Our trustees are a group of volunteers who ensure we fulfil our legal and financial obligations as a charity, and as a company, in everything we do.
They must ensure that everything done by Bath City Farm is genuinely for the objectives we’ve set out, which is to build a strong, healthy and caring community by engaging local people with nature and farming. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise they approve our Operation Plans, Annual Budgets, Annual Reports and accounts.
Meet our current trustees:
Trustees are elected each year by farm members at our Annual General Meeting in April, and meet every month to undertake the board business. If you’re interested in joining, please get in touch.
Jo Southwell – Chair of Trustees
Jo has lived most of her life in Bath and knows the city well. She has worked in Health and Social Care for over 20 years primarily as a Human Resources professional supporting staff and managers, and for the past five years in Learning and Development, ensuring the organisation’s staff can access training and education to give them the required skill set for their role. Jo first came into contact with the farm when she carried out team building sessions as part of her role, this exposure to the farm and recognising the good work it carried out for the local community inspired her to become a trustee.
Deborah Steele – Treasurer
Deborah had a varied career specialising in children’s safeguarding services, including as a solicitor, a welfare rights advisor, and an education advisor. She has worked in both private, local government, and the voluntary sector and has volunteering experience in law and legal advice services, Women’s Aid and an MSc in Child Welfare. She moved to Bath as a teenager in 1970 and loves gardens, cities, growing food, cooking, eating, and being active outdoors. Recently retired, Deborah became a trustee in April 2016, bringing her expertise in safeguarding, governance, and management systems.
Mike moved to Bath in 2002. He first volunteered at the farm back in 2012, helping to build an access path, and became a trustee at the farm in April 2015. His two children aged 6 and 9 love walking the one-mile nature trail, playing in the woodland play area and spending time with the hens and feeding the goats. Mike is Head of Communications for the Arts and Humanities Research Council in Swindon and has been a communications professional for over 15 years. He loves the deep sense of community on the farm and the important role that it plays in connecting families to food and farming.
Malcolm Dodds was for many years a teacher and lecturer before becoming a local authority manager and then a civil servant specialising in commissioning school buildings and setting up new schools. Recently retired, he brings experience of capital projects, project management, financial management and governance. Malcolm has lived in south Bath for 26 years. He is particularly interested in the project to provide a permanent cafe for the Farm, and in developing the Farm’s education work.
Serkan moved to Bath in 2007. First he volunteered at a local charity as a Treasurer, and now he is happy to get involved at the farm and help it grow. Serkan and his family love to spend time at the farm and have adopted a goat. Serkan works at a number of local organisations and charities as an accountant is now part of the Finance Group of Bath City Farm’s board of trustees. He is a keen runner who has completed Bath Half Marathon several times.
To find out more please get in touch.