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

Now retired, 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 private practice, local government and the voluntary sector, and had volunteering experience in law and legal advice services, and Women’s Aid.  Her interest in children’s issues led her to an MSc in Child Welfare.  She first moved to Bath as a teenager in 1970 and loves gardens, cities, growing food, cooking, eating, and being active outdoors.   Deborah became a trustee in April 2016, bringing her expertise in safeguarding, governance, and management systems.  She loves visiting the farm and always finds it uplifting.

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 11 and 14 currently volunteer at the Farm on Saturday’s and love spending time with the animals. Mike is Head of Public Engagement for the Arts and Humanities Research Council in Swindon and has been a communications professional for over 20 years having worked for charities including the National Trust. 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 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.

Philippa Rogers

Philippa recently took early retirement after 24 years with the Foreign Office which included postings to USA, Japan, China and most recently Algeria. Prior to joining the Foreign Office, Philippa studied Agricultural Sciences at Reading University and then spent 10 years working for the UK’s Research Councils as a Programme Manager. Philippa has now returned to Bath, her home town, and is excited about contributing to the work of the farm in its next stage of development. 

Tamsin 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 to 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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