Staff and Trustees
Helen Fisher – Farm Manager Helen began her career at the farm as a volunteer and progressed to the co-ordinator role in May 2002. In May 2014 Helen was appointed to the role of Deputy Manager and since July 2016 has been the Farm Manager. Helen also runs regular courses on a wide-range of subjects, from hedgelaying to animal care
Kedric Fisher – Farm Co-ordinator Originally joining the farm on a New Deal work placement in July 2003, Kedric now works full time at the farm. His role is to work with volunteers to manage the 37 acre site, which includes mending fences, tool maintenance, animal care and the introduction of new animals to the site.
Sara Chapple – Volunteer & Visitor Co-ordinator Sara joined the farm in August 2012 and is be responsible for expanding the range of volunteering
opportunities available at the farm and for arranging a programme of activities and events for visitors.
Kilda Meadows – Youth Worker Kilda first worked at the farm in 2003 as an environmental youth and play worker. She then worked as a Community Play Ranger based at the farm. After taking time out to be a mum and complete a degree, Kilda is now employed as a part time youth worker, running after school and holiday sessions for 5-11 year olds and 11-16 year olds.
Sarah Neale – Office Administrator & Project Co-ordinator Sarah also joined the farm as a volunteer in 2010. In summer 2011 she began working for the farm two days a week, taking responsibility for office admin. and paperwork, as well as overseeing the production of the farm’s quarterly newsletter. Sarah also runs our Make & Bake volunteering project, focusing on cooking and crafting activities and the Feathered Friends project – chicken keeping for the over 60s.
Alexia Tibbs – Project Co-ordinator, Volunteer & Visitor Co-ordinator (Saturdays). Alexia is currently co-ordinating our EarthWorks project for adults who have learning difficulties and our Make & Bake crafting project for adults with mental health issues.
Rebecca Ashton – Project Co-ordinator, Grow it Cook it Share it Rebecca runs weekly horticultural therapy sessions on Thursdays, for adults with experience of mental health difficulties.
Mike Merelie – Project Co-ordinator, Training at the Trough. Mike runs weekly training sessions for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues. Volunteers are trained to work in the farm’s cafe and learn about food preparation and customer service.
Rowan Wynne-Jones – Rowan co-ordinates several groups: the Roots and Shoots group, and the Saturday Club. In addition, on Saturdays she is a Farm Assistant
TRUSTEES – elected 23rd April 2016
The Farm is currently looking for new trustees to join the team. If you are interested click here for more information.
Mike Collins – Chair of Trustees
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.
Deborah Steele – Treasurer
Deborah is about to retire, following a varied career specialising in children’s safeguarding services, including being a solicitor and then an education advisor. Deborah moved to Bath as a child in 1970 and has lived here most of the time since. She is a keen gardener and loves her allotment, enjoys cooking and eating good food (preferably home grown), and likes to be active outdoors. She and her husband often visited City Farms when their two sons were growing up, and both sons are still frequent visitors to City Farms. She knows the power of City Farms to transform people’s lives. Being a trustee at BCF is a great opportunity to be involved in her local community.
Trish Barnes – Trustee 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.
Gus Langley – Trustee Gus is a professional fundraiser who has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 20 years. He is currently Head of Funding Partnerships for a national charity. Gus has experienced for himself the benefits that City Farms and urban open spaces can bring to a community from when his own children were growing up. Gus is passionate about conservation and environment issues, both locally and globally. It is a privilege to join the Board of Trustees at an exciting time when Bath City Farm is engaging with the community in many creative and positive ways.
Hamish McAlpine – Trustee
Hamish has lived in Bath with his partner for 17 years and first started visiting the farm when his daughter was born. He now has two children aged 3 and 5 who both love the farm and the animals, although Abigail is not completely sure about chickens after one tried to steal her hat last year. Hamish’s day job is as a Project Manager at the University of Bristol. As well as general project management experience, Hamish brings skills around strategy formulation, capital projects, process improvement, and measuring the impact of projects.
Arabella Tresilian – Trustee
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”.
Bath City Farm intends to build on its links with professionals and develop an advisory board. They will not formally be part of the management committee as they are often not part of our community; however the committee will liaise with this board when they require experience beyond that which is otherwise available to them.
As we are a small, part-time team everyone works closely together to support the wide variety of activities, events and projects at the Farm.