Having spent five years here, we feel we are still on holiday.
John Foster's Almshouse
Our Patron and Trustees
MBE DStJ JP
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.
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.
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.
Trustee (Former Chair of Asset and Finance Committee)
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.
BA, BArch, RIBA, MRTPI
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.
Dr Ros Kennedy
MB BS, MRCP, MRCGP,DCH
Trustee (Chair of Grants Committee)
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.
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.
ACA, BSc (Hons)
Trustee (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.
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 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 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.
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.
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