Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Meet the Team

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships is led by Trustees and a Leadership team. Each one brings unique talents, skills and interests. We are passionate about helping people reach their full potential, and building strong communities powered by people.

We hold a comprehensive register of conflicts of interests for Trustees, please contact the office on 01454 868570 or email office@southernbrooks.org.uk to request a copy.

Leadership Team

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Alison Findlay: CEO

Tel: 07971 671051 alisonfindlay@southernbrooks.org.uk

Alison is passionate about equality and social justice and actively campaigns to reduce period poverty.  She is a highly-regarded leader and manager with a long history of working in the public and voluntary sectors in children and family services.

She is highly-principled with strong values and brings a unique combination of empathy and management skills to build teams and achieve outcomes.  Alison is a trustee of a youth work charity in South Bristol and a member of a school academy council.

Professional qualifications:
Executive Coaching Diploma
Prince 2 project management practitioner
Certificate in Counselling Skills
BEd in Modern Foreign Languages
BTEC HND Business and Finance

Catherine C

Catherine Coleman: Head of Sustainable Communities


Catherine is committed to supporting lifelong learning and enjoys seeing individuals reach their full potential. She has previously worked in the heritage sector managing education, volunteer and community programmes. She is a true believer in the power of volunteering and has volunteered over 10 years with the Newman Holiday Trust running respite holidays for children with additional needs.

Professional qualifications:
Certificate in Leadership and Management
BA English and History of Art

Rebecca Ecob: Head of Human Resources


Rebecca strongly believes in giving people opportunities to be the best they can be.  She has worked in HR and Operations and volunteered with charities in Bath supporting families and young people having a tough time.

As a HR practitioner, Rebecca works collaboratively to assist teams in achieving organisational goals.

Professional qualifications:
BA(Ed) Primary School Teaching
CIPD Level 5 in People Management

Kate Golding - Head of Finance


Jenny Vernon - Head of Business Development

Tel: 07817089576 jennyvernon@southernbrooks.org.uk

Laura Thacker - Head of Health and Wellbeing


Management Team

Asma Ahmad - Community Cohesion Manager. Tel: 07971671076    asmaahmad@southernbrooks.org.uk

Liam Dixon – Wellbeing Manager. Tel: 07971670995 liamdixon@southernbrooks.org.uk

Alan Ferrier - Social Prescribing Manager. Tel: 07813406505 alanferrier@southernbrooks.org.uk

Kirstie Ford - Business Support Manager. kirstieford@southernbrooks.org.uk

Lisa Jimenez - Youth Work Manager. lisajimenez@southernbrooks.org.uk

If you are unsure who to contact, call our administrator on 07773 209943 or email office@southernbrooks.org.uk

Trustee Board

Jules Moore

Jules Moore, Chair

After finishing University, Jules gained a commission in the Army and spent three years on a variety of postings at home and overseas. She subsequently worked for a number of third sector organisations: The Magistrates’ Association, Cambridgeshire & District Law Society, Bees Abroad and Bristol Children’s Scrapstore, specialising in office development, administration and events management. She combined this with running a smallholding specialising in rare and native breeds.

In 2009, she expanded this to provide rural business skills courses; giving lectures, running a volunteer programme and writing for specialist smallholding magazines. After seven years, she converted the business to two equestrian livery yards and she became a Trustee of Southern Brooks in 2017. She also volunteers with the Royal British Legion and Adopt a Beehive. She is the current Chair of Southern Brooks.


Margaret Slucutt, Vice Chair

Margaret spent her work career in housing, health and social care. She worked in various London Local Authorities before moving into the voluntary sector in the early 80’s. She then worked for national and local charities across the country.

Since retiring Margaret has been the Chair of Community Ignite, which has now merged with Southern Brooks Community Partnerships. She is currently a volunteer baker for One25, the Bristol District volunteer rep for MHA, and Chair of South Gloucestershire Over 50’s Forum as well as very involved in her local church. Margaret joined the Board of Southern Brooks in 2017 and is currently Vice Chair.

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Andy Bell, Treasurer

Andy has over 37 years experience in a variety of central government roles, predominantly in project finance, budget management, VAT and, most recently, financial accounting policy.  A Chartered Management Accountant since 2014, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of the West of England, Andy completed his Masters degree at the University of Worcester in 2004 and has been a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians since 2001.

In addition to his role with Southern Brooks, Andy is Treasurer of Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre. He was the Chair of BREAD Youth Project in Lawrence Weston, overseeing its merger into Oasis Community Partnership in Spring 2018.  Like BREAD, Southern Brooks is located in the heart of the community it serves and this, together with the diverse nature of the work it undertakes, was what attracted Andy to the organisation.

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David Bell, Trustee

David was involved in Filton People and when Southern Brooks Community Partnerships took over its roles he joined Southern Brooks. Over the years he has been involved in many voluntary and community sector groups.

David is also currently Vice Chairman of Shopmobility South Gloucestershire, based in Yate library. He is also Chairman of the Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group, supporting the woodland near Cheswick Village. David is a also a volunteer with the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion.

David loves serving the community.

Professional Qualifications:
Master of Research in Politics
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences
BA in Politics

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Paul Timmins, Trustee

Paul has spent most of his career in a wide variety of management roles within financial services and is currently Head of Compliance at a private bank. As well as specialist risk, audit and compliance skills he brings useful general management and business development experience. When not working at the bank, Paul runs his own business in waste management and recycling.

A South Gloucestershire resident, Paul believes in giving everyone the opportunity to achieve their potential. He has previously been a non-executive director of The Insurance Charities and National Skills Academy Financial Services. He joined the board of Southern Brooks in 2019.

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Harry Partington, Trustee

Harry is an independent management consultant who has for 30 years helped organisations to understand customer needs, get clear about long-term strategy and deliver change through people. He has worked with building societies, banks, insurance companies and a leading renewable energy provider.  Before setting up his own business in 2008, Harry was Marketing Director of Bristol & West Building Society and held a number of senior roles at Lloyds Bank.

Alongside his consulting work, Harry was for 9 years a Non-Executive Director of Bristol Credit Union, a mutual savings & loans provider owned by its 13,000 members.  He was for 7 of those years Chair of the Board.  Harry joined the Southern Brooks Trustee Board in 2019 and is Chair of the Commercial Committee, which aims to help the organisation develop sustainable income streams, which can support its wider work.

“We all have the right to a future that enables us to reach our potential”.

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Chris Walker, Trustee

Chris has a career spanning almost 30 years within the Financial Services industry. Chris has worked for a range of City institutions from The London Stock Exchange to Goldman Sachs. Subsequently Chris has supported many Insurance institutions, such as AXA, Aviva, Prudential, in developing and defining their Business Strategy and Business Architecture.
Chris was also a founder member of a new Insurtech business which, in 2018, launched Guardian Financial Services - growing a small start-up into a successful business that has created over 100 new job opportunities.   Chris now works as an Independent Consultant supporting and driving innovation within insurance and retail banking.
A resident of South Gloucestershire for almost 20 years, Chris is passionate about supporting ways to empower local communities and joined the Southern Brooks Trustee Board in 2019. Chris is Chair of the Policy and Governance Committee and provides support and input to the Trusts development strategy.