron for Clifton RFC.

Susan Hampton

Susan Hampton has been a Trustee since 2004. Susan taught in Bristol schools for 37 years, retiring in 2001 after 14 years as Headmistress of The Red Maids' School. Susan also served as a Magistrate on the Bristol Bench from 1992 to 2010. She was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for the City and County of Bristol in 2002, is Chair of Bristol NADFAS, a Member of The South West Advisory Board of Business in the Community, has various roles in Bristol Cathedral and is a Trustee of BCS (which supports Bristol Cathedral Choir School).

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.

Melanie Tiley

Melanie is Director of Development for The Prior Foundation at Prior Park College, Bath. She set up the Development Office and is responsible for capital appeals, major donor fundraising, legacy fundraising and regular giving for bursaries and scholarships, as well as fundraising for individuals, trusts and foundations. She spent ten previous years working in core charity in Fundraising & Comms. She is Honorary Secretary for The Institute of Fundraising South-West and a member of The Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE).

Dr Shaheen Shahzadi Chaudhry

Shaheen is a Doctor of Social Policy and Politics. She is also a lay member on mental health tribunals across the South West and used to be a non-executive member of the North Bristol NHS Trust Board. She founded an organisation now called Health Links to improve access to healthcare for people whose first language is not English and was a director for 16 years. A Justice of the Peace on the Bristol Bench since 1992 with 20 years experience as a magistrate, Shaheen also served as High Sheriff of Bristol in 2013/14.