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.

Arabella Tresilian –  Chair of Trustees

Arabella grew up outside Bath and now lives near to Bath City Farm, enjoying the farm’s idyllic landscape, characterful animals and community events. Arabella works independently with health, education and sustainability organisations, helping to build partnerships and develop projects that support people and places. She works in both private and public sector settings, and has a particular interest in brain and mind health. She has two daughters, aged 19 and 16, who also love the farm as “a rural space in an urban place”.


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.


Hamish McAlpine

Having been a local resident and supporter of the farm for many years, Hamish became a trustee last year, and is particularly keen to apply his professional experience to gain the Farm the PQASSO quality mark.  Hamish is a professional project manager, a PRINCE2 practitioner and Lean Six Sigma black belt.  Working mainly in the Higher Education sector at the interface between Academia and Industry, Hamish initiates, builds and manages relationships at all levels.


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.


Claire Williams

Claire joined the board of Bath City Farm recently, bringing with her a wealth of experience in HR and H&S. Claire is senior HR professional, and is currently the HR Manager at citrusHR, where she spends most of her time providing HR advice to small and medium businesses, including a range of charities across the UK.

Claire has lived in Bath her whole life, and has been visiting the farm with her family for several years.



Trish Barnes  

Trish has been involved with the farm for about 14 years,  starting as a volunteer feeding the animals at the weekends.  She then became a trustee and held the post of treasurer for 8 years.  In the past few years Trish has taken a particular interest in the setting up and running of the farm’s cafe, The Trough.  Trish currently works for the NHS as a ward administrator.



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.


To find out more please get in touch. 





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