Board of Trustees

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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.

Mark Richardson – Treasurer

Mark is a Chartered Accountant, having worked in industry for all of his professional life. He lives in Bath and hopes to play a small part in helping Bath City Farm develop and expand all the fantastic work that it already does.

Deborah Steele

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 Collins

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

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.

Amy Coulthard

A Twerton resident, parent and a passionate ecologist, I have been involved with the farm as a visitor and professionally since 2002. I have worked in nature conservation for over 18 years for Natural England and it’s founding bodies and in my current role as Director of Conservation at Avon Wildlife Trust since 2018. My background is in farm advice, designated sites and engaging people with nature.

Chris Button

Chris moved to Bath as a student in 1989. She was elected to be the Bath University sabbatical officer for Bath Area Colleges Charities Appeal and coordinated volunteer students in raising over £60k for local charities. She worked in the building industry as a mechanical engineer and then moved into hospital buildings development. She now works at NHS England and Improvement, supporting improvements across the south west. Christina is happiest when outdoors and loves the welcoming feeling that the farm provides and hopes to play a small part in the farm’s continued success.

Gus Langley

Gus has 30 years’ involvement in the voluntary sector, from ferrying food and clothes to Romania in the early 1990s to a successful career in fundraising. He has held senior fundraising positions for local, regional, national and international work and specialises in the trusts, foundations and statutory sectors. Gus is currently working with Bath-based Rainforest Concern and has lived in Bath since 2004. He sees Bath City Farm as an impressive charity that delivers, not only on conservation goals, but also and essentially, is a charity rooted at the heart of community life in Twerton and southern Bath.

Tasmin Egan

Hi I’m Tamsin. I came to Bath 20 years ago to train to be a science teacher, and never left. I recently retrained as a forest teacher, as I wanted to develop opportunities for the forest school ethos to be merged into the main stream teaching. As a trustee I hope learn more about the educational opportunities the farm presents to the local community.

To find out more please get in touch. 

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